Florida Chapter Sponsor TSquare Construction hosted a presentation on How to Work with a Contractor. Member and Licensed General Contractor Tom Daugherty, owner of TSquare Construction, shared insights he has gained over many years in the building industry.

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Foremost when working with a contractor is communication. Tom stressed the importance of having a full day consultation with the contractor and another with all the subs so that everyone is on board.  All specifics need to be outlined, selections made and expectations expressed before any realistic proposal can be made.

Members and guests listened as Tom shared stories and advice. It was so nice to see our friend Mike Campbell from Habitat for Humanity again, too.

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The designer needs to be part of the team and on site regularly to make sure all is going according to plan and so concerns can be addressed before costly mistakes are made.

One of the biggest issues with any job are change orders, change orders, change orders.  Change orders not only effect the cost but the time line.

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Tom’s partner Rose Arevalo insists whenever possible every detail and specification need to be included in the original contract right down to the hardware on the cabinetry.  We all know that one decision may have an effect on many different things.  One mistake, indecision, or component that has not arrived on site can hold up the whole project.

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Rose also spoke about what to look for in high end cabinetry such as Luxor which TSquare distributes.  Solid wood construction and quality of finishing are just two things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.

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Chapter President Elizabeth Zecca spoke about IFDA to let our guests know more about the benefits of membership, the value of connections and upcoming events.

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Thank you to our members and guests for joining us for a fun and informative event and to Tom Daugherty and Rose Arevalo for providing valuable insights into the challenging world of construction and rennovation!  Thanks also to Patrice Chartrand, Chris Pressley and Jaime Dwork for graciously opening their showroom for our event.