Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Of plaster and planning

So my bride and I finally decided to start a major remodel last week; the master bath is being turned upside down, with virtually everything new except the ceiling, and even that was repainted.

But it was going to be quick and easy, this remodel, because we researched, we shopped, we planned. We knew precisely what we were going to do.

Of course, we thought there may be a delay in getting the tile, an unexpected foundation problem around the tub, or a mismatched color between the countertops and cabinets. Or something.

We foresaw the unforseeable, and that's not an oxymoron.

Just because you can't see trouble ahead doesn't mean it won't come. Its not enough to have a Plan B or Plan C. Alternate plans only allow for a complete re-boot, and today's competitive environment doesn't allow the time or cost in starting over. It requires that you be able to plan well enough that the best plan is a flexible one. One plan, not alternative ones.

So now we have different tile than we first spec'd, we are painting the existing cabinets, and the closet doors are different than we first envisioned. It's over-budget and a week delayed according to the promises initially offered by the contractor. But its under-budget and currently ahead of schedule from what we had expected, and its still going to be exactly what we wanted.

Now that's a plan.

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