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How to achieve that High-End Finish

Tips for a Successful Project

You know when you see those amazing looking photos (in this magazine & online) and you think ‘Now that is high level of finish that I want on my project’ but the problem is, you are not sure how to achieve it!

Well, this your chance to get the inside word on how those high-end finishes are delivered and how to make sure that you get the finish you have always dreamed of, on your project.

I have successfully completed numerous projects that have delivered that wow factor finish. I have also experienced a lot of different approaches to this end Goal. To be completely honest, some have been a seamless pleasure to be involved in and others have been an unenjoyable laborious battle from start to finish.

My experiences have proven to me that, the secret ingredients to a successful project are Good Teamwork, Communication & Clarity. No surprises then when I say that those factors are also the key elements needed when aiming to get the high-end finishes you want on your project. Add in the correct material choices & some good organisation and then you are well on the road to a successful project.

Here are my Top 5 Construction Principles and Top Tips to getting that High-End finish, without having to go to war to achieve them:

Teamwork: It is vital that every member on the Construction Team is on the same wavelength and are work with each other, not against each other. It so important that everyone from Client to Designer to Engineer and Builder, has each other’s respect and trust. This environment is the platform that is needed to ensure everyone wants to achieve that high End finish result for each other and not just for themselves.

Top Tip – No Dictatorship has ever ended well! Remember that you want to be able to call on your team if you need them in the future.

Good communication:How can you expect a high-end finish if the team does not know exactly what the end goal is? It is imperative that the designer understands what is in the client’s head and relates this to the Engineer & Builder in an understandable way. Only then can they make the clients vision become a reality.

Top Tip – We live in the Communication age, so let’s communicate with each other every step of the way. Our current technology allows us to instantly relay information to each other in lots of forms, photos, emails, texts etc.

Clarity: The Devil is 100% in the detail. You must be truly clear about what you want, especially when it comes to shadow gaps or having certain elements of a build lining up with each other. These details must be thought out at design stage and talked through regularly during the construction stage. Give absolute clarity if you expect to accomplish the best finish. Sample pictures and detailed drawings are also vital on this one.

Top Tip – Do not forget to consider corners and transitions because this is where a lot of details fail. Think in 3D not straight lines!

Materials choices:You cannot expect a high-end finish if you are using the wrong materials. Some material simply can not give you a finish that looks good and stays that way. Plaster work has its limits, timber can twist, some materials are not compatible with other materials and so on. Using the right material in the right environment and setting is paramount. Sometimes simpler is better.

Top Tip – The materials do not always have to be expensive but quality is imperative. When doing a show piece detail use a small amount of an expensive material but really express it, therefore eluding that this material has been used more than it actually was.

Good Organisation: :Sounds obvious but being prepared and organised can eliminate the nightmare of having to move services. Re-doing works and therefore causing plaster patching works is very difficult to hid or blend. An organised site can help ensure that each trade knows what the parameters they must work within, therefore reducing potential of trades crossing over each other’s workspace. Make sure the trades are sequenced correctly to minimise risk of damage to sensitive products or details.

Top Tip – Do a sample room and get sign off on finishes and details. This really helps as clients get to see the finishes and the sets the standards going forward.

The images here are from one of most successful projects working with Architect Patrick Lloyd from Peter Legg Associate Architects and CORA Engineering, on a super tasteful project in Dundrum. Every one of the above principles where needed to ensure we got the level of finish needed to make this a standout project.

I hope this helps you on your journey to achieving that show stopping project of your dreams! Stay safe and Build well.



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