There are certain things every builder should be able to tell you if you’re approaching them to build an architecturally-designed home. Of course, all builders have different skill sets – some may be used to dealing with a certain niche, for example villa renovations, others may specifically focus on group home builds.
Doing Your Research
If you’ve got a set of plans for a complex or cutting-edge architecturally designed house, it’s likely these are not the sort of builders you’re after. While their skills may be suited to certain applications and they may excel at those, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to perform at building a complex engineering and architectural innovation.
That’s where it pays to do your research, manager of Lindesay Construction, William Lindesay, says. And there’s more reason than one to ensure you’ve done your due diligence before engaging a builder.
Your Compatibility with the Team
“The main things to think about are reputation, experience, capabilities, qualifications and character,” Lindesay says. “It’s likely you’ll be working with the builder you engage for a year or two of your life and injecting your life savings into the project, so while you need to ensure they are the right builder in terms of qualifications and experience, you also need a good personal match, a team you know you will get along with.”
Builders should be industry qualified. There are various different qualifications or professional industry associations builders can be aligned with, the most common are Registered Master Builders Association and the New Zealand Certified Builders. These industry organisations have high requirements for membership that involve continued professional development.
“There are also requirements around having licenced building practitioners (LBPs) either undertaking or overseeing a lot of the work involved in putting together a new home,” Lindesay says. “This is really important because if those aspects of the work are not carried out or overseen by a LBP, you will be unable to apply for a Code of Compliance Certificate. Without this, people can face problems in future in regards to insurance, sale of the house, and the level of the work carried out.”