One of our daughters recently had a part in the ballet, “Cinderella”. As we sat at the dress rehearsal we watched the interaction between the dancers and the 60 piece orchestra. Specifically the conductor and “Cinderella”.
The music was not fast enough at one part and too slow at another. The choreography had been designed to this specific piece of music, yet the dancers were unable to perform at the wrong tempo, they had rehearsed to a recording and now that the music was live, there was the human factor to iron out.
The Conductor had to watch the dancers on stage and guide the pit orchestra in order to have a successful performance.
With opera we can hear the singers, and so although we do rely on the conductor we also rely on our ears and listen to what the singer’s doing. With ballet we rely very much on the conductor because we can’t actually see the dancers, and we really have to play according to the tempo the dancers want or that they can cope with. You have to trust the conductor and be ready for something like a sudden change of tempo – if a dancer takes off! Musician, Libby Pring, BehindTheBallet.com
I realize you are thinking,”What does this have to do with my house?” A lot more than you might think…
During the planning phase of a project there are a large number of factors that need to be considered, planned for or just worked out after the wall has been opened up. Rob and I do a lot of planning, measuring and troubleshooting before we start the demolition process. We may even poke around a little before we start to make sure there are as few surprises as possible.
So we “rehearse” for what seems like a long time to the owner. Drawings are completed and a schedule is made that includes our team of skilled trades and the time it will take them to perform their part of the project. They are scheduled accordingly, a permit is applied for and selections for the finishes are finalized. All of this rehearsing pays off when the project starts.
The “performance” portion of our project is longer than a night at the ballet. (We do not have our own TV show.) The goal with any project is to get in and out in as short a time as possible with out compromising the quality of the work performed. This may mean delaying the start a few days to achieve the shortest down time for the homeowner, especially if a project involves updating a Kitchen or Bathroom.
Once the project starts, Rob’s job is to make sure all of the supplies are on site, subcontractors are on site working and are on schedule. We have assembled a great team of skilled trades that do exceptional work. Rob’s other responsibility is to make a project as painless as possible for the client. This includes daily updates for the owner, sealing off the construction zone and making sure the project is clean and ready for the owner when completed.
There is a lot of coordinating between the trades, suppliers, the schedule and of course in some cases, the weather. At times, the schedule needs to flex in a variety of directions. It is a very intricate dance indeed and yet a beautiful thing to participate in and see completed.
Do you want to dance?