New Avenue Homes Knowledge Base

Welcome to the New Avenue Homes Knowledgebase. Our national network of architects and contractors wrote over 300 articles to provide each other, and you, the critical knowledge needed at every step of creating a custom home, addition, or remodel.

This Knowledge Base eliminates stress and unexpected surprises by sharing the best practices for any architecture or construction project.

You can read through this knowledgebase now or look up particular questions later. 300 articles is a lot to read, but don't worry about that. After you set up a project in the New Avenue system we will send you the relevant knowledge base article when you reach a new step in the process.

We hope you enjoy this informative guide to custom home and remodel projects written by some of the best experts in the business and personally overseen by New Avenue founder and CEO Kevin Casey.



Legalizing an existing accessory dwelling in-law unit in San Francisco

Many have tried, few have won. The permitting process for legalizing an illegal in law apartment is scary and need not be. This is a summary of the permit process one homeowner experienced when legalizing their unpermitted in-law apartment.

Jacob Bek, a New York City Architect discusses a Hamptons summer house and the cost of firing the architect

Many people misunderstand that an architect's role is to manage the design, permitting and construction process. This is a story of what happens when an inexperienced designer doesn't fill that role and a new architect has to be hired, the contractor has to stop and restart. This costs the client money and time.

Remodel and Construction Costs - How to Stay On Budget

This is a study of the process of getting bids and then managing payments to make sure you minimize surprises and stay on budget.

$1,000,000 Remodel and Restoration of a 100+ Year Old Historic Home in the San Francisco Bay Area

This article is part of a series of posts on real project costs. New Avenue is the leading national design/build network. Our architect and contractor partners use our online platform to provided their bids and process their invoices. As such we get a unique collection of project costs. We share these costs to help inform owners, architects and contractors.

The Cost of a Family Room, Master Bed and Master Bath Addition in a Northern California Bungalow

This is part of a series of posts on real project costs. New Avenue is the leading national design/build network. Our architect and contractor partners use our online platform to provided their bids and process their invoices. As such we get a unique collection of project costs. We share these costs to help inform owners, architects and contractors.

Harvard Study Shows Healthy Homes + Indoor Air Quality Have Massive Impact on Intelligence

Indoor air quality in offices has proven to cause a significant decrease in intelligence. The measurements of indoor air quality in our homes may prove to be even worse!

Three Essential Documents For Every Addition, Remodel and Custom Home Project

Every addition, remodel, and custom home project needs a Design Agreement, Construction Agreement, and Budget. As a neutral 3rd party to the process, New Avenue Homes provides fair, balanced, and complete agreements for free.

Eighteen Common Budget Busting Construction "Change Orders" That Occur During Additions, Remodels, and New Construction

This post highlights the 18 most common change orders. These are changes that may be called “surprises” on your project and they shouldn’t be. The New Avenue online project management system reviews hundreds of projects at any given time. It tracks all of the change orders submitted by contractors in these projects.Review this checklist and compare it to your budget. Is the full scope of work included in the price you are quoted?

Remodel and Construction Costs - How to Stay On Budget

Best Practices in New Avenue's simple process are keeping projects on budget.
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