Podcast Ep 207: Lead Time Unwrapped: Decoding the Delays


Welcome to our latest podcast episode, where we delve into the fascinating and sometimes frustrating world of lead times in the construction industry. If you've recently contacted design-build companies in Seattle about a remodel and been surprised by the projected timeline, this episode is for you. We explore the various factors influencing design and construction lead times in the Seattle area. Whether you're about to embark on a remodel or are simply curious about why these projects often take longer than expected, take a listen as we uncover the secrets and solutions behind the delays.


Factors Influencing Lead Times

Design Timeline

When working with a design-build company in Seattle, the timeline for the design process can significantly impact lead times. The speed at which you make decisions will determine whether the process is swift or extended. If you know you are someone who takes longer making decisions, it is important to build decision time into your overall timeline expectations

Project Complexity

The complexity of your project is a significant factor in determining lead times. A simple kitchen remodel will naturally have a shorter timeline compared to a kitchen addition where walls are moving or even a whole-house renovation. Complex projects require more detailed planning, extensive design work, and often more iterations to get everything right, which can extend the timeline considerably.

Permitting Processes

Almost every kind of remodeling project will require a permit of some kind. These permits might be quick to get like in a day, or they could take longer depending on how complex your project is and how much of your home you are remodeling. Once you sign on with a Seattle design build company they will be able to give you an estimated permit timeline based on your project scope. 

Material Availability and Sourcing

Global supply chain issues have had a notable impact on construction materials in the last few years. Delays in sourcing and shipping materials can stall a project for weeks or even months. Understanding the availability of materials and having contingency plans in place can help mitigate some of these delays. One way to combat potential delays is selecting all materials during the design phase so everything is ordered before construction starts. 

Communication To Combat Delays

Effective communication is critical to keeping a project on schedule. Miscommunication between clients, designers, and contractors can lead to misunderstandings, errors, and delays. One advantage of working with a Seattle design build company like CRD is that our design and production teams work seamlessly together as we all work for the same company. This allows for there to be a great team dynamic which means less miscommunications. Similarly, delays in decision-making—whether due to indecision or waiting for approvals—can extend the lead time significantly.

At CRD, one way we work on constant communication is by holding a weekly construction meeting throughout the lifespan of the project. This is where our designers, production team and homeowners get together to touch base and make sure everyone is on the same page.

External Factors and Industry Trends

There are external factors that neither a design build firm or a homeowner can prevent. 
The availability of skilled labor is one factor that can affect your lead time. In Seattle, and other major cities, there is a high need for skilled labor. We work to find the best crew to work on your project and that might mean we can only do so many projects at once. Additionally, we want to ensure the production team that is working on your project is focused on yours and not being pulled in multiple directions. 

Another external factor that is actively trying to shorten your lead time is technological advancements. These advancements include new software, programs, and apps that help both the designers and production teams function more efficiently. 

Final Thoughts

Understanding the myriad factors that influence lead times in the construction industry can help you navigate the challenges and set realistic expectations for your project. From the complexity of the design to external economic conditions, each element plays a role in shaping the timeline. By improving communication, staying informed about industry trends, and planning for potential delays, you can better manage your remodel and ensure a smoother, more efficient process. 

DM us on social media @CRDDesignBuild or email us at concierge@crddesignbuild.com  and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Until then, remember, when it comes to your home, don't live with it, love it!

Article Categories: Interior Design, Design Tips And Trends, Remodeling

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