R. Craig Lord Construction Company is a design-­build firm that continues to innovate to improve productivity and customer satisfaction. That is why we use the lead carpenter system on our remodeling projects. Project management, which is used in a variety of fields, has its roots in the construction industry.

While the project management methodologies that are used to develop software frequently evolve to keep up with the fast-­paced nature of the technology sector, construction project management processes did not change much throughout the years until the introduction of the lead carpenter method.

What is the Lead Carpenter System?

The lead carpenter system was introduced to the remodeling industry at least 15 years ago and gained popularity as construction companies like ours adapted our business processes to take advantage of its benefits for our clients. The system is built on the premise that the best person to manage carpentry-­centric renovations are seasoned carpenters who do the daily, hands-­on work. The lead carpenter method employs a carpentry manager to review labor and material estimates, coordinate subcontractor activities, and perform most of the carpentry tasks.

Anecdotal evidence points to a drop in productivity as more carpenters are added to remodeling projects, so the lead carpentry model limits the number of carpenters used on projects. Heavily manned crews are replaced with leaner teams that are managed by a well-­organized, knowledgeable lead carpenter.

General Qualifications of Lead Carpenters

Lead carpenters are expected to manage all aspects of renovation projects, interface with customers and perform carpentry tasks. Successful lead carpenters usually have several years of relevant work experience and have often demonstrated supervisory skills at some point in their careers. When these carpenters are assigned to lead positions, they often pursue additional training in project management, communication and customer care.

Lead carpenters understand local building codes, industry standards and the unique work policies of their design-­build firm. They also have working knowledge about other trades such as electrical and plumbing contracting so that they can assess overall job quality. The knowledge, skills and abilities of lead carpenters are often acquired through a combination of job experience and formal continuing education courses.

At R. Craig Lord Construction Company, all of our lead carpenters meet the above qualifications combined with proven performance year after year. Their skills are exceptional and together, our carpenters have over 180 years of experience. At our company, we employ full-­time lead carpenters and own a fleet of vans, fully stocked with quality tools to perform quality projects.

How Can Having a Lead Carpenter Benefit Your Project?

Customers realize short-­ and long-­term benefits when their design-­build firm uses the lead carpenter method on their construction or remodeling project. For instance, firms can often provide customers with more detailed cost estimates when they are reviewed by experienced lead carpenters. Many construction companies also encourage lead carpenters to implement tighter material and labor cost controls that can optimize scheduling efficiency and save the consumer money.

Since the lead carpenter works on site for the duration of the project, you can have peace of mind that your home is kept secure.

topics: Construction. Project management