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How to Avoid the Common Mistakes of Permit Applications

How to Avoid the Common Mistakes of Permit Applications

Applying for a permit can be an arduous process even if you don’t make any mistakes when you apply. At PW+A we're here to help you navigate this process, if you find you're in need of assistance.

Here’s a guide that will help you to avoid common permit application mistakes and help you to receive your permit as soon as possible.

Start as Early as Possible

Depending on the complexity of the project, a construction permit could take anywhere from a month to a full year to process. The length of the process is mainly determined by the quality of the application and the complexity of the project.

It’s a good idea to double check the quality of your application. If your application doesn’t contain all of the necessary information, it’s not unlikely that it will get pushed aside and take additional weeks or months simply because you didn’t fill it out correctly the first time.

Talk with a Plans Examiner or Code Official

Talking with a plans examiner or code official can save you a lot of time in the permitting process by helping you avoid some of the simple mistakes involved in permit applications. They will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the information you need on your application, and help guide you onto the correct path. Communication is key is a smooth permitting process.

Ensure Your Permit Application is Complete and Accurate before Submittal

Here are some of the most common mistakes made in the permitting process. 

  • Submitting additional information without the proper forms
  • Plans containing title blocks not signed
  • Additional information not submitted through a general contractor
  • Site plan not submitted when projects are increasing the footprint of the property
  • Incomplete Code Data
  • Footing/Framing/Truss details not included in submittal
  • Wall bracing lines and methods not included in submittal
  • Energy certificate information not included in submittal
  • Smoke detector locations not Included in submittal
  • Incorrect insulation values listed on plans

It’s important to ensure that when you turn in your request for a building permit that you double check to make sure that all of the required information is included. It’s also important to make sure that all of the information you submitted is accurate.

If at a later date you decide to change an aspect about the building, it is necessary to resubmit your plans. If it is found out that you are deviating from your original application or your application was simply not accurate to begin with, the city could issue a stop work order and you’d be left sitting on your hands until you could receive your new permit.

 

2020 Design Trends We Love

2020 Design Trends We Love

Celebrating a new decade often ushers in new trends in home design. The Twenties will be no different. Design trends point to bold colors and big designs with an emphasis on the environment and being as eco friendly as possible. From choosing colors more in tune with nature to recycling materials and up cycling old furnishings, the design trends of 2020 looks to be bold, bright and eco minded.

2020 Design Trends We Love

Multi-Use Spaces

You can thank the tiny house craze for multi-use spaces. Small or large homes benefit from multi-use space. A spare bedroom also serves as a home office, a craft room can be incorporated into the laundry room or maintenance room. 

Multi-Use Furniture

The Murphy bed is making a comeback due to this trend. Your home office can also be a bedroom with the flip of a switch (or the tug of a cord). 

Go Green

The 20s will look a little like the 70s with heavy use of live plants. Statement plants such as large ferns or elephant ear plants have made their way back into our living rooms. Not only do they filter the air in our homes, but they add a lovely pop of color.

Recycled Materials

More and more you can find home furnishings that have been made of recycled materials such as patio furniture made from recycled milk cartons to upcycled furnishings crafted from older furniture but redrafted with a modern twist. Etsy is blowing up with these kinds of furnishings and decor.

Bold Color

You'll find bright, bold colors in most of the new homes being designed these days. And not just a pop of color but a whole wall of lemon yellow or lime green. Often used on textured surfaces. These can be stunning, certainly eye catching.

Sport Courts

The trend might be for smaller homes, but some are actually getting bigger and in those larger homes you'll often find sport courts. These are great in climates where going outside in harsh weather is dangerous, or for sporty families that need to practice and don't want to spend free time driving. Sport courts are also a great draw for the neighbors so be sure you like to entertain before adding one to your home.

Indoors go Outdoors

More and more we're seeing homes that have traditional indoor spaces - living areas, kitchens, dining rooms - taken outdoors. These are not simply porches or patios  - these are living spaces meant exclusively for the outdoors and to be enjoyed in all seasons.

