With the year of the snake
powering on we are also seeing an increased activity around new projects and those renovations finally seem to be getting started.
Too often we are asked to “give a quote” for a project where the customer really has put the cart before the horse so to speak. With the incredible amount of technical detail , and regulations to be complied with any new project needs to start at the beginning and follow a process. So what are the most common mistakes we see ?? This is the first installment to help debunk a few of theose myths and traps for young players. !!
1. Starting with the wrong advice.
“The worst advice one can get is free advice from someone who really doesn’t know”.
Clients often say to us ” but I know this bloke who rang the council and they said that we didn’t have to do this or that”. Often the advice given may relate to a totally different situation all together. A lot of time and efforts can be wasted trying to justify why something is required just because “Bob” reckons he heard this somewhere. We live in a society today that wants instant answers and solutions. Your designer has a lot of experience deaaling with many councils, different covenants and the many regulations that are relevant.
Too often we go for the quick and cheap fix and hope that it doesn’t bit them on the bum later………..This is the year of the snake remember and getting someone to suck the poison out later may prove costly!!
With every new project we do the research first. Investigating all the possible constraints. easements, slope, stormwater flow, will the driveway work, estimate earthworks, prevailing winds, solar orientation, streetscape, covenants…….Then a brief is taken to identify ALL the clients requirements. From there a sketch design is produced. By hand, by one of our skilled designers. ..At this stage it’s probably going to need a bit of development but this is the perfect time to make changes and discuss the alternatives.
We take out the guesswork so builders can give accurate quotes to build.
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail !!
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