What impacts the timeline for a renovation or new build?

What impacts the timeline for a renovation or new build project?

Learn more about what will impact your timeline here, and how to save time overall.

As I was working on the rebuild of HOME Method, and really diving into it (“Heads down, bums up!” my Mum would say!) I thought a lot about timelines for building and renovation projects, and how to simplify the steps for members even more.

One of the trickiest things when it comes to doing a custom new build or renovation project – and one of the hardest things to wrap your head around as a newbie – is the number of variables that can change your personal project journey.

HOME Method captures the steps that any project needs to take, whoever you’re working with, or whatever your dreams, location or budget. And it provides a framework for members to learn how to ask the right questions, seek out the needed information, and shape their own project journey as a result.

However, for some, that process can be a 6 month journey. And for others it can be 3 years.

The very, same journey.

So what changes timelines? And what are the variables to consider?

And then what are the consistent dots you need to join, regardless of what you’re doing?

Let’s look at this quickly.

These are some of the things that can impact your timeline, or change the order in which you need to do things.

The specific challenges of your site and location

If you have a bushfire overlay, a particularly strict Council, big issues on your site with services or infrastructure, or anything that makes your site and your plans for it more nuanced, then it can mean you need more input from professionals, potentially have more applications / approvals, and a lengthier timeframe.

It can mean more departments of council, or even external agencies, need to be consulted as part of your approval process too (and often those departments won’t view things simultaneously!)

Finance timing

A few members have been discovering the differences between states in terms of when finance can be finalised.

In some locations, you need a fully completed and signed contract (with insurance paid) before your bank will finalise your mortgage. That seems crazy, doesn’t it?

But it’s why you need your bank manager or broker on speed dial, and totally across what you’re doing with your builder, so you know you can get all the people and money lined up as soon as that contract is signed.

For others, they need a Building Permit, or Building Approval, but don’t need the contract to be signed to achieve it.

Yet, the Building Permit can take some time to achieve, and so sitting and twiddling your thumbs waiting for it, to then turn around and wait (twiddling your thumbs again) whilst your bank processes your loan application, can be frustrating.

So streamlining and seeing what can be overlapped becomes helpful at that point.

This leads me to my next point …

Pause points and holding patterns

There can be lots of times in a project journey when you’re waiting for someone to finish their phase of work, or an approval to be processed, before you can move onto the next stage or step.

With some of these pause points (and some can be 6 or more months, for example, with a long DA approval timeframe), you can also make a risk assessment as to whether you can continue specific work whilst you wait – knowing that you may have to undo some or all of that work if you don’t get good news about what you were waiting on.

In many projects I’ve worked on, we’ve made a call about whether to continue working towards our Building Approval whilst waiting for our Development Approval.

The benefit has been that, if you can do this, all the Building Approval documentation can be prepared and then submitted as soon as your DA comes through. The risk is that the DA comes through with a bunch of conditions or issues that impact all the documentation you’ve spent weeks or months doing.

These overlaps, or where you’re trying to crunch time by working on something else before finalising the previous step, need to be risk managed with expert input and eyes wide open. But they can reduce timelines considerably.

The regulations of where you live

There are some interesting requirements based on where you live, and the kind of project you’re planning.

If you’re working through a traditional design – bid – build process, where you work with an architect or designer to develop your design, draw it all up, go through the approvals, and then tender it out to builders, then you may find you have to choose a builder before submitting your Building Approval or Building Permit, because you need a builder’s name on your approval submission.

In other locations, and certain project types, this isn’t the case.

In some locations, you need a specific professional to lodge certain documentation for you before everything is finalised.

In some locations, you can do all the submissions yourself – or you’re actually required to, but you’re still sourcing what you need from the various professionals you’re working with.

In some locations, your council can require specific paperwork and payments related to the construction phase itself, and the fees and requirements for those won’t be resolved until you’ve finalised your building costs and can advise them. Which you don’t necessarily have nailed down until you have your final contract sum. But your budget will most likely need to know what these fees are, so you can factor them in before you finalise your contract sum with your builder.

