Archive For: Construction Practices

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A Million-Dollar Condo Building Noise Problem

A recent construction of a six-unit condominium building in Washington D.C. sold units for more than $1.1 million each, but that doesn’t mean the owners got what they paid for. The new residents have been plagued with one particular problem: noise. When the ultra-modern units were constructed, the walls between them are obviously lacking because ... Read More
 
European vs. American Home Construction

European vs. American Home Construction

Since my wife is European, she and I often spend time in Europe, both touring and visiting family and friends. Being that I come from an engineering and construction background,  I cannot help but notice the construction practices and their comparison to American standards when we travel. The thing I notice most is that European homes ... Read More
 
Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Don’t Let Invisible Construction Errors Go Unnoticed

Some of the most common building mistakes aren’t visible to the human eye. That’s why we call them “invisible construction errors.” They can occur behind the walls, within the ceiling, or beneath the floors…where you’d never see them. However, these errors can cause problems in the future and should not be accepted. When building your ... Read More
 
How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

How Can a Contractor Prevent Construction Claims?

It’s the dreaded call that no contractor wants to get: the construction dispute. It happens when your company has completed work on a project, and someone finds fault with your work or something has failed, and they request remediation and damages, or are suing your company. Construction defect can be defined as the premature failure ... Read More
 
Require Integrity in an Expert Witness

Require Integrity in an Expert Witness

The job of the opposing attorney is to debunk the findings of the expert witness, or at the very least, portray the expert as an incredible source. When you go to trial for a construction dispute, you must have the right expert witness on your side, yet unfortunately, many people who call themselves construction “experts” ... Read More
 
Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

Building Codes Set the Performance Threshold for Construction Disputes

For every construction job, there is something called a “performance threshold” that sets the limits and standards for acceptability. And where a performance does not meet this threshold, the stage is set for contention. Within the construction field, commercial building codes are the guidelines that define acceptable, or threshold, standards. The International Residential Code (IRC) ... Read More
 
What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part III: Terms of a Valid Construction Contract

What Homeowners Need to Know about Protecting Themselves Against Unscrupulous Contractors, Part III: Terms of a Valid Construction Contract

In Part I of our four-part series on protecting yourself against unscrupulous contractors, we discussed Virginia licensing requirements. In Part II, we explored the types of payment contracts. Here in Part III, we’ll look at the elements that are required for a valid Virginia Residential Construction Contract. Part III: Terms of a Valid Virginia Construction ... Read More