Nice to now be complete on another project for the office. Great clients again, fantastic result, and a view now completely captured!
Due to the smaller scale of the project, the build time was relatively short at 6.5 months. Based on this, things moved very quickly. Lots of decisions to be made in bunches, the pace of response needed to be fast and the review of the work on site needed to be regular and detailed prior to enclosure to ensure quality. In regard to this project we also had the added detail of bushfire rating compliance for many of the materials to check through as the build progressed.
What the experience reinforced for us was the importance of working with an organised builder and an involved client. Ourselves by nature, are used to the concepts of attentive management and being across the issues at hand so a project can run smoothly, including the management of costs and time on our projects. This approach is made so much more enjoyable with an organised builder who is available, across the issues, and responsive. Coupled with this, an attentive client who was invested in the outcome and able to respond quickly definitely helps.
A small tip for you when considering a builder for your project. Ask your potential builder if they are ‘on the tools’ (meaning they are physically involved in the build process) or not. We find projects where the head contractor/‘builder’ is not on the tools to be far better from an overall management perspective. Builders who are on the tools tend to construct during the day, then have to do all of their project admin after hours. In our experience this is not effective, items are missed, and overall project timing can become problematic. Much better if there is a dedicated foreman on site, and a separate ‘builder’ available to interface with the architect and client.
Image to the left of the open king post truss supported roof and profiled ceiling. Can’t wait to see this at night with a series of hidden LED fittings lighting the same.