And depending on the methodology you’re using for your project (architect-run, or designer-run, or builder-run with your own design, or design-build, or off-the-plan, or you’re project managing all of it, or another approach), that can change the order in which things will happen, and who is responsible for handling the steps.

Yep, it’s a lot.

Figuring out your own project pathway is a great early step in any project.

Identifying timelines will help you nut out what’s achievable, and how it will fit in with your overall life. Especially when you’re working around milestones like Christmas or the impending arrival of a bub, etc.

If you’re working with professionals, I would encourage you to push this back onto them as well.

Ask them to step you through what’s ahead, the timelines involved, and what’s feasible in delivering your future home. They’re the ones that do it all the time, and I find homeowners don’t rely on them enough sometimes.

Whoever you’re working with, you don’t have to figure this all out on your own.

I have two main goals with HOME Method.

The first is this: to unlock in you who your future home needs you to be, so you can sit in the driver’s seat of your project.

This means giving you the education and knowledge to ask the right questions, choose the right team, get intentional about the home that you want to create, and demand better of those you’re working with.

This gives you the confidence you need in order to know you’ve got this, and can create the outcome you seek to achieve. Even with the challenges and hiccups that come your way. (Plus you have a safe place to turn to when you need it too).

The second is this: to give you a framework so you can see the whole picture before you start, with the tools to then tailor that framework to your own project journey.

So you can then create that timeline for yourself, plug in your own project’s specifics, and tap into the collective journeys of other members who may have just done the same thing in a location right near you (which is what’s happening in the group right now!)

Now, what are the consistent dots to join for any project?

Well, that’s what HOME Method really steps you through.

But if you’re looking for some early help, check out my podcast episodes on the phases that any project will go through, and I share commonly made mistakes so you can avoid them in your project. There are 4 in total, and an episode on each (plus a free PDF transcript download as well). 

These are the 4 phases, and episodes:

Pre-Design Phase Design PhasePre-Build PhaseBuild Phase

I hope you find it super helpful information.

Amelia, UA x

If you’d like to get started on your renovation or new build project, my Get Started Guide is a fantastic resource to help you do just that. 

It will teach you the first steps any project needs to take, whatever your dreams, location or budget, and whoever you’re working with. Learn more about it here >>> GET STARTED GUIDE

And, if you’d especially like to get started on your home design, then the mini-course ‘Happy Home Design’ will help you. 

You’ll learn more about what decisions really matter in happy home design, and how you can design a home that is functional, fantastic and feel-good >>> HAPPY HOME DESIGN

If you’d like to learn how to choose the right builder, and learn how the specific checks to do, and questions to ask, when interviewing builders for your project >>> CHOOSE YOUR BUILDER

Building A Quality Dream Home | Undercover Architect Member Review

Naomi wanted to embark on the process of building a quality dream home.

However, she knew that when it came to building her dream home, there had to be a better way than what was being presented to her.

Initially, she was referred to the “Get it Right with Undercover Architect” podcast by a friend. And from there, she knew that investing in Undercover Architect’s courses was the best next step.

This gave her the tools as well as the confidence to embark on the construction of her new dream home.

Naomi is a member of HOME method and Home Design Masterclass.

I’m Naomi. We’re living in Goulburn, New South Wales. So not quite .. a lovely rural town, quite a large town. We have children, but they’ve all flown the nest. 

So looking at I suppose what, what will be the empty nesters dream, I now get a house that has everything that I want without having to worry about all the requirements of children and what have you. In the current COVID environment, my family’s joking that I’m building a luxury bunker in Goulburn with all the mod-cons that I can lock myself down and, and not have to socialise with everybody else. But it’ll just be the two of us.

