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2. My contractor says it will cost too much!
Contractors, bless their hearts, are often times given far too much credit for their powers of prediction. Unless a contractor has a well-developed expertise in preservation projects, they may know less than you do about the real cost of the project. Even if they are experienced in preservation work, they are not likely to have a full range of understanding of all the issues that go into designing preservation projects. They key to determining a project's construction cost is a detailed work scope that defines and designs the necessary work to be done. This is one of the most important items the study provides. Through careful decision-making, and application of alternative code compliance and construction technologies, costs can be contained while preserving historic character and fabric. (Maybe that existing stair will serve just fine as a means of exiting the building, if properly presented within the context of a comprehensive code compliance review. Keeping a seemingly non-compliant stairway can save thousands of dollars of construction cost.) Once the scope is finalized, application of well developed industry cost standards with carefully done quantity take offs will provide a sound and reliable cost estimate.

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10. That old building is ready to fall down around our shoulders

9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.

8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.

7. The "hysterical" society won't let you make any changes. They'll even tell you what color to paint it!

6. We'll have to do all sorts of reproduction of historical stuff. It will probably cost a small fortune!

5. The building is full of asbestos and God knows what else!

4. Doesn't the city have some kind of free money or grant program?

3. The building has to come down to make room for parking.

2. My contractor says it will cost too much!

1. We'll be better off tearing it down and building something new!
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