Frequently Asked Questions about Architecture & Construction
Why should a customer hire BUILDITBETTER over another service provider?
Having a background in both, architecture and the construction industry, gives BUILDITBETTER insight into practical design. When a client brings their design ideas to us we create designs that meet their expectations while taking construction technology and detailing into account.
What experience, skills, qualifications or training do we have to make us the right person for the job?
over 30 years in architectural profession and the building industry Qualifications are available on request We are registered with SACAP – Professional Senior Architectural Technologist NHBRC – Home Builders
Particular aspects of your service that we specialise in?
new residential homes, major additions & alterations and homes in eco-estates.
How do we normally charge for our service?
our fees are not set as each project is treated as unique because no home or site is the same.
What makes your pricing competitive?
our pricing is based on our clients needs and requirements
Are there any special offers we offer to customers?
1. if we provide the architectural service we allow for minor changes in the plan for free
2. if we do the architectural service and the construction we provide a rider plan for council submission if any changes are made during the build.
How can a customer save money before we start the work?
1.If you choose land in an estate, they have restrictions on materials & style of your home, which will push up the cost of the building work.
2. If you can build vertically – this will save money on slabs, roofing etc. You will also save money of the size Erf you need to buy. Only if you need a larger home or have a high budget go wider
3. Choose land that suits your pocket, for example building on flat topography will be cheaper than building in the mountain where you might need to do blasting and/or piling.
4. Think carefully about your design choices, take cognizance of the arrangement of windows & doors for energy efficiency, and
5. What building materials and finishes will be needed for the style of your home, and
6. Working closely with us will make the process much smoother in that we know how to save money on the build.
7. With proper planning and smart decisions, you will be able to build your dream house, and, hopefully you can do so without making a hole in your pocket
What are the typical things that we need to know before we can provide a quote to a customer?
1. requirements and budget
3. title deed restrictions
4. any other relevant information
Are we an insured business and do we guarantee your work?
Yes we are insured: Professional indemnity Builders All Risk Insurance
What questions should a customer ask to hire the right service professional?
1. How does the design process work?
2. What is the estimated timeline for my project?
3. What experience do you have working in my area? 4. How do you charge?
5. What is and isn’t included in your fees?
6. How do you manage the budget?
7. Do you stay involved during the construction process?
What makes us the most reliable and trustworthy choice for the job?
We are authentic. People want to be around others that are real, meaning they are authentic and have high character.
We are consistent. Everyone has a bad day but we don’t take the bad day to the work environment We have integrity.
We do have references available on request
Building a house is expensive so finding innovative ways to save money on the project is imperative if you want to stay within your set budget here are important things to consider:
Choose the right piece of land and location
- If you choose a site in an eco-estate, they usually have restrictions on building materials used & the style of your home, which could push up the cost of the building work and budget.
- Choose land that suits your pocket, for example building on flat ground will be cheaper than building in the mountainside where you might need to do rock blasting etc.
- Think carefully about your design choices, take cognizance of the arrangement of windows & doors for energy efficiency, and what the style of your home dictates for energy efficiency
- Working closely with someone with experience will make the process much smoother.
With proper planning and smart decisions, you will be able to build your dream house, and, hopefully, you can do so without making a hole in your pocket. So lets get that project on the go….
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Questions to Ask Your New Home Builder
- How many years have you been in the construction and business, and how many homes have you built as a building contractor?
- Are licensed (where required) and insured?
- Are you registered with the NHBRC
- What sort of new home warranty do you offer?
- Do you only build from existing floorplans, or can I provide my own set of plans?
- What features are standard in the homes you build? What are the upgrade options?
- When and how can I make changes or upgrades throughout the building process? Do all decisions need to be finalized before construction begins?
- What are the energy-saving features of the homes you build?
- Who will be overseeing the construction of my home? Who can I reach out to with questions as they arise, and how can I contact them?
- What is your process for inspections throughout construction, final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalized?
- How long will it take to build my home?
- How and when will the final cost of my home be determined?
- Can I view a current project you’re working on? (Homes in the works are a great way to check for workmanship and material quality.)
- Do you build model homes that I can tour? If not, can you help me make an appointment to tour a home you built for another customer?
- Can you provide me with references or testimonials from previous home buyers?
Know the status of your municipal application for building plan approval
A number of status updates are available when monitoring and tracking an application online.
These descriptions explain what they mean:
BUILDING PLAN APPLICATIONS | MUNICIPAL APPLICATIONS
Your application has not yet been submitted for processing. It is still a draft application and requires your further attention.