Yeah, nice, nice veggie garden at the back. Nice… So we’re looking at a Passive House possibly. So after suffering the smoke of the fires over last summer, and the lockdown of COVID, and working from home, the luxury bunker sounds pretty good to me.

What concerns did you have before you started?

Um, so taking on a well… I never thought I’d build, I always thought I’d renovate. I was always looking at older houses to renovate. And because of a change in circumstances, my partner doesn’t like older houses, so the compromise was that we would look at building something. And if I was going to build I was going to get exactly what I wanted. 

But first of all, the question is, what do I want? What’s possible? And how do you get what you want? 

I didn’t like any of the … I don’t like the style of the kit homes, the proportions and the quality. So I was looking at how do you get a quality house that will survive, be the design I like, so it has to be, you know, still attractive. But is a quality build and isn’t going to break the bank. So this was not something that I can do on an endless budget.

So I had to be very mindful of getting the right people because the quality, work with, with quality designers and quality builders. But how do you identify those? This is not something I’d ever done before. Never thought I’d do it. And didn’t feel comfortable just handing over that sort of responsibility and, and trust to somebody else. Wanted to, to drive the process myself. 

So I wanted to be highly involved and get, well, if I was going to spend all that money, I wanted to have my dream home. I wanted to make sure that it actually still … I knew there were all those building codes and all that sort of side of it. So I needed to find out, to arm myself with the information I needed, to tackle that and identify the gaps where I needed to bring in experts to help me.

Yeah, and the thought of choosing everything. The thought and, and I’ve had friends who have even built with kit, with bulk providers. And the stories are told of not only having to choose everything in the house in a short period of time, but also the blow out budgets and the stress that’s caused. 

And I suppose you know, in my work, my professional life, I know that you can manage these, these big projects effectively. I couldn’t understand why you couldn’t do it with a home. That it had to be, it’s not like people have never built houses before. It had to be possible. So there had to be a better way of doing it, than just putting your trust in somebody and then yes, not having that … I don’t like handing over control, I like to have the, if it’s going to be my house. I want to make sure that it’s done my way. But yeah, it wasn’t as if we could just sort of … haven’t got endless time and endless money. 

How did you first discover Undercover Architect?

I discovered Undercover Architect because I have about an hour and a half commute to work each morning and each evening. And so I have been devouring podcasts like you wouldn’t believe. And so when I decided to even potentially dip my toe in the water of building a house, I then went looking for information and was so lucky to stumble across Undercover Architect. 

And I think I managed to devour a few years worth of podcasts within a few months, because, you know, it was a great way to, to, you know, make the drive more enjoyable. But I absolutely, it was so easy to listen to and so informative, and it just sort of immersed me in, in sort of that world, and certainly gave me a lot more confidence that was possible. 

And so once I discovered what was possible through the podcast, I then just started dipping into some of the courses and really starting to get into some of the more detailed work, which is really good.

Did you explore any other options before joining Undercover Architect?

I did find a few other podcasts. They weren’t as easy to listen to on the drive. And they, they didn’t seem to, to cover as many, as much detail. I must admit,

I really, really loved the way Amelia approaches, how she explains. There’s, there’s no mucking around. There’s no sugarcoating it. She’s very frank, but she’s very practical. 

I really like I suppose I related to the way she thought. It was always a combination of, you know, the block determines the way how the build goes. The block determines that, the orientation. You just, you design with the block. You’re not just plunking a house on top of it. 

Even though design was the, the aesthetics was really important. It was the practicalities, it was the materials, it was the … And so all of that seemed to really resonate with me. 

And I have sort of tried, also dipped into other podcasts, on to some of their other websites, and they’ve, they’ve never been as easy to understand. Or never been as practical or comprehensive as UA. 

So it’s, I must admit, even though I’ve sort of still tried to compare, because I, you know, put all your eggs into one basket. Never, never been as good. So I’ve always had to come back to what Amelia’s put forward.

What made you decide to join the Undercover Architect online courses?

