Smooth Sailing Through Your Project

Over the years we’ve learned a few tips that help keep the job site safe. We are responsible for most of them but here are a few ways you can watch out for yourself,  family,  pets and possessions.

Preparing for Construction

Remove personal items from the construction area or protect large items that can’t be moved.  Talk to us about assistance with moving or protecting heavy items.

Plants or shrubs in the path of the construction area should be moved before we arrive.  We recommend you consult a professional if the plants are sensitive or valuable.  We will do our best to protect vegetation adjacent to the work area.

If you have children please let them know to expect us, and explain the safety rules to them.

If you have pets, please let us know if they are allowed outside and if not, where your pet ought to be during work hours. 

Talk to your Project Manager about the best locations for the portable toilet, dumpster, and material staging area if your project requires these things.  Also discuss on site parking.

Once the Project Starts

We usually start work at 7:00 and end at 3:30. Please let us know if you need a different start time or have other time considerations.

For their safety and ours, children and pets should be kept out of the work area.  We are happy to answer questions and explain to children what we are doing if time allows, but please arrange it with the carpenter beforehand.

People who are not directly associated with the project should not be in the construction area during work hours.  All people who come on site should take the proper safety precautions.

Construction work is dusty. We use plastic walls, drop clothes and other protection to contain dust and debris as best we can. We also clean as we go as work allows. Some dust might escape the work area. Please be aware that your house might need a bit more cleaning until the project is completed.

Some of the products used in the construction process can give off unpleasant aromas.  Please let us know if you have specific sensitivities so we can discuss alternate materials or give you advance warning when such products may be used.

Please let us know if you want to throw away something in the project dumpster or trailer.  There may be additional charges for some items. 

General Safety While in the Work Area

Depending on the scope of your project, there are specific safety guidelines that might apply to you:

In general, non-construction personnel should stay out of the work area while work is in progress.  If you do need to enter the work area, make sure the carpenters or other contractors are aware of your presence.

Give large or noisy equipment lots of room. Assume that you cannot be seen or heard. Look in the direction you are walking and never walk backwards.

Stay six feet away from all excavations.

Keep your children with you at all times while touring the site.  Children should not be in the work area when construction is in progress.

Watch where you walk.  Keep an eye out for cords, building materials or construction debris. Don’t walk under staging or ladders.

Steer clear of areas where there is demolition or construction underway. 

Please leave ladders where you find them, and do not climb ladders left on site.

Some building materials such as paint, drywall compound or adhesive may not come out easily if it gets on your skin or clothes.  Stay away from anything that may not be dry or fully cured.

Depending on what is happening you might be required to wear a hard hat or other safety equipment.


Building a new home or addition, or remodeling, can be fun and rewarding. We like to maximize that by keeping you and our crew safe. Adhering to these guidelines helps the job go safely and smoothly. We really appreciate your help with this important aspect of your project.