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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building trends

Over the years we have seen a subtle shift in the building trends and designs of new build homes. Features such as over the top wardrobes, artex ceilings and avocado bathrooms are a thing of the past. For example, a fascinating survey done by New Homes magazine, revealed that 44% of UK home-buyers wouldn’t buy…

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tendering

Tendering process Tendering or bidding for a project is a common practice among builders and contractors. The process for some can be daunting, awkward and time consuming. It is important that builders tender for projects that they can manage and are right for their company size. Over the years, tenders have become more complex. Larger…

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The first step to any self-build project is securing an architect and getting plans drawn up. In our opinion it is one of the most important aspects of your project. Getting an architect that you can trust and can incorporate an idea onto paper within a budget is so important. Cost This is the point…

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