Trades you’ll find on a construction site

Ever wanted to learn a bit more about the kinds of trades that are employed to work on your building project?
We’ve compiled an informative list to let you go behind the scenes of the trades.

1. The construction or project manager

There are many names that this tradesperson can be called. They are in charge of overseeing everything – absolutely everything! They are the first point-of-call when you have a question, and coordinate all the other trades. They arrange the delivery of materials, talk to the tradies, and make changes to the project, amongst the many other things that they do.

2. Carpenter
Carpentry is very important and will play a massive role in the success of any construction project. Carpentry is umbrella term, cabinet makers, roofers, cladders and joiners come under it. A new construction site requires so much carpentry work that it isn’t unusual to see 2 or more carpenters on site.

3. Electrician
An electrician will always appear at some point in the project. There are two stages – the initial wiring during the very early stages where there are no obstructions in the way, and the finishing stage when the electrician returns to install electricals in the kitchens and bathrooms, light fittings and all switches.

4. Heavy machinery operator 
If the construction process requires heavy machinery such as drilling machines, elevators or forklifts, it is essential to have skilled operators to run these machines.

5. Landscaper 
You will very often see a landscaper come in at the end of the project to add some finishing touches. Their tasks might include building retaining walls, laying turf, using trucks to take leftover debris away from the build, installing water run-off solutions.

What makes a good tradie?

Tradies are an integral part of the construction process. Too often the importance of how professional they are can be overlooked in the daunting process of renovating or building. We have compiled a list of the qualities that separate excellent tradies from the rest, and what you should look out for.

High quality of work comes from licenses and superior skills. Look out for years of experience.

Professional tradies with a great background will be happy to share their clients testimonies and experiences. Being able to contact their happy clients and ask them directly would be even better.
Tradies should never be exempt from having exceptional manners, a professional attitude, and having appropriate presentation. They should always respect your needs as a client and listen to your goals and expectations for the job.

A good tradie is fully aware of the safety requirements of his/her job and takes active measures to minimise risk.

Making sure that everything runs to schedule is key to seeing your project completed well. Disruptions to your life are kept at a minimum when tradies actually show up at the job site on time, every time.

Trust is a must

Trust is everything when it comes to building a new home or renovating. From the first communication to beyond the handover of the keys, ensuring that every part of the building process goes smoothly is key. How do you know how trust can be ensured? By knowing some potentially disastrous scenarios and how to avoid them:

-After the sales representative of the company has finished negotiating with you, you suddenly find yourself on your own. This is not acceptable – you need a company that regards customer care as a number one priority!

-You are given the name and phone number of your site supervisor and presume you will be able to contact them freely. Not so- you ring their office, email them constantly and are still waiting. You need to be able to contact a supervisor not liase with sales staff in the office who may not have a complete and thorough idea of what is happening with your project.

-The initial project plans seem cheap! Excellent, if you’re on a budget. However, variations hit. Drawdowns and amendments to contract letters that you feel the need to challenge keep occurring. The build price ends up blowing out to massive proportions and you realise you’ve been under-quoted.

-The tradespeople seem great upon initial consultation and you are assured that they are highly skilled and qualified. Until, carelessness in the workmanship results in leaking water into the house, damage, fittings not installed properly, and other issues that should not have happened. Research is needed to make sure the builders and tradies are reputable. It is essential that they know exactly how to manage their contractors and subcontractors.

-The tradespeople do not take responsibility for their actions or mistakes, leading you to waste time contacting other contractors to fix mistakes. The builder should always take the time to listen to questions and concerns you have about the building process and safety.

-The build time stretches far beyond what you imagined. 2 years later and you still haven’t received the keys to your new house. Again, research is imperative. Google them, ask for referrals beyond staff and check their website, to avoid a situation that does not suit your goals or lifestyle.

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Step by Step: The Construction Process

Building a house is a daunting and confusing process. We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to help you understand the process of building a house, from the planning stage to the handing over of the keys.
All projects are different and some have a lengthier process than others, but the first stages of a building project are usually pretty similar.

1. Finances are grown to fund the build.

2. The site upon which the house will be built is bought.

3. Contractors and builders are sought.

4. House and landscaping plans are developed.
5. Construction begins:
-Foundations are laid down
-Subfloors established
-Framing & roofing installed
-Plumbing & electricals
-Internal linings

6. Interiors and smaller details are fitted out.

7. Inspections are carried out.
8. Handover!

This is just a basic guide, however it may help you to understand the construction process better. It will help you to understand the project as things move along.

How to be a helpful client

We’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!


Renovating Bathrooms

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

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

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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 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.

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