Where to start with your construction project, and what to consider
When you’ve been dreaming about your new build or renovation project for so long, it’s understandable that you’re keen to get everything happening at once – but that may not be the best way to achieve the results you’re hoping for. In this blog, we’ll give you the run-down on how to get started with your project, and the important things you need consider along the way to ensure a seamless process.
Step 1: Figure out what you really want
Before you get started, have a think about your project, and jot down some notes. If it’s a residential project, have you thought about your long-term plans for the property? Is it your forever home, or do you plan to move on in a few years? Perhaps you’re renovating an investment property, and would like to make it as appealing as possible to potential tenants? Considering these factors will help ensure you’re don’t over-capitalise, and also allow you to refine your budget and make sure your design is fit for purpose.
Any building or design project is a balance of form and function, but functionality must come first – there’s no point creating a beautiful space that is completely un-useable. Think about how you intend to use the space, and how it could be designed in a way that makes your day-to-day life more efficient and comfortable. Once you’re clear on this, you can think about the aesthetics.
It’s also a good idea to gather some inspirational images, so you can better communicate your ideas to your designer or architect. Sometimes it’s difficult to explain in words exactly what you’re after, so photographs, drawings or inspirational images can help them pinpoint your vision.
Step 2: Choose a great designer or architect
Your first port of call is to have a chat with an architect or designer, to get your great ideas out of your head and on paper. Not only can they help you by creating plans that will turn your dreams into reality, they’ll also have plenty of industry connections, and can suggest surveyors, quantity surveyors, reliable engineers and builders who’ll be able to get the project completed. It’s also a good idea to get in touch with them in that order, so you have all the technical information before the physical build begins.
Your designer or architect is like the ship’s navigator for your renovation or new home project, helping you keep everything on track and on budget, and ensuring each stage aligns with your original vision. They can also help you determine if any approvals will be required, and walk you through the application process if needed.
Remember, there’s no point obtaining quotes from tradespeople until you know exactly what you want, because these quotes won’t reflect the actual cost of the project. Wait until you have all of this figured out with your designer before you start shopping around for tradies – remember, your designer, architect or builder will have industry contacts they can recommend for these roles.
Step 3: Set a realistic budget
Staying on-budget is one of the most difficult, yet most important, things to consider when taking on a construction project. It’s worth spending a little bit up front to get your project thoroughly costed when the preliminary design is completed, because it will give you the opportunity to check if your budget will stretch to meet all your needs and wants, and if not, adjust the project accordingly. An architect or designer can help with a costing package, and if you’re planning a large project, you should also engage a quantity surveyor to estimate the construction costs.
You may not be able to achieve the home of your dreams on your budget, and that’s okay – your designer can help you prioritise which elements of the project will have the biggest impact, so you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Once you know what it will cost, you’ll be able to approach your bank with confidence if you’re planning to borrow the funds for the project.
Ready to get started?
Remember, designing and building is a journey, so enjoy it! With the right team to guide you and hold your hand through the experience, it can be one of the most rewarding projects you’ll ever undertake.
Studio Gestalt can help bring your dream home vision to life, with a bespoke design and decoration service that will take your through from initial conception to project completion. Get in touch with us today to chat about arranging a consultation or costing assessment.