The Bigfoot Construction Difference: What Sets Us Apart

Not all Miami residential construction companies are alike. Some completely miss the mark in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Locating the best residential construction company in Miami shouldn’t be difficult. Standing out is what we do! At Bigfoot Construction, our focus is on you and your project. It gives us great pride knowing that we’ve taken your vision and helped it come to life through our skilled architects, engineers, designers, and builders. What exactly sets us apart?

 

A Full Crew of Experts to Assist with Your Construction Project

We employ the crew needed to get the job done right. All of our projects have dedicated project managers and an administrator present to check the quality, speed, and resource management taking place on the job. That way, we stay on top of the completion deadline and budget we quoted to you.

Having a team of skilled and experienced professionals who specialize in different areas of construction is essential to the growth and success of our business. It’s an asset for our customers to have access to the talented individuals that make up our staff.

 

Direct Communication Between Us and Our Customers At All Times

We keep the lines of communication completely open with our customers by making them a partner in the building process. For example, if you’re out of town during the construction phase of your project, we provide you with photos and videos of the progress made. That way, you’re never questioning why you hired us.

If additional expenses come up while working on your project, we let you know immediately, so we’re able to come up with a plan that best meets your needs. We don’t surprise you with added fees at the end of a build. We consult with you to see what option you prefer before making any decision on a project.

 

Our Gloves May Show More Wear But They’re Worn with the Highest of Standards

Our Miami residential construction company delivers the equivalent to what a hotel would call ‘white-glove service.’ Our gloves may have more wear and tear, but we certainly hold ourselves to the same standards any reputable business would. Your satisfaction is our number one priority!

We’ve spent the duration of our working lives striving to maintain the highest quality standards in the industry. Doing so allows us to broaden our customer base by winning over new customers with our promise of excellence. If you’re happy with the work we’ve done for you, you’ll likely tell your family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, and acquaintances about our company and the outstanding work we do.

 

There are No Hidden Charges on Our Contracts

We provide a detailed contract that includes the extra charges that other companies hide as a way to bait and hook you with an initial low contract price. You’ll know right away what it costs to complete the job, so you aren’t surprised by one of our competitors who don’t have your best interests in mind. Transparency is our policy, especially since we make you a partner in everything we do to create your dream property.

 

We Specialize in Residential Construction and Make It Benefit You

We only work in residential construction. We don’t take on bigger projects and neglect yours. We make sure the project that we construct for you gets the VIP treatment it demands.

Giving your project the time and attention that it deserves is imperative. We cannot rush excellence. That’s why we commit to doing everything we can to maintain the high-quality construction practices that we carry out when we build a home for you.

 

Technology Improves How We Work by Making Us Faster and More Attentive

The way we build is technologically-advanced. That way, we’re able to do things more efficiently and accurately. We take advantage of all the tools and resources we have available, so we’re able to complete a project that is structurally sound and able to withstand years of use.

 

We Honor All Deadlines and Budgetary Promises With Every Job We Take On

We meet deadlines and see a job through until the end. It’s this high level of service and our commitment to our customers that have given us the reputation that we have today. It has been an honor serving the people in our community, and we appreciate having had the opportunity to build homes for them.

 

Contact Us With Your Request for Residential Construction

See for yourself what makes us the best residential construction company in Miami. Contact us today for more information about our services, prices, and guarantees. If you want to work with a local team that values honesty and integrity, you’ve come to the right place. Give Bigfoot Construction a call today to discuss the project you have in mind.

Wondering how soon you can start your residential construction project? Review our post on how soon you can get started here. (https://www.bfcmiami.com/hiring-a-residential-contractor/soon-can-start-residential-construction-project/)

Ready to start yours? Call us at 305.762.9520‬ or schedule a consultation today to discuss the details of your South Florida home project plans.

The Construction Process

The Construction Process – What Are The Potential Delays & Additional Costs?

For anyone looking to start a construction project, you may wonder about any potential hang-ups that can occur during the project. Even something as seemingly simple as a renovation project can hit problems or delays. What are the reasons behind those delays? Do they provide additional costs? The answers can impact your budget planning as well as your preferred completion date. This article will discuss potential delays that might occur during the construction process as well as any additional costs that might surface.

