Q&A - Staying on top of it all

Over my years of building homes, I’ve learned that my frame of mind during the course of a homebuilding project is an important determinant of the project’s success. Building a new home from scratch can sometimes feel like conducting a symphony orchestra - I am the conductor, the musicians are the licensed professionals that will be working on various parts of the new home, the movements are the various stages of the project.

In reality, I’m not under as much pressure as a conductor, because I have more wiggle room to work out details or communicate with professionals. But, like a symphony orchestra, my project requires a lot of forethought and planning.

At times, however, it can all be a little bit overwhelming. For example, when I’m sitting down with the architect during the planning stages of my project, I have to think two or three steps ahead - once I begin construction, I don’t want there to be a mystery at the end of one part of construction - I want the whole thing to flow as seamlessly as possible.

What are your tips for staying on top of it all? Do you write a lot of this down? Do you use an online spreadsheet program to keep track of your progress? Let me know what your tips and experiences are, so that we can make our project a great one!

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