Anyone who’s had experience building or renovating would know that delays are a normal part of the process. Human error happens, weather happens, and it’s just something we need to account for at the start of the build to make sure there’s some leeway in the schedule. Some problems however are way more annoying than others.

Rebeka’s large and beautiful steel windows are the topic of conversation today as she shares the details of a series of unforeseen and frustrating events that led to months of delays on her build. She’s now in the thick of rectifying the issues to get the house weathertight and secure and we’ve all got our fingers crossed for some sunshine. These steel windows better be worth it!

So what do you do when spanners are thrown into the works? How do you deal with the issues when they arise? And trust us, they’ll arise! Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball to know exactly what will happen on every build but we can learn to deal with things in a calm and methodical manner as they come up.

In this episode we talk about the approach we need to take in dealing with issues on site and Kribashini talks us through her decision matrix and how it helps her in the problem-solving process. Sometimes just knowing how and why things happened can help you understand the issue and move forward with a solution without biting someone’s head off.

At the end of the day, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Having issues on a build is normal and every builder or tradesperson will have their own story to tell about a time they made a mistake or didn’t account for something. Building can be overwhelming and some issues are more expensive or embarrassing than others, so it’s important we learn to have a laugh, take a deep breath and move on.

If you’re in a fix with your build or feeling overwhelmed, the BuildHer team is always available to help. Drop us a line and don’t forget about our free Facebook group which is full of really helpful resources and a place where you can connect with other women in the same boat.

If you have a topic or question you’d like us to cover, contact us here.


  • [3:00] – The impact of having multiple types of windows for installation
  • [3:15] – How the initial contractor was not set up for the task at hand, which resulted in parting ways with the job
  • [4:00] – Rebeka designed the windows too big for the powder coating, and how that affected the job
  • [5:30] – The mystery of the incorrect colour on the windows
  • [6:30] – How the mystery was solved due to the tinting machine!
  • [7:45] – As hard as it may be, how to work through the delays and not dwell on the issues when they arise
  • [10:13] – As a result of the issue, a lot of the other trades have been pushed back with flow-on effects. How has Rebeka dealt with this?
  • [13:00] – An issue that Kribashini had when a miscalculation meant that she was one whole box short of tiles that she needed
  • [16:00] – Think about the issues in the bigger picture – is it something you’re going to be worried about in a year? If it’s not – it’s not that big of an issue.
  • [16:50] – How lonely it can be building, and what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • [18:37] – The difference between big issues that need resolution, and little issues that can be brushed over, or changes made to account for them depending on the level of importance
  • [20:00] – Kribashini’s decision matrix


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