Before the frame is raised
QWhat are the most important things that my builder or contractor needs to accomplish before the timber company can raise the frame?
AWHEN MOST COMPANIES supply construction drawings, all the appropriate permits have been obtained. This type of service varies from company to company, so be sure to check with yours to manage your expectations.
Another concern your contractor needs to deal with is site accessibility. Make sure a 55-foot flatbed trailer can access a level and clear drop site next to the foundation. Remember that a rig of this size needs a minimum turning radius of 45 degrees. If either of these conditions can’t be met, make sure an alternate drop-off site is nearby.
Other important elements on your contractor’s checklist are the foundation and first-floor system. Try to have the foundation installed, per the provided plans, at least two weeks before the planned delivery. The basement’s support posts also need to be in place. Of course, all the work that will occur will require power, so make sure permanent or temporary power is located close to the foundation. If a gas generator is supplied, it should be capable of at least 5,500 watts.
Also think about placing a 30-yard dumpster close to your site for daily cleanup, which provides a safe building environment and a tidy work site.