So here’s how it usually goes: you start telling a friend you are renovating and after a few seconds’ pause, he or she doubles over in laughter. There is a lot to be said for doing things yourself, but in the case of complete home renovations, there is a lot more to be said for getting in someone who does it all.
Think about it. There are so many different people to coordinate: designers, engineers, council, carpenters, pavers, painters, pool experts, plumbers, electricians ... the list goes on and on. It’s a complicated puzzle with lots of different pieces and if you are not sure how they fit together, a project can go off the rails very quickly. Here are some of the main advantages of using a concept to completion (C2C) service.
Reduce your aspirin bill - whilst you will have plenty of input right through design and into construction, a C2C service will mean you don’t have to deal with the many headache-inducing tasks that serious renovations involve - such as dealing with council approvals.
No scapegoats - when one company is responsible for the entire renovation project, that company is accountable for the entire project. No ‘it was the plumber’s fault’ or ‘the bricks didn’t arrive on time’.
The power of one - actually, it’s not so much power as it is convenience. One company means one contact. And calling one person to find out about your home improvement project is a lot easier than calling one of a dozen.
Better than you can imagine - a complete home improvment service includes the very important creative design process. Now whilst some people have an idea about what they want their home to look like, it’s a skilled renovation designer who will make this a reality. Putting a dream onto a piece of paper that can be interpreted by bricklayers, carpenters, landscapers, painters etc. is not easy. Designers are also full of fresh ideas about the latest design and lifestyle trends.
Economies of everything - a design team that works closely with a construction team always makes for a more efficient, timely project. In most cases, you are also dealing with a company that have long and productive relationships with a whole raft of experts and skilled professionals. Ones who have proven themselves time and time again over the years.
You may be thinking that a comprehensive home renovation service comes at a price. Quite obviously, many of the services provided are charged, but at least you know exactly how much your project is going to cost. There are enough horror stories out there about amateur renovations that have gone horribly wrong and that have been eye-wateringly expensive to fix.
It’s hard to make an argument against getting a complete service. By and large you will get a far superior job that is better designed, making the home renovation more useable, and better looking. You are also insuring against any disasters that come when dealing with a number of different trades and processes by yourself. Best of all, you can sit back and enjoy the entire renovation project, giving your ten cents’ worth when necessary, but leaving all the worries and stresses to those who love this type of work.
For those of you who still aren't convinced, here is a breakdown of the Design Renovate process.
Discuss your scope and vision
Design consultation and review your wish list and your site.
Suggest uses of space, materials and design concepts particular to your home, your family, your site and your style.
Site audit - this is a review of the ‘bones’ of your site i.e. levels, existing structures etc
Concept design development - our design team develop a 2D concept and elevations as required for your initial feedback
Concept design presentation meeting - presentation and discussion of the concept design
Design refinement (including 3D vision)
Final design, scope of works & estimate presentation
Sign the HIA fixed price construction contract
Council approvals submitted and managed
Construction drawings developed
Engineering drawings developed
Materials and specification meeting
Material and contractor procurement
Design team handover to construction team handover
Pre-construction onsite meeting
Site layout and preparation
Coordinate all trades involved
Regular client progress updates
Now, after reading all of this, if you still think you can manage all of this yourself, that's fine. But if you do run into trouble, give Design Renovate a call. Design Renovate are Perth's premier home renovation builders.
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