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Remodeling Success Tips, Issue #006 -- Getting Through the Design Phase - Take 2
November 28, 2008

Design Phase

My apologies to you all. My ezine accidentally was sent out before it was complete. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Welcome to this months edition of Remodeling Success Tips. In this edition we will be looking at how to effectively get through the design phase of a construction project.

Sometimes this is harder than you would think but you can assist by following a few simple steps.

Table of Contents

Issue #006 - November 28, 2008

Design Process

  1. Starting the Process
  2. Setting Milestones
  3. Material Procurement
  4. Drive Your Project

Starting the Design Process

During the first phase of a remodeling process, you must decide how you will tackle the design process. If you are planning to go it alone, the first step should be to list all your objectives.

Setting Milestones

One effective way to keep your design process on track is to set milestone dates. These dates should coincide with the project schedule.

If you need help, you should work with your contractor to establish when certain decisions need to be made by. Additionally, you will need to know when fixtures and other materials are needed to keep the project on track.

These are important because many materials that are not "in stock" have lead times associated with them. Special order items can take anywhere from weeks to months to come in.

Procurement Schedules

Creating a procurement schedule will help you keep track of materials. This does not have to be an elaborate schedule but the more detailed it is the easier it is to track materials.

The size of your project will also determine how long the list gets but regardless of size your list should contain the basic information.

Setting up a schedule can be as simple as a hand written list with columns on a sheet of paper or as formal as an excel spreadsheet.

The following information should be listed. Item or material to be ordered, date ordered, date required, expected due date, date received.

By keeping track of your material purchases, you will know if there are any problems with lead times before they become detrimental to your project schedule.

Drive Your Project

One final thought to keep your project moving forward is to be deligent in driving your project forward.

If you continually ask your contractor what decisions are required on your part to keep the schedule in tact you will force them to think about what is coming up next.

In our next newsletter, we will take a look at Collaboration on a Project.

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