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How to speed up construction work


How to speed up construction work

Last updated: January 12 2013
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    Constructing one's own house is not a cakewalk as the process may get stretched leading to considerable increase in cost. It is generally seen that the construction work is commenced with much enthusiasm but as time passes the impatience starts building up. By the time 18 months have passed, the homeowner and his family are on the edge as their long cherished dream is so close to become a reality yet the work seems to go on and on. Such a situation can be avoided if a few factors are kept in mind right at the initial stages and loss of time on their account is eliminated. Here are a few tips to speed up the completion of construction work:

    Bricks supply tie up

    Bricks are the first building blocks required at the commencement of the construction of the house. Irrespective of large variation in their prices, bricks are mostly available in plenty in the market and many representatives of brick kiln owners begin visiting the construction site when the excavation work is in progress. However, a house owner should survey the nearby brick kilns and tie up with one that produces good quality bricks for their regular supply to his site. It is always preferable to use bricks from the same kiln for whole of the structure. One shouldn't rely on traders and should do one's own recce for this. Frequent change of source of bricks used in super structure (structure above plinth level) causes problems in masonry work. A house builder should, therefore, save time normally wasted in finalising the brick supply source when the work is in progress by carrying out this exercise beforehand.

    Basement construction

    Construction of basement in the right manner by raising RCC walls and columns and then finishing the activities to be completed later on add a minimum period of four months to the overall time of completion of the house. Therefore, the decision for construction of basement should be taken by keeping this time factor in view. In case you are in a hurry to complete the house at the earliest then the construction of basement can be avoided. However, in certain cases of low-lying plots, the construction of basement is a technical necessity.

    Wood procurement

    It is always wiser to procure the required quantity of wood at the start of work, getting it cut to size and storing it for its natural seasoning. More is the time given to the wood to dry up, the less it will warp later. Some people prefer to buy logs of much in advance and store them for their seasoning. Wood work consumes the maximum time in construction of the house and a delay in procurement of wood directly affects the completion of the house. In general, the time to be given to the wood for drying up is not correctly visualised by the house owner. In the absence of good and reliable wood seasoning plants, wood needs time to dry up. Therefore, the procurement of wood even before the start of construction is a great time-saving idea.

    Marble & granite work

    House builders are often in a dilemma whether to visit Rajasthan to buy marble and granite or to purchase these from the local market. Quantities required should be worked out at the earliest and accordingly, the decision to procure them should be taken. For smaller quantities, it is wiser to survey the local markets and procure the required quantity from there itself as large marble and granite markets have now come up in and around Chandigarh and the rates are quite competitive. One important aspect towards saving time is an accurate assessment of quantities and to buy them in bulk instead of making repeated visits to the market to meet the shortages later on.

    POP finishing

    Once the plastering work is over, POP work in the house should begin at the earliest. Many activities are dependent on the completion of POP work. First two grindings of the floor can be done only when POP work is over as lots of POP drops on the floor and it is not possible to carry out both the activities simultaneously. Painting work, too, can be started only when the POP work is over. Woodwork in cupboards and kitchen is also started after completion of POP work. In case some false ceiling is to be done in some rooms like living room and drawing room, more time is required for the POP activity. Therefore, the house owner should see that the POP work should begin soon after completion of plaster and laying of floors.

    Plastering repairs

    After the flooring gang completes its job, many plaster repairs need to be applied, especially along the wall skirting. A skilled mason should be immediately put to work to carry out these repairs before the painters take over. Repetitive application of water to these repairs is important for proper curing and for repairs to gain strength. If this small but important activity is ignored or delayed, painting work gets delayed accordingly causing overall slippage.

    Painting work

    Painting of house is another highly time-consuming activity. Interiors, exteriors and woodwork polishing normally take five months or more. Interior walls are to be sanded many times, given coats of primer, then coated with readymade or self made putty till all undulations are eliminated and thereafter, given the final finishes.

    Wood work needs sanding, filling, application of sealer and polish coats. This work needs lots of time for final finish. The painting gang should be finalised by the time POP work gets over and this gang should immediately be put into action. Painter should be made to agree to deploy room-wise manpower. Entire get up of the interiors and exterior of the house depends on its painting work. The painting gang should, therefore, be finalised very carefully. It is preferable to finalise painting work rates on per sq ft basis instead of lump sum amount to get better results.

    Basic materials tie up

    Four more materials required at the start of construction work are cement, steel, sand and coarse aggregate (bajri). Brands of cement and steel should be finalised beforehand in consultation with the architect or a consulting engineer and dealers concerned should be located and contacted or visited.

    Most of these dealers supply required quantities on receiving a phone call and later collect payments after sending two or three lots.

    However, as mutual confidence builds up, the house owner should keep cross-checking the rates of cement and steel being charged to him. Both the Sand and coarse aggregate are normally supplied by a single dealer. Again such dealers should be visited and deal should be closed with one of them. It is important to ascertain the quality of sand and bajri before tying up with their supplier.

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