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Summertime is time to Remodel!

Use Summertime To Prepare For Your Renovation

It is well-known that the best time for carrying out operations that require a lot of outdoor activity is during the summer. This is due to the warmth, sunshine and lack of rains that comes with the season. The dry summer periods have also always been the friendliest time of the year for both homeowners and business organizations to carry out home renovations or full scale business facility expansions.

A survey conducted by ‘bridge port restoration’ showed that approximately 53 percent of homeowners in the US believe that summertime is the perfect time to renovate or improve their homes and this positively also extends to business organizations who plan any remodeling or expansion projects to coincide with the season. This nationwide data corresponds with what we have seen here locally at PPM – our proposal volume for new As-Built surveys in May and June was up approximately 40% compared to what we saw in January and February. The conducive atmosphere of the season is definitely not the only reason renovations happen and some of those interviewed spoke about the resurging real estate business and a change in their personal or business finances as part of the motivating factors for carrying out renovations but whatever the case might be, here are some timely tips to approaching facility expansion.

1. Be Mentally Prepared:  Remodels are projects that task both the mental and physical faculties of those involved in them, regardless of the scope of the intended project as well as the individual or company involved. In the case of individual homeowners, tasks such as budget allocation, hiring the right architectural firm and handling some DIY projects can lead to overall fatigue while for business organizations choosing the right locations and contractors can cause sleepless nights for the people at the top. Therefore the tip is to prepare yourself both physically and financially for the long process of expansion or remodeling.

2. Do the Needed Research: The mantra there’s ‘nothing new under the sun’ also applies to architectural expansion. Therefore the onus falls on you to do the needed research using home improvement journals, architectural magazines and As-Built drawings to select your structural plan, choose the perfect contractors and deduce the timeline for the entire project.

3. Get the Needed Permits: Your research should cover all the official requirements, state codes, and business operating licenses needed to get your home or business facility on the right side of the law. Integrating these requirements into your remodel plans will definitely ensure the long-term health of your building structures.

4. Plan DIY Projects: Homeowners are generally more involved with the building process when compared to the involvement of business organizations. Therefore, due to either budgetary or personal reasons, you may decide to be a part of the construction team. If so, you will have to inform the general contractor of your decision so he or she can integrate your skill sets into the entire project without causing any obstructions.

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PPM Brings As-Built Services to Bay Area

PPM Opens Office In Oakland To Service Northern California Clients

After more than twelve successful years serving the local architecture and design community in Southern California, I am thrilled to announce that we at PPM now offer our complete range of services in Northern California as well. As of August 1st, we have opened a permanent office in Oakland. Our As-Built survey crews are now accepting new projects in San Francisco, Marin County, Silicon Valley, Sacramento and beyond.

This expansion is a long time in the making. As a 3rd generation UC Berkeley graduate, I have long held a love for the Bay Area (don’t tell our LA clients but I am a huge SF Giants fan!), and often dreamed of opening a PPM office up there. PPM has been providing As-Built plans in Nor Cal, on a limited basis, for over 5 years – starting with our survey of over 30 (formerly) Long’s Drugstores in 2009. Ever since then we have received consistent inquiries, and even taken on over 100 Bay Area projects, whenever our workload and travel costs have allowed. But this was always an incomplete solution. What has been missing is an experienced PPM manager to lead our efforts in the Bay Area.

Enter Colin Maloney. Colin started working at PPM in March 2011, as an As-Built CAD drafter. Prior to that he completed over 3,000 residential AsBuilt field surveys for a company called MeasureComp. In January of this year, Colin informed me that he was moving with his girlfriend to the Bay Area, so that she could pursue a new job. I think we both knew immediately that this was the opportunity we were looking for. We starting making plans right away.

At PPM, Colin has distinguished himself as not only a talented As-Built surveyor, but as a confident leader. In addition to his field surveying and drafting responsibilities, Colin has developed our latest As-Built training program, trained 2 new surveyors, given client presentations, and most recently he was our residential Project Manager for the 6 months prior to his move north. In May, he let us know that his girlfriend was now his fiancé – they will be married in 2015. I am so excited for Colin as he begins the next phase of his life. His stated goal is to make PPM the best As-Built measuring company in Northern California – I wouldn’t bet against him.

Please contact PPM if you are anyone you know can benefit from our professional As-Built services in the Bay Area. Thanks for reading!