Um, I suppose I really liked, and I actually know someone else who’s done the courses too, so there was certainly a recommendation from a friend. And, and certainly, what I experienced with the podcasts, I wanted to arm myself even more. I wanted to start .. before I … and I probably will still work with an architect, but I wanted to do sort of some first designs first. 

So I’d gone through the thought process, but I didn’t think I could just do that on my own. I wanted the way Amelia sort of stepped you through with some of the podcasts, I thought that the courses would be good value.

And I do genuinely believe that by doing that myself, I will actually save money because I’ll be more focused. So I’m taking this time before I talk to an architect and a builder to really get my own thoughts straight. 

I think the courses really helped me do that. So it’s really honing in on, what do I need to know? What questions do I need to ask? What do I really want? 

So that I don’t then waste money and time and someone else’s effort on a treadmill, trying to work that out on paid time. So that was sort of the … and after the first sort, of course, so I’m sort of, did some of the small ones, I really enjoyed it. So I’ve sort of dipped into other ones as well.

Did the Undercover Architect course save you drama + stress?

Absolutely. The stress I suppose just having the time to, there’s a methodology to it, which as an engineer I really like. 

So there is a clear process, there is a method. And it’s about uncovering the risks in the project first. It’s uncovering and being very clear on what you want. 

Because the clearer you are, you’re not going to waste money going down rabbit holes and making changes. I know in any project, the worst thing you can do for both time, a cost and a satisfaction point of view, is to change your mind halfway through. 

So in some ways all I’m doing is applying, you know what, you know, I’m applying the same methodology we’d on a, on a, on an aircraft design as you do to a house. I don’t see any reason why it should be any different. You don’t want to change the design on a plane halfway through or the wings will fall off. So it’s really important … and budget blows out. 

So, you know, I can see that this sort of methodology and approach works in, in other technical areas, why wouldn’t you do it on a house? So I just think it’s, just, it’s applying good methodology. 

And, and it also then very clearly shows you what are the technical trades or technical skills that the designers, whoever that you, it’s worth paying to bring on to your project. 

So I want to make sure that if I’m going to pay for experts, I pay for the right ones. And I can, I can actually evaluate what makes them the right ones. 

I think a lot of the work that Amelia goes through is actually helping you to identify the right people and not going down that worst case scenario of ending up working with somebody who’s either unethical, or just not the right person for you. 

So looking at not only the technical expertise, but the right fit. And I like the fact that she appreciates, and points out just how important that is building that right team. It’s about having the right way of, the same way of working in the same, the same approach. So how do you pick that person. 

Um, so certainly a lot of the things I’ve got that she’s gone through in the course and the podcast, helps you identify those people, because I was determined that I was going to enjoy the process. And so far, so good.

What are you doing differently because of this Undercover Architect course?

Yes, so certainly, I’ve now educated my …, like, going through everything from, I’m learning SketchUp, to different, you know, the apps you download to work out, you know, where the sun orientation is, and all of that. I sort of knew you needed to do that, but didn’t have the skills to do it. So I’ve been merrily working through all those sort of tools. 

The I shall possibly right down to, I probably wouldn’t have built, I think without, without sort of, without this process and without what Amelia has gone through, I think I probably would have still stuck with renovating. I don’t know that I would have actually gone … all the stories I’d heard were pretty negative. So I don’t know that I would have had the confidence to go for a full build. 

So I think that’s been a shift. I think it’s been a good one. And I think the other thing, too, is feeling really relaxed, just to take my time. Not be pushed into anything. Not let anybody else dictate the time frame or how it should be done. 

To be able to push back and say, “well, no, that’s… that’s… thank you for your opinion. That, that might be the design you like, but I don’t like that, and I don’t have to have that”. 

So I think giving, giving me that confidence to know, to, to spend the time to identify what I want, and then not accept anything else. And if anything, if it’s, if it’s not the right fit with the designer, to find another one.

