How to be a helpful client

how to bea helpfulclient.jpgWe’ve all heard the tips and tricks for selecting the right tradies, builders and architects for the construction process. There is so much involved in the process of deciding who is right for your project! But, have you considered that the tradie / client relationship is a two way street? Adequate preparation is essential to ensuring the whole experience, from the planning stage to the final handover of the project, goes smoothly. Having a solid relationship with your tradespeople will ensure that the project doesn’t cost you more than it should or frustrate anyone involved. Here’s what you can do.

1. Provide as many initial details as possible. Be clear and detailed about the work that needs to be done when you’re receiving a quote. This will help the builders to decide whether they can provide adequate service for you. Do they fully understand the costs, timelines and technicalities of your project?

2. Check whether any other work needs to be done before the construction process begins. Got taps that need fixing? Get a plumber in to fix any problems to avoid the cost of further callouts.

3. Ask the builders for advice about things that can go wrong. Knowledge about why delays occur and the potential risks involved could help prevent catastrophe.

4. Establish a single point of communication with your builder. If something goes wrong, you should know who to contact directly. Also establish what channels of communication will be used.

5. Communicate via visuals. Visual communication is often as important, if not more important, than verbal communication when it comes to talking about a project. Especially if there is a lot of verbal construction industry jargon that may be misunderstood.

Fostering a good client/tradie relationship will ensure your project has the best outcome for all involved!

 

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Renovating Bathrooms

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There is no doubt that renovating the bathroom can be one of the trickiest and most daunting rooms in the house. There are things that could go wrong and cause monetary issues and loss of time. However, there are plenty of steps you can take to prevent issues arising to ensure your bathroom renovation goes as smoothly as possible!

There are many reasons as to why people decided to update their bathroom. It could be to spruce it up design-wise, or to fix a more serious issue. One of the most common issues is drainage. The easiest way to tell if you have a drainage issue is if water pools in your sink or shower. To prevent future drainage problems, make sure all seals are properly installed by a professional or call a plumber to make sure everything is fitted properly.

Another issue is corrosion. Corroded cast iron may cause serious plumbing issues. If your pipes are damaged or corroded, replacing them might be the safest option. Consider prevention before corrosion actually happens and what materials you might use in the renovation process. With a stainless steel product for example, you do not have to worry about rust forming over time.

Thirdly, mold is commonly found in bathrooms in Australia as humidity and high temperature can promote rapid growth. The bathroom is a typically damp place which is a perfect place for mold to develop. Again, prevention is better than cure. You could start by installing a mold-resistant shower curtain and a dehumidifier. Always make sure there is a ventilation fan included in your plans when renovating! This should keep the humidity levels below 50%.

Lastly, storage space is an issue that is sometimes missed. Accidentally discovering you didn’t factor in enough storage space is impractical and time-wasting, so make sure you’ve got ample room for all the items you’ll need to store in the bathroom.

Our last tip is to always have a skilled professional in your area on call, with their information nearby during the remodel/renovation. That way, if things do go wrong with the bathroom, you can get the right advice quickly.

 

 

What you should do before renovating

renovating (1)New Creation Group specialises in customised renovations. Explore our handy tips, garnered from years of experience. Our home renovating tips are useful for anyone wanting to DIY, add an entire floor or even customise their outdoor living!

1. Understand property depreciation before undertaking extensive renovations.

2. Create a folder of your favourite materials, designs,  products and appliances.

3. Check for kitchen flaws if you are designing your own kitchen. Make sure benchtops and cabinets are the right height, and doors don’t clash.

4. Word of mouth is an excellent source when seeking out a top builder. New Creation Group finds most of its clients through referrals. Enquire amongst friends, family and colleagues as to whether they can recommend any builders.

5. Get rough quotations for materials, understanding that they are just a rough guide. You can find a quick quote calculator here: Quick Quote Calculator

Visit our website for more helpful building resources!

