building 101 and bid template
we are in an early stage for our home addition project
1. what is a good website/book to systematically learn building process and how to manage the project?
2. For first time home owners like us, we are not aware of a lot of the decisions we need to make that would define the quality and cost of the project. But we certainly get a feeling that there are A LOT. For instance, we just came to know that window trim would affect the cost. For us, we didn't even noticed that windows have trims!
So, the question is how do we find a comprehensive list of items we should do research on and select our options up front so we don't get surprises later on?
Found this document here. is it good enough? Any better documents?
3. when it comes to estimates and bidding, it seems that different contractors do it differently with different format and level of details. is it possible to provide a template so they can all follow it? this way it seems to be easy to compare bids and negotiate on the final contract. Is it possible to do so? what would be a good template?
Here is a link that might be useful: construction list