A wraparound extension effectively stretches your home around the side of your house as well at the back. This is a particularly effective way of making new space in older semi-detached properties such as Victorian, Edwardian or 1930’s houses, such as this one we project managed in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Finding a reputable local builder to carry out building works can be stressful if you have limited experience, or time. Our clients were looking for a reliable contractor who could give them a high quality finish at a fair price. As busy people with limited time to oversee the works themselves, they were also anxious to ensure that the building works were monitored on their behalf by an independent construction expert, knowing this would be a good way of protecting their financial interests. They were also keen to ensure that the project did not suffer from any unnecessary delays, and that any queries or problems which occurred onsite would be dealt with quickly and with their best interests in mind.
Our clients appointed us to work with them at the an early stage – towards the end of the design phase. First we carried out a design review. This helps to get the project off to a good start by checking that specifications are correct, consistent and complete. Having a third party look over your designs is a good idea – a fresh pair of eyes will often spot issues or be able to suggest amends which might lead to cost savings.
The next stage was organising a competitive tender for the project. Here we pull together a Schedule of Works and brief a shortlist of suitable local builders.
The tender process involves our meeting with and briefing the builders. We then deal with any queries and then chase and analyse the tender returns before helping our clients choose the most suitable contractor and organise the building contracts. For this client we then went on to manage the building works as Contract Administrator. This involves visiting the site and checking the accuracy and progress of the building works, as well as checking and signing off the invoices for payment. We deal with the cost variations and when the works are completed we help with snagging, defects, releasing the retention figure and the final account.
Once onsite the project went very smoothly and was completed both on time and to budget. Our clients were rightly delighted with their new home.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
Design Review, Tender Organisation, Builder Appointment, and Contract Administration services.
Tip – Investing time, effort and money in a competitive tender is key to getting a good result, and will always save you money in the long run. If you plan well at this stage, and have already chosen your sanitary-ware, your kitchen plus all the other fixtures and fittings (such as taps and door handles) at this stage the builders will understand what they are quoting against and so the quotes you will receive back will be far more accurate, and comparable. The chance of price changes (variations) once you are onsite will also be reduced. All of which means you know exactly what your build will cost you before you go onsite and you are much less likely to overspend.