Our contracts are typically a "cost-plus" format which requires a lot of trust from all parties involved. We deliver value from the initial planning stage but also strive for constant value engineering through the project. This is an example where the plans called for a specific pocket door track and roller for every location. After we finalized the door slab quotes we asked the supplier for door weight by location. Using this info we were able to propose appropriately rated tracks by location in the same high quality brand of hardware. This resulted in a total potential savings of $7,470...the client accepted the substitution.
It can be tricky connecting the dots between plans and elevations to truly understand how things look in 3D. Rather than simply handing the plans off to framing subcontractors, we think through the framing ourselves and produce notes and interpretations like these. Prior to construction we meet with the framers to discuss each person's interpretations and ask architects for clarification on details.