When it comes to custom home design renovations or building a new home it can be a lot of fun! From choosing bathroom fittings and choosing paint colours, to installing that butler’s pantry you always wanted – adding to or building a new home is a dream come true. BUT – before you get too carried away it is important to do any pre-planning and to make sure all the legal boxes are ticked so your renovation doesn’t end up costing you money – or even is a risk to your own safety.
The two best ways to choose the right builder for you are –
- Choose some of the best builders you know directly and ask them for quotes for the work you want done.
- Ask friends, family and co-workers for their recommendations. This is a good way to find a reliable and trustworthy builder if you haven’t used any previously.
Depending on your project your designer will usually know the right person for the job, remember ultimately your choice of builder is just as important as your choice of designer.
The role of your builder is to coordinate all the building work and can include supervising each tradie, sourcing materials and the delivery of materials and most importantly quality-assuring the whole process.
You need to ensure you builder is aware of any and all council regulations that apply to the work that is being carried out. Custom home design has to be done correctly from the start, you do not want to have to remove a room or a wall because you builder didn’t know or understand all the council rules and regulations.
If you need be contact your council directly to find out what type of building or renovations require council approval – you may need a building permit if your renovation requires any alterations to the building especially if it is a heritage listed home/area or you are removing trees.
In most cases renovations still need a building permit whether the planning permit is needed by your local council or not. A building permit is issued by a registered building surveyor to confirm that the planned renovations meet all legal requirements.
If you have decided to manage the project yourself instead of using a registered builder you will still need to apply for the correct building permits, supervise all the work yourself AND make sure the building or home renovations meet all the right building regulations and standards.
Always hire only licensed tradespeople – builders, electricians, plumbers, engineers and architects – they all have to meet set standards and obligations to get their accreditation and they all have to take out insurance to protect the homeowner. All licensed tradespeople are required by law to certify their work; this also ensures your insurance company will cover you should anything go wrong. Shoddy work performed by unlicensed tradesmen will not be covered by your insurance policy.