The Adelaide Build Assist Process is a detailed summary of the ‘pre–building’ activity, totally unique to Adelaide Build Assist clients.
It is not unusual for clients to find themselves at different stages when they first make contact with Adelaide Build Assist. Some clients require help from our tender process forward; others prefer an all inclusive approach. Adelaide Build Assist can tailor a package to suit your needs, no matter where you are in the process.
Client Brief and Site Analysis
We will meet in person with the client to discuss the design requirements for their new home. We will ask some deliberate questions that will lead the client to think strategically around what is important to them in their current and future living space. Essentially, we will generate a detailed list of ‘needs and wants’ and assign preference to this list against any financial budgets and timelines. This meeting is necessary for us to understand and appreciate the client as an individual, so as to develop a design brief that will compliment their lifestyle and be a reflection of their personality. In addition to a comprehensive client interview, we will consult with relevant government authorities and conduct a thorough site analysis to obtain a clear understanding of the proposed construction site in order to formulate a considered position around the factors affecting it and any future building works. We will identify the geographical, topographical, physical, planning and legal particulars that will influence project design and construction methods, as well as developing an appreciation of various other land related attributes of the subject site and adjacent properties.
From the information obtained in Stage 1, we will develop a preliminary house design with our design team. This would usually include various alternatives in design, based on a cohesive interpretation of the client’s requirements and efficient, but effective architecture, suitable to the character and amenity of the subject property and its surrounding landscape.
With our guidance the client will review the preliminary design and get a detailed explanation around the architectural techniques used to best address their design requirements, whilst satisfying the planning provisions to ensure compliance with Council. In providing feedback, the client may want to make some changes and explore the various design alternatives available to make sure that the plan not only meets their design criteria, but maintains architectural efficiency and effectiveness.
Planning & Construction Review
Once the preliminary design is complete and an understanding of general finishes is obtained, we provide advice around what the client should expect to budget (financially) for the construction of their home, prior to going to full tender. Upon assessing this advice, the client may decide to add or subtract size and detail of their home, to meet the financial and time expectations they have for their project.
Interior / Exterior Selections
The client will meet our Interior Architects and Designers to devise a Building Specification which will also form part of the tender documents. This will involve the client selecting the internal and external features of their home with the guidance, support and experience of Stile Interiors. This detailed schedule of inclusions will be prepared in sample form and provided to you (and your builder) as a selection board for your own record before and during construction.
Final Drawings / Planning Submission / Development Approval
The results obtained from Stages 1 through 4 will enable us to develop the design phase drawings into final drawings suitable for a planning submission with the relevant Council to ultimately achieve a provisional planning consent. Once planning consent is granted, the drawings are modified for construction purposes and form part of the tender process. At this stage, we would issue your drawings to the consulting engineers
for their report, in preparation for private certification and full development approval.
Once we have detailed drawings, a building specification and engineering advice, we will issue a Adelaide Build Assist Tender Document to class – specific builders that meet the construction category of the project. Those builders invited to tender will be well known to Adelaide Build Assist through previous or existing projects. Each builder will submit to a comprehensive interview covering every aspect of construction and specification. We will work closely with the selected builders to ensure full disclosure and a complete understanding of the scope of works, to afford the best opportunity for them to present a highly competitive quotation.
We will carefully review each tender in complete detail and again, make sure each builder has followed the intended scope of works and related criteria. At this stage we would request some additional pricing options for the client, in the event that they may consider upgrading or excluding certain items, depending on how the tender relates to the construction budget. A detailed comparison of each quotation is prepared for discussion and reviewed with the client.
Our tender review is documented for the client’s consideration and explained in full. We will make recommendations around every aspect of each tender and discuss all additional pricing options available. At this stage we will have determined the most appropriate builder for the project and negotiated the fairest and best price, together with terms and conditions to suit the client’s requirements.
Appoint Builder / Contract Execution / Final Check
Upon total client satisfaction of Stage 9, a builder is appointed and personally introduced to the Client prior to, or at the execution of the building contract documents. At this stage, we will perform a Final Check to ensure contractual documentation is in line with all plans, approvals, engineering and the client’s building specification and related schedules. A construction time plan is prepared together with copies of builder licences and insurances. This is issued to the client for their continued reference throughout the building process. Construction will commence shortly after satisfaction of this stage.
Review / Management / Inspection Program
Individual and ongoing contact during construction is often a prerequisite for many clients. We offer a total building management service which constantly reviews the building process to accommodate for any changes in client circumstances and act as a contract administration tool. This can include regular, detailed and documented inspections at construction milestones to ensure total client satisfaction and peace of mind, in addition to appointing the right builder and negotiating the fairest and best price. Essentially we act as an intermediary between client and builder to guarantee builder performance whilst accommodating the ever changing needs of the client during the construction lifecycle. We adopt a positive and methodical approach to problem solving and can be the total peace of mind you need from contract execution through to handover and key collection.