Lessons learned, part I

New Year, new fresh ideas! Collectively, we have talked about new ways to keep costumers better informed, and simply, more educated. As a result, we are launching a segment in our blog called lessons learned. Title says it all! The idea is to draw upon project setbacks that occur all too often, and inform our future clients how to avoid these situations. Happy reading!

Too often, design builders are faced with the home stretch (80% and above project completion) when new unforeseeable issues surface. Too often these include less-than-acceptable structural members, HVAC blunders, and the worst "m" word a homeowner can be faced with: mold. Sure, sometimes we cannot avoid them, but with great project managing, attention to detail, and constant communication between all trade leaders, these issues can be avoided. Here's how:

  • Be sure a full system inspection is done. No if's and but's here! No matter how small the remodel or addition may be! Better to plan ahead than to backpedal.
  • Request a mold inspection, and if necessary, mitigation plan. There's no sense in building new and still creating sick buildings.
  • Measure twice, cut once! It's always easier to cut back a piece of drywall to inspect HVAC, structure, than to have to come back at the end (and do it anyways!).
  • Make sure your contract has a contingency set up for these (and any other) situations. No one likes to pay more than anticipated!

The older your home, the more likely you are to find these issues. Be sure your project manager pays careful attention to all systems, no matter the size or scope of your remodel. You'll be happier in the long run!