I learned a lot about construction in Architecture school, and even more in my apprenticeship and study for licensure. I have seen a lot of construction through my work in commercial design, and I even did some construction work back in high school. Unfortunately, all of that knowledge and experience doesn’t necessarily make me good or even proficient at all the tasks involved in the various renovations I tackle around the house. A big example with the shed project is the concrete slab that is required by the Township code. As I purpose to do all of my projects within the requirements of the code, I knew I needed a large concrete pad. I’ve done small masonry repairs and concrete work before, but this was big enough to give me pause. ITABWODI? I could save a little cash by setting up the forms and mixing and setting my own concrete, or I could save a lot of time and energy by contracting the work out. In this case I chose the latter, and I’m glad I did. I spent a few minutes staking out the location per my site plan drawing, and the contractors did the rest. They did much better work than I would have, and I could turn my focus to getting materials for walls and roof.