The complete story of #happybuilding

This is the story of #happybuilding.


Once there lived a builder with his wife andtwo children. They lived in an old cottage on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Theyhad not always lived there but had travelled a long way from the big, brightly lit city of London. Marco was always a builder, building beautiful homes for the beautiful people of Primrose Hill and rock n’ roll studios for rock n’ roll bands. Emma worked in the world of advertising, helping sell everything from washing powder to designer knickers. They fell in love, got married at The Groucho Club then ran away to Devon, as they had heard both good air and good fishing were in plentiful supply.
Whilst swimming in the River Dart one afternoon, which is how they liked to pass their time in those early days, they decided to  build their own business of building. They would call it Perrett & Family Builders. Their family now also included one Nancy and one Stanley – but they had also begun to build a family of crafts and tradesman who they knew they wanted to work with.
The aim for their business was to build in the county they loved, for people that cared as much as they did about good building and great design. Emma was always very proud of Marco being a builder. He worked harder and longer than anyone she had ever met (he also danced the best). He was honest, true and fair to all he worked with.
Quality building work; trust; transparency (and really good paperwork) became what they were known for.
Detail was king – from each perfect brick to each perfect project report.
And now it is today – and we are here. #happybuilding
New build co-planning.
Double & single storey extensions.
Major internal reconfigurations and refurbishments.
If you are committed to the idea of beginning a building project – but not sure where or how to start, we’re here to help you.
#happybuilding is all about great planning.
A great client brief; an inspiring set of drawings by a local architect; a robust and true set of corresponding costs to build the design, prepared by a Quantity Surveyor; Building Regulations and planning applications in place and finally, a realistic schedule of works and timeline for the project and team to work to.
Investing in the above sets your building project on a course that will present few surprises, help manage expectations and enable you to plan life before and after the build much more easily.
Here is how…

Step 1: What makes a good client brief?


Think of it as the best shopping list you’ll ever write.
A list that will kick your project off in the most productive and valuable way. Giving your builder and architect detail and insight into the why and the what, from your perspective, to help them solve the exactly where, how and when.
Write your list bearing these following drivers in mind.
Ambition. What is your ultimate aim for the building project? Space; renovation; re-sale?
Design. How do you want the structure to look and the space to feel? Do you want the design to fit in or stand out? Modern; traditional; sustainable; ecological?
Motivation. Why do you want to commit to this building project? What are the reasons for creating this new space? Well-being; financial; practical?
Success. What will success look like once the building is complete? What do you hope to achieve by this project? Set some markers to measure the evolution of the project against.
Budget. What is the ballpark figure you want to invest into the building project? Giving an outline budget now helps everyone on the team to have more efficient and intelligent conversations moving forward. (BIRD SYMBOL)

Step 2: How do you get inspiring architects drawings?


Work with inspiring architects who work locally and are members of RIBA. Let us introduce you to a few…
Van Ellen & Sheryn.
Rud Sawers Architects.
Scarratt & Martyn,
Woodford Architecture.
Stan Bolt Architecture.
Gillespie Yunnie Architects.
Harrison Sutton Partnership.
EJW Architects.
Harris McMillan Architects.
We have been lucky enough to work with many of the architects above.
Using your brief as a starting point, and with the outline budget in mind, we work together with an architect to create a set of drawings to bring your ideas to life. Sense-checking the heart of the design with the head of a builder.
From a practical building perspective, we think through the issues and opportunities your project presents and flesh these out with the architect, before they become lost or get in the way further down the line.
From these drawings, we can then cost your project and establish what is and isn’t feasible moving forward.

Step 3: A robust budget


We take the brief, the sketch and our practical building input (site practicalities, structural and material suggestions) and feed them into the Quantity Surveyor who costs your project.
They then produce a concrete set of numbers that represent all the labour, electric, plumbing, materials, provisional and preliminary costs that need to be considered to build the design to date.
This is the litmus test.
Do the numbers work?
Do they allow for contingency?
Do they allow for those gold taps (or whatever takes your fancy).
Or do they exceed your budget? Has it become an unrealistic building project? What are the reasons for this and can they be flexed to produce a design that is still the dream but that takes into account some compromises to enable it to become real.

Step 4: The #happybuilding feasibility plan


Structured around the age-old project triangle that helps understand the constraints the project needs to work within, we present a coherent overview of your building project for you to decide on how to proceed with us.
Cast within one of these scenarios, your building project is presented to you by way of our #happybuilding feasibility plan.
A set of drawings; a concrete set of numbers; our builders logic and sensibility outlining opportunities or issues; a timeline and Schedule of Works togetherwith a list of Planning, Building Regulations and contracts that would be
It’s now over to you. You have a team and
plan ready to go.
Are you ready to get building happy?
Call us and let’s talk #happybuilding
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