Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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"We had a $1 million project on an unimproved street, and the SDC wanted $365,000," says Tim. "We had researched it early, but the amount was still a surprise. We had to fight it down to $93,000. If we had done a remodel, none of those fees would have been ac- cessed. But because it was a tear-down, they applied." Says Dave, "They've adjusted it since, but that house still would have about $72,000 in fees." The fees are a sticker shock, for sure, but the other big challenge these days for the firm is the rising cost of Upward Battle Remodeling instead of building new frequently has the edge in Portland for a variety of reasons. For one, the number of easy, buildable sites is dwindling. What's left are the steep sites that are, perforce, more expensive to build on. Another is the cost of entitlements. "When we remodel a house, there are modest savings if we can reuse the foun- dation or some of the framing, but the big savings comes from System Develop- ment Charges [SDC]," Dave explains. "They can easily be $18,000 to $24,000 a house." construction. "Costs have escalated tremendously. And I'm starting to feel like it's going to affect projects ahead," says Dave. "We have plenty of people asking for design services, but the expectations about cost are unrealistic. We hear 'Oh, my God' a lot." So, Dave and Tim have gotten seriously proactive about communicat- ing the tough news as early as possible. They don't want to get caught in an endless cycle of design, bid, redesign, and rebid—with the consequent spiral of disappointment that accompanies such value engineering. "Before we even start This page: For the Rangers Ridge remodel, the team worked within the schema of an existing ranch house, located on the edge of a canyon overlooking the Deschutes River. A series of additions provided more and better glazed openings to the view and a more felicitous arrangement of interior spaces. Photos: David Papazian 21 VOL. 5, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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