Rufus Laggren wrote: You have taken on a big job. And it sounds like you're pretty much on top of it, at least as possible at this stage.
I hope so, I'm a friendly bouncy thing, sometimes I feel like a puppy that bounces up to people wagging it's tail. Getting basically kicked in the face by the first codes guy was traumatic, I had nightmares and threw up for months after it, and knew I didn't have money to move again, I'm out of options, I'm in town whether I like it or not.
Far as I can see, your approach and all that is great, especially viz maintaining a good civil working relationship with your AHJ. You can definitely press on various issues and disagree with particular things, but the civil and respectful (both sides) relationship is what will carry the day.
I have serious health issues, I have lived that way since 1996. I always know where my next stop point, next thing that is optional, etc is. Too often I have to use those options.
I can see only one general point to emphasize: It's a LOT of work and thus try to plan and schedule the project(s) such that parts can be delayed for later w/out serious downsides. Give yourself as many options for this as possible. I have always reached points where I needed to drop or postpone certain aspects and it helps a lot when it's happens gracefully. And without undue guilt or panic - because you have already thought about that possibility.
The fun thing about the panels, (I know, they are NOT natural building) is the time from start to dry in with them is FAST. I'll be running an inexperienced crew, once the foundation and basement are in, an experienced one could get my place up within 3-4 days. We'll probably take a week and a half. To dry in!! Which gives me work space at that point. The basement work will take longer, it's got a lot of details, and they all have to be done before the walls are ready to go up.
You have lots more wiggle room if you can leave walls open indefinitely, but that's quite a QofA impact if it's space you use every day. But putting up the finish wall doesn't mean you have to install all the appliances right away - or ever. Paint can be done later, so can finish floors.
Water and electrical and shelter (building envelope) infrastructure usually need priority. Sometimes access (driveway, walkways...). For example, drying in the garage with a light and an operating door opener might be critical for some people, while of no matter to others.
Yes, that's the hard part for me, I'm a "I'll just do that myself" type, and figuring out what others can do, and do to my requirements, is a skill I work at, it doesn't come natural to me.
These planning tricks are most helpful not for saving money but for saving your energy and good mindset. A billions details everyday tends to get to you. Simplify, lay off and put off, to avoid getting bogged down. You will _not_ run out of vitally critical issues needing your full attention, I promise you. Flexible scheduling, compromise, all that stuff is designed to buy you daily personal time to apply serious thought and effort at points where _no one_ but you yourself has the knowledge, skills, authority to get the job done.
OH GOD YES!! That's a major issue I'm hitting. The labor pool around here is weird, the good workers have jobs, I don't want the bad ones. My best employees lately have been high school girls :) They do what they are told, and show up, and don't try to play dominance games with me. I tell people I can teach the skills I need, I can't teach how to have a good attitude and be willing to learn.
As a final thought, I have found that a contractor or worker who does What they say, When the said, How they said and for approximate the $$ they said ---- they are worth whatever they charge. Easily. At least when you want to actually complete a satisfactory job _this_ lifetime. That's because the cost of a no-show or a person who doesn't do as agreed dominoes over the whole process and become HUGE. For example, an experienced laborer (say a ditch digger/gardener/painter type) who actually pays attention to your needs, talks about the job and works hard to your instruction w/out supervision is probably worth $20/hr cash or even more. Provided you schedule work to keep them busy.
Have one made, out of an outside paddock off the barn. also have a good tent, and multiple canopy things. The paddock has a desk in it, white board on the wall, etc.
A job desk or office at the site can help, even if you must provision it from your briefcase every day. Proximity, table, chairs out of rain and wind can help. A tall tent?
Breath slowly, count to 10. Watch Game of Thrones (or something) occasionally. <G>