Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

6 Tips for Finding the Perfect Custom Home Architect

Posted by Tim McDonald

Nov 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Finding a great architect is not an easy task. Whether you are looking to convert a warehouse into a living space, build an addition, or construct your ideal home from the ground up, an architect plays a critical role.  Knowing the importance of this role, you do not want to leave anything to chance when it comes to realizing your custom home plans.  To ensure a successful project experience, it is important to do your homework.  Rest assured, it is not as difficult as it used to be. The Internet and social media are great resources to begin your search. Architect websites provide visual references and pertinent information about their unique qualifications. However, there are other things you should consider prior to making your final selection.

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Custom Homes

Restaurant Project Planning Requires Some Food For Thought

Posted by Tim McDonald

Oct 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

There is no shortage of great restaurants in San Francisco and Napa Valley.  It seems like every week, you can find announcements for new and exciting restaurants in EaterSF. If you are a restaurateur, you are thinking about the right chefs, desired location, preferred patrons, menu, pricing, promotion, and other details that will help you to differentiate yourself among the competition and realize your goals for success.  In the back of your mind, you know you need to think about a whole other realm of your dream establishment – planning for the functionality of your space. 

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Restaurant Construction

5 Practices for Effective Project Team Collaboration

Posted by Tim McDonald

Apr 24, 2014 7:00:00 PM

Agree or disagree?

Effective team collaboration ensures a project’s success.

Of course, you agree!  But, what is effective collaboration?  While it may seem obvious to you, it may not be apparent to everyone. You may take it for granted that each project team member understands they have equally important role and his or her contribution is necessary for a successful project. It may also be obvious that effective collaboration aims to build goodwill and trust am

ong all members. But, is your team knowledgeable or informed on the specific practices that encourage collaboration?

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Topics: Best Practices, team collaboration

Developing Your Eye For Detail and Quality Craftsmanship

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 21, 2014 8:35:00 AM

Living in a time of robotic production and assembly is really exciting.  However, the immaculate detail and finishes of a project can only be achieved with skill and dedication.  A machine does not have an eye for detail; it takes a human touch.  In other words, it requires people who take pride in their workmanship and their ability to manually create a look and finish of true elegance.

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Topics: Best Practices, Craftsmanship, Punch List, Quality

7 Tips for Finishing Your Construction Project On Time

Posted by Tim McDonald

Feb 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It is always fun to plan a project.  First, you have an idea in your mind.  Then you begin to start to build upon that idea.  As your work through this idea, you find yourself sharing it with your family, friends and colleagues.  Before you know it, you are ready to set this idea into an actionable plan. Then you get that feeling – the feeling that you may not be able to realize your plans within a reasonable time frame. 

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Construction Schedule

Planning to Stick With Your Project Budget

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jan 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

The budget is a critical component to any project planning effort.  The lack in ability to control expenses will most likely lead to cost overruns and, also, other delays, which could easily have a negative impact on the overall outcome of the project.  Without proper planning upfront, you could be venturing into an ugly money pit.  It is critical to understand the basics of effective budgeting so that you can actively work together with your project team to ensure the project is on time and on budget.

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, Budgeting

Key Elements for Sound Project Planning

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jan 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM

We believe effective planning allows projects, big and small, to progress through each phase on more solid ground.  How?  The planning process makes it possible for project stakeholders to apply their specific expertise to flesh out an approach that meets the required scope.  

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Topics: Best Practices, Planning, value engineering