Most Effective Ways To Reduce Construction Costs

When working on a construction project, whether that is refitting a kitchen, building an extension or even building a house, the most important determining factor for what you will be able to do is your budget.

Therefore, in order to make the most of your budget, either to do more with the money you have available or have more breathing space in case of any possible contingency, it is important to know how you can efficiently make the most of the funds you have assigned.

Take Your Time Planning

A highly popular quote, often credited to Benjamin Franklin is that “time is money”. This can lead to the fatal error of wanting to get straight to the tangible construction phases of a project and neglecting the vital yet more abstract planning phases.

The more you plan, the more you look at blueprints and the more you consider every aspect of a home before you build, the more focused your construction will be and the less expensive alterations will be in the long run.

After all, changing a blueprint costs a relatively tiny amount compared to changing and destroying completed work if you change your mind.

It also lets you prepare and plan for certain risks, which reduces unexpected costs and will save you money in the long run.

Prioritise Communication

In order for any complex project to be a success, everyone needs to be on the same page, so it is essential to share the latest versions of documents and drawings, have regular correspondence and keep each other aware of any updates that could affect the project.

The closer people can collaborate, the more efficiently they can work and it leads to fewer costly issues that come as a result of miscommunication.

Know Where To Save

One clear way to reduce costs is to opt for lower-cost materials and fixtures, but it is important not to be lured into false economy.

Saving money by not buying a marble countertop and choosing effective but lower-cost appliances is a sensible move to reduce costs, but reducing money on foundational materials or cutting short surveying and planning for cost reasons can lead to issues that are very expensive to fix later.

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What To Know Before Building Your Dream House

So many people have the same dream of building a home that they can call their own.

Whilst for some this is simply about buying a house as opposed to renting, for others this dream is very much literal, and they will hire the architects, builders, roofers, specialists and every other contractor needed to make their dreams come true.

This is often the logic behind the clients in Grand Designs, but before you get to work building your dream house, here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Always Plan For A Rainy Day

The more complex and ambitious a project you attempt, the greater the chance that something could cause delays or otherwise make your construction more expensive than it otherwise would be.

Adverse weather, the results of a survey, fluctuating costs of building materials, last-minute plan changes and contingency plans for certain aspects of the dream house not initially factored in can add huge amounts to a budget, and it is essential to bear those in mind to avoid cutting back in other areas.

Typically, you should have an extra ten per cent of your construction budget set aside for emergencies that can be drawn out to stop any critical delays.

Do Not Break Ground Until You Are Happy With A Design

The first step is the planning and designing phase, once you are clear about your budget, these plans can take the form not only of traditional blueprints but also three-dimensional models allowing people to visualise how the finished building will appear.

Take full advantage of this planning phase and use them to comb through every possible detail of your design. Modern architectural plans include models you can walk around, which help you visualise what it is like to live there.

It also lets you tweak the plans and the budget until you are happy and can afford it, avoiding the risk of expensive changes later on.

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The Strangest Oversights In Building Design

When it comes to construction, it always pays to be prepared, working closely with construction experts, architects and surveyors to ensure that an ambitious design works as intended.

Oversights have affected some of the most ambitious and famous buildings in the world, such as how an oversight with construction foundations led to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

However, this is not the only time an oversight has caused a strange or potentially dangerous situation, as the following stories will show.

20 Fenchurch Street

Often known as the Walkie-Talkie, the gigantic bulbous skyscraper that has been described as amongst the worst planning disasters in London’s history was criticised enough for its somewhat ostentatious design.

What made it worse was an oversight with the top-heavy design that caused the building to curve outward and form what was effectively a concave mirror, which during a 2013 heatwave caused light to focus on street level to such an extreme level that cars melted and doormats set on fire.

When asked about the issue, Rafael Vinoly, who had seen a similar issue with the Vdara Hotel project in Las Vegas, noted that he did not expect London to be so sunny.

Stata Centre

The Ray and Maria Stata Centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were designed in an ambitious deconstructionist style, similar to successful buildings like the Imperial War Museum in Trafford or the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Whilst the building was intentionally controversial from a design perspective, the biggest issue it had was that the strange design choices were made with aesthetics in mind over practicality, which led to water damage, cracked masonry, mould, failing drainage and emergency exits blocked during icy winters.

This led to a lawsuit calling the design “deficient” but was ultimately settled out of court once the more major issues had been fixed.

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