Residential Design

VOL.5 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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mation], change order documents for increases or decreases to the contract, submittals for shop drawings, product approvals for the architect, cut sheets on equipment and products going into the project, all the subcontractor agreements, and scheduling. And any "We get hundreds of emails a day. The sheer volume is overwhelming— not to mention texts and phone calls," he says. "So, you have to keep a re- cord of all that communication. And then there are the ASKS [sketches for clarification], RFIs [requests for infor- sophisticated project is going to want a Gantt-type chart." Whew. Those are just some of the tasks required of Jake's project manag- ers. "The scale of some of the residential jobs we're doing these days is almost like a commercial job," he notes. "It could last two or three years, and it could be over $10 million. "What's interesting for me as a business owner—I'm not just trying to impress the client, but I'm also trying to impress the architects," he explains. "If they see a project manager who's rough around the edges, then they might be perceived as having the goods. Or, others might see them as underquali- fied because they make spelling errors and typos on written communication. Do I go with the college-educated guy who's articulate, but can't answer a real physical question? There are a lot of judgment calls about personality types and expectations. I have to make the decision of who is right for the mix, among those who are available." Obviously, the company gets it right more often than not. That Jake and his partner sweat these details is just evidence of the care that goes into every project. In fact, attention to detail is the company's secret to excelling at both modern work and meticulous historic restoration. "We've come to realize they are both similar in that they come down to conscientious execution," he explains. "What you're doing needs to be relevant to the context of the project. Ultra-modern work and historic resto- ration is an unexpected alignment, but over the years, it feels logical that the same firm could do both." Well, perhaps not just any firm. —S. Claire Conroy Thanks to Vinci | Hamp and GGC, a 19th-century dairy in Lincoln Park is now a striking courtyard house. Historic exteriors were preserved and exuberantly modern interiors inserted. Photos: Eric Hausmann Photography 32 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 5, 2018 PRO-FILE BUILD 800.851.4192 American Made WHETHER IT'S A RENOVATION OR NEW CONSTRUCTION HAS THE RANGE HOOD FOR YOU Traditional, Transitional & Contemporary Styles 7 Year In-Home Warranty - The Best in the Industry No Branding allows you to pair our Hoods with all manufacturers KITCHEN VENTILATION SPECIALIST SINCE 1961 VENTILATION IS ALL WE DO FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 15

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