If your home is looking in need of restoration, it’s probably also time to look at how you can make it more comfortable to live in too.
With the dual skills as both renovation project managers and sustainability experts, CLPM can help not only in ensuring the construction goes smoothly onsite but also in ensuring that you are renovating in such a way to create the most energy efficient home.
Our Oxford based clients had purchased this impressive, but tired historic house with the aim of restoring it and adapting it to the needs of a modern family. The building had not been touched for almost forty years and so our clients worked up plans with their architects to carry out a full renovation with conservation in mind.
The 6 bedroom house needed a full but sensitive renovation including re-wiring, re-roofing, new plumbing as well as new flooring, kitchen, and bathrooms. Period character features such as a beautiful stained glass window, wrought iron radiators and internal window shutters needed to be restored. The house was extremely energy inefficient and so it needed to be carefully insulated and draught-proofed before modern heating solutions were installed. These included a new energy efficient gas boiler, and adding some under-floor heating areas as well as wood burning stoves and solar water heating.
With sensitive renovations of this nature it is important to get accurate, detailed quotations. If this is not done the risk of going considerably over-budget is very high. We therefore started the process by reviewing our clients architectural plans and putting together a Schedule of Works and used this to estimate the cost of the build. This helps establish a budget for the project and creates a benchmark for the builder quotations.
We then prepared the tender packs, suggested a list of suitable local contractors and managed the tender process and builder appointment for our clients. Once onsite we continued to provide support and advice to our clients and acted as Contract Administrator for the build, as well as monitoring and reporting the cost status of the project on a monthly basis.
The property has been transformed into a warm, welcoming home with a much improved energy performance. The building has retained its period features and it is now a light, cohesive space.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
Design Review, Cost Estimating and Budgeting, Tender Management and Analysis, Builder Appointment and Contract, Contract Administration with Project Monitoring. Monthly Cost Reporting.
We had some friends from London and we’d seen some real horror stories. Jobs that cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and they had gone wrong. Builders threatening to leave, ending in litigation. I was keen to have somebody who had the professional knowledge….I’d still definitely use a project manager on any sizeable project.
Charlie was very good at giving advice about planning regulations and conservation issues…he has an appreciation of aesthetics and design and space and light. It was useful having him as a sounding board and a deciding voice. That was useful with an old house.
Charlie is an outstanding guy who handheld us through the process and I’m sure saved us from a lot of errors and helped us with a lot of specialised advice. His involvement probably saved us a lot of money and could have saved us from disaster if we hadn’t been so lucky with our builders.
Mr G, Oxford