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To add or not to add, that is the question: What every potential Archadeck client needs to know about addendums

Screened porch deck combinationsWe pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality structure and customer service to match. Our goal is to treat you as though you are our one and only customer while involved of all phases of your particular project. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio does things a little different from other outdoor living space design and build firms. Once our team is on your project they remain on your project until it is completed. We do not jump around, from job to job, we pour all our resources into your project until it is done. We feel, this philosophy minimizes inconveniences and the disruption of our clients lifestyle. With this in mind, addenda added to your project while construction in underway can extend completion dates, especially in circumstances where additional permitting and inspections are necessary to complete these additions.

You may ask what is classified as an addendum? The textbook definition of an addendum is:

  • addendum n. an addition to a completed written document. Most commonly this is a proposed change or explanation (such as a list of goods to be included) in a contract, or some point that has been subject of negotiation after the contract was originally proposed by one party.

Its the little things that tend to add up in a big wayWe view anything requested in addition to what is noted on your contract as an addendum. This can be making the decision on site to extend a patio two more feet, or adding railing where none has been discussed prior to arriving on site to begin your outdoor living project. Addendums can be small or large, and everything in-between. Deciding to make changes to your agreed addition which differ in what is outlined in your contractual agreement once work has begun can not only cause a great deal of confusion, the cost associated with these add-ons can quickly add up.

Archadeck differenceAddenda that seem minuscule can sometimes mean incurring large additional more costs in the part of the project you don’t see; such as additional permitting, inspections, site preparation and structural work that has to be completed prior to safely and cohesively add-ons that appears to be only cosmetic to the client. Addendums decided on a whim without all decision makers, and your design consultant present, can also add confusion to the project and create a situation where your project timeline is affected.

“It’s dreadful what little things lead people to misunderstand each other.”
― L.M. MontgomeryEmily’s Quest

Getting startedIn a perfect world, addendums would occur prior to scheduling and breaking ground on your outdoor living addition. It is important to not add a great deal of changes prior to your anticipated project to ensure it runs smooth and on-time. This is the main reason our design consultant thoroughly discusses your needs, wants and budget prior to preparing your custom design. However, there are instances when addendums will occur. This is why it is crucial for all parties that addendums are made in writing through your design consultant. For the protection of all parties involved any additions made after the initial contract is signed must be in writing and signed on by all responsible parties.

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The key to happiness of your new outdoor space is to get it right the first time.  We understand the excitement that comes with adding an outdoor living space to your home! Our goal is to provide you with a structure at the quality you deserve and make your experience while your project is underway an enjoyable one.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our team is poised in working with you to understand the design and construction process realistically in order to smooth out potential issues in your timeline. If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living project, we can help you get started today on making the backyard of your dreams a reality. Contact Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio today at (937) 848 – 7040
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