The actual build phase is an intense time of excitement (watching the walls go up), frustration (there is generally little you can do to help) and an inevitable bit of stress.
From our experience there are some simple practices that can help smooth the path. Follow these useful pointers to keep those grey hairs at bay!
Get Trusted Tradesmen On Board Early
Builds are expensive and while it can be tempting to use the cheapest tradesmen you can find, your decision could turn into a budget nightmare in the long run. The best tradesmen aren’t necessarily the most expensive but they will carry the most recommendations. Here at BetterLivingSpace we only ever work with and recommend tradesmen of high quality whom we know and trust.
Meet your tradesmen well in advance and involve them in the design stage as early as possible. At Betterlivingspace we work closely with contractors right from the word go, so that they fully understand the build and its deliverables. This not only means they can deliver the build you want but potential issues can be raised and resolved in good time.
You are highly unlikely to find the best priced and most appropriately designed fittings and furnishings for your dream home by ordering at the last minute. Not to mention the lack of wiggle room if a product arrives late, or damaged. Any bespoke fittings will certainly need to be ordered well in advance. Instead of a last minute rush, plan and order ahead to be sure you’re getting the best value for money and the right products for your perfect finish.
Even the best planned and managed building work is disruptive and noisy. If possible, move out for the entire build. The build team can then get on with their job as quickly as possible. If it is not possible to move out for the entire build then select the weeks when the heaviest work is being done.
Keep Safety in Mind
It should go without saying to be mindful of safety when moving around the build zone. As a rule, only enter this zone when absolutely necessary. Ensure you keep walkways clear. If there are young children or animals in the house then the building areas should be strict no-go zones for them!
Protect Your Furniture and Flooring
Building work = dust. Move as much of your furniture and furnishings out of the building zone into other, sealed rooms in the house, or even into your garage (use protective covers to keep them free of damp). Any items that cannot be moved should be completely covered using bubble wrap or plastic sheets and masking tape, with dust sheets on top.
Cover the floor on all routes to the area where the work is taking place with temporary floor covers of stick-on plastic sheeting or lay down walking boards. Keep on top of dust sheets and make sure they are cleaned off at the end of each day or, even better, changed!
Doors leading to areas of the house that do not need to be accessed by the build team should be kept locked closed whenever possible and taped around the edges to stop the dust from spreading.
Whether you are managing the build phase yourself or not, you should be in touch with your builders every day – ideally in person by paying a site visit.
If you’ve chosen the BetterLivingSpace Build Management build management option then we will handle the on-going communication for you by conducting consistent liaison with both the build team and you, the client. On-going communication means issues can be identified and addressed before they turn into real problems and we can keep control of the final outcome of the build.
For advice on any stage of a home build or redesign contact BetterLivingSpace.
Read about the other stages in a home build or redesign:
Structural (Building Control)