Your land use application is being reviewed to ensure that the basic information requirements have been met. Please see your case ID (application number) for future interactions.
Proposed Submission Incomplete:
Your land use application has been reviewed and further information is required. Please see your case ID (application) for future interactions.
Application Verification Complete:
Your land use application has been reviewed and all compulsory documents in terms of the submission requirements have been met.
An invoice has been generated for payment. Check your correspondence on the case for further information on the amount owing and your payment options.
Your payment has been received and verified against your land use application.
Additional Fee: Awaiting Payment:
An additional or outstanding fee awaits payment before your land use application can proceed.
Assessment of Acceptance:
Your land use application is being reviewed in terms of the criteria for acceptance as per section 73 of the Municipal Planning By-law.
Refusal of Acceptance:
Your land use application cannot be accepted as it does not meet the acceptance criteria as per section 73 of the Municipal Planning By-law.
Your land use application has met the acceptance criteria and can now continue for further processing.
Your land use application is being assessed for any potential additional information that may be required before it can proceed to the next stage.
Additional Info Requested:
Additional information and/or further requirements are being requested.
Additional Info Received:
The additional information or further requirements requested on your land use application have been received.
Application Rejected (refused):
Your land use application has been closed and deemed to be refused as the outstanding requirements have not been received within the allowed timeframe. Consult your case officer for further options.
Your land use application is being circulated for comment. Circulation of your application may involve other City departments, external government departments and the public.
Comments on and Objections Requested:
Comment and/or objections related to your application have been received and are available for your Comment/response.
Report Writing (official):
The department is compiling your land use application report.
Report Writing (MPT):
The department is compiling your land use application report
Pending Official Decision:
Your land use application report has been submitted to the authorised official for decision.
Pending MPT Decision:
Your land use application report has been submitted to the Municipal Planning Tribunal for decision.
Your land use application has been approved. Remember to download your decision documentation.
Application Approved (with conditions):
Your land use application has been approved with conditions. Please refer to your decision documentation approval on the case for further information regarding appeals.
Your land use application has been refused. Refer to your decision letter for further options.
You or an interested or affected party have submitted an appeal against your land use application decision.
Report Writing (appeal):
The department is compiling a report to the Appeal Authority for decision.
Pending Appeal Decision:
The appeal report has been submitted to the appeal authority for decision.
Final Notification Approved:
Your land use application decision is now finalised and you may act on the decision made.
Final Notification Approved (conditions):
Your land use application decision is now finalised and approved with conditions, you may act on the decision made.
Final Notification Approved (refused):
Your land use application has been refused.
Subdivision Clearance Circulation:
Your application for subdivision conditions clearance (section 137) has been circulated to the relevant City departments for confirmation.
Subdivision Compliance Issued:
Your application for subdivision conditions clearance (section 137) has been granted and a certificate has been issued. Kindly refer to the correspondence on the case.
Subdivision Compliance Refused:
Your application for subdivision conditions clearance (section 137) has been refused. Consult your case officer for further options.
Further action is required, and your land use application has been pended until those requirements are met.
Your land use application has been recorded as incomplete and you have not satisfied the call for response within the timeframe provided. This application is now closed.
You have successfully withdrawn your land use application.
As per Information provided by COC e-services
“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Designing your dream home is both a tremendous privilege and a huge responsibility. One we don’t take lightly. As such, we take the time to get to know you first. To learn about you – your ideal lifestyle, how you want to utilise your space and your budget.
At BUILDITBETTER we partner with you to make your dream the plan.
Our team of skilled professionals include architectural professionals, project & budget management, bricklayers, joiners, plumbers, tilers, plasterers, painters and much much more. Together, our team can undertake your project.
OVERSEE & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project Management is about ensuring efficiency and the timeous delivery of a high quality product, within scope and within budget.
Every project can benefit from a project manager, but not all projects require management throughout the process.
CHECK LIST WHEN CHOOSING A BUILDING CONTRACTOR
Easy to communicate with and will be prepared to have regular meetings and correspondence.
NHBRC HOME BUILDERS
Make sure that your building contractor is registered with NHBRC
insurance is very important
Have a clear budget and timeframe
5. THE CONTRACT
A contract is needed to protect the home-owner and builder
When taking on a building project the home owner and building contractor must be sure that all the bases are covered
1. The Contract
2. The Budget
3. The timeline
BUIlDitBETTER checks all the boxes and more.
Contact us for a free consultation.
Call Marius Greeff 0828217837 to discuss your options