Architecture to Construction

Architecture to Construction
and Everything in Between
( a sneak peek at Paul Rugarber’s forthcoming book)

The mission of my forthcoming book is to enlighten homeowners as to the steps and procedures necessary to complete a renovation or new home project. Since, designing and building projects over the past 20+ years, I have continuously been asked the same questions from owners about what they should expect during the design and construction process.

They want to know how it unfolds, what they need to do, and when decisions need to be made. My mission in writing this book is to answer those questions before you, the owner, even have a chance to ask them! We take a look at everything that goes into planning and implementing your project so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and who to turn to for help. One step at a time, we will build up your knowledge base to create a strong foundation of understanding and appreciation for all that goes into your next project and allows you to enjoy the process.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to know all the information that’s available to you when you are about to embark on a major financial journey, such as an addition or construction of a new home. Reading my forthcoming book before you begin your project will save you an enormous amount of money and time by simply understanding what needs to occur and when.

In the words of legendary football coach Mike Ditka: “Life is not what you want it to be. It is what you make it.” The same applies to renovation projects – so let’s make yours a stunning success that you will be proud of for years to come!

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Every great project, big or small, is stemmed from an emotional response to something that you would like to change. For example, needing more space to grow your family, creating an open floor plan for ease of entertainment, or simply updating and creating a whole new look . Whatever your reasons for building or renovating, here are the steps that need to be taken.

Determine your likes and dislikes about your existing space/home.
Be clear about the goal(s) you want to accomplish with your project.
Hire an Architect to start the design process. Interior designers and any other design professionals you would like to hire should be brought in at this stage.
Determine if there are site constraints to prevent this type and scope of project.
Hire a surveyor and site engineer if needed.
Hire a General Contractor to implement designs
Complete the design process with your Architect
Obtain final pricing from your General Contractor.
File for building permits with the town, starting with zoning and engineering permits first, and then progressing to the building department permits. (This is typically handled by your General Contractor).
Make selections for materials and finishes to be used if this was not done in the design stage. (This is generally an ongoing process during construction.)
Begin construction. Your General Contractor will move the project through the steps of:
Tree clearing and/or site work
Digging and pouring footings and walls
Framing of floors, walls, and roofs
Installing windows, roofing, and siding
Installing plumbing pipes, ductwork, and electrical wires
Installing insulation and gypsum board
Installing interior doors, trim, tile, and cabinetry
Obtain building inspections as needed throughout each of the construction steps
Obtain the Final Certificate of Occupancy (CO). This will be done by your General Contractor.
Do a walk through of your project with your General Contractor for any punch list items to be completed. (These are items that are not 100% complete, or scratches/errors.
Most importantly, Enjoy your new home!

Remember: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. You can do it!

Our next newsletter will continue to discuss the process of Architecture to Construction, so stay tuned!

“Fall in Love with The Process, and the results will come.”

Eric Thomas

Interested in learning more about the construction process? Check out PDRdesigns YouTube channel with videos featuring Local Builders and Designers!

Click on the link below to view these videos!

Jersey Shore Builders and Designers


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