 

1. Choosing Finishes

Before starting a renovation, remodeling, or residential addition project, there are a few finishing details that have to be discussed. These stem everywhere from doorknobs to windows to sinks and their faucets. While some people may have had the finishes in mind already, others do not. They may even find that the finishes they wanted to include do no fit with the design or no longer match the aesthetic that they were initially aiming for. You may even simply find that the finished detail is out of stock. All of which rob a project for time and money if not selected sooner.

Another common culprit is the owner not spending the time or money to work with an interior designer to select the details during the design process. In some cases, the job can come to a halt because finishes were not ordered beforehand or have had some delay. This adds unnecessary and unexpected stress to a project. The money spent on a good design is well worth the piece of mind!

Waiting for finishes, choosing expensive finishes, and needing to replace finishes that were broken can all drive the budget and project timeline past its predicted amount. In the case of expensive finishes, they may not be chosen until after everything else is built. As a result, they don’t have a place in the remainder of the budget. More money will be required to pay for those finishes. 

The delay can last anywhere from a week to several weeks depending on how long it takes for someone to decide on the finish and for the finished detail to arrive and be installed. Something such as a vanity, shower fixture change, or lighting fixture change can also add time and money to the project due to the walls potentially needing to be reopened. The tradesmen would have to return to set the proper location or connection for the new fixture. That change may also need revisions to the plans by the architect and engineer which can lead to another increase in time and budget.

 

2. Final Design Decisions

Another delay that might arise in the construction process is the final decision about the design details. This can take place before construction begins and before it officially ends. As a result, all of the design decisions may have to be repeated again. The design is reviewed and inspected throughout the project to ensure that it is safe, that it fits the space, and that it looks and operates how the client wants it to. 

Depending on the change, the final design could take a week to several weeks to complete and be approved.

 

3. Revisions and Change Orders

If an active project encounters any unforeseen obstruction or conditions, this will limit what is possible and possibly take the project beyond the intended budget. The plans will then need to be revised and submitted to the county for approval. For anything related to a structure, plumbing or electrical work, an architect needs to communicate the changes to the respective engineer, the engineer makes the changes and the architect may need to revise their original design. This may take a few days, or up to a few weeks depending on the architect and engineers workload. The contractor also has to complete a change order and add cost for the change. Depending on the work and trades involved, this can add additional time as well.  

Unfortunately, change orders are a “necessary evil” in construction. Many projects are similar but no two projects are the same. Did you know, for the most part, new construction is a simpler process when compared to a renovation? Find yourself an honest hardworking contractor like Bigfoot Construction that has the experience to eliminate some of the unnecessary change orders that may come up. We save you Time and Money on your projects.

 

Wondering how soon you can start your residential construction project? Review our post on how soon you can get started here. (https://www.bfcmiami.com/hiring-a-residential-contractor/soon-can-start-residential-construction-project/)

Ready to start yours? Schedule a consultation today to discuss the details of your South Florida home project plans.

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All the Steps to a Successful Cast Iron Pipe Replacement Project

If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of needing to have your cast iron pipes replaced, you might feel some dread and anxiety about what the entire project entails. While it can feel overwhelming to think about the expense and disruption such a project will cause, we’re here to help walk you through everything you need to know about successfully replacing your cast iron pipes. At BigFoot Construction, we know how to coordinate all the players needed to get your rusted iron pipes replaced as smoothly as possible.

What to know about cast iron pipe replacement

Throughout Miami-Dade County, many older homes are equipped with cast iron pipe plumbing systems. Unfortunately, cast iron pipes can begin corroding within as little as 25 years and may wear our entirely within 40-50 years. To make this problem even more challenging, many of these rusty pipes are sitting beneath your home encased in slab of concrete foundation.

If you find yourself needing to replace your cast iron pipes, here are some steps you can expect your contractor to walk you through.

Step 1: Evaluate your foundation

Do you have a basement or a crawlspace? If so, replacing your pipes may be a whole lot easier as plumbers will have more direct access to the cast iron pipes. If your pipes are encased in concrete, however, repairing or replacing pipe sections requires jackhammering through your floor and the concrete.

