By Jan Dowling May 2nd, 2013. Comments Off on March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to March

extensions in Malvern

March is a great month –  we’ve all really settled into the new year, and motivation is high to move forward on projects that just never seem to get off the ground. 

That’s where we come in. 

If you’ve been thinking about managing your own project, read our article on the pitfalls of being an owner/builder and then decide whether you really want to put yourself through that. 

Or leave it to the experts.  It’s what we do. 

In this issue

  • Thinking of managing your own project?  Then our article below is a “must read”
  • Malvern – watch the video – you’ll love the finished project
  • View Past Newsletters

Malvern – casual elegance for all the family to enjoy …

Here’s the lovely old Malvern bluestone villa with a spectacular addition to the rear.

A clever mix of classic and contemporary with a twist of chic and polish in every room.

Watch the video – see what the house was like before, and be amazed at what this wonderful family home is like now.

featuring luxury hotel style bathrooms …

bathroom building extensions

a black wall of vibrant kid art …

kitchen building extension with polished concrete

and much, much more. Watch the video – you’ll love it!

Thinking of doing it yourself?

Pitfalls of being an owner/builder

What will you really save?

Project managing takes a great deal of discipline, and things change daily according to supply, weather etc.

Building  often takes longer and costs more than originally planned.  Costs can quickly spiral out of control, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience.  Dowling Homes will give you a Fixed Price Contract – no nasty surprises, no hidden costs – peace of mind for you. 

If your project takes longer than expected, rent costs might have a negative impact on your building budget. 

Be prepared to spend many hours sourcing supplies at the best price, and you’ll need to find the right tradies and juggle them at the right time.   

Some of the things you’ll be responsible for –

• being aware of and complying with all the regulations that apply to the construction

• providing plans, specs, engineering and technical details to the appropriate authorities and contractors

• getting the necessary approvals from all relevant authorities – eg local council

• calling for tenders and quotes, selecting and contracting professionals, and organising payment

• dealing with any disputes or problems that arise

• ordering, delivery, management, storage and coordination of materials and services

• organising for the building to be inspected by a building works supervisor or surveyor on completion

• notifying the council at prescribed stages of the building work eg roof tie downs

• ensuring all necessary insurance is in place – eg public liability insurance

• submitting a Statement of Compliance signed by the supervisor  to the relevant authority on completion

• complying with ever changing OH&S requirements

And if you employ a contractor for any building work that costs $12,000 or more they must complete a domestic building work contract with you. If council approval is required, you’ll need  building indemnity insurance.   This is usually only obtainable  by a licensed builder or supervisor. 

So why not relax, enjoy the experience, and leave the hard stuff to us. 

It’s what we do.

We love great design and we know you do too, so we make it easy for you to have.

Contact us today to see what we can do for you

Until next month.

Warmest regards

Jan, and the team at Dowling Homes.