Project planning involves establishing and defining objectives of a goal and the plans to be followed in achieving these goals. When we talk about the building project, for it to be achieved, there must be a concrete plan laid in place. Have you decided to build a new home or renovate an existing one? While you may face the temptation to rush and pick the most available architects, it is essential to do a thorough pre-construction preparation to handle any problem that might come along the way.
To achieve a successful construction project, you must be willing to invest in the following pre-construction steps;
Write a Wish List
The first and the most important thing to do is to sit down and write a list of items to be included in your dream home. Think broadly concerning layout, structure, and functionality. If it is a matter of renovation, write down things you would like the renovated house to have. Split your list into must have things and those that would be negotiable. It is also important to consider the weaknesses and strengths of your current home, and the limits of what can be achieved through the modifications.
Choose a Design Professional
Now that you have a budget and a list of features and functionalities of your house, next you need a design professional to actualize your dream. The design professionals may comprise of two people; an interior designer and an architect. Both these two have distinct tasks but work to achieve a similar goal. Designers work on projects that do not necessarily involve altering structural works. On the other end, architects take a wide array of tasks including structural works, floors, and permits among others.
Once a final schematic design has been reached, contractors usually come in at this stage. At this stage, they typically have a general idea of how the house will look like and the desired results to be achieved. During the interview process, you would want to ask the contractor to estimate the schematic design. Once you receive the estimates, it is upon you to evaluate which contractor you want to work with.
Determine Your Budget
Now that you have a list of the things you need to achieve, the fundamental question lies on what budget you have to commit to these projects. Sit down and work out your budget by determining how much money you have to on your project. Make a list of all the things that need to be involved in the building project. These items include construction materials, engineering and design fees, site work, all permits, landscaping, and insurance among others. Do not forget to budget for other aspects such as interior and deco.
Once you have settled down on a contractor to work with, get the required permits. For every building project, you want to engage there are specific building and operating licenses you must have. Once all permits are in place, sign the required contracts and get your project started.