A look Back at 2019

2019 was a good year at Preston Wood & Associates. A strong economy kept us busy. Our townhouse floor plans were chosen for several projects that we're very thrilled to be part of.

Pecan Row of Nashville

We were thrilled to have our townhouse floor plans chosen by Legacy South for Pecan Row in Nashville, TN.

Legacy South is a home builder and developer in Nashville, TN with a focus on both custom homes and move-in ready homes in the heart of the urban core.

Pecan Row is located in North Nashville, a wonderfully diverse community filled with people on the go and on the move. The neighborhood is welcoming and includes all the shops, restaurants and nightlife you could want in an area so close to downtown Nashville.

Preston Wood & Associates attended the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas

It actually snowed for the duration of our stay, but aside from poor weather, it was an educational experience. 

We attended many educational classes, always the most informative part of the show and the part we look forward to most next to meeting others in the industry. This year the classes were exceptional and incredibly informative. From marketing strategies to the latest in tech news, these classes are always so helpful. There were more than 130 education sessions this year, all led by professionals in the industry.

In addition to the educational seminars, the show is about the exhibitors. Truly an international show, we saw products from all over the world. 

The Enclave at Stafford Oaks

Preston Wood & Associates was proud to announce our involvement with Dulles Ventures in a new development in Stafford, TX - The Enclave at Stafford Oaks. We are excited to work with Stafford's city council and planning department in bringing these single-family homes to fruition.

Located on Dulles Avenue, these affordable single-family homes feature exteriors decorated with siding and stone while the interiors include in-demand finishes and amenities. You can view examples of our various floor plans by clicking here.

Student Housing in Fort Worth

Preston Wood and Associates is proud to have been chosen to design the new student housing in Fort Worth, TX.

The floor plan for this stunning design features three stories and a lovely roof deck. This design is a great choice for student housing. The floor plan is open with plenty of room for studying, hanging out, cooking and conversation. 

We look forward to 2020 and providing the best townhouse floor plans for your projects! 

Midsize Townhouse Floor Plan for Sale

Midsize Townhouse Floor Plan for Sale

If you're looking for townhouse floor plans for sale we've got everything you could possibly want in townhouse floor plans. This midsize townhouse floor plan - E5036 B1.1 L -  for sale features a 2 1/2 stories with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a large game room.

The main level of this townhouse floor plan includes the 2 car garage and living space. The kitchen is open to the main living area making this a delightful design for those who enjoy entertaining. The kitchen features a large island and ample storage space. The dining area is just off the kitchen.

The living room includes a corner fireplace, access to the outside deck or patio and a media center. The powder room and main entry are just down the hall with easy access to the stairway leading upstairs.

The second floor of this lovely townhouse floor plan features the master suite and two additional bedrooms. The master suite is spacious with plenty of light from the front windows. The master bath includes a soaking tub and walk-in shower, private commode area and two sinks for convenience. There are two walk-in closets - one located off the master bedroom and the other through the master bath.

The second bathroom is located at the top of the stairs and easily accessible from both bedrooms. Both bedrooms have spacious closets and easy access to the laundry area.

The third floor is home to the game room which is where the kids will be when they're home. The room is spacious - perfect for lounging while playing games or watching movies. The 4th bathroom is located down the hall from the game room.

E5036 B1.1 L a delightful townhouse floor plan for sale, currently on sale for $1000. 

Measurements are: 2136 square ft. of living space and has a width of 26'-1'' and a depth of 45'-9 1/2". This plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. Some highlights include the 2-car garage, the large island in the kitchen for extra counter space, the spacious master bathroom with two separate vanities and room for both a tub and shower, and two closets for the master suite. 

