Business Skills & Office Practice for Builders

Buiders often just want to get out there and do the practical building stuff and the business side of things is done when and as is necessary.

Unfortunately best practise construction is the result of sound office practise and planning and from this comes an efficient building operation.

This section of the web site focuses on identifying and supporting best practise business requirements with articles, explabnations of processes and checklists to use.

Topics identify the range of areas covered so you can quickly source the information you need.

Alternatively to stimulate you making changes or improving your office systems read through the whole section.  

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Go here for tips in getting advice around house design

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  1. Steps to Designing Your House
  2. Different types of House Designers
  3. Advice on Preparing Budgets

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Go here for advice on Building Costs and Estimating Techniques

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  1. Options for Financing
  2. Working Out What You Can Afford
  3. Working Out What it's Going to Cost
  4. Renovation and Alteration Costs
  5. Paying For It
  6. Progress Payments
  7. Contract Works Insurance
  8. Third Party Builders Guarantee

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Go here for advice on sub-contractors

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  1. The Differences between Architects, Architectural Designers and Architectural Draughtsman
  2. What they charge
  3. What services they provide
  4. What Group Home Builders can offer
  5. Hints and Tips

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Go here for Hints & TIps and Help on

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  1. Help to nail down exactly what you want from your house design
  2. Hints and tips that we've learned along the way

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Go here for advice on Home Design Gallery & Ideas (in progress)

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  1. A portfolio of home design st
  2. Different design features that you can incorporate into your home
  3. Come back to visit - this page will develop over time

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Go here for Your Responsibilities in the Building Process

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  1. Checklists on the Planning stage and Post-Construction stage

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Go here for Advice on Sustainable Building

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  1. Ten easy steps to a more sustainable house design
  2. Places to go for more information
  3. Things to consider at the start of your design

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Go here for advice on Lifemark Design

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  1. Lifemark is a design philosophy that aims to ensure your house is designed to cater for your needs at differenct ages through your life
  2. Learn how incorporating this approach to designing your home might make you money

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Go here for Advice on Leaky Homes and Design Tips to avoid your home becoming a leaker 

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  1. Design issues leaving to leaking
  2. Advice on how to find out if your home may be leaking

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Go here for advice on Renovations and Additions

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  1. Considerations around renovating
  2. Traps and tips

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Go here for Third Party Builders Guarantees 

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  1. Why you should ask for one
  2. What they cover
  3. Where you can get them

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Go here for Construction Contracts 

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  1. An essential part of your build
  2. Different types of contracts
  3. Resources for more information

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Go here for Construction Insurance

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  1. Another essential part of your build
  2. Why it's important
  3. What is covered and what is NOT covered

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