Perfectionism has negative connotations. It can be the harbinger of stress and unnecessary pressure in the workplace. It can lead to unrealistic expectations, over-ambitious projections and, inevitably, disappointment and even failure. But in certain key sectors perfectionism is a force for good, and the driver behind successful businesses. This is certainly true in some areas of the construction industry.
What Does Perfectionism Mean?
As a doctrine, perfectionism holds that perfection is attainable. In the case of specialist builders, it is more than this. It is also desirable.
Michael Kemp is Construction Director for Restoration Projects, in Glossop. They specialise in restoring and converting a wide range of historic buildings, commercial buildings and large-scale domestic properties throughout Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. He comments, “Perfectionism can be a defining business characteristic because it is an inherent part of how you approach a particular task or project”.
In construction terms, perfectionism is what raises one project above another. It helps define the scope of ambition, and then characterises the method of delivery.
“There are lessons in perfectionism you can learn from restoration techniques and approaches”, Michael explains. “This can involve anything from converting a building for domestic purposes to adding a contemporary extension to a period property. The key is in the attention to detail and the appropriateness of building design”.
The benefits in pursuing perfectionism are in how this pursuit defines a business and establishes its unique selling proposition.
How Does Perfectionism Work?
“Let’s take a building conversion as an example”, Michael says. “When you turn one kind of building into another, from a commercial, agricultural or industrial site into a private dwelling, you are looking to preserve the essential character of the building”.
“This can only be achieved with attention to detail”, continues Michael. “It is not about being obsessive with period or other details so much as being very particular about all the details involved in the project. This can be anything from modern glazing to choice of building materials”.
“You’re looking to source materials that add a real sense of exclusivity to the project”, explains Michael. “This might not be down simply to the material value, as much as where the materials have come from, and what unique properties they then hold. This is something learned from restoration and preservation work”.
“With Restoration Projects, we’ve created our particular niche and it’s founded on an unwavering dedication to perfectionism and the results that brings for our clients.”
Michael Kemp, Restoration Projects
With any project, the whole has to work. But it depends on the details, and particulars, to do this.
If you demand nothing less than perfection for your next construction projects, please call Restoration Projects on 01457 861702. Alternatively you can read about some of their work with the NHS, National Trust, and English Heritage, here.