This new build home in Hertfordshire is typical of the kind of work we do – and shows how, if designed and built sympathetically, a new build house can blend seamlessly with its local environment.
Our client’s architect approached us in the late design stage of the project. He and his client had talked to some contractors but were struggling to find a suitable build team for the project. The architect knew us and they wanted to ensure that the build complied with the high level of finish required. So he asked us to help by finding and appointing a contractor and then overseeing the build onsite.
Our client had inherited a property from his parents and had planning permission to demolish the bungalow and re-build a new home on the plot in its place. He was developing the plot as an investment.
At the time of our appointment he was undecided on whether to sell or rent the property, but he was therefore keen to ensure that the build went smoothly and that he did everything he could to mitigate any financial risks. The planning permission also came with a series of conditions – so he wanted a close level of oversight to ensure that these were met.
While the design was very contemporary, the new house was also designed to fit in easily with the other older properties on the road. With accommodation over 3 floors, it had 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms. It included an air source heat pump system with underfloor heating, an alarm system and Siemens or Miele appliances throughout. Additional features includes a Quooker tap, a Hansgrohe shower and Bisque towel rails and radiators.
We started liaising with our client’s architect Allister Godfrey Architects and Structural Engineer straight away. We carried out a design review and helped our clients arrange for the first stage of works which involved the demolition of the bungalow and soil investigations.
Our Quantity Surveying team collated all of the documentation required to tender the works and analysed the returns. Our client was keen to get the build started asap so we appointed the contractor and project managed the works, visiting the site fortnightly as well as giving support and advice remotely. We also carried out monthly valuations in the role of Contract Administrator.
The house was completed to a very high standard and as you can see is now a stunning family home. It was handed over to the client in March 2020, just before lockdown, before being immediately put on the market to sell.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
Design Review, Tender Management and Analysis, Builder Appointment and Contracts, Cost reporting and Project Management in the role of Contract Administrator.
When carrying out a building project of this nature, it can be tempting to cut corners and avoid architect and other professional fees. However, quality design will create a better result – and so is worth the investment. Likewise investing in the support of a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager will save you money in the longer term, and help mitigate your financial risk.