Step 2: Assess the damage

Will you be able to make a spot repair or is more in-depth replacement required? Your contractor, plumber, or other skilled specialist will look for signs of water leaks and damage and help locate damaged or rusted areas. If the problem is more pervasive, which is often the case with cast iron pipes, entire sections of the pipe will need to be replaced.

Step 3: Make the repair/replacement

For homes with concrete slabs, a jackhammer or concrete-cutting saw will need to be used to break through the concrete. Beneath the cement is where the rusted iron pipe will be buried in sand or gravel. Once the pipe is exposed and evaluated for decay, the old pipes will be replaced by polyvinyl chloride PVC) pipes. They will then be reburied and new concrete will be poured.

Step 4: Clean up

Throughout the process, your crew will do everything they can to minimize the mess and disruption to your daily life. It is a big job, but at the end of the day, your pipes will be functioning properly and you won’t even know any work had been done.

If you have questions about cast iron replacement in your South Florida home, schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.

How Soon Can I Start My Residential Construction Project?

It’s a question we get all the time: “How Soon Can I Start My Residential Construction Project?”

If you’ve been dreaming about a new residential construction project for quite some time and made the decision to commit a budget and resources to making it a reality, the waiting to finally kick-off construction can make you feel as impatient as a child waiting for their next birthday to roll around.

The good news is that once you’ve committed to taking the leap into the project, there are just a few key steps to take before officially getting started. Let’s walk through what that general process looks like:

3 key steps to starting my residential construction project

  • Create and finalize plans with an architect – Engaging an architect early in the construction process is important for ensuring that your vision is executed in a way that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and complies with building codes and any community-specific requirements. Together, your architect, engineers, contractor, and any other project stakeholders, will walk with you through several phases of design and planning before committing to the final design plan.
  • Secure necessary permits – Once the plans are finalized, your contractor will secure the necessary permits required to get the job done. Permitting requirements can vary significantly from county to county and municipality to municipality, so the exact timeline for your project is dependent upon your location. Your contractor will be able to advise you on what to expect based on where you live.
  • Start construction – Your plans are set, approvals have been granted, and now the fun can begin! Once construction kicks off, your timeline for completion can be impacted by several variables. For a look at some of those, review our post on how long it takes to finish a project.

Ready to start yours? Schedule a consultation today to discuss the details of your project plans.

 

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Should You Hide Your Budget From Your Contractor?

The short answer: No, you shouldn’t hide your budget from your contractor.

The long answer: Here goes…

First things first, don’t hire a contractor if you can’t trust them to put your interests first. If you’re fearful they’re going to try to work your project for all it’s worth, neither of you will be happy with the outcome (or the entire process, for that matter).

While it’s understandable to feel reluctant about sharing your budget, it’s the best way to ensure that the project you want is the one that ultimately gets built. Even better is that it’s built with an eye towards creating the biggest savings and efficiencies while minimizing any impact on the end result.

In short, by not hiding your budget from your contractor, the project you want is the project you’ll get at a price you can afford. Here’s how it’s done.

Taking a Design-Build Approach

Engaging your contractor early is one of the best ways to get the biggest bang for your buck and have your project completed on time. Here’s why. In a design-build project delivery model, you, as the homeowner, team up with your general contractor who serves as the main point of contact for your entire project. From the outset, your contractor is able to see your big-picture vision and help you nail down specifics that are realistic and feasible for your budget and goals.

For example, if you’re interested in high-end finishes but they put you way over-budget, your contractor will be able to offer you reasonable alternatives that achieve a very similar outcome yet still fit within your budget. By looking holistically at your project, your contractor can help you determine those areas that offer the biggest savings with the least impact on the end result.

Doesn’t this sound better than getting half-way through your project only to see your budget go bust?

Sharing your budget with a contractor you trust sets your entire project up for success. It also helps minimize unwanted surprises and puts you on a clear path to timely completion. If you have questions about the design-build process, get in touch at 305-762-9520.

(Curious what to look for when hiring a residential contractor? Read this first)

 

 

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How Long Will it Take to Finish My Residential Project?

Home renovation projects – from impact window installation to residential additions, bathrooms, and kitchen upgrades – follow similar processes for ensuring timely construction and quality deliverables that exceed customer expectations. While a construction project timeline is dependent upon the specific project (among other things), certain factors can influence how long it will take to finish your project. Below we’ll discuss just a few of those variables and how they might play out in a home renovation project.

