Key trades involved in planning is very productive.

We get key trade contractors involved in planning as early on as possible. Last week we met with a couple who wanted to replace their en-suite soaker tub with a large shower. In looking around, the Tile contractor said to the Clients, "Your en-suite fixtures and finishes look fairly new, maybe 10 years old? But, the guest bathroom looks 30 years old, so what about remodeling it instead? Take out that steel tub and put your shower in there?" 

And, that is what we are doing. This will bring the Clients' home more up-to-date overall. Plus, the space under the guest room is unfinished making it much easier to plumb than the en-suite which is over a finished space. This shows that having trades in early can be fun, plus very wise.