Richard Roe, Architect

General Conditions

Contract Drawings

The drawings which will with this specification form the basis of an agreement for the erection and completion of a residence for John Doe, to be erected at the corner of A Avenue and B Street, are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, to a scale of inch to the foot; and details, 20, 21, 22, 23, to a scale of 1 inches, and all materials and work necessary to complete the structure indicated, are to be furnished and done by the Contractor.

* Note. - These "Specifications" cover the following pages of text up to and including page 44.

Detail Drawings

Full-sized details and models will be furnished as the work progresses, and no work requiring them is to be done before their delivery. In their preparation, minor modifications will be made which do not materially affect the cost of execution; and they will be delivered to the Contractor within the following periods after the award of the contract: those which affect the construction of exterior walls, cornice, roof, or internal framing, six weeks; those for interior finish, four months; those for carving on material in place, six months.


No alterations shall be made involving change in cost, unless ordered by the Architect in writing, setting forth fully the nature and extent of the change, the terms and conditions under which it is to be made, to which the assent of both Owner and Contractor is to be attached.

The Architect will, during the progress of the work, give oral directions relative thereto; but such directions will never be considered as authorizing changes.

Accepted And Rejected Materials

The decision of the Architect will be final relative to the work or materials furnished, and that rejected is to be removed promptly from the site. It will be understood, however, that every item furnished in place in the building which is covered by a payment, is considered as accepted, and will not be later rejected unless defects develop which were not visible prior to the payment; and when, for such cause, material is rejected, the entire expense incident to replacing the material is to be borne by the Contractor.

Responsibility Of Contractor

The Contractor is to be entirely responsible for producing the finished work in place; and in carrying it out, he is to furnish all tools and temporary appliances to accomplish the contract requirements, and also heat, so that after the first plaster coat is begun no part of the building shall be allowed to have a temperature lower than 40° F. If plastering is done in hot, dry weather, he is to protect the building with such temporary closures as will prevent injury from too rapid evaporation. He is to be responsible for the protection, not only of all material delivered on the site, but also of all materials in place, until the final acceptance of the building as evidenced by the final payment on the contract and the delivery of the structure to the Owner. As this responsibility extends to loss by fire, he is to keep the building fully insured in Stock Insurance Companies, the loss, if any, payable to the owner as his interest may appear; and the total amount of such insurance shall never be less than a sum 20 per cent higher than the total amount of the payments made; and prior to each payment, the Contractor shall deliver to the Owner such policies. The Contractor shall, if required by the Owner four days prior to the time any payment is due, produce evidence satisfactory to the Owner that such settlements have been made as will clear the premises from the liability of liens on account of either labor or materials furnished; and in case the Contractor fails to produce such evidence, the Owner is not under any obligations to make the payment until his demand is complied with. If the demand is not made by the Owner four days prior to the day any payment is due, the Contractor will not be obliged to furnish evidence for the payment then coming due; but the right to demand the evidence before any subsequent payment is made will continue to exist, so that the Owner may demand such evidence prior to any future payment.

City Laws

The Contractor, without the intervention of either Owner or Architect, is to comply with all City Ordinances for the regulation of building on private property and the temporary use of highways beyond the building lines.

Employer's Liability Insurance

Should any person either employed by him or not, or any property, be injured in any of the operations in connection with the building or through his carelessness or that of any of his employees, he is to be responsible therefor; and therefore he is to carry at all times Employers' Liability Insurance which will cover up to $5,000.00 the damage to any one person, either of the public or of those in his employ.

Ladders And Scaffold

The Contractor is to maintain at all " times such ladders and scaffolding as will afford the Owner or Architect access to all portions of the work.


As soon as possible after the award of the contract the Contractor is to deliver on the site samples of all materials required in connection therewith. Such samples are to indicate the range he proposes to use, by one of the poorest quality and one of the best in each class, with the understanding that the material furnished is to run between the two so that the average of the material furnished will be practically the average between the two samples.

The Architect will pass on these samples; and after acceptance by him, they will be kept for guidance in passing on the material when delivered. If any of the samples, in the opinion of the Architect, are not in accord with the contract requirements, he will reject such in writing, setting forth fully his reasons, and the Contractor is to furnish additional samples in lieu of those rejected, until materials suitable in the judgment of the Architect are submitted. In executing the work, the poorer materials are to be placed in the minor portions of the work as selected by the Architect.