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While Building a Home

  • Delineate between desires and needs
    The first step in an organized construction is to make sure you know the difference between wants and needs. With all the inspiration, trends, materials and ideas available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The fastest way to take control of your build is to know where you are and what you want. Take the time to write a list of five to ten must-haves. These should be things your home needs so that you are happy with the end result. Then do the same thing with some cool stuff: things you would like but that you will not break. By knowing the difference and creating a strict dividing line between the two, you will not be distracted by tasks that do not really matter in the long run.
  • Create a construction workbook (or a table)
    Building a house is a collaborative exercise. You will work with a multitude of professionals, from interior designers to concrete workers. A construction briefcase helps you stay organized and on the right track, no matter who or where you meet. A building workbook is simple: just use tabs to organize your home into different categories. One solution is to divide your home into different rooms. Or, if it seems easier, choose categories such as cabinets, flooring, countertops, paint, etc.

If you prefer to go digital, use a tool such as Pinterest to create inspirational boards and invite your contractors to collaborate. Your interior designer can show you some of the hottest trends while keeping all your favorite layouts, colors and materials in one place.

While the construction of your house is on your property, the logistics will be in your inbox. Do not lose the important communication between your work and your unwanted emails. Create a space for specific mail at home.

You can easily create custom folders in your inbox. If you use Gmail, for example, you click on “Settings”, then “Tags” and “Create”. You can then name your new label as you see fit and use this new label to archive important messages. If you really want to stay organized, you can create an entirely new email address for your build and create folders for the different categories of your build. Whatever you decide, you need easy, organized access to all your communications throughout the process.

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