For a construction project to move along seamlessly, all of the pieces have to fall in place. One of those pieces is submittals. If you are not familiar with the construction process, this may be something that is new to you. If you are going to use a residential construction project manager, he or she will more than likely take care of this for you, but you should still know what they are.
What Are Submittals
This is a key communication component during the project. While requirements can vary from project to project, they usually encompass technical data, project specs, product samples, and shop drawings. They are used to ensure the right components are approved for the project.
These are not the official blueprints for the overall construction of the home. They are generally prepared by the subcontractor or vendor who is taking care of that particular aspect of the project. Some items in the construction project that may require show drawings would be:
- Certain equipment
- Structural connections
These drawings may not always match up with the original construction design, at which point the team members need to come together to find a solution.
Specifications and Technical Data
These will also show a supplier’s solution for a specific item in the project. Also, like the shop drawings, there can sometimes be discrepancies that need to be hashed out before construction can begin.
This is exactly what it sounds like, in that you are getting small samples of the products that will be used during the construction. This can be very useful when you have samples of different components that will be installed together, such as the kitchen tiling, flooring, walls, etc.
Are Submittals Important to the Process?
In a simple word, “yes.” Remember what we said before about the planning stage? The longer you plan and work through potential issues, the less likely there were will be problems during the actual construction stage. Submittals allow the team to work through discrepancies long before the project ever begins. This would be especially true when you are talking about the structural integrity of the project.
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