Couple B interviews several candidates, then selects and employs a Planner/Project Manager (PM) who has a lot of experience in new builds. The Planner/PM discusses all the couples requirements, wants, wishes, expectations and develops a scope and a preliminary plan with several sections including Research & evaluate, design, legal, funding, selection, permissions, services, construction, completions, finance, payments with an initial emphasis on finding the right area and piece of land as per the couples requirements.
The Planner/PM also works out the couple’s availability for the project around their current jobs. When they will be available for meetings, decision making, and tasks, that can only be done by themselves.
The Planner/PM has many contacts and provides a list of multiple trades and disciplines to meet the requirements and acts on behalf of the couple in contacting, discussing the project and evaluating potential contractors required to meet the requirements.
Couple B meet with the Planner/PM once a week or fortnight to discuss the plan, progress and what is coming next. They feel in control.
Both couples find and purchase the land they are to build upon. Couple B, via the Planner/PM, have already submitted a design for Planning Permission as per the plan
Couple B continue with the planned regular meetings and finalise details for design and quotations
Couple B feel they are on track according to the plan. Materials start arriving and being checked ahead of the build. Building starts as per plan.
Couple B had checked the kitchen well in advance and re-ordered the damaged & missing items which were delivered after the start of the kitchen but by agreeing to re-organising the plan with the Planner/PM no actual time would be lost.
The construction of both houses didn’t go without several problems, but Couple B felt that with regular meetings and a plan to guide them they had minimised the delay and additional costs involved.
Couple B house was finished, and they were really excited to be moving in and, even though they had run over plan by 3 weeks, had managed to keep cost within the contingency budget (20% of original).