- $75,409 owed to subs and suppliers
- $29,250 for architectural services
- The 7-10% construction management fee ($30,000+).
Two observations from an attorney who has seen dozens of cases like this. Working any job without a good contract is like throwing red meat to an owner with a gripe. In this case, the Paradise Valley home came in at well over the initial budget of $170 per SF. Mandell had an axe to grind. Second, I'll defend the notices and disclosures required by Montana § 28-2-2201 -- insurance, payment terms, warranty, inspections -- all important subjects that should be covered in any residential construction contract. The law makes sense and should help keep contractors out of court.