Q&A - Knowledge you didn't expect

In my years of building and renovating homes, I've always learned something by the end of each project. Whether it's sharpening my time management skills, honing my logistics skills for ordering materials, or who to call for a certain portion of my project, the benefits of gaining experience have been cumulative.

Anyone who has built their own home knows that there are always unforeseen items that crop up during the whole process. For example, I selected a particular brand and color of shingles that I wanted to use on my new home. I placed my order several months ago, but I learned only after placing the order that the shingles I want are on back order. Another unforeseen circumstance with my project was when the need came up to change the placement of mechanical systems in my basement - if I had waited to address this, it could have run into some serious money. It's always better to address potential issues quickly to avoid having a project spiral out of control.

One of the biggest things I've learned from building homes is that it's important to take care of the small things - if I ignore a small detail that needs to be addressed at a certain stage of construction, it can come back to haunt me later. If you can't take care of the small things in a project, it's harder to take care of the big things.

What's the biggest unexpected takeaway you've experienced in a project? Join the conversation and let us know!


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