  • LEVEL ONE: 680
  • LEVEL TWO: 1115
  • LEVEL THREE: 341
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2136

For more info on our plans, please call 713-522-2724 or E-mail us.
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Legacy South Choose Preston Wood & Associates Floor Plans for Pecan Row of Nashville

Legacy South Choose Preston Wood & Associates Floor Plans for Pecan Row of Nashville

Legacy South, a locally owned home building and development company in Nashville, have chosen Preston Wood and Associates Floor Plans for their brand new Pecan Row in Nashville, TN. We're honored they chose our floor plans and can't wait to see the finished results.

A New Kind of Community in North Nashville

 

Pecan Row is a brand new kind of community, built for those who prefer a walkable community with a small-town feel, but close to downtown. The community is diverse and authentic and bustling with excitement.

Close to Everything

Whether you enjoy shopping at the local farmer's market, grabbing a bit at the Germantown Cafe, or grabbing a morning juice at the Juice Bar, you're close to everything in Downtown Nashville. Pecan Row is a wonderfully walkable community, perfect for those who want to leave their car at home.

Two Stunning Floor Plans

Pecan Row offers two stunning floor plan designs to choose as well as two finish packages to choose from. Choose the clean lines and light finish package for your cabinets and fixtures or go with a more modern design with darker fixtures and cabinets. The choice is your's and the folks at Legacy South will be happy to help you choose the best finish for you.

Two Finishes Packages

Choose from two different floor plans, both with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 2 car garage. Both townhouse floor plans have been designed with today's new homeowner in mind. Both townhouse floor plans provide an open main living space with ample room for entertaining. The kitchens are open to the main living and dining area so you'll never miss the fun when guests visit.

Well Designed Townhomes

Floorplan A features a balcony on the main living area with the perfect place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee while watching the neighborhood come to life. Floorplan A is slightly large at 1879 square feet while Floorplan B is 1814. Both feature spacious walk-in closets in the master bedroom and lower level suite.

About Legacy South

Legacy South is a home builder and developer in Nashville, TN with a focus on both custom homes and move-in ready homes in the heart of the urban core.

Click here to learn more about Pecan Row of Nashville, TN.

Housing Starts Reach Post-Recession High in May as Permits Soften

Housing Starts Reach Post-Recession High in May as Permits Soften

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, housing starts reached a post-recession high in May. Housing starts rose 5% to an adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million units - the highest since July 2007. Permits have dropped however, pointing to a decrease in future housing activity. Continue reading the full article below.

Housing Starts Reach Post-Recession High in May as Permits Soften

(NAHB), Total housing starts rose 5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million units, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. This is the highest housing starts report since July 2007.

While housing production numbers rose, overall permits — which are a sign of future housing production activity — dropped 4.6 percent to 1.3 million units in May. Single-family permits fell 2.2 percent to 844,000 while multifamily permits fell 8.7 percent to 457,000.

“Ongoing job creation, positive demographics and tight existing home inventory should spur more single-family production in the months ahead,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “However, the softening of single-family permits is consistent with our reports showing that builders are concerned over mounting construction costs, including the highly elevated prices of softwood lumber.”

The May reading of 1.35 million is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts rose 3.9 percent to 936,000 — the second highest reading since the Great Recession. Meanwhile, the multifamily sector — which includes apartment buildings and condos — rose 7.5 percent to 414,000 units.

Year-to-date, single-family and multifamily production are respectively 9.8 percent and 13.6 percent higher than their levels over the same period last year. The year-to-date metric can help compare performance data over a specific time period and show growth trends.

“We should see builders continue to increase production to meet growing consumer demand even as they grapple with stubborn supply-side constraints, particularly rising lumber costs,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from LaPlace, La.

Regionally, the Midwest led the nation with a 62.2 percent increase in combined single- and multifamily housing starts. Starts fell 0.9 percent in the South, 4.1 percent in the West and 15 percent in the Northeast.

Looking at regional permit data, permits rose 42.1 percent in the Northeast and 7.2 percent in the Midwest. They fell 4.6 percent in the West and 13.9 percent in the South.