The Importance of Proper Planning in Custom Homebuilding
Using a web-based software utility called BuilderTrend, we create a complete project schedule outlining every major step of your construction. From excavation, to wiring, to installing closet hardware, we know what has to happen, in what order, for how long, and on what start date. Buildertrend also provides us with something called the “critical path.” This allows us to see, in advance, which tasks have the potential to either advance or delay the entire project. We then know which tasks can be put off for a few days to accommodate different trades’ schedules, and which tasks we have to insist happen on time to keep the whole show running as predicted. Our track record with this tool has allowed us to nearly guarantee that the projects will stay on schedule, and will be done when we expect them to. That means that in the middle of September, when you’re two weeks into a major home addition and wondering whether or not you should host Christmas dinner, we’ll be able to tell you if that’s something you can make happen.
– With literally tens of thousands of decisions being required to build a custom home, its impossible to foresee everything ahead of time. That’s why we try to keep ahead of the ball, and inform our clients what kinds of decisions we will need, by what date. In fact, we’re working right now on making a comprehensive spreadsheet that will at the beginning of a project lay out a selection schedule for fixtures, appliances and interior and exterior finishes. It will be like your own little calender of what we need and when we need it!