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great big job (tale #3)

Here is the latest update on the “great big job, great client” (see blog from October 8th)…

Well…lots has been happening in the last 2 weeks since my last update.

As you can see, the house is now roof-tight! Check out the pics that show the front and back of the house…doors, windows and of course, the roof are all in. These guys work f-a-s-t.

The inside is looking great, too. There were a couple of surprises – but all good ones (phew!). A more opened stairwell and an extra window were the biggest. All good, because they offer much more light and openness in an area that can be a challenge. Just a surprise as neither were reflected on the house plan.

And the addition of a rounded archway between the living and dining rooms was also a surprise. The request was to make it clean and square, but a rounded archway was put in instead. A lucky mistake, because it is actually quite nice and is in keeping with the clean lines of the house, so that is going to stay.

This week saw visits from the electrician, the cabinet installers, and the phone and cable wiring – all on the same day, at the same exact time. This is where being uber-prepared really pays off.

The key lessons here are to make sure you are prepared in all areas in advance, and to visit your build often because things happen quickly. Mistakes and surprises do happen. If you are not on top of it, they may not all be positive ones that you want to live with.

The client is doing an incredible job in this regard, not to mention really great project management skills!

At this point, rouge is doing very little on the project…just adding moral support and an opinion now and again.

That’s it for now…stay tuned for more tales…

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