The 6 Steps to Planning a Successful Building Project

There are 6 vital steps that you need to take when planning a building project. These steps will ensure that your renovations are successful.

Choose a Design Professional

In order to create a detailed plan and scope of the work, most people will hire an architect or interior designer or both. It is important to note that each company will do things differently and the design licenses needed will vary depending on the state. A lot of designers will work on projects that do not require a lot of structural change and could offer suggestions on materials and colour selection. Architects will often take on a range of work, but some will only work on the permits and floor plans leaving the electrical plan and other interior items to another designer.

The selection process will generally start with an interview which could take a few weeks depending on how many professionals you are contacting. The interview is your chance to understand the services that are offered and see if they match with what you want. It is vital that you set a budget for the project before you look for a design professional. This enables you to clearly communicate with the firm and ensure that the design is what you want to invest in.

Create a Plan

The plans for your project will also be known as the schematic designs. They will include a rough layout of the floor plan and some simple views of the exterior of the house if there is going to be an addition and must be compliant with the new HMO rules. It is important to note that it will take time for these plans to be worked out and you will need to take a week or two to consider them and make any final decisions. This initial phase of the project could take a few months to complete if you want to make changes to the plans.

Interview the Contractors

Once your final schematic has been chosen, you will need to start looking for contractors. You should at least have a general idea of what the house will look like from the outside and have a dimensioned floor plan with some material selections before you interview contractors. This information will make it possible to get an estimate of the costs of the building.

As part of the interview process, you should ask the contractor to estimate the schematic design. Setting up interviews can often take a few weeks and you need to leave 2 to 3 weeks after the interviews for the estimates to be created. The interviewing of potential contractors is a process that can take up to 6 weeks including the time you spend waiting for the estimates.

Start Shopping for Materials

Do you love to shop or does shopping fill you with dread? The answer could determine whether or not you should get a designer to help you with your material selections. Even if you love to chop, this can be a good idea if you want some professional input or feel a bit overwhelmed with the options available. It is important that you not underestimate the number of items that you have to choose as you will be looking for fixtures, doorknobs, countertops and windows.

If you want a real handle on the costs of the project, you should select everything ahead of construction. This gives your contractor the time to tell you the prices of everything and you can make your purchases based on lead times. It is recommended that you allow 1 to 2 months for choosing everything. While you spend your time shopping for floors, your architect could be finalising the plans and working with the structural engineer to ensure the project can be built correctly.

Get the Permits

Getting your permits can take a day or a few months or years depending on the scope of the project as well as the location. You need to have some idea about the length of the process before you start filing for permits. This allows you to create a possible start date for the project. The fees that you need to pay for the permits will vary depending on the council and how large the project is going to be.

Get Ready to Build

Once you have submitted your application for permits and you have selected your materials, the contractor can finalise the pricing and draw up the contract for the construction. If your materials cost more than your budget, you need to go into value engineering which means that you change the scope of the work or the materials to lower the costs. By the time the contract is signed, the contractor will have the longer-lead items identified and might even have them on order so the construction runs smoothly.