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About Working With Contractors:
My experience has been similar to George’s. –Maverick
The article that was forwarded to me was a special report called “5 Tips for Working Harmoniously with an Architect” by Builder Magazine, and apparently only available by email. The 5 tips are:
1. Realize you are part of a team. Each side needs to understand—and appreciate—the role the other party plays in the process.
2. Communication is key. Get in touch early in the process, and whenever problems arise. Don’t wait for things to escalate to the point that civil, constructive conversation is impossible.
3. Keep egos in check. Harmony is a lot easier to achieve if builder and architect can dial back the attitude, and acknowledge that both parties have much to bring to the table.
4. Have a plan for working through obstacles. Mistakes will happen, so take a cue from the Boy Scouts and adopt preparedness as part of your working relationship toolkit.
5. If things do go south, bring in a third party. When temperaments do not work well together, the best chance is to have both sides interact in the presence of a third party—be it the owner or even a mediator. Friction often translates into the end product, so it’s vital to bring harmony to the process. Otherwise, it will slow down construction, and could adversely affect the final result.
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