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What do Millennials seek in their homes?

January 25th, 2016

What do Millennials seek in their homes? The millennial generation is becoming an increasingly important part of the housing market. According to a 2015 National Association of Realtors study that looked at generational housing trends, Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, comprise the largest segment of the buyer market.

They’re young professionals who prefer a turnkey home that needs little or no work. They are creative, romantic buyers who want to investWhat do Millenials Seek in their homes by Connaughton Construction sweat equity and money over time. They want to put their personal stamp on the property, to add value for the future. Research shows they want sustainable construction, energy efficient homes, smart technology, updated kitchens and baths, open floor plans and home offices.

Sustainable Construction

Millennials seek to have homes that are higher energy efficient than the standard construction methods. A sustainable construction for a millennial combines an integration of the ecological, economical and social balance. These components create cost-shifting opportunities to benefit both the efficiency of the home and the builder’s bottom line.  See Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture.

Millennials seek Energy Efficiency

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are conscious of buying homes that are green.

Today’s buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes. If the home is not already set up for energy efficiency, the Millenial buyer will factor those costs into their budgets so they can do it after they buy. Millennials are savvy on insulation levels, seasonal energy-efficiency ratios and other energy-efficiency factors.

Smart Technology

Today, buyers want to know about the home’s technology. They want to hear about the local cell service and Internet speed capability.

In some cases, a house’s appeal can be increased or diminished because of the strength of a mobile carrier’s signal or its Internet service provider options. Internet and cell service matters a lot to this generation. They’re going to ask how well the cell signal and internet service is at this location.

Updated Kitchens and Baths

They want to buy a home with new kitchen and new bath fixtures and design. New fixtures are especially important for today’s young, budget-conscious buyers.

The primary reason younger buyers seek updated kitchens and baths is because they have limited budgets. Most of their savings will go toward the down payment and furnishings. Kitchens and bathrooms are also the most expensive parts of a home to update. Young homeowners cannot afford to sink a lot of money into those areas.

While updated kitchens and bathrooms may bring in a younger crowd, remodeling costs should give a seller pause. After all, if those updates aren’t in a young buyer’s budget, they probably aren’t in a seller’s budget either.

Open Floor Plan

The kitchen has become the hangout room along with the family room. An open space that can easily transition from kitchen to TV room is high on the list of the perfect home for young buyers. In essence, the kitchen is the new living room.

Millennials are attracted to an open floor plan, rather than a layout with many small rooms dividing the home, because the younger homeowners entertain. They want people to flow through the home during gatherings, rather than be sectioned off in rooms.

Home Office

More than 13 million Americans work from home. All signs point to that trend continuing, which makes a home office important for many buyers. Home offices have vast appeal and are not just for those who work from home full time. As technology continues to make us more mobile, young buyers have more options than ever to work from home, depending on their job. Having a dedicated space is important because it will help keep them focused and concentrated on work while they are at home on a call, planning a presentation, setting up their workday or simply paying bills.

Connaughton Construction, has over 30 experience implementing many sustainable construction, energy efficiency, smart technology, updated kitchens and baths, open floor plans and home offices.

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Construction Manager We build from the Ground up

January 10th, 2016

How does Connaughton Construction help you get your dream home to reality? From  the ground up.

The construction process is definitely an art. There are many factors that contribute to the construction of a building. Architects and Construction managers play a vital role in the construction process, and work closely with the building owner. Let’s take a look at the role of the construction manager in the building creation process.

Preconstruction. In the preconstruction phase, the construction manager oversees the building process and works directly with the building owner. We oversee a team of builders, engineers and suppliers or tradesmen.

Three Phases of Design

While the Architect creates the first 2 phases of Design; Schematic Design and Design Development, the third phase where the Construction Drawings are finalized is where the Construction Manager gets involved in the project. We review the final specifications and materials that are detailed in the final drawings and provide estimates of time and cost of the project. Then we build the project.

Meetings. A pre-construction meeting is held with the owner, architect, construction manager, project manager, inspectors, contractors, sub-contractors to plan for the construction process. Here a plan is set for meetings, schedule control, processes, and reports.

Construction. And so it begins. As the ground breaking begins the round of construction, the Construction Manager will be onsite and is responsible for the transport of heavy equipment. We oversee the contract documentation to ensure the contractors have all the necessary permissions, tools and equipment. We make sure everything is of expected quality, on schedule and on budget.

Out of Ground. We begin clearing the site, moving the soil and ground cover and begin construction of the foundation. Again, we continue responsibility for ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Topping Out.  During this phase the building frame is complete, windows are installed, roof, interior framing, and rough plumbing and electrical begin. We collect all documentation and ensure expected overall project quality, on time and on budget.

Weather Tight. Exterior siding, all doors and windows are installed, lighting, masonry, and the structure is weather and waterproof. Again, we are ensuring everything is of expected quality, on time and on budget.

Ready to Close in. The frame is inspected and the rough electrical is complete. During this stage, as the construction manager we coordinate the work of the interior contractors, furniture deliveries and equipment installers. We also review the documentation for the facility managers to prepare for occupancy.

Finish Stage. We prepare for the drywall, cabinets, carpet and fixtures. We compile all the documentation for the facility manager on behalf of the owner.

In review, Connaughton Construction, as the Construction Manager, we are the organizer and planner who manages the resources to make sure the labor, materials and equipment necessary for the construction process runs as planned.

Our best referrals are from real estate agents and architects. We’ve been building and reconstructing properties from the ground up for over 30 years. Our expertise is in the city of Boston where we know the land, the building requirements, the departments of people who need to get involved in the approval process. We work closely with architects and property owners and with them we have built our reputation as a top quality construction management custom builder. Many satisfied clients are in the heart of the city with high expectations of quality luxury buildings. We’re always ready for the next challenge.

