Dominique Travers, Addstyle Master Builders:
“Believe it or not, a time like this is an ideal time to start the process of planning a home renovation or extension project.
This crisis WILL end, and life will eventually return to normal.
We can use this quieter time to plan and prepare and, use some of the approval processing time-frames that usually frustrate, to our advantage.
There are three good reasons why NOW is actually a good time to start your renovation planning.
- CURRENT TECHNOLOGY MEANS THAT REMOTE COLLABORATION THROUGH THE DESIGN PROCESS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
In fact, over past years MANY of our clients have undertaken the initial design and planning phase of their home renovation remotely. Whether they were living overseas and preparing a home for their return, or more commonly, they were travelling during all or part of the process.
By utilising our software, we can easily facilitate and closely collaborate with our clients throughout the design process, without ever being in the same room.
Internet meeting websites such as Zoom allow easy face to face meeting with the safety of distance. And our screens can be shared to take you right inside our design platforms and even walk you though the 3D model of your project concept, just as we would if you were sitting in our presentation room.
2. SECONDLY, YOU CAN USE THE USUALLY FRUSTRATING APPROVAL WAITING TIMES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
Once a design concept has been completed to your satisfaction it requires approval from the local authority. Planning approvals take around 3 months in most councils and the issue of a building licence can take a further two weeks.
This waiting period can be frustrating for homeowners and builders alike, who are eager to get the project started. During this particular time in history however, waiting a few months is not necessarily a bad thing. By the time the project has been approved, this crisis should hopefully be behind us.
That leads me to the final reason why NOW is actually a good time to start your renovation journey.
3. OUR SPECIAL COMMITMENT TO YOU
We understand that our clients are apprehensive about embarking on a building project at this time and for that reason we are adding an additional level of reassurance to all of our current building contracts during this crisis.
We are adding an additional clause allowing clients to RECONFIRM their fixed price contract once all shire approvals have been received. This essentially means that once you have approved the project design and costings, we will prepare all working drawings and submit your project to your local authority and give you a further, final opportunity to RECONFIRM your commitment once the approvals have been received. As I mentioned earlier, that could be in around three months’ time when we should all have a clearer picture of the state of economy.
Our design team remains fully operational (albeit remotely) and will continue so throughout any isolation period. If you would like to have a preliminary conversation with one of our team, please give us a call on (08) 9345 2333 or send a submission through our website”.