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Coordinating Contractors

Whether it’s an extension or an entirely new house, building projects have a lot of moving parts. It’s very rare that one person or even one team will have access to all the skills that might be required to properly build a new structure. Skilled contractors will need to be hired and brought on site, meaning materials and personnel will be coming and going throughout the process.

Because they’re all required to work from the same design, it’s imperative that there is someone to coordinate the process from start to finish. In this post, we take a look at the challenges that come with a building project, and how best to coordinate the personnel who work hard to complete it.

Different skill sets

The first thing to make a note of is the types of contractor you’ll likely need:

  • Electrician. Unless you want to live in a nicely constructed cave, in the dark, you’ll need to hire an electrician. They’ll install your wiring and electrical fixtures like lights and plug sockets. Nowadays, many homeowners are trying to incorporate sustainable or renewable energy sources like solar panels or even mini wind turbines, and you’ll need an electrician to hook these up for you too.
  • Roofer. The roof is arguably one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, when it comes to building an extension. Because an extension will often have three ‘outside’ walls, a superior level of insulation is required, otherwise you end up with a damp, cold room that no one enjoys spending time in. It’s also worth considering aesthetics—your roof should be of the same material as the original building, to blend in.
  • Plumber. Will your extension need running water? Are you including an extra bathroom? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you’ll need a plumber as part of your team.
  • Carpenter. Depending on the type and size of your extension, a carpenter may be needed to build a rooms like kitchens or partition walls. Considering it’s your chance to create something new, why not have built-in furniture like benches or wardrobes put in too?

Coordination

One of the best reasons to hire an architect is their experience of coordinating contractors, and of finding the right people for the job. An architect will have someone in mind for every part of the project, having worked with these kinds of people many times before. They know who will carry out the work to a high standard and do so in a way that’s budget-friendly.

However, it’s also important to note that the design is all important. As the architect who drew up the plans for your new extension or home, they are intimately aware of the challenges that may present themselves during the course of a build. Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean you should shy away from pursuing it, but an architect will know how best to overcome a potential issue and still preserve the aesthetic and aims of a project. They are the perfect person to coordinate your assembled contractors.

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