Project Management

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You may choose to have your architect or designer stay on as full project manager or you may have an arrangement where your builder is the project manager and the designer takes on an overview role.

If you’re wanting to be your own project manager and you’ve never done any building before, may we suggest you don’t. Building a house is far more complex than you realise, and there is a reason why Kevin McLeod regularly makes the comment “I’m not sure they know what they’ve got themselves into…”. This is especially relevant today as responsibilities for the quality of the build stay with the professionals employed on the site for ten years – including the project manager.

However, should you still wish to pursue such folly, we have some suggestions below. And if you think there’s a lot of ground to cover, you are correct. Please realise you’re undertaking a project likely to take 12 months at least, employ around 50 different specialists, use hundreds of different products and which costs around half a million dollars – give or take half a million dollars…

Whichever path you take – make sure the arrangement is fully spelt out in the building contract and there is clear understanding over what responsibilities belong to which party.

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