Why would someone want to hire an engineer to prepare a design when a contractor can do it? Engineering costs more, right?
Take the example of the farmhouse with 1st floor framing damaged by insects under the dining room and sloping kitchen floor. The contractor’s proposed fix-up was to place new beams under the entire first floor and relocate the water supply and heating piping to accommodate the new beams at a cost of $38,000.
When Criterium-Turner looked at the project, our reaction was that a new beam was needed only under the insect damaged area. Several new columns at strategic locations were also needed. They did not need beams under entire floor and certainly did not need to relocate the plumbing. Estimated cost to do this work, including engineering: $6,000.
Now that’s cost effective engineering!