It may surprise you to learn that over 80% of designs never get built. Why?
They came in way over budget.
The reason for this is simple. Architects design renovations that meet a consumer’s brief rather than their budget.
While budgets are generally discussed with architects at the briefing stage, building designers and architects have little knowledge of building costs and generally underestimate the cost to complete a major renovation by 50-300%.
That is a huge amount of money for you to find which is why these designs never see the light of day.
The solution to this problem is quite simple; involve your builder at the design stage.
By involving a builder at the design stage, you can design your home’s new look to be both practical and within your budget.
Only a professional & custom renovation specialist has the experience to foresee the potential cost implications of a difficult site or architectural features.
Whilst you may be paying $10,000-$50,000 for an architect to design the renovation, most professional builders will consult on a project for as little as a few thousand dollars.
Most renovation specialists provide a design and build service which means the consultation service is generally included free of charge.
A professional will also have the right team in place to handle the more complex side of your renovation. It often takes a team including your builder, their designer, certifier and town planner to scope out legal requirements and any permits required to make sure what you want can actually be built.
Getting your design and specifications right in the beginning will save you thousands of dollars in potential redesign fees and months of wasted time.