The construction flow chart, a portion of which is shown below, is very useful in a number of construction management and client information applications. The sample information below is from a residential construction flow chart which shows an optimized 90-day build schedule.
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You can use the chart as a check list of sequential steps in the construction process. At its most basic level, the flow chart defines the interplay between construction phases. Read it for what comes next, which steps rely on other steps to be completed, and when you have arrived at the end of a series of steps and need proceed no further.
You can use it as a reminder for subcontractor management. For instance, once you have begun installing the wall insulation, you should be scheduling drywall hangers, then scheduling the insulator back for ceiling insulation.
We have found the flow chart helpful for showing your clients what goes into building their house and how important timing is. Using the chart, demonstrate scheduling problems that pile up if the interior paint choices are not made in time; if the cabinet choices are not made, show the effect on the counter installation and the completion of the finish electrical and plumbing. The construction flow chart is useful to nudge the client when she is dragging her feet in making time-sensitive decisions or finish selections.
The red boxes describe the "critical path" in the house-building process.
By making this chart available to your clients, you can also help them understand the process and appreciate the myriad of tasks you have to make certain get done on their behalf. Explain to them that this is an overview of the process, and that each of these phases has multiple subsets of actions which themselves has sub-steps.
Make house-building less a mystery and more of a process which you will be, or are, handling for them.
For the client living in another geographical location, you can help them "see" the progress on their new residence as you communicate with them. Tell them how the foundation is now in, so you can proceed with the framing. Illustrate to them that the roofing is now on, so you feel safe putting in the windows and exterior doors.
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