If you are lucky enough to have secured a prime piece of land and have attained planning permission to develop, you can build that home you’ve always dreamed of, but you will need assistance from the professionals. From the foundations to the blockwork to the landscaped gardens to the driveway, you need to put a plan in place.
Unless you have a tradesman background, you will probably need to research what type of tradesmen you need for each job. Starting with an architect who will help with the initial design, you will then need to look into builders with the necessary experience and skillset to complete the new build to your specifications.
Finding a Builder
Finding a decent building company is unfortunately easier said than done. In the absence of word of mouth recommendations from family or friends you will need to carry out your own research. Although engaging the services of a general builder or ‘Jack of all Trades’ might be easier from an organisational perspective, they are less likely to be acquainted with the work of a professional concreting company or landscape design firm.
In reality, you will probably need to engage the services of more than one company if your dream property is to meet your expectations. This may be easier to approach if you break the project up into a list, each with their own individual speciality, an example of which is listed below:
- House Builders
- Driveway Installation Specialists
- Landscape Gardeners
- Painters and Decorators
Although you may not have to engage different tradesmen for every single element of the above list, you need to be sure that each assigned task is carried out properly. For example, your home builder may have a team of groundworkers that work in the same firm, the same goes for plumbers and electricians but for high quality concreting services such as driveway installation, you will probably need to reach out to a specialist. This not to say that your general builder is incapable of installing a driveway, but you may be disappointed or less than impressed with the end result.
A Project Manager
Unless you are able to monitor everyone’s work every day and actually know what you are looking at, it may be worth hiring someone with project management experience. Although each company you engage to work on your new build will have someone assigned as a manager for their particular function, it is useful to have someone who can tie all the various elements of the project together as whole. This only applies in theory to the actual housebuilding team, as the driveway installation and garden landscaping will, in all likelihood, happen when the main building work is finished. As much as we’d like all jobs to be completed simultaneously, it just isn’t possible!
If you are building a new home and have planned any type of specialist concreting project as part of your masterplan, Concept Concrete can help. Call us FREE on 1300 366 343 for more information or to get a quotation.