The Pre-construction Process 

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The planning and permits process

      It's the most asked question: "How long will it be before you can start ?"  Unfortunately,  it's a hard one to answer.  Rules and regulations vary by state, county, and sometimes by jurisdiction.   What happens in Reston does not necessary happen in the district.  Typically we can start a project within 2-4 months of signing a contract.  Again, that all depends on how long it takes to get the permit.  We cannot control that.  The part that we do control is quick and efficient.  And this is how it goes.....

Week 1: site measure. Our on staff drafter and designer meet on site to gather notes and particulars for the build.  No one needs to be home, but we are always glad to see you if you are!
Week 2:  online preliminary plan review. The goal for this meeting is to confirm the skeleton of the project.  We want to confirm size, shape, elevation, column location, and door locations along with some other structural questions.  If time allows we will start to discuss electric layout and material choice.
Week 3: permit plan review. After the preliminary plan has been given approval, our drafter creates a permit ready set of plans.  These plans have much more details included, cross sections, elevations, proposed electirc plan, along with some other details.  At this meeting we want to confirm eleci layout and start to make material choices.
Week 4: final plan review: At this point plans are ready to submit for permit.  We are making final decisions and getting the plans ready for consturction.
Week 5: we submit for permit.
Once plans have been submitted for permit, please allow 30-60 for us to obtain permits in MD & VA.  Permits in DC can take 30-120 days depending on location and complexity. 

 Contact us at or (301) 875-2781 today to learn more about our fast and effective virtual consultation services.

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