Lean Design

Blogs on Lean Design concepts and implementations for Home Builders and Remodelers



Check yourself before you wreck yourself. This delightful saying comes from a rap song by Ice Cube. Mr.

Have you ever heard a framer say, “I just make it look like the picture”? I have —  far too often. They are referring to a lack of elevation detail on the construction drawings.

As I sit on a plane bound for Fresno I am procrastinating. I know I have to put together this week’s blog but there are a few things to handle first.

Growing up near Detroit, I know that old plans are like old cars —sooner or later they start costing you more money than they are worth.

Headers, headers everywhere! Nearly every builder I have ever worked with (regardless of geography) initially had far too many headers and/or headers that were way oversized in their homes.

Lots of matrimony talk lately. From the saccharin sweet royal wedding to the much publicized split between J’Lo and Marc Anthony - some marriages are meant to last while others fade away.

Plans, plans, plans, it’s sometimes difficult to know what they should include and what they shouldn’t.

Monday morning 6:30 a.m. Jeff the lead carpenter rolls out the latest set of prints for the new Thornberry model.

The concept of lean architectural design is often misunderstood. Elimination of design- induced waste in both product and process is the overriding goal of Lean Design.

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