20 Time-Saving Tips
A recent article from Restaurants: Development + Design called “Tips from the Pros for Getting Projects Done Faster,” by Dana Tanyeri illuminated some of our favorite time-saving tips that are essential for any ground-up, renovation, or remodel. We challenge you to try some of these tips in your next project; they may just help you save time, money, and frustration in the process.
- Select conversion sites carefully. Older, multilevel and adaptive-reuse projects take more time.
- Involve contractors and engineers early, before the lease is signed and designs are drafted.
- Share objectives and budgets with all key parties up front.
- Avoid designing or managing by committee, especially later in the game.
- Set and adhere to decision deadlines.
- Identify and order long-lead items early.
- Clearly and quickly communicate the timeline impact of elective changes and delayed decisions.
- Develop a comprehensive procurement schedule.
- Get all approvals before demolition starts.
- Have the right people at every meeting.
- Tap local architects, MEPs and permit expediters who know the local code requirements.
- With new developments, coordinate utilities with the landlord up front.
- Never assume something has been done, has been ordered or will show up on time. Confirm everything.
- Have a strong quarterback who knows where everything stands at all times.
- Don’t fall in love with furnishings/finishes without knowing you can get what you need, when you need it.
- Create a good design deck, including specs for plan B materials to plug in should plan A items be delayed or unexpectedly unavailable.
- Be loyal to vendors/partners; they’ll better understand your needs and turn things around faster.
- Planning a patio? Know the code requirements early. (Hint: they’re separate.)
- Utilize time-management and project-management software tools.
And most importantly:
- SLOW DOWN. DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.
Tanyeri, Dana. “Tips from the Pros for Getting Projects Done Faster.” Restaurant: Development + Design. September/October 2016. pp 48-54.