Construction and Design 101 – Your Home Office

If you’re an entrepreneur and work out of your home, you’re in good company. Forbes reports that billionaires like Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Markus Persson (Minecraft), Sara Blakely (Spanx), and Frank Wang (DJI Technologies) all started their businesses out of their homes. But did these now Billionaires have standard home offices? Or, did they construct them from scratch to fulfill the needs of their business? While working from home can be convenient, it also has drawbacks. It is easy to get distracted by piles of laundry, dishes, or similar day-to-day tasks. Having a separate office away from your general living space will make it easier to concentrate.

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Plans for New York’s Largest ‘All-Electric’ Skyscraper Unveiled – A CNN Style Article

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Oscar Holland, and was published to CNN Style on April 19th, 2022. To view the full article, please click here.
American banking giant JPMorgan Chase has unveiled plans for its new global headquarters: a 60-story skyscraper powered entirely by renewable energy. Set to complete in 2025, the 1,388-foot-tall tower will become New York’s largest “all-electric” building, according to Foster + Partners, the architects behind the design.

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The Top Ten Questions to Ask your New Contractor

 

Time and time again, homeowners are so excited about a new construction project, they go into the project blindly, forgetting to ask basic questions which can make or break their relationship with a contractor or architect. Before starting any type of construction project, it’s wise to ask these ten most-forgotten questions to ensure your construction project is timely, organized, and protected.

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Understanding Lien Waivers for Contractors – Inside and Out

For contractors and subcontractors in New York, Mechanic’s Lien Waivers are a part of life, but the potential risks to the contractor in waiving more than intended or understanding of the terms are not always as common. Owners (and often their lender) require that the project be kept lien free through progression of the work to final completion. This means that, as a contractor or subcontractor, you will undoubtedly be asked to execute a Mechanic’s Lien Waiver at some time or another, often in conjunction with applying for payment. If you do so however without paying attention to the specific language of the Waiver, you might lose more than you bargained for. Within this article, we share two examples of Lien Waivers. A Contractor’s Final Waiver and a Contractor’s Partial Waiver.

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Changes vs Cardinal Changes: The limit of Construction Contract

Changes are an unavoidable aspect of construction. Although thorough effort and coordination are required in preparing the original project contract, specifications and construction drawings, there will still be changes. This is why owners are provided the right to make changes to the work under a typical contract changes clause.

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Head of Renewable Energy Long Island Talks Offshore Wind Industry on the Horizon – A Long Island Press Article A

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Claude Solnik and was published to the Long Island Press on April 11th, 2022. To view the full article, please click here.

The month that includes Earth Day is a perfect time to check in regarding alternative energy in New York State such as wind and solar. We talked with Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization working to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy systems, about goals, accomplishments, and what’s getting done for wind and sun.

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Understanding the Importance of Building Permits

What do you need a building permit for? This is one of the most common questions regarding construction. Building permits are both important and necessary and the failure to obtain one can cause major obstacles down the road.  Building permits are needed whenever a homeowner is altering or expanding their current home, installing a swimming pool, deck, shed or more.  Building permits are more important than you think, and here’s why!

 

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Is It Worth It To Elevate Your Home?


One of the most common causes of home elevation is extreme weathering and flooding. In general, there are two options when deciding to elevate your home. The homeowner can physically lift the home, building a new foundation at the bottom, or leaving the home as is, but just building a “livable space” upper level, alternatively converting the ground level to a complete closure.

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New York Construction Delays, All Things Being Equal, They’re Not

Everyone knows that time is money, and in particular this is true with New York construction contracts. It is also well known that delays are often part of the construction reality, along with change orders and extras. Delays impact owners, contractors and subcontractors.

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Women in Construction – A Long Island Business News Article

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Peggy Keane and was published to the Long Island Business News on April 6th, 2022

At its most basic level, construction is about taking an idea and bringing it to life in the real world. Knowing that I took a concept and gave it form has always been one the most rewarding aspects of the roles I have had.

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