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Build It - - READERS’ HOMES -

TRY TO AC­CEPT that no mat­ter how frus­trat­ing the plan­ning process is, you can’t do any­thing about it ex­cept be pa­tient, stay calm and work through the chal­lenges as best you can.

USE GOOD PRO­FES­SION­ALS. When peo­ple take on the role of pro­ject man­ager without any ex­pe­ri­ence, there is a risk of get­ting into a real mess. Make full use of the pro­fes­sion­als who will be able to help. Go to a spe­cial­ist – per­haps your ar­chi­tect – and ask them what they’d charge to run the scheme for you.

GET DE­TAILS RIGHT be­fore head­ing on site. Re­design­ing and re­spec­i­fy­ing at the early stages of your scheme might be frus­trat­ing, but it’s cheaper than re­al­is­ing you have made a mis­take and hav­ing to make al­ter­ations once work has be­gun.

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