Has the Undercover Architect course helped your budget?

Um, so I can’t say that I’ve necessarily compare that I’ve saved the money, because we’re still quite early in the process. 

But I absolutely can see that it will save me money. And it will save me stress, because I know I feel a lot more confident to find the right people, ask the right questions, do all the checks upfront. 

And make sure that we will get the outcome. Everything from the personal fit, to the right size business, to the way they design and even making sure that their business is secure. So they’re not going to go under halfway through. 

All of that sort of due diligence, it’s one thing knowing it needs to be done, it’s another thing knowing how to go about it. And certainly, I feel a lot more confident to do that. 

Certainly, I feel a lot more empowered to take charge of the process. And know when to, when to, to do it myself and when to hand over. So identifying what I can do and what I can’t do, and find the right team that can complement what I can’t do. So I think that, and doing all that work up front, I know from my professional life, that that will save me money and time and stress. 

So I’m very confident that I’ll have a better outcome. And I’m also very confident that that quality build will save me time, or save me money, more than anything, in the upkeep of the house too. 

So I think all, all around, it’s going to be a more efficient use of my time and money, and a much more enjoyable outcome. And I hope the process and the house at the end.

Did the Undercover Architect course save you drama + stress?

So I think knowing how to ask the right questions is the big thing, and certainly Amelia, and it’s her experience. So first of all, when you have the benefit of somebody who’s gone, who’s lived this. This is her career, her life. She knows  what challenges you guys come up against. 

I hopefully will only ever do this once. I can’t say that I’m signing up for a second one right now. So I really value learning from that experience and having those tools and techniques and to be able to apply myself. So I do think that’s going to avoid a lot of the pitfalls. But even knowing that no project is without pitfalls, but I definitely know the benefit of having a good team. So when things go wrong, you’ve actually got the right people who are working together to solve those problems. 

And you know, I really value, I always the, the people I knew, the experience had always been, you get a builder and you make all the decisions on the fly, and that never quite felt right to me. But I didn’t realise there was another way.

This absolutely, the process through UA absolutely shows that you can make all those decisions up front. Have it all agreed on. Do all of the integration, all of the, the aligning and the, find all the efficiencies and make sure that everything works together. And then build. That had never been presented before. And it makes perfect sense to me. 

As I said, we do that in my professional career. Always. So I didn’t understand why you couldn’t do that with a house build. I’ve just worked out that that’s just not the normal, what’s done with the bulk builders. But it’s nice to know that you can take charge of it yourself and do it a different way.

What is the best thing about the Undercover Architect course?

I think it’s confidence. I do think there’s, when you don’t feel confident about something, you’re more likely to hand over control to somebody else. And so I just think the process of working with UA, it gives you the confidence to do it yourself. 

And so you’re more likely to get the outcome that you want because you’re not gifting the process to somebody else. This is my house and I should be taking responsibility for it. But I’m not a designer, so I don’t know it all. 

But I know I can, I can guide that process and I can be an active participant in it without … and having the confidence to do that.

What would you say to others thinking of joining this Undercover Architect course?

I would absolutely recommend UA! It was one of the best things that I could… even contemplating doing a renovation or build, I could not imagine doing it without going through this process and understanding what’s possible and these tools. 

So I’d have no hesitation. I know it’s going to save me money. It’s absolutely saving me stress. And it will save time, both in the process and in the upkeep of my house afterwards. So, and if nothing else, even just listening to the podcast. 

There … It’s wonderful listening to all these experts who are passionate about their professions, whether it’s landscape gardeners or Passive House designers. It’s always nice listening to people who are highly skilled and passionate about what they do. 

So even as a personal sort of pursuit, it’s interesting, but the fact that I can apply it to my own build is really valuable.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience working with UA?

I suppose the only thing I’d say is, I really value the fact that Amelia stays current. 

She’s, she’s such an advocate within the industry. And the fact that she listens to the community and then goes looking for people who will answer the questions that, that, that people bring to her. 

