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Smart Luxury: Phasing In a Project

Posted June 25, 2014 by & filed under

This week’s article is going to focus on a singular aspect of the Smart LuxuryTM Program that is generally established during the Scope Development discussion and that is the concept of phasing in a project. While this option isn’t generally applicable to new construction projects it is a viable and, if done correctly, efficient method of implementing a remodel or addition project.

What is “Phasing in a project?”

It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: implementing smaller portions of the overall project consecutively as opposed to simultaneously.

What are the benefits of Phasing?

Anyone who has worked on a remodel project knows that the costs add up quickly. And, no matter who the client is or the size of the project there is always a budget involved that needs to be respected. That budget was discussed in great detail during the Scope DevelopmentTM conversation and Phasing will be included there as well. It is not uncommon for a client to come in with what seems to be a reasonable budget and a set of ideas only to find out that the entire set of ideas is far outside the budget. Instead of cutting the entire project back, Phasing gives the client an opportunity to accomplish all of their goals for the project without necessarily blowing the budget.

How does Phasing work for the client?

Along with costs that add up quickly so does the time frame for a project. With custom pieces easily taking 10-14 weeks for productions (and don’t even get me started on the lead time for custom area rugs!), design projects have a tendency to take a little while. By  capitalizing on these extended time frames the client has the opportunity to accomplish all of their design goals by increasing the budget without it necessarily becoming such a burden because it is extended over time (a series of design phases) as opposed to all at once.

How does Phasing work for the designer?

Phasing in a project is actually a bit more complicated from the designer’s perspective than from the client’s. In order to create a consistent aesthetic, the designer will conceptualize the entire project (we’ll be discussing Concept DevelopmentTM in the next couple of weeks).This may seem a bit counterintuitive at first; after all, the project is being broken into smaller phases for budgetary reasons, why should the designers spend time up front working on the project as a whole? The answer makes sense once all the moving pieces are stopped for a moment and evaluated.

By creating an overall concept at the outset of the project all materials, finishes, palettes, and the like can be established and ensure that the design integrity of the finished project will be intact even if it was created in phases. In addition to the aesthetic requirements, a complete concept allows the designer and builder to evaluate the implementation requirements. Basically, there is no need to repeat work (which creates added costs). Depending on the phasing time frame and the project requirements, the team can work together to ensure the least amount of repeat work is needed. This may mean making a few adjustments to phases that technically don’t start until sometime in the future, but this prep work will actually save costs when that happens.

The logistics behind a phased project are quite extensive but with good communication and planning ahead of time a fantastic project can be created for the client. They will have all of their project goals and they will be able to accomplish those goals in a manner that is not financially burdensome.