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The true beauty of any house is in the finish quality

Do not leave anything to chance when it comes to the finish quality of your project, always ensure that your builders pay attention to every detail. It is best to ask your architect to provide various interface details showing exactly how certain elements should be built. These details are should be at least in a scale of 1:5 to make them visible enough on the drawing sheet. Providing and adhering to these interface details will ensure that every element is well crafted. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.

Reprint and resend your building drawings to your builders on site periodically

Building drawings tend to be handled by a lot of tradesmen and are sometimes exposed to the weather, with time most of these drawings become worn out, covered in stains and ripped in more places than one. To ensure your builders can build accurately to the architects and engineers’ requirement it is good practice to always resend newly printed drawings to your building site. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.

Phase out your project with your building team

Most people may not have all the funds available to complete their project from the onset, for this reason we advise that your phase out the project. The best way to do this is make sure that each phase ends correctly ensuring that specific tasks on site are completed fully before the phase ends to avoid having to call back the tradesman later during the next phase to continue a previous task. Properly phasing out your project at strategic point will better inform you of how much you need per phase plus or minus inflation. Allowing you to save what you need to get the phase completed. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.

Build a good relationship with your architect and your builder

Establishing a healthy relationship with your architect and builders will go a long way to positively affect the home building experience. Most construction projects tend to last for a year or more, it is therefore in your best interest to avoid straining the relationship between all parties involved. It also allows the free flow of ideas and suggestions that could improve your project as well as save you lots of money and time. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.

Save money with your roof design

Having a roof design that requires a lot of timber, nails and man hours to build will translate to a higher bill. It is therefore a good element to value engineer if you are trying to cut down on your build cost. A hidden roof is a good option as it does not require expensive roof coverings like clay tiles. However, a reinforced concrete slab will need to be constructed around the perimeter of the hidden roof. We believe the most cost-effective roof design is a single slope roof, depending on the pitch (slope) of the roof it may require a significantly less amount of timber. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.

Make sure there are no air gaps around your windows

A lot of homes are more and more using air conditioners to cool down the interior spaces to make them more comfortable to live in. We all know that you need to close all the windows in order for the air condition to be effective. Having air gaps around your windows defeats this to an extent, air leaks considerably puts a strain on your air condition unit as it works more than it should to reduce the room temperature increasing your electricity bills in the process. Feel free to contact us if you want to know more about this.