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BUILDING WITH EXCELLENCE - JULY 2013
The key to a successful building project
We see it time and
time again -- people
with consented plans
who find they cannot
afford the build.
There are varying reasons why a budget can
blow and, let's be honest, with a renovation
it is not always easy to be able to plan for
everything. This problem can be greatly imp-
roved if people would work with a designer
and builder together when planning a reno-
Let me explain... A few weeks ago I was
approached by a couple asking me to quote
on their villa renovation.
They had already been through the design
process with a Draughtsman, paid for some
engineering, paid for building consent as well
as an expensive resource consent and had
just received their consented plans from
council - all this coming to approximately
When I presented them with a price well
over what they were hoping for, they very
nearly fell from their chairs with shock.
You see the problem here is they had not
given proper thought to the budget. The
draughtsman was not at fault he had merely
drawn what they had asked for.
The problem they now face is that they'll
have to spend many more thousands of dol-
lars to bring the budget under control.
A waste of time and money.
What should have happened...The first pri-
ority should be to get an idea on the poten-
tial cost as early as possible in the design
Make contact with a good builder, one that
usually works with designers, and have him
put together a detailed Cost Estimate Break-
down -- that way you can see where all the
money is going.
These days there are very good Design &
Build companies who have vast experience
in working with designers and have the ex-
pertise to produce accurate pricing.
These companies can facilitate the design
process and give extremely valuable advice
as your wish list comes to life.
An essential step for renovations or exten-
sions... If you are renovating or extending
your home, clarifying the cost of the project
Square meter rates for new homes should
not be applied to a renovation or extension.
A lot of the cost for these types of projects
are dictated by how much remedial work
needs to happen to make room for the new
work, how much of the existing building is
altered or up graded, how much demolition is
involved or any strengthening to foundations
or roof structures, so gaining clarity in cost
here is essential. Place the most emphasis
on the concept stage.
In the overall context of a major renovation
the concept plans are relatively inexpensive
but they give you so much important infor-
mation - local body planning rules, resource
consent issues, any geotechnical or engin-
eering issues can often be flagged and, most
important of all, with this level of information,
a realistic estimate can be given at this
Once the design stage has had the proper
time spent on it, and you have clarity on
design and budget, you can then proceed to
working drawings and council consent with
the confidence there will be no surprises or
overruns in your budget.
Design and pricing go hand in hand and
it's a smart move to work with your designer
and builder together.
By having cost breakdowns as soon as
possible, you'll be able to make informed
decisions as you work with the design.
To find out about a full Design and Project
Management service offered by your local
Smith & Sons Renovations and Extensions
team visit www.smithandsons.co.nz or
Phone 0800 764 842.
--- Blair Myles
Managing Director, Smith & Sons SI Ltd
Smith & Sons offers you:
* Professional service,
* Competitive pricing,
* Respect for you and your
* Quality second to
none - from concept to
Call your local Smith &
Sons Builder on
0800 764 842
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