ACCEPT THAT YOUR TIMEFRAMES ARE ONLY YOUR TIMEFRAMES. You might want your project completed in a certain amount of time, but you are using the se...


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HAVE A REALISTIC CONTINGENCY AND ACCEPT IT AS ALREADY SPENT BEFORE YOU START. The contingency is there to cover you for any surprises. Its like an ins...


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INVEST IN THE APPROPRIATE PRE-DESIGN TESTS AND DESIGN REPORTS. Alterations surprise us with what's actually behind the linings and New Builds surp...


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SMALL SPACES CALL FOR CREATIVE OUT THE BOX THINKING. Don't short change yourself by being stuck on a sketch or concept, be open to suggestions.&nb...


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BE CLEAR ON YOUR MUST-HAVES AND DEFINATELY NOTS. The clearer you can be to your designer, the better considered your design solution can be.  ...


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What is your Design Fee? How do you calculate it? An important question. There are many stories about how Designers and Architects price ...


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Its something as low as 4-5% of projects has on-site observation by the Architect or designer who designed the building in the residential sector in N...


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So how do you know what you are paying for? I mean there are designers right, and then there are designers. How do you get a feel for the tangibl...


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Let's talk about the Elephant in the room.  The blog links closely to the Value of Building Relationships earlier so check that out (link at ...


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The story is all to common, "I told my Architect what my budget was and it ended up costing way more than that" I have often asked a clie...


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