Remotely Track Home Construction or Renovation Projects

If you're like most people, you probably can't wait to see the finished product when your home is being renovated. With time lapse technology, you can watch your home being built remotely, in real time.

This can be a great way to keep track of construction progress and make sure that everything is going according to plan. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of construction time lapse video and how to set one up on your site.

The benefits of using time lapse

The hardest part of managing a new home build or renovation is keeping track of the project progress without having to be on site the entire time. If trades don’t show up or jobs are not completed as scheduled, it has a ripple effect on the project timeline and budgets. Additional benefits include:

  1. Track material deliveries - know in advance if the material to complete a particular project are on site ahead of the sub trades arrival;
  2. View building progress - have a real-time view of progress in order to anticipate schedule adjustments;
  3. Know when to schedule site visits - by knowing when specific milestones are complete, you can choose the best time to inspect work;
  4. Settle disputes with trades - with a real-time record of who arrived and what work they completed heads off any disputes;
  5. Prevent scheduling conflicts - construction is all about dependencies and knowing the exact status of one stage can help eliminate having trades arrive too early or too late.

Setting up the site

Choosing the right camera angles is the most important first step. In general, you want one wide shot of the exterior that provides coverage of the entire project. This often requires getting some height off the ground and may require the installation of a post.

Even in the case of interior renovation, this angle gives you coverage of all of the comings and goings to your site including material deliveries. 

Next, decide if you need exterior detail shots to get a closer view of specific areas. Driveways and walkways being poured, for example, or a pool installation. 

Interior shots are the next consideration. It may be difficult to get full coverage considering the number of rooms so focus on the main traffic areas in order to get a good overview of workers and materials.

Click here to learn about time lapse camera setup and settings.

Consider solar

If getting power to the camera is an issue for the outdoor cameras, solar is the best option. Solar powered cameras can run indefinitely meaning that they can operate unattended for the length of your project.

Enabling remote access

The main objective of this configuration is to stream images in real-time to a remote location so that you don’t have to visit the site.

To achieve this, two additional components are required. The camera must be enhanced with a wireless connection and connected to a cloud based platform that will stream the images over the internet.

If configured with the CamDo CloudX dashboard, these images may be shared with any number of users. For example, you can give access to your general contractor so that they can monitor the job site as well.

Notify your contractor

It is important to notify your contractor that the cameras are time lapse and not live video. Many contractors will object to video monitoring.


Capturing the progress of your home build or renovation can be a real stress reliever. Seeing the work taking place in front of your eyes can give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going.

Not to mention, it’s really fun to watch your home come together! 

If you’re looking for a way to capture the progress of your project, we have just what you need. 

Our construction time lapse camera packs are perfect for anyone wanting to document their home build or renovation. We have everything you need to get started, including cameras, mounts, and software. 

For more information, check out our construction time lapse camera packs to get the best result for your time lapse project.