Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need Plans?
Generally, yes. Any significant change/alteration/addition to a building requires a set of professionally prepared plans and elevations. Plans include calculated measurements such as heights, elevations, spacing, as well as fixture locations, reference points to boundaries, existing services, material types, finishes, site details and so on. Plans put on paper the design in a fixed format allowing for accurate costing and assembly by the builder and his team. Plans also form part of the works agreement between the builder and the owner and plans are typically required by council for the kind of projects BFL does. Exceptions may be building repairs, non structural improvements and remedial works. The more detailed the plans the less disappointments are likely.
Do I Need An Architect?
No. Not if you already have plans. However, if you want a well thought out and uniquely designed home with many valuable features, engaging an architect may well be worth the extra investment. It’s important to make sure your architect and your builder are in mutual agreement on the way forward with your project. Note more simplified plans can also be prepared by drafting or design professionals who understand the workings of a home. They are also able to prepare plans ready for council submission.
How Long Will It Take?
Generally you will need to allow months and longer for complex projects. The building process will be governed by building approvals and the size and difficulty of the project along with other factors like poor weather, labour and material supply delays, public and annual holidays. However careful planning and smart building management will help mitigate the impacts. BFL can advise the time to build during the building proposal.
How Much Will It Cost?
New construction can range from $1900 – $3400 per m2 for a complete project. Note that with custom building, each job is different and costs depend on things like site access, time to ‘get out of the ground’, material selection, quality, job size, existing caveats, deadlines, engineers fee’s, existing hazardous materials and so on. However, with the right match, what should stand out is the value BFL brings to the job.
Can I Live In My Home During Building Works?
This will be determined by practical factors and whether or not you are prepared to endure extended makeshift living – while one occupant may derive enjoyment by ‘roughing it’, it may make the other occupants quite miserable and ‘waspish’.
What is the extent of demolition? Will existing services be removed? – shower, bath, sink, kitchen, bedrooms? What time of year are you building? (think of cold winter and missing walls), how well could you cope with the daily disruption of subcontractors, noise, dust and hazardous rubbish?
If you can secure a sanctuary within your home then it could work. If there are perceived rent savings by staying, they may diminish with the additional building costs providing for ongoing allowances around the ever present occupants. Swift progress is more achievable with a vacant building.
How Soon Can You Start?
Please contact Built for Living to discuss your anticipated schedule and how that may be accommodated.