What are the preliminary steps before building?


Deposit Agreement

After you complete the questionnaire, and you have had a chance to meet with us, check our references, and possibly visit some of the structures we have build, then the next step is the signing the deposit agreement, and locking in your project with a deposit. The $3000 deposit will cover 8 one hour design consultations, 38 hours to draw the initial plans that will be submitted to the engineer, and 14 hours for corrections that the engineer normally requires.  

Once the plans have been submitted to the engineer, they will give us an estimate to engineer the building.  We have engineers that we work with who understand our unique methods of building.  The engineer requires two payments, usually 1/2 down, and the other 1/2 after its been completed.  The engineer usually has recommendations and changes to the drawings.  After these corrections are done, and resubmitted to the engineer, they will stamp the plans, and send us their calculations.  At which point the plans will be ready to be submitted to the building department, or kept safely until that time comes.  

STEP 3: 

After the plans are completed and stamped by the engineer, the county will review the plans and usually require several corrections.  These corrections will be billed at $80 per hour, and completed as fast as possible.    We will also sign another contract that will cover in detail the scope of the construction and clearly state what aspects of the building project will be handled by the owner, and by the Natural Living Design & Build team.     


After the $3,000 deposit has been exhausted, the following scope of work will be billed at $80 an hour.

1.  Make any corrections that the county may require of the drawings. 

2.  Create a workflow schedule with a complete set of itemized expenses.  This schedule will be broken down into building phases.

3.  Obtain bids for any sub-contracting work needed to complete the natural building. This information will be reviewed by the homeowner and the project manager, to secure the best price, and schedule the sub-contractors. 

4.  The Natural Living Design & Build team will provide a detailed expense report every two weeks.  All materials and paid labor will be included in this report.  

The Natural Living Design & Build team will not do work until the homeowner authorizes the expenses that may follow the scope of work beyond the initial deposit.   


Once the building permit is opened, we will be ready to follow the estimated budget.  This budget will be used to follow the work flow of each building phase.  Before each phase of the construction process begins, the Natural Living Design & Build Team will require a 50% deposit of each building phase, to secure materials and pay the sub-contractors deposits.  If this deposit in exhausted, the remaining balance will be due.  As stated in the deposit agreement, the home owner will receive a detailed expense report every two weeks.  If the estimate is low, the balance will be added to the proceeding bill, or if there is a credit, it will be deducted from the next phase.  This deposit will be required before work can begin. 

We really appreciate the opportunity to work with you.  We look forward to hearing back from you soon.