Build to succeed

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Build to succeed

In an ideal renovation your builder would complete your renovation on budget, in time and just the way you want it. But, the best builders will tell you this is a challenge. The fact of the matter is that renovation takes a lot of time, preparation and organisation.

So, with the wrong team running your renovation, you will struggle to achieve even one of your desired outcomes! The odds are simply stacked against this happening.

The biggest mistake most home-owners make, is not forming a grand plan in advance, i.e. not getting the designers/architects and builders together at the very beginning of the project – before drafting any plans.

The changes of the last 5 years have resulted building cost increases. While square meter rates may be useful to estimate the cost of a new build, they have never been an accurate way to gauge a cost of your renovation.

So before you begin planning your renovation get your builder together with your architect and…

1. Set your budget. Talk over your initial ideas with your builder to get an estimate of likely costs. Then make it clear to your designer/architect that you want your builder to give you cost estimates at each stage of the initial planning stage and before you commit to having detailed plans drawn. By having this meeting right at the start, you’ll avoid the disappointment of designing beyond your budget.

2. Be clear about your wish list, even before you invite your designer or builder around. Start making a list that begins, “We would like to achieve…” and then rank in order of importance. Your list might look like this.

  1. a. An additional bedroom
  2. b. A New kitchen
  3. c. A renovated bathroom
  4. d. An open plan living area


Remember that subtrades are not really interested in spending too much time quoting at such early stages as the actual project could be quite different. So focus on finding the tradies that would be great to work with and who understand how important this process is for you, the customer.


If you start your project with these clear guidelines, you will put yourself in good stead for creating the home that you always wanted rather than ending up with renovation plans that are outside your budget.

Wishing you all the best.

Good luck.

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