By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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Only Girl On The Jobsite Designer Edition

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What you will learn from this episode: 

  • Some disruptions you might encounter while on the jobsite

  • What to do when someone goes on vacation or leaves mid-project

  • Two major disruptions I experienced and how I handled them

Any project will experience instabilities or difficulties with the trades at some point throughout the work. And while that isn’t a great experience, some may be minor, and some may end up being a major disruption.

There could be multiple reasons disruptions occur while working on a construction project. It could be different workers coming and going, contractors going on vacation, or even leaving mid-project.

A designer’s role is critical in keeping things moving forward as calmly as possible so that the project stays on track and finishes strong.

A minor disruption could be when you hire different trades. They could have five guys working one day and then three guys the next. As a designer, this is something you need to forewarn your clients about so they won’t worry and think their project will take longer if fewer guys show up the next day.

If you do the proper interviewing and researching of your team, you will get professionals who know how to manage their teams. So knowing in advance that this could happen should calm your client if they are concerned.

Designers, you are the one the client looks to, to keep everyone on track.

In my 29 years of working, I have been a part of two projects where major disruptions and instabilities have happened on a project. And that is when the contractor is no longer on the site.

In this episode, I share those two stories and how I handled the uncertainty and anxiety they caused everyone involved. It wasn’t fun, but we eventually got through it.

It’s the major disruptions and instabilities on a project that you really want to avoid as best you can.

But there will be things out of your control.

Staying on top of things, going to weekly meetings, and being an active team member will allow you to stabilize the project while the change is happening and get it back on track once the pieces are back in place.

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