If you’re wondering what happens through each stage of the building process, here are the basic steps to completing your new home.
INITIAL DESIGN AND PROCESS MEETING
On our first visit with you we will document your ideas, discuss your needs, house plans and budget. The budget is the most important consideration before plans are drawn.
We can assist you with a plan to meet your budget. If you have any prepared drawn plans, then a hard copy should be provided to us and an electronic copy emailed to us along with soil reports, permits, heritage overlays etc.
CONCEPT AND DESIGN OF YOUR BUILDING WORKS
Design and briefing meetings are held with the architect or draftsman. From these meetings your concept design and cost estimate is prepared, presented and amended if necessary.
DECISION TO ACCEPT ESTIMATE AND PLAN PREPARATION
On acceptance of the estimate, your full quotation will be prepared.
CONTRACT DOCUMENTS AND COUNCIL BUILDING APPROVAL
A Fixed Price Contract is prepared and presented to you for approval. Once you are satisfied, the contract documents, including the building contract, working drawings, addendum to specification and guarantee documentation are signed.
We can assist the owners to lodge their plans with the appropriate authority to obtain a building or planning permit. Owners should be contactable throughout business hours in case the builder has any questions. The quicker the builder receives an answer the less hold ups to the building process.
Whilst your plans are in Council, you select the colours and finishes for your new home
CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Construction of your building works will commence soon after Council consented plans are stamped and received; at which stage a build start date is determined and an indicative timeline presented.
Progress payments will be required as per the contract. Regular consultation and site meetings will be arranged through the building process to minimize delays.
Once construction is completed we will undertake final inspections and full quality control checks.
HANDOVER – COMPLETION
On completion we will clean your home and arrange for the final Council inspection. You will be invited to come and inspect your new home with the Construction Manager.
Once the home meets your approval a Peter Priftis Constructions representative will meet you at your home where final payment and handover is completed. We will at that time provide you with an information pack about the house and product warranties.
You can now move in and enjoy your new home . A Peter Priftis Constructions representative will explain the maintenance period and the conditions of your guarantee. As part of the follow up service, we will ask you to complete a client satisfaction survey
Whether you’re building, restoring, extending or renovating, the aim is the same: to bring your vision of your home to life. It may seem like a daunting task but here are some insights that can help you achieve your goals for a stress-free build:
1. The most important factor for any type of build is planning. Projects work best when the homeowner knows what they want to achieve and the builder has a clear concept of the client’s vision.
2. As well as thinking about your current lifestyle needs, consider your future needs, too. Open areas are great for young children while zoned areas suit teenagers and provide versatile spaces for relaxing and entertaining.
3. Thoroughly check all details and plan drawings that are supplied and if you’re not sure of any details ask your builder. Changing plans after they have been approved can be costly and time consuming.
4. Disruptions to routine and lifestyle, noise and mess are to be expected if homeowners decide to live within the house whilst renovations are being completed.
5. Builders are careful to protect their reputation, so if a good builder is chosen, renovation problems shouldn’t arise.
6. Builders aim to complete projects to plan however when one component of the build is delayed it can have a domino effect on the total project. If you are responsible for buying fixtures and fittings, these items should be purchased before the building starts. Do your bit to avoid delays.
7. All renovations are covered with a warranty period.