This piece of advice comes from doing my own alteration project whilst running a business, so personal experience and from watching my clients struggle with this. This design and build process is going to consume your life. Be prepared for it, make space for it. Find ways to delay or offset other time-consuming responsibilities so that you can be involved with it.

Most of my clients are juggling parenthood, jobs, running a household (we all need to buy groceries right) and then their needs to be social, not to mention a few other commitments. Look for ways to free up your time without compromising the home fires, as we all know they need to keep burning. Don’t stress about this process not meeting your timeframe expectations. I see so many people wanting to move this process so super quickly and yet falling short of coming back to me in a timely manner because they didn’t have time to answer my questions or sign my fee proposals or make that meeting. To help you keep your team on track, make time for your part of the process.

5 tips or tools for making time for your project

  1. Schedule meeting times regularly with your partner or family to discuss decisions. If you make it a regular time and day, it is easier to achieve

  2. List out the things that you can delegate to others, like mowing lawns etc to reduce items that make you time-poor. Order your groceries online or pay some to shop for you.

  3. Make a list of people who you can call when things get tight and be specific about how they can help you, talk to them about how they can help you and of course make sure these people are in agreeance with this first.

  4. Your professional team members work during office hours, so speak to your boss, if you work full time, about flexitime, so you can make those meetings with your team to keep them on track with the timeline.

  5. Lastly, make a list of commitments that you can step back from when you need to free up time. If you are on a board, coach a school team or volunteer someone, let other people know you might have to step back and have a plan with them to delegate your role to someone else in the capacity you need them to.

When you can come back to your team in a timely manner, you help them finish your project off in a timely manner and it makes the process less stressful and more fun for everyone.

I hope this helps you think ahead to what you will need to make this process the best dream house making possible.

To get a better undestanding of the process I use, click HERE to go to the process page, where there is more links to some additonal resources.


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