Save Thousands on Building and Renovating CostsJoshua Jackett
Did you know that by having a one on one discussion with an experienced Design Builder, it can save time and cut costs? Once you have an idea of what your project will look like, together you can save literally thousands of dollars and up to 20% of your construction time.
There is no secret potion or magic recipe. By applying experienced building knowledge and common sense you can quickly discover how suitable your design will be for your location. Fabulous opportunities are often overlooked in this early stage of your project, making minor changes to the way you proceed will determine the outcome. Things like standard sizes, material selection and reducing the complexity can make such a difference to the cost of your project.
Discussing your needs and ideas with a Design Builder is an excellent way to be sure you will arrive at the right destination; it is paramount that both parties understand and agree that together we are working toward a common goal.
The fact is that the more you can clarify, and the better you can relay your ideas to your builder, the better your quote is going to be.
To be completely honest as a builder, if you get a client who is unsure or is constantly changing their minds becomes problematic. The simple fact here is, changes create problems which create cost. This can and should all be avoided by working together efficiently.
Here are a few great examples of simple steps to put your mind at ease and save you some serious time and money.
Have a really clear project brief. Tell your builder exactly what you want, have some pictures, examples and drawings.The less work he has to do setting this all up is the less he will charge you for.
Book a free hour’s consultation with a builder (if they won’t do it don’t use them). It is here that you can discuss your ideas and they will give you practical advice on how to save money and time. As well as offering design and building tips based on industry know how and experience, they can guide you through the process of things like, going through council, dealing with tradesmen/consultants, building timeframes and much more.
Get your house drawn in 3D before you start. This resource is invaluable and can not be recommended enough. This gives you a crystal clear idea of what you are going to get. At the end of the day this is a large amount of money you’re going to invest. You should make sure you understand what it will look like. Traditional 2D plans simply don’t tell you this (you can’t exactly virtually walk through a paper plan). 3D models allow you to see the project: materials, colours setbacks, doors opening and closing, how the sun can affect it and much more. But how can you do this? Check out the PlusSpec software on our website to find out more. It allows you to make changes and design amendments without variation fees. Let me assure you this is one of the smartest investments you will ever make.
Work in standard shapes and sizes. Complicated roofs and diamond shaped facades may look great. But the fact is that anything that isn’t a standard or is a concept, is going to cost you at least 20% more. So do some research on standard building specifications and leave the complexity to a few small features and you will save a great deal on your budget.
Basically it is about being comfortable with your builder and your builder getting a crystal clear understanding of your wants, ideas and even concerns. At New Age Building and Design we go to great lengths to ensure we discuss your project in detail. We consult with you to ensure you understand and are comfortable with each step before moving forward.
If you would like any more information, to set up a free design/build consultation or just to chat about your development then please feel free to get in touch with us at www.newagebuildingnaddesign.