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Women Who Project Manage Their Home Construction
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Women Who Project Manage Their Home Construction
It's well-known that managing the construction of a home can help you save money and will give you better control over the decision-making process. The thing that is not widely recognized is that many of the successful managing projects are women who have no construction experience at all. My company has been selling cedar homes for 18 years. Through my career I've had the privilege to meet with all types of home buyers. Their backgrounds and experiences are as varied as the houses they construct. However, I've observed that the women who elect to take on the task of project managing the construction of their homes share similar characteristics that uniquely qualify them to be a good fit for the position. While women are lacking in home construction knowledge They more than make up for in natural curiosity and organizational skills Some prefer to say, "multi-tasking abilities." Anita Legaspi and her husband Ray (neither of whom had any construction experience) constructed a 3,600 sq ft custom-built cedar house near Lake Stevens, WA about 5 years ago. At the time, Anita was a stay-at-home mother who loved sewing, and Ray was employed at Boeing. They came to the realization it was possible "they could get more house for their money if they did it themselves." Visit:- Of the pair, Anita had more time to plan the project and investigate their possibilities. Her experiences in soliciting items for auctions in schools could assist in obtaining subcontractor bids for their home. "I wasn't afraid to talk to people and ask questions. I had the ability to communicate on the phone," said Anita. With the help of a time-line (outlining tasks and deadlines), Anita obtained bids and contracted out: the foundation shell construction electrical, plumbing roof and deck installation. Anita, Ray and their son Christian did much of the painting and the finishing work themselves. Anita admits that the time they spent building the home was difficult for the family. Ray and Anita decided to stay on site using their small trailer and a camper. She recalls the first excitement in "camping," complete with bonfires (to to stoke the stumps) and hot dog roasts. The summer fun waned when the wet weather began to set in. Ray and Anita discovered that their home was becoming more claustrophobic than comfortable - and that it wasn't particularly well-insulated.. Looking back on their house beginnings, Anita offers this advice:
  • Find out what is important to you. If you're really interested in that special kitchen - take it.
  • You can never go wrong with quality.
  • Create a cost breakdown worksheet to aid in comparing estimates and costs.
  • Large companies may not always provide the support you'll require. You should be able to communicate with an agent, subcontractor, and others. You must feel that you are able to call them at any time.
Nancy and Paul Davis knew that they wanted a cedar home for their mountain retreat in Cle Elum, WA. The couple neither Paul nor Nancy had bought property before and the entire process of building the property and creating homes was new to the couple. To learn more about the process Paul and Nancy attended a Log Home Seminar and also studied companies and items on the internet. As per Nancy, "The seminar was good for us. It brought up all the things we hadn't thought about." Prior to staying at home together with their child Cory, Nancy had been a foundry supervisor and had also worked in a human resource department. She knew a few things about interviewing, hiring , and managing people. She also realized that the event that she and Paul were to build the cabin by themselves, "it could take years!" Their solution was to have Nancy at the helm and have her handle the building of the house. Paul and Nancy chose to do the job themselves however, they hired separate subcontractors for the foundation and shell construction electrical, plumbing, and roofing. At one time, Nancy put together a group of three friends to work. Together they installed the wooden flooring in the great room and kitchen. However, Nancy noted that this was completed "only after we had dinner out on Friday night to discuss our approach - and of course, a great breakfast with lots of chit chat before we actually began." One of the lowest points for Nancy was at the point she was the sole person in the area as "the cabinet people dumped all our kitchen cabinets right in the middle of our driveway." It was the responsibility of Nancy to figure out how to get the cabinets all in one go. Nancy requested help and said, "I had to be really assertive, which is totally out of my personality."  

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