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10 Responsibilities of a Construction Manager

February 21st, 2015

At the helm of every hard hat project, from building a single family to an apartment building, is a construction project manager (CM). A CM has the primary responsibility of planning a particular construction job and overseeing its progress along the way.

10 Responsibilities of a Construction Manager. Connaughton Construction.

Plan the Work

Before the first nail is hammered, it is the Responsibility of a Construction Manager to plan the work the crew will do.

The CM looks over a proposed project to determine how and when the work will be performed, including prep work that must be completed before the building starts. A cost estimate is determines the price of the project. The CM then develops a deliverables schedule. This schedule is the road map the construction team must stick to in order to finish the job in a timely and cost-effective manner. And the construction manager must review the project in depth in order to be prepared to handle tasks that come up along the way.

Hire Subcontractors

On a construction site, the CM is the boss. “They want you to cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries,” legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells once famously said of his desire to be involved in choosing the players for his teams. For construction project managers, the sentiment holds true when it comes to selecting the right players to complete the job.

The construction manager is not only responsible for planning the work and making sure it gets done, but also supervising the hard hats who do it. That means coordinating and directing the efforts of construction workers. It also means hiring, disciplining and perhaps even firing those who step out of line. In other words, it’s the CM’s job to get the work done through other people.

Get Materials

The CM must obtain the right materials for the job and supplies — from nails to bulldozers — necessary to complete the project. Not to mention finding a place to store supplies and implement a method for tracking inventory. It’s important that the CM be thorough in this aspect of the job. Keeping costs within budget while ensuring that no time will be lost waiting on additional equipment or repairs once construction begins.

Set Goals

A construction CM may not be the one drilling holes, turning screws and hammering nails, but it’s his or her responsibility to make sure all of the work is done properly, on time and within the projected cost.

The CM typically sets specific project goals after the contract with the owner (client) is signed. The CM reviews the contractual conditions of performance – requirements and deliverables – to determine precisely the work that must be accomplished in order to satisfy the contract. He or she then determines cost and time goals as well as “micro-goals” for accomplishing different phases of the construction. Based on these goals, the CM sets out the number of workers and types of supplies and materials necessary to reach them.

Stay On Time

A particular job typically comes with a very specific set of objectives and constraints. The time in which it should be completed is a key goal. It is the responsibility of a Construction Manager to closely manage time. The construction contract often includes money penalties against the builder in the event the project runs late. Time, indeed, is money.

In order to meet an overall construction deadline, the CM must set a specific schedule with a number of deadlines for the various projects that must be completed. The CM  reviews the work on a daily basis to ensure that it’s timely progressing. If there’s a slow down – whether because of weather, an accident or simply a task that takes longer than expected – the CM must make changes to get the job back on track.

Stay Under Budget

The CM must keep money in mind while overseeing the work.

Before the work begins, the CM runs cost estimates – considering subcontractors, wages and materials – to help establish a budget. Cost-projection is a crucial aspect of construction management because it determines the parameters under which not only the work will be done, but also on which the project’s financial success will be determined.

Once the project begins, the CM must ensure his crew doesn’t overrun the budget. Thus, he or she oversees costs on a daily or at least weekly basis, comparing costs incurred to the estimates and limiting or eliminating costs as necessary to stay under budget.

Keep Client (and Boss) in the Loop

On a construction site, the CM may be the boss, but he serves two masters: the construction company that employs him and the client for whom a particular project is being built.

The CM is expected to keep both of these parties informed as to the ongoing process and any hiccups that come along across the way. This is typically done by preparing a variety of internal and external reports pertaining to job status, equipment, policies and procedures along with a host of other issues. If an issue arises that will cause the construction schedule to change, for example, the PM must inform the client of the situation, projecting how it is expected to affect timing and costs and specifying any planned adjustments to be made.

Proper Permitting

The Historic District of Boston has strict permitting guidelines. It takes an experienced and diligent team of architect and contractor to know the Back Bay Architectural Commission requirements. All exterior work (whether or not it is visible from a public way) requires the review of the Back Bay Architectural Commission.  A Certificate of Appropriateness, Design Approval, or Exemption Application must be submitted to and approved by the Commission prior to beginning any exterior work.

To keep a project moving, the Architect lays out the design and obtains the commission approval. The Construction Manager obtains the proper permits and keeps the project moving forward organizing many tradesman toward completion of the project.

Draft Contracts

The contract between the owner and builder typically spells out all the work to be done. It is therefore imperative that the CM be involved in drafting it and be closely familiar with the requirements in order to ensure that they’re met.

But this isn’t the only agreement that a CM must manage to make sure the project goes off without a hitch. There are also architects, materials suppliers and subcontractors (electricians, carpenters and heating and cooling professionals, for example) to be located and brought into the fold. The CM must monitor agreements with each of these parties covering the various pieces of the building project puzzle that they will complete.

Manage Risk

An essential component of troubleshooting is risk management; that is, limiting the amount of trouble that will need to be “shot.” A wide variety of factors present potential risk in a construction project: site conditions; design assumptions; public regulations; worker safety; and environmental concerns and regulation, to name a few. As a result of the increasing number of risks, owners have taken to sharing it by requiring that a builder be at least partially liable in the event of a loss due to these factors .

It is therefore the CM’s job to analyze risks going into the project so that both the builder and the client are aware of them and can reach a mutual agreement on how the risk will be shared. Once construction is underway, the CM must try to mitigate the risks by carefully selecting materials and equipment and closely monitoring the work being performed.

 10 Responsibilities of a Construction Manager

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