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November 13, 2017

Three luxury construction pitfalls (and how to avoid them)

In the process of building luxury estate homes for the last 70 years, we’ve learned a few valuable lessons. We’ve been sharing those lessons through presentations that we’ve delivered to professional organizations and companies.

Here are three Misconceptions in the Planning of High End Residences that can plague residential construction projects. But there’s good news – they can all be avoided through strong leadership and firm project management.

Misconception 1

Misconception: “The design process is an organic thing that evolves uniquely for each project; you simply can’t schedule it and we sure can’t predict when construction can start.”

The Reality: It is a healthy thing for a project to have target dates for every phase in the project’s planning and development – including an actual commencement of construction date.

It keeps a client excited knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Having deadlines makes it real!

And if it gets delayed because of the client, it is important that they understand how their actions have affected the timeline.

Misconception 2

Misconception: “Some clients just cannot visualize what the design will actually look like, making it inevitable that you’ll have to tear out some completed work.”

The Reality: Do whatever it takes to make sure the client understands that they are getting by using 3D modeling, physical models, mock-ups, renderings, etc. All of these tools are going to much less costly than tearing out completed work.

Misconception 3

Misconception: “Our clients recognize when their actions (or lack of action) causes delays in the construction schedule.”

The Reality: The most emotional and contentious discussion you’ll have with the client is when you have to tell them that they caused a delay in their project’s schedule. They will not believe that they were at fault.

Prevent this uncomfortable conversation with “Hot Lists” that define the information and actions needed to keep the project on schedule. The Contractor should distribute this list weekly, with responsible party clearly noted. As professionals, we should all be accountable.