brexit

There has been an eery silence in the air since Brexit was officially executed and the UK left the European Union on January 31st. The word ‘uncertainty’ has been thrown about on the media and during talks between politicians. As discussed in a previous blog by ourselves, there are  a few main concerns that keep…

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architects

A very common occurrence we are hearing from clients lately is how out of touch Architects can be with construction costs. Some (not all!) architects are telling clients that their project will cost much less than they actually do in the end up. It’s all well and good designing a ‘grand design’ style house for…

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budget

It can be easy to lose track of your budget when you are new to the self-building scene. The purpose of having a budget whilst building is to see where your money is going and where there is room to spend less. It’s best to work out what can be achieved for the money you…

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logo

As you may have noticed this week, we introduced our new logo on our website and across all our social media outlets. Updating the logo was something we had been thinking about for a while, so it was fitting to start off 2020 with a fresh new look! Rebranding It has taken almost three years,…

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Quantity surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor is a person who estimates the cost of the materials and labour necessary for a construction project. Quantity surveyors manage the costs and help to ensure that the project is completed within its projected budget.  They are mostly associated with large scale construction projects, however, appointing a quantity surveyor or estimator for…

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Building styles 2020

As we edge closer to the end of 2019, I thought it would be good to reflect on the building styles we have priced throughout the year and take a look at what may be in store for 2020.   Open space A top priority for most self-build homeowners these days is entertaining. Wide open…

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small print

Reading the small print is something that almost everyone skips over and ignores. We are all guilty of it! Whether it’s buying new electrical goods for the house, or taking out insurance. I know that I cut right to the end to tick the “I Agree” box. Recently we have seen flyers and deals from…

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advice

Being able to offer independent advice in the construction industry is a precious commodity. Most of the big chain builders’ merchants or suppliers offer advice that is tailored to their own in-house products and services. We have seen other estimating services offer big discounts if you get a report done with them. Yet all the…

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site safety

One thing that slips most peoples minds on site is health and safety. We are all guilty of that ‘it won’t happen to me’ attitude. So, what happens when it does? There have been big improvements over recent years in reducing the number and rate of injuries to construction workers. Despite this, construction remains a…

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budgeting

  During our 3 days at the Self Build event in Dublin, we took part in some of the theatre talks. Our topic was budgeting and cost projection. We didn’t expect the talks to be as popular as they were! Each 30-minute slot had a full audience. Some of the points in our top tips…

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