Whenever possible, it is best to develop the logistics and strategies ahead of time when it is clear that the project must go forward, working its process around the occupants. The participants also need to accept that if it is a commercial environment, it won’t function normally. You may be able to still do business – but it won’t be “business as usual!” As long as all concerned are willing to modify their patterns, be flexible about convenience, maintain a sense of humor and draw on their personal abilities to innovate, it could even be fun.
In a residential environment, remodeling, refurbishing, constructing an addition or just simply painting and carpeting still presents inconvenience and challenges to patience. It could be as simple as vacating specific areas in a sequence and doubling up as the cycle shifts. Ideally, if young children can camp out temporarily with relatives or friends for a few days, your design team and its various sub-contractors can proceed much more efficiently with only adults remaining onsite.
Your design professionals have no doubt experienced situations in the past where the project has had to work around the presence of business staff or home residents. Ask them for suggestions that would work well in your situation. With planning, sometimes vacations and project installation can be coordinated.
Cooperation, communication and mutual consideration are key to the decision to move your project forward with tenants, staffs or family members remaining in place and trying to behave in their normal patterns. In some situations, your design team and specific sub-contractors may not consent to implementing some phases of your project unless the relevant site is vacated. Such situations are most likely related to safety requirements or special regulatory mandates.
Any stipulations concerning the functional environment for your project should be examined up front, in the planning process.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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