With all the emphasis on planning ahead with blueprints and avoiding change orders, there will always be changes during the construction process. Sometimes you just have to see, or feel, what it looks like before you recognize something that needs to be done.
If it needs changing, change it.
It’s not a bad rule of thumb to be prepared for at least 20% over the schedule and budget to deal with these changes. Some even recommend 50%. Know your constraints (time and budget) and be prepared to make choices. At some point – and it’s nearly guaranteed – you’ll be faced with choosing between sticking with the plan or stretching just a bit to get exactly what you want. Oftentimes it’s better to bite the bullet than live with the regrets.
straightTALK: If it needs changing, change it.