Posted date: 3 August 2017
The shed that kept on giving..........
Now that I had successfully filled my garage with all manner of household items that are unlikely to ever be used again, spiraliser anyone? Or how about a really heavy 36” TV, which is as deep as it is wide? I suspect there are no takers! It was no good, it was time to create more space, the solution, a shed. Quick look on the hardware store website £600.00 easy……
Sadly, I quickly realised that building a shed requires some skills that I don’t possess, ability to build sheds being the main one. So, I was forced to look at outsourcing this to an expert, namely, Dave the Gardener.
After some chit chat where we discussed types of wood, pressure treatment and all manner of, now forgotten, technical considerations, he convinced me that the shed I was looking at would not survive even the smallest gust of wind. It was simply not ambitious or sturdy enough for my garden. I was now building a shed made from premium wood, that would outlive me and could be spotted from space.
Next was the question of how much this new outbuilding come office (no longer a shed by the way) was going to cost and after some doodles in a notepad, a few sighs of uncertainty and a call to someone called Terry it was agreed that the wood would cost £1200.00, but he wanted to charge a day rate for the build as the “project timeframe” had some “variables” and he may overrun the three days he was estimating.
Paying for Outcomes
Finally, the point. It’s common for clients to bring in expertise via the contractor marketplace in the hope that they will magically get things back on track. However, this is often done without giving enough consideration to defining the end goal in advance. Like Dave the day rate option is always best for the contractor but is unlikely to give you the outcome you want in the timeframe you need.
Defining desired outcomes from the start and only accepting a fixed price for that outcome focuses minds, keeps you on budget and gets you there on time.
Back to the shed
So, one unexpectedly expensive concrete base and two extra “ground clearance” days later and a wasted morning explaining to the Grand Designs film crew that Dave had perhaps over stepped himself by calling them in. I do now have a shed (yes, we are back to calling it a shed) fit for purpose and, in fairness to Dave, it probably could survive a nuclear attack.
Due to lack of funds my plans for the new 4K television are sadly shelved, and the trusty old Samsung will just have to do. Should the wife be reading this, HD really is better than 4K, honest.
Dave has given up gardening and is now a Project Manager contracting in London. Apparently you can’t put a lawn mower in the back of Ferrari.