Factors that can influence your construction project timeline 

Location – You may not like to hear this, but your location can have an impact on the overall timeline for your project. For example, the process for some projects can take longer in Coral Gables than in Palmetto Bay even if the projects are identical. Be sure to ask about any potential delays or hurdles that could be incurred just based on your zip code.  

Final design – Nailing down the final design can be a lengthy process for some, while others are able to move more quickly. If you are certain about the items you’re looking to incorporate into your design ahead of time – that will help speed up the process. Changes made into the process will inevitably slow down your timeline.

Revisions – Revisions are a common occurrence during residential construction projects and generally result from either an inspector’s request or a correction needing to be made to an architect’s original plan. The process for revisions includes collaboration between the architect, engineers, and contractor to make the modification(s). The revision is then resubmitted to the county for them to approve or deny before work can continue. The severity of the revision and other factors can influence how long of a construction delay there is.

Finishes – Some homeowners are surprised by the amount of decisions they have to make during a home renovation or construction project. Even more surprising to them is how a delay in making decisions on finishes like fixtures, faucets, and even flooring can impact how long it will take to complete the project. Delaying decisions on finishes (or changing one’s mind) can delay the project, especially if materials need to be special ordered.

Ultimately, your goals and needs for your project will be a leading factor in determining your construction project timeline. If you have questions about your specific plans, schedule a consultation today to discuss all the details you need to ensure a successful project.

 

 

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Your Guide to Residential Preconstruction

Here’s a sobering statement: The overall success of a renovation or a remodel can be largely determined by decisions and actions taken well before the first hammer even hits the nail. It might sound surprising, but that’s just how important residential preconstruction is to the scope of your project.

Let’s dig into the specifics of what pre-construction services entail and why this step is so critical to your residential construction project – in Miami and beyond.

What are Residential Preconstruction Services?

Before your project gets off the ground, some serious planning needs to take place. How long this step takes depends on the size and complexity of your project, and it’s generally conducted in coordination with architects, engineers, inspectors, design consultants, builders, and, of course, you, the homeowner, and any other project stakeholders. The primary goal of pre-construction is to set the scope, schedule, and budget for the project — and gives you time to ask all the important questions. Pre-construction includes the following items, among others:

  • Site analysis – Physically review the site and create a general site master plan.
  • Permits and approvals – Ensure plans receive necessary approvals and project permits to proceed with the build. These vary from city to city and municipality to municipality, so it’s important to understand local processes and allow adequate time to secure permits.
  • Value engineering – A project’s scope can quickly surpass the available budget if a well-defined project estimate is not used. Value engineering helps flag opportunities to substitute products, materials, and systems to better fit the budget while still maintaining original function and design intent.
  • Buildability review – Clarify details, design documents, and decisions.
  • Budget analysis – Align project goals and expectations with scope and projected costs.
  • Scheduling and logistics – Proper planning and scheduling ensures that deadlines are met and the project progresses as expected.

“What value do pre-construction services add to my build?”

Building a home or undertaking a remodeling project is exciting. That’s part of why we love our job so much. But failing to adequately plan and prepare can spell big trouble to your budget, timeline, and overall expectations for the project. It’s important to resist the temptation to jump right to construction and renovation work with the thought that you can make important decisions on the fly. It just doesn’t work that way in residential construction. Nor should it.

Residential preconstruction planning allows you to see a full picture of your project’s scope, budget, and schedule while also bringing to light any anticipated challenges or red flags that could be detrimental to the project.

The foundation of a strong build rests on strong plans. Make sure you get your project off to the best start with pre-construction services — and take the time to make sure you have the right residential contractor for the job.

If you have more questions about what residential preconstruction is and why it’s invaluable to a build, give us a call at 305-790-1722 to discuss.

What to Look for When Hiring a Residential Contractor

4 Things to Look for Before You Hire a Residential Contractor

Homeownership offers exciting opportunities to create your own dream home – whether that’s by building it from the ground up or by renovating an existing property so it better suits your vision and needs. If you find yourself looking for a residential contractor for a renovation or addition to your home, it’s important to do your homework ahead of time so you save yourself headaches and added expense down the road.

