How to collaborate with builders, general contractors or architects
Fostering a good relationship with the builders, general contractors and architect of your design project, helps to ensure everyone’s roles and responsibilities are defined and that everyone is working as a team towards a shared goal. Read on for tips on how to achieve great interior design collaboration with these different pros:
1. Invite everyone to be part of the design process - Every construction project starts with the design process, and having the entire team on board during the design phase will have a positive image on the project from the outset. This means the client, the architect, and the builder, as well as you, the interior designer, are all involved in identifying the goals of the project and the estimated budget. If there are flaws in the project at this stage, these can be identified by the builder before they become bigger problems in the future.
2. Schedule regular meetings - Regular meetings with the entire team, including the architect, builder and client, provide opportunities to discuss any issues, ensuring everyone’s on the same page, minimizing costly delays.
3. Take an interest in the construction process - Assimilate yourself with the build process so you have a better understanding of any contractors concerns and know where they are coming from.
4. Maintain clear lines of communication - While regular meetings are good, there will be occasions when quick decisions need to be made. A phone call is the best way to make important and immediate decisions, while an email outlining the conservation should follow up the call to ensure everyone is clear. There will be times when different parties have different perspectives on how things are done, however, when everyone is practicing an effective collaborative approach, potential points of conflict will be reduced.
Why are good relationships with builders, general contractors and architects important?
A successful collaboration of everyone involved in the design and construction process will result in a more seamless build, fewer changes, less wasted materials and the likelihood of delivering on time and within budget.