How to budget for a successful renovation

Renovations can be a daunting process. Time, money, energy and personal sacrifice all come into the mix. Renovators, whether they have been through the process before or are just starting out, all appreciate advice on how to budget successfully, ensuring a smooth financial process and profitable outcome. How exactly can you determine the affordability of a renovation project, and how do you budget for one?

-Be realistic about renovation costs and what you can afford. Prepare for the unexpected, as things never run in a straight line!

-Plan ahead and develop a spreadsheet. Use a budget calculator.

-Find out what will add value to your home by talking to an expert.

-Reconsider DIY (it isn’t always the cheaper option). If you aren’t 100% capable of doing something yourself, get an expert to do it, otherwise things can go wrong and incur more expenses.

-Make a list of the features that are important to you, and those that are not

-Choose the best building contractor; one that has great expertise and knowledge of building licencing, codes and permits.

If you are seeking an expert in renovations, consider giving award-winning builders New Creation Group a call on 8367 5111, or visiting our website newcreationgroup.com.au to receive a free quote!

What makes New Creation Group different from other builders?

When the decision is made to build or renovate a house, there are many reputable builders in Adelaide to choose from. What makes New Creation Group the best option?

-We have over 30 years experience in the building industry, and all of our staff are highly motivated, knowledgeable professionals. We have been members of the Housing Industry Association for the past 10 years, ensuring complete confidence in our licenses, policies and insurance.

-30 years of experience has allowed us to develop and refine our business and construction processes.

– We implement comprehensive, detailed and careful planning with all of our projects.

-We at extremely proactive at early risk analysis, resolution and management.

– We are located in Metro Adelaide, and are able to service all areas of Adelaide from this convenient location.

-We have an extensive list of satisfied customers, accrued from an excellent reputation and word of mouth.

-We are committed to giving something back to our local community, by supporting various organisations.

-Clients have direct access to our Project & Business Managers at each stage of the construction.

-We are award winning, having won 3 HIA awards/

-We are a family-run business and are passionate about ensuring a client’s project goes smoothly.

7 top tips for Renovations

So you’ve made the choice to renovate your home. It’s one thing to have the idea in your mind, but another to actually implement that idea! We’ve compiled some tips to help you through the daunting but rewarding process of renovations. 
1. Don’t have inaccurate measurements! A few centimetres can make a difference. The project won’t be pulled off successfully if dimensions are unequal. 
2. Work with a good design. To help you come up with an exciting but achievable plan, consult with an architect, a builder or an interior designer.

3. Don’t go crazy with DIY. Know your limitations and get the professionals to do the important jobs. There’s a lot at risk if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.

4. Make sure the professionals you hire are fully qualified. All tradesmen involved in structural, electrical and plumbing should have a good reputation amongst their clients!

5. Be flexible and creative. Don’t stretch the budget too much, but be prepared to update elements such as painting, tiles and bathroom fittings.

6. Try to not change your mind every week! A renovation project isn’t always straight forward, but the process is smoother if your mind is fairly clear about the outcome. Changing your mind frequently can result in lost time and waste of resources.

7. Don’t skimp on good quality materials. When selecting materials, it is common for people to try to buy cheap materials. However, these may not always be the best options for the longevity of your house, or the overall finish once completed.

Home Building Trends 2018

Since man started building homes, there have been many trends that have emerged throughout history. Certain materials were used for hundreds of years, before technology changed and ideas were spread. Natural materials were replaced with man made and composite, materials were shipped around the world, and protection from natural disasters came into play. With the advent of the internet, builders have now been given instantaneous access to millions of ideas and concepts. Modern trends have come and gone, with many making a comeback in recent years!

What do we want to see in our homes and build our homes out of in 2018?

1. Freedom with style: In the past there has been a tendency to follow ‘codes’ to achieve a certain look for the home. Homes had themes, rules and style agendas. Now, there is a lean towards ‘unique’ homes that tell a personal story. There is more wriggle room to be adventurous with design choices!

2. Indoor plants: Indoor plants are becoming increasingly popular as a form of decoration, as they are aesthetically pleasing and believed to be good for your health.

