Renovation + Home Improvement
Apr 23, 2017 6:36 pm
We are looking to add an extra floor to our existing brick veneer house. I know we have to get DA/CDC approved first.
- Should we directly approach the builder to do everything or
- Should we approach a draft man to get DA/CDC first and then get a builder?
Obviously we've got budget constraints so i think getting the DA/CDC approvals done ourselves would save some money. On the other hand, how do I know the design is actually feasible to build from a cost perspective if the design and the build are done by 2 independent parties? Do draft mans have idea of the approximate building costs? For example, will the draftman know that I can save 50k if we install a door 2 metres to the right?
Re: Home Extension - Designs approved first or builder first2
Oct 02, 2017 8:45 pm
Hi world2160, I'm also in a similar situation now and was wondering if you could advise what you ended up doing and any cost estimates would be great?
Re: Home Extension - Designs approved first or builder first3
Oct 02, 2017 8:56 pm
Get your own design done by a competent designer who can extract the approximate Quants/Costs
Sort out the engineering earlier on in the design process
Then get 3 quotes from builders and compare them with your initial estimates you should be within 10%..
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Re: Home Extension - Designs approved first or builder first4
Oct 14, 2017 12:33 pm
The draftsman or building designer should have a pretty good idea on costs.
Re: Home Extension - Designs approved first or builder first6
Oct 26, 2017 7:58 am
As a carpenter my advice would to engage the best first floor addition mob in your area to do everything and you'll get what you paid for and if you don't you get what you paid for.
First floor additions are something that need a lot of engineering to be pulled off right, I know of someone who just paid over $110,000 for a room 25sm or so over a garage @ around $4000 a sm.
I could have built that addition and got at least 12sm more out of it by building it a different way and still to code, even a bricklayer friend of mine agreed the build was a well built shocker.
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