DIY DO I NEED A PLAN?
The need to have a plan varies with project size. There are many positive reasons to have a plan and only
one negative reason: cost. Usually cost can be justified by you and your contractor both understanding the
project's size, scope and details. When everyone involved understands the project clearly, the margin for
error and misunderstood specifications are minimal, therefore the project can be costed out with a high
degree of precision and priced according to "on paper" facts rather than another person's interpretation
of your thoughts. This allows multiple contractors to have the same parameters to bid assuring an
apples-to-apples bid scenario.
Having a plan brings to your project unbiased professionalism and experience in committing your
ideas to scale on your site and assuring feasibility and forethought. Architects and designers
alike take aspects of the project into account that the average person would not think of. These
aspects include lighting, shading, local building codes, color coordination, drainage, traffic
patterns, views, specific space needs, weather conditions, and future plans, just to name a few.
When having a plan drawn for a project, think about adding future projects to it. An overall plan
helps current projects tie in with future projects, assuring that no good money is spent after bad.