When hiring a residential contractor in South Florida, be sure you feel completely confident about these four things:

The Residential Contractor’s Background, Experience and Credentials

Make sure the person you hire has experience with the type of residential remodeling project you are hiring for and get in touch with references to ask about the quality of work and service the contractor provided. It’s also imperative that your residential contractor is licensed and registered and carries the appropriate insurance. If the contractor is not credentialed, he or she will not be able to pull the necessary permits to get your job done.

The Depth of the Residential Contractor’s Bid

As you gather a few bids, look for similarities and differences among them and trust your instincts if somethings seems off. Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions, and be wary of any low-ball offers. As the adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you want to dive deeper into it, ask the contractors to go into more detail about their bid – why are they saying this is how much it will cost? What are they taking into account? Compare notes and you’ll often see why two bids are coming in with different numbers — and why the higher bid on paper may actually have a lower cost when your project is completed.

All the Intangibles

These are things that can’t be put as a line-item on a bid – do you deem the contractor responsible and reliable? How is their communication style and does it jibe with yours? Depending on your home’s project, you will likely be spending a lot of time with the contractor you select. You want to be sure you’ll work well with the person and that your expectations will be met.

The Contract’s Fine Print

Before committing to a contractor, make sure you fully understand the contract. What are the payment terms, timeline, and project schedule? What materials and fixtures will be used? This is again your opportunity to ask questions — and don’t be afraid to ask every single one. If they don’t take the time to answer your questions now, are you comfortable that they will answer it when your bathroom’s walls have been ripped out? Once you’ve got the details ironed out in the contract, things will move pretty quickly.

Have any specific questions you’d like answered (or like a second opinion on a project you’re planning right now)? Feel free to contact us.

 

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Be Sure to Ask Your Contractor These Questions

Undertaking a new build or residential remodeling project is a big emotional and financial investment. Not only are you committing to a significant structural change in your home, you are also entrusting the project to someone else. Before you move forward with your renovation project, there are certain questions for your contractor that need to be answered so you feel peace of mind going into such a big project. From our experience renovating homes across Miami-Dade County, make sure to ask your Contractor these three questions before you hire them:

Questions for your Contractor:

What is the schedule and timeline for our project?

Communicating about schedules and timelines is one of the most important questions for your contractor during a residential remodeling job. How your contractor answers this question will give you a good indication of where they see your project fitting with others they may be working on at the moment as well as how they see your project progressing from start to finish. A thorough schedule is essential for ensuring all tasks are outlined and that nothing gets missed. It also helps you see the big picture through the eyes of your contractor, which is useful for making sure you’re on the same page. If they shrug and say, ‘oh, it’ll take about three weeks,’ without any details, make sure to ask for a more thorough timeline.

Similarly, you should ask how they prefer to communicate about any decisions that need to be made along the way and how change orders will be handled. You want to feel confident that you will be able to get in touch with your contractor quickly, and that they will reciprocate when necessary.

Do you foresee any challenges or concerns about the project?

Home renovation shows don’t get much right, but one thing they do accurately portray is how common it is for unexpected issues to arise. While most can’t be predicted, experienced residential contractors have hunches about certain projects based on either the home, project type, or other factors. Rather than going down one path only to have to change course mid-way through, talk through any possible concerns and worst-case scenarios ahead of time so you have a better understanding of potential outcomes and are prepared to deal with them if and when they arise. This is one of the questions for your contractor that need a honest and forthright response; if you aren’t satisfied with their answer, it’s time to consider another contractor.

How will my property be protected?

Residential remodeling projects by their very nature can be invasive on a person’s home life. There will be dust and trash and paint, hammering, shaking and jostling. Much of this can’t be avoided. What can be avoided, however, is damage to your existing property. Make sure the contracting team you hire has a solid plan for protecting your property and sealing off the work zone as necessary (especially for projects that include impact windows). You should also ask them about how they clean up at the end of every work day.

As you interview potential contractors for your residential project, keep these questions in mind, and give us a call at 305-790-1722 if you want any more tips to make sure that your home renovation stays on schedule and on budget.