Project managing major DIY projects or building work
mention in other sections programming of the work
is vital to the planning of your project. There
is an old saying in the Construction Industry
that for every pound of time spent on the drawing
board one thousand pounds is saved on site construction by getting
it right first time.
Picture of two storey garage project
To prepare the
programme you can use a bespoke package such as
Microsoft Project Manager which is detailed and
allows you to enter each task in detail on an
hour or daily basis. You do not necessarily have
to go into that detail. The example shown below
is a programme set out for a two storey garage
extension. The work entailed knocking down
an existing garage and rebuilding with an extra
floor on top to make an activities room and bathroom.
Points to consider
of the tasks are critical to each other and these
are some of the things you must consider when
preparing your programme.
- Make sure
that the Electricity, Gas and water services
will be available when you need them
the shut down periods for services be acceptable
to the users
sequence of the work allows sufficient access
to the site
times for ordering materials and for specialist
contractors are factored in. Give a copy of
the programme for their comments so they cannot
say other facilities should have been available
when they are not planned to be complete.
work will have to be completed in stages eg.
Electrical work first fix will mean that basic
cable runs can be installed but not the final
accessories, these are fixed later when building
is more complete.
should be scheduled so that future work will
not damage the completed work. If this is a
risk then you need to factor extra time and
cost to adequately protect the work.
work cannot be completed if the building is
not weather tight
the example programme shown you can quickly see
which tasks are dependant on each other and if
time can be saved by running work in parallel.
Again the programme
should be used as the work is progressed so that
you can advise those involved in sections of the
work if their time slot changes either by being
delayed or brought forward.
By using this
technique you will ensure that you have a project
completion on time and more likely to be on budget