Friday 12 January 2024

Estimating Your Project Programme

 Another key aspect of managing your building project is working out the programme, or how long it will take.  This is especially important if you want to complete by a specific date or need to find alternative accommodation whilst the work is carried out.  Here is our little guide to estimating your project programme.  

The periods where you have most control over the programme (within reason) are during the design and non-construction times.  The construction period should be governed by a contractor's build-programme, but it is common for issues to challenge this.  See our post on the 'moving parts of a project'.  The planning process in particular can take longer than the scheduled 8-weeks following registration.  

Setting out the work-flow illustrates how long the project might take and what to expect in terms of your year (or two) ahead.  

Bear in mind that, with the best will in the world, construction work is noisy, dusty and disruptive.  If you are living in your home during a refurbishment, be prepared.  

We hope this is useful to help visualise the sequencing of a project programme.  It is recommended that you fully plan your project early and keep track of any developments.  If in doubt, seek professional assistance from a qualified architect. Here at DesignBox we can offer architecture and project management services, so please contact us if you would like to discuss your project.