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Articles by Bruce A. Sommers, President of Ashworth Design Build, who founded the company in 1983. Bruce is very proud to be a veteran who served his country in the United States military.

Raise Your Roof with an Addition

If you need more space it may be better to improve rather than to move.  Adding a second story onto your home can be more challenging than a typical addition. However, the rewards are great, as you will double the square footage of your home while retaining your property size. With any remodel there can [...]

Where Do You Start?

Do you want to add on to or remodel an existing home or other building? Do you want to renovate? Or, is it just some maintenance or repairs that need attention? Maybe you’re looking to build a new home or business facility. What are the differences and how do you start the process. ADDITION, REMODEL, [...]

Apples to Apples – Why Are Plans Necessary?

If your project is an Addition a Remodel or a New Home, you really will need a plan. What I mean is you’re going to need plans, something that will show the contractors what you want, where you want it and what size it is, what finishes will be required and a myriad of other [...]

Design Bid or Design Build – What’s Right for You?

Design Bid or Design Build? There is a difference! Which is best for you and your project? The traditional Design Bid process involves selecting someone to design and prepare plans, usually an architect or Building Designer. They need to “plug” into your vision and create the desired “look”, room layout or design using their technical [...]

Qualifications and Professionalism

How do you determine if you’re dealing with a professional? The term “Professionalism” is thrown around rather easily, but what does it really mean to be a professional? Think about your first visit to a doctor’s office. What do you look for…pictures of past patients? …Or the size of the office staff? How well dressed [...]

Hiring the Professional

Getting Started – Finding the appropriate design, building or Design Build professional for your project is not a difficult task. The steps are similar to those you would take in locating any qualified professional. First, you will need to compile a list of potential candidates. Start by asking friends, relatives and business associates if they’ve [...]

Building Codes, Permits and Inspections

When are permits and inspections required, who gets or calls for them? What is the benefit of a third party inspection? Inspections help protect your property value and life safety. The Design Build industry is constantly changing; there are new materials and systems being put on the market every day. Building codes and regulations are [...]

Insurance – What You Should Know and Look For

I am not an insurance expert and the following is based on my own understanding of what you should know and look for. You should consult with a licensed insurance professional if you have any questions. Your builder should at least have current general liability insurance. Always ask for a Certificate of Liability Insurance, but [...]

Site Selection & the Pit Falls

A New Home or Building is going to require a site. Do you have existing property or are you going to purchase a new site. Site selection should involve a real estate professional, but they don’t always tell you about the flood plain or the ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) or the need to replat the [...]