The Times reviewer described the woman as having "limited people
skills". I was quite disappointed that no-one stormed off site in a big
huff. It's so much more fun when things go *really* wrong.
Their budget came in about £20k below what the original builder
estimated for, which is rather better than many professionals would
achieve, especially considering they were paying daywork rates.
But I didn't like either the building or the people.
If these people ever bothered to watch the series, which has been running
for years now, they'd soon discover trying to do it all without a project
manager and architect will only lead to the worst possible outcome...being
publicly humiliated on national TV with know it all patronising remarks from
Project managers are just supposed to be skilled in running projects in
terms of co-ordinating and planning work etc, without necessarily possessing
any trade skills expertise.
In that respect, any project manager should be able to manage any project
regardless of theme, ie construction, IT, etc.
Thats what I found. The disciplines of running a project were the same.
My background as far as project management is in engineering project
My project managers background was in lying cheating, and a failed
HOWEVER I would say that understanding what the trades do, is key to
understanding and identifying tradesmen who are actually reliable and
Once I realised that my brickie was not laying bricks as fast as I
could...but the carpeneters were putting up studwork three times as fast
as I could, and better..
..once upon a time, I sat down at a carousel and spent two days stuffing
my design of boards with components..and was thereby able to give the
production manager a 'fair' time of manufacture for them. About three
times faster than he claimed his staff could actually make them.
Hands on is a simple way to check the quality of those doing the job.
I can but agree. Having someone shouting at you from ground level when you
are trying to assemble roof trusses at roof level is not my idea of
I would always look forward to Grand Designs but the first two of this
series have been lacking. Design or style is very much in the eye of the
beholder and will always be subjective but I have seen nothing that is a
Not sure which log cabin you refer to but have met the people that built
timber house in Kent. They now represent that company in the UK and have had
many enquiries and at least three orders.
They also made the comment that it's the producer that scripts many of
Kevin's remarks to make 'good tv'
Having watched 5 or 6 of the programmes in the last week I've lost track of
which was where! The one in question was built by a furniture maker & wife who
ran a riding school. They had brought up their three kids in a corner of his
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This one .
And if you want to ask Kevin McCloud anything he is here on the 19th.April
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember Owain
I suspect they did. The first builder, Paul, was getting the finger
pointed at him for cocking up the floor when he was told the wrong datum
point. There was a veiled hint that the Scottish/Greek crew couldn't
stand it any more and buggered off back to the Greek islands and some
I liked the building well enough, but the owners are a pair of wankers.
I didnt see the end of the project but what I don't understand is why the local
planners are so restrictive about the windows .They allow them to put two huge
glass doors or windows where the sliding doors were but refuse them to insert
any other windows where they would be of most benefit ....Was the building
listed in any way ...presumably not if they allowed the big glass .
And talking about hot, I was unconvinced that whatever insulation was
installed could make up for the single glazed clerestory and the
large, exposed masonry walls. I'd guess quite an expensive house to heat -
for its size.
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