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Over the years we have identified key components to a successful project. Here are a few things you, the homeowner, can do to contribute to this success:
1. Communication is key. Make it honest, consistent and frequent. When several persons or parties are involved, speak with one unified voice. You will get better value from us if you resolve most differences on your own.
2. Hone your listening skills. We work really hard to listen to your dreams and desires. When we provide input or opinions based on our knowledge and experience, please do listen, even though it may not be what you want to hear. Disagree with our opinions, but please listen to facts we share with you.
3. Be realistic in budget and schedule. Thoughtful design, planning and execution does take time. Better to do it once, right. Share your budget with us early on, so we can plan accordingly, or let us work with you to create one. Bringing in a contractor early on is one method to establish and monitor a budget. Every project includes quality, budget and schedule; all three need to align early on for best results.
4. Expect problems to arise. Construction is a messy process, it involves lots of moving parts and pieces. It is dependent on human beings, and is thus prone to human error. Anticipate that there will be a few rough patches, and appreciate it when there aren’t. Remember that while the designer has a responsibility to provide information in a timely manner, the construction portion of the schedule is determined by the contractor.
5. Enjoy the process. You are spending time, money and effort to create something. The rewards will be worth it in the long run.