Re: builder contracts
From: James Kacki (
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 20:33:17 -0700 (PDT)
This is another useful site to begin research into contractor contracts. It is a Canadian site (CCDC -Canadian Construction Documents Committee) who publish all the accepted standard construction documents in Canada. I assume its the Canadian equivalent to the AIA site listed below. I doubt there is much difference in the issues covered by the contracts and contract documents in each country. Capitalism rules! :-). You can purchase the documents or just look over the list to see what is covered. If you purchase one it should probably be "CCDC2 The owner /contractor contract". or "CCDC20 A Guide To The Use Of CCDC2" Just another research resource for those interested. As someone said, each project is different, but there are commonalities, ( and many are probably N. America wide)

On 5-Jul-08, at 3:54 PM, John Faust wrote:

I'm sure it is true that each contract is unique in many respects. We
haven't even gotten there in our process so I'm guessing here. But I would suspect that it would be valuable to see examples of what is covered in such contracts and at what depth. As you abstract away the differences among the
examples, I suspect patterns begin to emerge. That is undoubtedly how
contractors and builders operate efficiently--reuse existing pattern and/or
borrow it from someone else.

Cohousing US could really assist the forming and construction processes by collecting a library of such documents and then spending some time looking for the patterns they share. Differences among states are to be expected but
that, in itself, is useful information.

In the mean time, you can try the AIA site that addresses
On a detailed page, there is a description of the A-series
documents<>that are contract forms for
contracts between owner and contractor for many
different circumstances. That page just contains descriptions of the
documents. They want to sell you the document forms for about $10 each. The synopses are fairly explicit so you shouldn't need to purchase many of the forms to get a useful one. The forms are MS Word documents but you could use OpenOffice (or NeoOffice on Mac OS X) just as well. I can't attest to the
quality since I haven't seen or used them. However, they may provide

Apologies if I have misunderstood your question.

John Faust

On Sat, Jul 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM, Larry Miller <larry.miller [at]>

I second Sharon's response. Our contract was more like a book.

On Jul 4, 2008, at 8:52 AM, Francoise Paradis wrote:

Does anyone have a contract with a builder they would be willing to
share for us to review?  We want to make sure we have all the bases
covered before we sign one.

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