If you are remodeling your kitchen, do it by the numbers, don’t freewheel it. Get a design first! Use an Architect on any larger remodel, and on a smaller one at least have some basic drawings done. Most big box stores will have a computer design tool where you can see before you buy. You cannot just start buying components because you find them on sale. No overall plan? You won’t like the results.

There is a lot of information on the benefits of BIM for the rest of the AEC industry, I am just addressing architects that are making design and construction drawings. Non-architects think that we have been using cost estimating software like this all along. They have no idea that we fill out door schedules by hand and use lines for walls. You became an architect to design buildings and solve problems, not be a typist or laboriously sling lines as fast as you can in pointless repetition.

So today I’m looking for work and I’m reading the few ads out there for architectural work and I see over and over “must know AutoCAD”. Why? Is anybody out there really drawing floor plans using lines to represent a wall?Blocks for doors? Really? I’m sorry but that is just ludicrous. I could never work there because I would not be able to stop calling people stupid. I would probably not get past the first phone interview. I’d demand to know why. A chisel and a stone tablet are almost as efficient.

There are many tricks of the trade so to speak in estimating and if you do a fair amount of them you will develop your own as well. It is always good to round your numbers up, not down to make sure you have covered the amount you need. If you budget $1500 and only spend $1425, that’s great. If you budget $1000 and it costs $1600, that’s not so good and may cause you not to be able to finish the work. Be it a deck, a patio, or a shed, you need to know how much your going to spend for materials BEFORE you start.

As one of the seven wonders in the world, the Great Wall was built by the ancient Chinese people. It was built about 2000 years ago and the Construction estimating software more than 100 years. This project makes people believe the great power of human beings. Actually, the Great Wall is architecture which consists of many walls. It winds more than 2000 kilometers. At the beginning, it was established to protect the people from the invasion of other nations. The city walls were constructed through stones, grass, soil and bricks. It is believed that about 2 to 3 million people died in the process of construction.

Estimating is not a science but is your best guess (informed or not) on what the overall project will cost. This will help you to decide A. If you can afford the project and B. Do I really have the time to finish the work?

Estimating the budget for your kitchen remodeling project is not a difficult task. You will need a camera, a sheet of paper, a measuring tape and a pencil. Another great tip to cut down your budget is to buy the materials when they are on sale. Stores usually hold sales on certain occasions like Memorial Day weekends or Labor Day.