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When I was taking measurements of my exterior wall, I noted rim location at 10 feet from the ground up. It is mid point on the hardy board siding.

I planned on attaching the backboard to the exterior wall at the top where there was 8” board/trim and 2 x 2 board/trim on the bottom and the rim would be a separate and moveable element attached to the backboard.

Attaching the board to the trim is better because the hardy board can be fragile nearer its’ edge – it is composite after all, whereas the trim is a solid piece of wood.

I thought that mid point may actually work out for me.

But the mid point wasn’t a factor. It was the size constraints of the backboard and mounting wall that will affect the rim location.

This is where sitting down and drawing out the details, nets better results. Like the pun?

Most portable basketball hoop backboards aren’t as large as mine but then wall mounted backboards are usually larger. I had to strike a balance by lowering the rim to get the square target ideally located. In my case I have opted to install the rim 6” from the bottom. This gives 2.5 feet above the rim to bank it in. There is lots of room to use the side of the board.

As a decorator, I love to embellish a project with details. The focus is the hoop but I want to deliver the whole experience and wow the client.

A reasonable amount of work goes into designing the hoop. A lot more goes into the Wow Experience. Here’s the materials list:

A Material List is usually presented in the Proposal Meeting to the Client. During this meeting all the research and design, sourcing, trades and suppliers, delivery, assembly and installation timeframes have been mapped out and are presented to the client. The full scope of the job is defined and there is a real price tag to the project. This is fantastic moment!

To summarize the process for this project so far:

Preparation for Consultation – 1.5 hours

Consultation with Client – 1 hour

Design – 5 hours

  • Sourcing Materials 2.5 hours

  • Drawing .5 hours

  • Compiling Documentation for Proposal 2 hours

Remember this is a small “one item custom project”. As a Designer I have invested 7 hours into the project. However, when the project is large such as updating a townhouse the Design Stage takes approximately three weeks, full time.

To begin the procurement process on behalf of the client, funding for the full amount is obtained.

Relax! The expectations are clearly defined, the prices are confirmed, timelines are projected. What could go wrong?!!

Stay tuned as I take you through the Project Management Stage.

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