Think Twice Before Making Your Own Changes

My grandfather was a carpenter and he taught my father and his brother the art of home construction. I was talking to my uncle one day when he said something that I would never forget. He said,” We are just assembling the homes, it's not our job to reengineer or design them.”

Anyone who works in the construction business, building new homes or even remodeling homes that they didn't design personally, should remember this statement for the rest of their lives. If you're a plumber, electrician, carpenter or even a construction laborer and you feel like you can do a better job than the architect or engineer, I suggest that you go get the education that is required and become one of these professionals.

Here's where the problem starts, I've seen carpenters who reengineer projects and completely redesign a floor or roof system different than the one designed by the engineer and architect, only to find out later that it wouldn't pass the building inspection.

This is where the problem starts to become a nightmare. Whenever one of the lead or master carpenters believes that they can do a better job or change a specified building material, you've got problems with the building department. Think twice before making any changes, with anything that you're building.

Any changes that you make during the construction process that aren't approved by the building department, architect, engineer, homeowner or other contractors that might be involved with the project, could create problems for you in the future.

Think twice before changing anything that's on the plans. I've seen more people create bigger problems doing this than you could ever imagine.