So I know the recent series around building after bushfires is very current and very relevant. So thankfully we’re not building a bushfire zone, but the fact that she, that’s an emerging issue and she went looking for experts who are working on that, is really valuable to people who are now faced with that challenge.

Where is your construction budget being spent in your renovation or new build?

Where is your construction budget being spent in your renovation or new build?

And are you focussing your money saving efforts in the right place? Learn more here.

When it comes to the cost of your build, (whether renovating or building new), you’ll most likely find that it’s 50/50 …

50% materials and 50% labour.

(With the current price rises that have been occurring, which have been coming through at a rapid pace, this may have shifted a little. However, this is a statistic that has rung true for quite some time).

This may come as a surprise to you. However it’s worth thinking about, so you can focus your money saving efforts in the places it’ll have the most impact.

Many homeowners expend a lot of effort and time to whittle down their selections.

They work very hard to save $$ here and there on their lighting, tiling, joinery, windows and all the other material and product choices.

And that is understandable. Your finishes and fixtures are tangible things. You can see them, make enquiries about them, see price points online, and figure out the cost of them based on how much or how many you want to include in your future home.

So it can feel accessible to take control of your construction budget in these areas, and try to manage your costs yourself.

When I was part of the Senior Design Team at Mirvac Queensland,  at the outset of a project we would be briefed with a budget for all the interior fixtures and finishes. 

Working closely with the Construction and Estimating department, the Development Manager (who managed the project’s budget and determined its feasibility, much like you do as a client), would determine the benchmark of the project and what that meant for the finishes and fixtures budget. 

Based on the market they wanted to target the project to, and the kind of sale prices they were hoping to get, and benchmarked against other similar projects both in Mirvac and in the marketplace, that would drive the standard and type of finishes we (as the Design team) were briefed on.

Right from the outset, the Development team would have a target construction budget plugged into their feasibility. And the Construction team would determine whether this construction budget was achievable based on the site and the intended style of construction. 

Plugged into that budget were allowances for all the fixtures and finishes, aligned with the standard of finishes briefed by the Development team.

So we, as the Design team – and more specifically, the Interior Designer, would get told … “you have (say) $40/m2 for floor tiles, and we’ve allowed laying costs for a 600x600mm” and “you have ‘x’ amount for each of the bathroom fixtures”, and this went on for every single interior finish and fixture in the project. Door handles, carpet, tapware, light fittings. Everything.

And then we, as a Design team, would move along the design phase, juggling that budget. 

The Interior Designer would inevitably find an incredible tap they liked that was over the budget, so then they’d find a lower cost toilet to pay for the difference. Perhaps a more expensive tile was found, but it was only going to be a feature tile, so a more budget option was chosen for the main tile, to offset the cost overall.

This would go on for AGES. And, when you’re doing hundreds of apartments or houses at a time, it makes sense to do this. A $5 saving on a tile over that many square metres can make a big difference to the overall cost of the project.

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Wheeling and dealing to scrimp and save where we could. 

One day, my boss said “Enough! We spend months and months, and so many meetings, discussing $5/m2 on a tile. Let’s look at how much of the TOTAL construction budget these finishes actually account for, and if we’re focussing our efforts in the best place.”

Interestingly, they only contributed for around 15% of the total construction budget. 

So, we started looking for (chunkier and bigger) ways we could change the design to save money in other areas that had a greater impact. 

Time is money when it comes to construction, and in Australia and New Zealand especially, labour costs are quite high.

So where could we reduce the labour requirements in the projects? Where could we make something simpler to build? Where could things be built faster, with less labour, and be more efficient overall?

Of course, these are big projects, so it makes sense. 

However, the same also applies to your individual renovation or new build.

Many homeowners will totally hone in on their finishes and fixtures and juggle their budget, seeing where they can scrimp and save to reduce their project costs.

