Building a new home or undertaking a renovation, reclad or new build is one of the biggest things you’ll possibly do in life. We use our experience and knowledge combined with proven project management software to make is a less daunting, less unknown process. We’re big on communications here – you’ll hear from us every step of the process; from concept to contract, consent to construction, and through to completion.
2. Initial Discussion
We will meet with you to discuss the project brief, and any other details you may have whether it be a reclad, renovation or new Build, this is where we need to hear what is important to you – your wants and your needs. No idea is a bad idea – well, some are but we can use our experience and knowledge to guide you away from those. It’s also important that we talk about your budget expectations, to ensure we’re all on the same page throughout the home building process. If you don’t have an idea on what all this is going to cost, then that’s fine and we can cover that in the project pricing package.
Hint: To get the most out of your briefing meeting, it’s helpful if you have the below. Don’t worry if you don’t; we can assist.
- Digital copy of your property file from the council. (This is not the same as the LIM; the property file includes all the plans the council has of your property.) If you don’t have one we can order one for you.
- If you do have any images or ideas on what you would like to achieve please feel free to have them at the 1st meeting, if you don’t a great place to start is Pinterest or Houzz. You can continue to add more ideas through the project using these great apps for inspiration or mood boards.
3. Concept Design
Once we have met onsite and taken all your great ideas we then send you a proposal for our Concept Design and upon acceptance the creative process begins.
This phase brings together the initial design brief and all the relevant information to creatively present an original, bespoke concept. With the aid of 3D images, plans and layouts, we will give you a clear visual depiction of the concept, showcasing your vision and our vision for the project. This is where your project comes to life. The concept design will be provided for review and discussion before moving onto the next stage. Being designers and builders, we flesh out any construction details at the beginning meaning when we move onto the pricing stage we are pricing what we will be building. Its important at this stage we have all the materials, cladding choices etc correct as this is what our QS will be using to produce his pricing from.
4. Project Pricing
Once we signed off the concept design we then add more construction detail to the design and tidy it up to be sent to our QS (Quantity Surveyor). He goes through the plans and provides a thorough breakdown of all costs. See the example yourself here. We price everything in its entirety to give you a clear idea on build costs, we include any Geotech engineers, Structural engineers, Estimated Council Costs and any other consultants which may be needed. The software we use for our pricing comes directly from our 3D model, so you can be sure the quantities are accurate. We present all this on an easy to read report with an itemised breakdown. Transparency is everything to us, we offer two different types of pricing models, one is a cost-plus model and the other a fixed price model. Click here to see our Cost Plus vs Fixed Price Guide. We also provide an estimated timeline for your project, so you know how long the build will take from day 1, this is often then updated again before start construction onsite.
5. Building Consent Drawings + Building Contracts
Once we have established that we are working within your budget we then begin the detailed design drawings which is turning our concept drawings into a full set of drawings ready to submit to council. If any specialised consultants such as Geotech engineers, surveyors and structural engineers then we co-ordinate all this into a full complete drawing set to submit to Council.
We will be the initial point of contact with the Council for any queries they may have. We will respond to any requests for additional information in a timely fashion and work with the council to obtain the consent approval on your behalf. Just before we get the green light from Council we review our Certified Building Agreements with you and once accepted and a small deposit is paid we are ready to go! Example of Certified Fixed Price Agreement.pdf and Cost Plus Agreement.PDF here.
We also at this stage set you up to use our friendly to use cloud based software which gives you insight into your project every step of the way. Dont worry if you not sure on how to use it, we give you a quick 5 min demonstration and you will be up and running in no time.
We produce a full construction program showing exactly when the work will be carried out, we keep you informed along the way using our friendly to use cloud based software and our Project Managers and Site Foremen conduct weekly/fortnightly site meetings with you to ensure you are never in the dark. We’ll give you traditional craftsmanship and values with modern technologies and design ideas. You will honestly be amazed with our streamlined systems.
7. Completion and Move In
Your build is now complete, we have gone through with our team to check everything is in order, Council have passed the final inspection and you are able to move back in.
We then provide all documents for the Code of Compliance Certificate, we hand over any manuals and maintenance plans.