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Home & Design | 2016 Annual Sourcebook - Ask The Pros
By Leo Wilson, AIA, LEED AP

Home & Design Sourcebook, published annually, is a comprehensive, reliable resource containing design ideas and a directory of top area design professionals.

Communication and planning are the keys to completing a project on time and on budget. The first step is communicating the vision and plans for the project with a comprehensive set of drawings and specifications. The more thorough these documents are, the more accurately a contractor can price the materials and labor.


It is also important to select a well-organized general contractor. A contractor’s ability to maintain detailed records and keep track of product orders is essential to a smooth project timeline. The design team and contractor should always be thinking ahead, allowing the homeowner time to make needed decisions. Finally, the homeowners’ decisions must be made in a timely manner. To avoid indecision, many homeowners keep a binder or Houzz ideabook or Pinterest page with images of things they like, so that when it’s time to select a given product, the choices are already narrowed down.