Managing From Afar

Dear Expert: I’m planning to build a cabin two hours away from my home. How do I keep tabs on my construction project?

Answer: Communication is key between the homeowner and contractor of any building project, especially when the homeowner lives in another city. At Northway Construction, we use a web-based computer program to stay connected. Our project managers, subcontractors and architects share photos, messages and records with the homeowner, making every job easy to track, even from hundreds of miles away.

— Ed Northway, chief executive officer