Step Two

Step Two – The things to do before approaching a builder

This is a science in its self and something we specialise in. Our clients will tell you we are very good at it.

Working out the true costs

Unlike the indicative costs, we worked out during the Plans and Designs service in Step One we now calculate a detailed independent price for your works. Our bespoke software is updated weekly with material costs, industry average labour costs, plant hire and builders’ anticipated profits and overheads.   We will calculate what the associated building costs are for each of the building phases so that we have all the relevant accurate costings, to further negotiate the price, with the builders during the tender process.

Step Two

Working out the true costs

Unlike the indicative costs, we worked out during the Plans and Designs service in Step One we now calculate a detailed independent price for your works. Our bespoke software is updated weekly with material costs, industry average labour costs, plant hire and builders’ anticipated profits and overheads.   We will calculate what the associated building costs are for each of the building phases so that we have all the relevant accurate costings, to further negotiate the price, with the builders during the tender process.

Step Two

The Specification document

To ensure you will always be in control of your project, we produce a personalised specification for you. There are a number of different ways to undertake building works but if you do not provide a specification for how you want the works to be executed within your tender documents, the builder has no clear direction and will do it his way. You will then likely find yourself losing control of how the works should be undertaken to minimise inconvenience to you and your family.

Without a detailed specification, you may find yourself living in a building site with limited utilities or worse, incurring the expense and inconvenience of having to rent alternative accommodation.

After more than 40 years in the domestic design and building industry, we know the most effective way to ensure inconvenience is kept to a minimum.  The specification document will eventually form part of the documentation included in your contract with your builder so must provide clear instructions that can relied upon should the need arise.

Your Shopping list

Once the specification is complete, we will help you to identify the items you could be purchasing yourself using your Bricks and Pieces Trade Discount card and the industry contacts we have built up over the last 40 years.  Our contacts and suppliers are all vetted to provide an extensive range of quality items like fitted kitchens, bathrooms, Bi-folding doors, windows, tiling, floor coverings and are all contracted to provide trade discounts to customers of Bricks & Pieces. I am proud to boast that 87% of our clients who use our services not only save the cost of the design fees but go on to make significant savings, using our trade discounts and contacts. When all the items our clients procure with our help using the trade discounts have been identified we exclude these items from the builder’s tender documents.   

 

 

Your Shopping list

Once the specification is complete, we will help you to identify the items you could be purchasing yourself using your Bricks and Pieces Trade Discount card and the industry contacts we have built up over the last 40 years.  Our contacts and suppliers are all vetted to provide an extensive range of quality items like fitted kitchens, bathrooms, Bi-folding doors, windows, tiling, floor coverings and are all contracted to provide trade discounts to customers of Bricks & Pieces. I am proud to boast that 87% of our clients who use our services not only save the cost of the design fees but go on to make significant savings, using our trade discounts and contacts. When all the items our clients procure with our help using the trade discounts have been identified we exclude these items from the builder’s tender documents.   

 

 

Making the most of your new rooms and making even more savings

We don’t just design your new extension; we will help to make it special. Our professional in house kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designers can help you transform your dreams in to reality. As our software is updated weekly with all the latest and modern designs of kitchen units and worktops, bedroom and bathroom furniture etc., we will sit down with you in the comfort of our office or your own home to show you an array of designs and themes from many manufacturers and suppliers, to produce your perfect design. We can send you the kitchen, bathroom and/or bedroom designs together with the detail plan layout so you can test the market with quotes from alternative manufactures and suppliers before putting us to the test to beat any written like for like quotation. With our contacts and the increasing buying power of Bricks and Pieces, we will be happy to demonstrate the savings we can make on your behalf.

Making the most of your new rooms and making even more savings

We don’t just design your new extension; we will help to make it special. Our professional in house kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designers can help you transform your dreams in to reality. As our software is updated weekly with all the latest and modern designs of kitchen units and worktops, bedroom and bathroom furniture etc., we will sit down with you in the comfort of our office or your own home to show you an array of designs and themes from many manufacturers and suppliers, to produce your perfect design. We can send you the kitchen, bathroom and/or bedroom designs together with the detail plan layout so you can test the market with quotes from alternative manufactures and suppliers before putting us to the test to beat any written like for like quotation. With our contacts and the increasing buying power of Bricks and Pieces, we will be happy to demonstrate the savings we can make on your behalf.

Step Two

Preparing the list of builders to invite to tender

You may already know a builder that has worked for you before or been recommended to you.  It’s important to check whether they have successfully carried out previous work on time, on budget as well as meeting the highest standards of workmanship.  Good builders are worth their weight in gold and should always be invited onto your tender list.

We are happy to recommend builders from our own network of approved builders as alternatives/additions to tender. To be added on to our approved list, a builder must pass through our strict due diligence tests.  Most have worked with us for many years, always completing contracts on time, on budget and to the standards we insist upon.  

The tender documents

We produce the be-spoke tender documents and send them to each of the builders selected to tender the works.  We give the builders 14-21 days to submit their competitive prices. During this time, they will contact you directly to introduce their services to you and arrange to visit your home.

Once all the quotations have been received, we will identify areas of the building phase or phases that we feel are overpriced and then go back to those builders to negotiate their prices.  We offer professional advice to you and always act for you, independent of all of the builders.

We will help you to decide on the builder you wish to instruct. The choice is rarely based solely on cost; many of our clients tell us they have a better feeling about one builder over another.  It is important to remember the builders will be working with you for several months so it’s crucial you can get on with them.

Step Two

Are we now in the position to instruct the builder?

At this point, many of our clients advise they would have been happy to verbally instruct the builder to commence on site.  This is a very common error. So, the answer to the question above is no; we still have a way to go before we instruct a builder on your behalf. As your advisor, we take you on to probably the most import step.  Step 3 protects you against escalating builder’s prices and ensures your building project is legally compliant.

Step Two

Design, planning and building regulations.

Documentation we prepare to make your project legal.

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