Project Management in home remodeling has a bit more to it than scheduling- many items involved are tacit in nature. At The Wiese Company, we know that having a diversified skill set from unique and friendly teammates is the right mix, but “why” is it important to have this diversity? For starters, all of us humans have interests and strengths- and why not capitalize on that. The opposite is sure fired disaster and letting people do what they love always helps deliver excellent results.
Here are a few insights into what we do:
Designers and architects meet with client and design a project that meets the need and budget. This process is usually 1-2 months for an average home addition with kitchens and baths- and usually doesn’t have all the “details” worked out, such as tile selection or maybe the final design of an architectural element such as a portico.
The design and production staff have walked through the property early on in the design program and now re-convene to discuss construction staging and working around the family. (have pets, kids, relatives visiting, vacation? I think the Latin is “life interuptus”J)
The project is in full swing, the plumber informs us that he has a family emergency and he will be delayed 3 days…!!! The inspection is set and we have been anticipating starting the insulation on the following Monday- in jumps the production manager to hit the reset button (without changing the end date). It can also happen that the custom bath that we ordered in advance has arrived with a defect… The designer that is wearing the project coordinating hat is on the phone with the distributer working all the magic possible and the project manager is on the phone with the plumber to see if we can get an inspection without it.
At our firm, we have a weekly meeting with all the field staff and have a designer present so that everyone is familiar with the stage of every project. The carpenters get questions answered, the designer gets to share and distribute needed paperwork and if someone here needs a sick day- you’ll never notice a hiccup in your project.
The result of solid project management is making it look easy. The benefit of having the designers integral with the project allows for quick solution oriented changes or corrections. The synergy of a great construction manager working with a craftsman who loves his trade and a designer who has great vision keeps all the pieces running smoothly. I would tell you about the other billion scenarios that make this important but I haven’t seen them all yet! And- that is the great fun of our endeavor.