3.  Fabric: Fabrics can help to set the mood decoratively in a home. Refined textual fabrics, such as wool, linen and sheen, can add a refinement to your home design.

4. The old and the new: Many people are choosing to convert old interior spaces. We’ve seen the rise of converted churches, warehouses and factories.

5. Escapism: People are creating spaces in their homes to retreat and have peace from everyday life.

6. Natural fibres: Materials from nature are making a comeback. Particularly wicker and reeds, which are used as lighting, decorations and textiles.

A Transformation in Millbrook: Part 4

For the owners of the Millbrook Primary School site, it is important to retain the history of the site whilst building an amazing, modern family home.

Interestingly, although built in 1878, the building was not heritage listed and could easily have been bought and knocked down. The owners are choosing to retain the heritage/history, as that is what they love the most about the site. They have removed some of the add-ons, however, the original building remains intact and has been repaired with some changes to accom

modate modern building requirements (such as building standards for fire protection and energy efficiency). After the devastating fires of Ash Wednesday in the 1980s, there wasn’t much left other than the stone/brick shell. However, where possible they have reused or salvaged items, such as the slate in the foyer (which will be reused in the landscaping) and the stone from the dwarf walls in the cellar (which is being used in the gabion walls).

As mentioned in the previous article, the foyer of the original building is going to be a small museum housing antiques and old school memorabilia. That is the only room that will retain the original plaster on the walls. The owners have already received a number of historical / heritage items from members of the local community, and have also located other items in the Gumeracha library and State Records. The measures that the owners have taken will ensure that the beautiful history of Millbrook is preserved. In the next article, we will reveal the stages of development of the project, and why the owners chose New Creation Group to come alongside them in their journey.

What could go wrong on a construction site?

When it comes to building a home, it is vital that all the safety elements are in place.

Houses can be built too fast with little regard for safety. Corners can be cut, and the appropriate safety measures not fully explained to all involved.

At New Creation Group, we are committed to ensuring that building projects have the utmost safety precautions in place to ensure the wellbeing of the workers on site, and the overall quality of the finished project. It is imperative to undergo safety training, research the best building materials, and monitor the project stage by stage. We have compiled a list of things that could go wrong on a site, what you shouldn’t skimp on when taking on a building project, and why you can trust our company to do the right thing!

Elements that could go wrong:

Leaky roof or windows: It is so important to build roofing and windows correctly so that rain doesn’t cause you to run for a bucket every time! A leaky roof costs time and money, it is best to avoid having to repair or remodel it. Therefore, a builder should  undertake the correct procedures to make sure the roof does not sustain these issues: cracked flashing, improperly installed skylights, faulty shingles, clogged gutters, incorrectly sealed roof vents, excess moisture.

Injuries: The prevention of injuries is very important, and the contractor must be vigilant about following the laws established by Work Health & Safety.

Poor foundations: Foundations should always be completely straight. A builder will check to see if your foundations are straight by sighting the length of the foundation wall from each corner. With a level, they will make sure there are no leaning walls. Other things to look out for are chipping/flaking concrete, doors that jam or fail to open properly, and cracks in other parts of the building such as the ceiling or walls.

Weather: Mother nature doesn’t care about your building project and this is completely outside of the hands of all involved in the project! Delays and frustration can occur, however, the reaction of the contractor is vital. They must be prepared, organised and act calmly. If they succeed in doing this, construction should resume immediately after the episode of bad weather.

Why trust New Creation Group?

There are many reasons why you can entrust your building project to our company.

Fact sheets: New Creation Group complies with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), where certain people have healthy duties with which they must comply in relation to undertaking construction work.

Staff: Our builders are qualified, accredited and award winning. Our staff are dedicated, experienced, and work closely with clients to achieve the best outcome on any building site.

Reputation: We have an excellent track record for safety, and our clients value our processes and resulting building projects!

NCG use an online program called Sitebook, which helps monitor the various trades that occur at the building site, ensuring each person complies with Work Health & Safety.

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