However, they don’t look at where their project could be more simply built, or built faster, and big savings made in labour costs.

So, how can you do this?

(I mean, if you don’t build houses yourself, it can be challenging to figure out how to build simpler and faster, can’t it?!)

Getting a builder involved early in your project (during the design phase) can assist with identifying ways your intended design can be streamlined and built more efficiently.

A builder can work collaboratively with your designer or architect to be strategising about this as the design develops.

Using the PAC Process in your project, and working closely with your designer and builder, you’ll also be able to identify budget amounts for your fixtures and finishes early on. This will give you helpful constraints to work to, so you’re not aimlessly choosing your finishes and fixtures. 

Or if there’s a specific thing you do want, you can see how it will inform your overall construction budget in real time. 

Plus, when a builder and designer is working together, they will be able to identify opportunities to streamline structural design, speed of construction, and the amount of labour required, and improve the design where needed. 

As the design is being developed – not after it’s finished.

If you’re not using the PAC Process, then work out how you’ll build this into your design phase with other costing professionals and building experts, to help inform your design journey.

I know that, as an architect, I’m very used to value managing my projects as I design. 

I’m often told how surprised builders are that my designs are so ‘buildable’, whilst being functional, fantastic, family homes. 

It’s largely because of the training ground I’ve had in my career, where my designs were constantly being assessed for their value. The value they had in lifestyle and liveability, in financial return, and in lowering construction costs. 

I remember having a boss who used to drill into me: “Amelia, every line you draw is a material or product that has to be put into the back of a truck, brought to site, and carried by people or machinery, and put into place. How will that occur?”

Work with someone who is thinking about buildability whilst they design – but not limiting (or killing) the design outcome in the process.

Not every architect or designer has had similar career training to me. The fact that builders are so surprised at the buildability of my designs (and the many, many designs that I’ve seen myself) tells me this.

What else can you do?

Utilising readily available construction methodologies can also be helpful.

They’re well practiced by the many trades who use them, so that can make them faster. 

Some are even pre-fabricated in factories so they can come to site partially made, and installed or erected very quickly. Time is money in construction, so saving time saves money as well.

Reviewing access on site can save time in set up, and save in having to move things around and rearrange things during the build.

In speaking to builders, it can be crazy how much time is spent stacking and restacking products on tight sites over the course of a project, so that one trade can complete their work … only to have those products moved around again for the next phase of work.

Bring forward your decision making, so that your team can work as methodically, proactively and efficiently as possible – and plan for the work ahead of time.

Every person who has to stand around on site waiting for a decision, or redoing something due to a change or unanticipated situation is money you can avoid spending with proper planning and preparation.

There’s lots of ways labour can be saved with the right design approach.

And having a builder and architect / designer working closely together, and getting their brains and experience into your project planning right from the start, can unlock huge savings for you.

This ideally happens DURING your design phase, so you create the right design approach to facilitate this type of build. It’s far more challenging to apply this after the design is done.

So where is your construction budget being spent in your renovation or new build?

Saving time during your build, and creating a less labour-intensive design may save you way more $$$ than a tile reselection ever will.

Create a balanced approach to identify potential savings in your project. 

Remember – 50% materials, 50% labour.

And create the right team who can input their expertise when needed, to help you do this.

If you’d like to get started on your renovation or new build project, my Get Started Guide is a fantastic resource to help you do just that. 

It will teach you the first steps any project needs to take, whatever your dreams, location or budget, and whoever you’re working with. Learn more about it here >>> GET STARTED GUIDE

And, if you’d especially like to get started on your home design, then the mini-course ‘Happy Home Design’ will help you. 

You’ll learn more about what decisions really matter in happy home design, and how you can design a home that is functional, fantastic and feel-good >>> HAPPY HOME DESIGN

If you’d like to learn how to choose the right builder, and learn how the specific checks to do, and questions to ask, when interviewing builders for your project >>> CHOOSE YOUR BUILDER

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