You’re going to need to get working on selections for tiles, fixtures, accessories, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, etc. as soon as possible. We are fortunate that there are several great design showrooms in our area with knowledgeable staff ready to assist you with the latest in home fashion and design. Help yourself by being prepared;
While shopping… bring room sizes, tile or floor material quantities and any sketch design layouts with you. (Example from one of our suppliers) This should make your initial visit more productive. Also, try to have an established budget for each item in your project. This spending plan will help you focus on specific areas where you need control. (Maybe you don’t really need to overspend for a fancy shower head lets say in the guest bath?)
Remember, the final product is only as good as the materials selected. Get help putting the design pieces and selections together so that the look is just what you’re dreaming of when it all comes together. Also remember that the contractor or alternatively… the construction manager’s job is to facilitate the installation of what you select, so select carefully and select early. Non-stocked products have obviously longer lead times for delivery then stocked items. Selections made early should be part of the bid specification package which will allow the project to be bid correctly. Early selections should also allow for material ordering to be done in a timely manner and according to schedule.
Call or e-mail if you need any help.
Bill Kelly – W. L. Kelly & Associates, Inc.
Construction Management & Development Services.