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Backyard Expectations

Builder responsibilities

3D-Design-RenderingThe builder is responsible for referencing and abiding to all applicable bylaws and zoning requirements (e.g. noise and work start times) as well as being respectful of neighbouring properties and city property whereby keeping them clean and free from damage (with the exception of normal damage expected during construction.

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drawings should be produced to scale using computer-aided design (CAD) or engineering programs. The landscape design should also be included in the overall contract documents.

The builder should not cut any corners as it will compromise the quality or durability of the end product. They should also start and complete the project as promised (weather permitting) and work continuously—not taking any unnecessary breaks unless absolutely required (such as concrete curing time, etc.). Finally, the builder should also let you know as soon as possible if any unexpected circumstances are encountered during any phase of the project (e.g. coming across an underground rock or water) that will add costs to the job and, if so, to provide a fair and honest price to fix the problem.

Terms of the agreement

Perhaps one of the most important responsibilities you have is to carefully read over the contract and do not make any assumptions about what is or is not included. A good builder should provide you with a clear and concise contract that details the scope of work described. In some cases, you may unfortunately be surprised or disappointed if you do not read these documents thoroughly.

Equally important to a successful pool installation is ensuring the builder keeps up his/her end of the bargain, whereby the contract summarizes precisely everything that was agreed to in previous discussions. In addition, the supporting documents (e.g. drawings, appendices, terms and conditions, etc.) should also be clear and complete. Collectively, these are referred to as the contract documents. Ideally, drawings should be produced to scale using computer-aided design (CAD) or engineering programs. The landscape design should also be included in the overall contract documents. These are also used to produce detailed drawings for the construction crew to ensure the pool and surrounding features are built to the proper specifications. The builder is responsible for executing the plan and co-ordinating all labour, equipment, materials, and subcontractors.

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