10 planning mistakes that can increase your costs by hundreds of thousands of forints

You wouldn’t like if your construction cost more by hundreds of thousands because of planning mistakes, would you?

Here is a list which shows the most common mistakes which can be committed during planning that causes immediate extra cost for the investor appearing during the lifespan of the building.


Let’s see then:

1. Underplanning

Let’s take the simpliest example. If your machines are side by side then they can fit into a 200 m2 area so you plan the building for 200 m2.

Huge mistake! Why?

If the designer thought that the machines would fit into a few lines but didn’t leave space for a corridor where the given machine can get out and then park again without moving the other machines then how much extra petrol and money would be wasted if you needed a particular machine which was at the far end of your hall?

If you are planning a long building where the the machines would stand side by side then one side of the building would be only doors? How much extra cost would it mean? Not to mention that the moving parts would wear so they have to be replaced every once in a while, it is ok with one door but with lots of doors that is a lot of extra cost.

Or would you like a machine storage which is partly open? All right, but still you can’t have one which is exactly the size where the machines would fit you need to let the roof extend beyond the wall because if we don’t do that it is just the same as leaving our means of production on the open air and expose them to bad weather conditions.

In the example we use machines but underplanning can occur in the case of livestock and set crop and the later repair costs can make the execution horribly more expensive. 

2. Overplanning

Overplanning is a less spectacular mistake than underplanning but it still counts whether we pay for 200 m2 or 300 m2. 

One of the best examples is when the planner asks the number of livestock and takes it into account but not the age of the animals so it designs the same space for a full-grown animal as for a young one.

Or in case of machines they calculate with the biggest size of the machines and doesn’t take into account that those sizes mean the state when they are opened out. Of course with a disk machine the disks can be turned backwards or can be dismantled, you need to calculate with them at storage but when you need to get in and out with them (for the size of the corridor) you don’t need to.


3. Blocking the possibility of later expansion/development

You have made the most out of your financial possibilities and had a really useful building designed which when is finished will be optimal for the current situation. BUT! What happened if you want to expand or develop?

Let’s look at an example. Feeding at the livestock unit is done by a hand cart at the moment, the caretaker pushes the hand cart in, feeds the animals and then pulls the cart out. What happens if you want to mechanize this and you would feed from the trailer of a small vehicle – even if the corridor is big enough would it suit the vehicle? Because it is not easy to reverse with a trailer but there won’t be space to turn around or will there be an exit on the other end, too?

Be farsighted and calculate with these possibilities when making the plans because it is much more difficult later on to tear down or reconstruct and of course much more expensive.


4. Planning that doesn’t suit the sector

Different sectors have different equipment needs that is why it is important that the planner has the necessary knowledge about this.

For example at ventilation you must pay attention that the animlas don’t feel cold because eeven if the animlas don’t die they grow less and produce less which is a huge loss for the farmer.

At an industrial hall it does matter whether it is 20m*30m or 15m*40m because even if the area is 600m2 for both if we want to build in a crane it doesn’t matter how it is laid out.


5. Ignoring the maintenance costs

The majority of planners pay attention to the investors’ budget that is why they try to choose the best solution for him. However, many times the great effort causes problems later on. Of course it is great that the cost of execution is planned to the minimum but let’s not forget that the cost of the building doesn’t only mean the cost of construction.


We can pay a bit more for the execution but the materials used in the building should be the kinds which don’t make the maintenance more expensive. We think of insulation for example since not choosing the right insulation (even if it is cheaper) can raise the utility costs later on.


6. Ignoring local regulations

The planners usually know the construction laws well enough. But they often forget about the fact that each settlement can have its own local construction regulations which can be stricter than the state laws. It can cause serious damage if these laws and regulations are not kept.

For example not choosing the right protective distance can result in a demolition resolution but even in the best scenario you need to ask for a decision to remain for thousands of forints and through a lot of bureaucracy wasting a lot of time. 

7. Structural overplanning

Actually this mistake is a burden “only” on our wallet. Security is very important for everybody so most of us like overplanning things in case something goes wrong we won’t have a major problem. There is not much problem with this “overplanning”, the real mistake happens when we don’t know the tensile strength of the materials and calculating with them badly the designer oversecures multiple times the building. Since a building, which is open on the side needs different steel structure than that of a hall closed by sandwichpanels.

Now you can ask what happens with structural underplanning. Well, the planners won’t make that major mistake cause then it is people’s lives on stake which would result in prosecution. That is why planners tend to overplan than undrplan. 

8. Bad orientation

It occurs mostly at buildings where the hall part is built together with the farming part.

Since the farming part is usually insulated or better insulated it is not wise to put it on the colder, windier northern part because that would later appear in the utility costs.

And it is is the same with the huge doors and sliding doors which should be installed on the side sheltered from the wind if it is possible. If they have to be installed on the windier side then it is worth building in a smaller door even within the industrial door.


9. Tiling planning not optimum

It is important whether the sandwich panels or the trapezoidal sheets are planned horizontally or vertically in the building. We have to look at which way do we produce less garbage since if it is cut on the spot you have to pay for that too. 

10. Incorrect planning of height

On the one hand it can collide with the local regulations/rulings since the building authorities can regulate the maximum height.

On the other hand it can happen that we judge by the height of the building that a given machine would fit in but because of a bridge element it becomes lower and thus we cannot use the building for storing our machine.


Both cases are very annoying and correcting the mistake can be a financial burden.

Why do some of the planners make these mistakes?

The answer is simple. Most planners only concentrate on the planning of the building.

But an excellent planner is separated from an average planner that he/she doesn’t only want to finish a building but they want to offer a SOLUTION for the investor’s problems (be it the storing of the machines and everything including the optimum placement of the production line.

Now that you have read these 10 planning mistakes please consider who you are going to hire for the planning of your building. Choose a planner who is experienced in your industry and the planning of steel structure constructions.

In case you do not know a planner like this please turn to us with trust. Our company works with a planning team that has proven itself both in industrial and agricultural fields.

Don’t confide yourself to a swindler, your enterprise is more important than getting into a tight financial or legal situation because of such mistakes.

Choose an experienced general contractor!

If it is important to you that your building will be well usable and cost-effective in the long-run or if you are only looking for part tasks of the construction please turn to us with confidence. Besides our main activity of general contractor we provide steel structure production, trapezoid sheet production and sandwich panel distribution and delivery, as well.

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