Photo above: Alvin offering valuable insights based on his 23 years of experience with Residential Extensions & Renovations.
We want to work with you to create your forever home, where your children have the space that they need to grow up and grandchildren can one day play in the front yard.
As part of our mission to be continuously improving to always exceed your expectations, Alvin completed a project management course in 2017 to hone his skills.
The lecturer was impressed with the practical and efficient systems that we have to ensure our homes run smoothly, so much that he invited Alvin to speak at the NZCB conference that was held later that year.
This led on to a quarterly column offering project management tips and tricks to all members. Being able to do our bit to help the next generation of builders is something that we are hugely proud of and value highly.
Caption: Alvin has 23 years worth of experience with Extensions and Renovations which is unique as most builders prefer to specialise in New Builds which are less complicated and typically more cost effective.
Completing an extension or renovation project successfully is significantly more complicated than a new build where you start from scratch and challenges are minimal. Experience and planning is crucial for achieving excellent outcomes as your family home is likely to be out of square or level, and our extension needs to tie into your property without highlighting the existing defects.
If your builder and/or project manager lacks experience then not only will challenges not be overcome, mistakes will often occur, your budget will blowout and the high quality building project that you were expecting is extremely likely to be put in jeopardy.
Alvin, CHE’s company director and principal project manager has overseen 176 successful extensions and renovations. With this much experience it is very rare that he encounters a problem through the process that he does not have a systemized, successful solution for.
This trait is ideal in a project manager and one to watch for when you are looking for somebody to help you make the dream that you have for your home a reality.
Caption: Having all the tradesmen on site as pictured above means that we can offer you a fixed price for your project that won’t change because of pre-existing site conditions.
Now when our team conducts a site visit, we do so with everybody who we feel will make a significant contribution to your job. We do this for two main reasons, the first being that our handpicked tradesmen being specialists in what they do, are able to give us an accurate description of their proposed works & a fixed price which isn’t going to change throughout the course of your project.
Secondly having a subcontractor on site before the job begins gives them the opportunity to spot previous defects or work components that will need repairing or upgrading through the course of your project.
They will then either make us aware of it or price the job accordingly so you are not paying to do a job that they may not be able to complete.
The extensive site visit that we conduct means that we can guarantee that the investment figure in your Action Plan won’t change unless something unforeseen crops up or you change your mind.
There are many different methods of pricing a project, from a verbal quote to the more traditional two page written quote.
Both these methods do provide a lot of room for errors and variations, especially when as aforementioned, only one person comes to your home for a site visit.
This is why here at Certified Home Extensions we do neither, instead choosing to provide our clients with a 19-33 page Action Plan that includes everything from site set out to the installation of your chosen fitments i.e. carpet, toilets, toilet roll holders.
Instead of saying “Hey, I thought that was included”, we guarantee that you will be impressed at the depth of detail provided.
Having an Action Plan that is tailored to your project also means the fixed price investment figure that the breakdown is based on will remain constant, unless something unforeseen occurs during construction or you choose to make a variation that requires additional expenditure.
Under the agreement that we offer, your fixed investment figure will not change, unless you request a variation or an unforeseen situation arises during the course of construction, e.g, rocks are discovered whilst excavating.
If there are cost overruns, we will not invoice you for any additional amounts, removing all risk from you and passing it on to us, the project managers.
This is in complete contrast to a Cost Plus contract where you carry all of the risk, due to the fact that you have essentially signed a blank cheque.
The low total investment figure that you were offered in order to win the job will not be the final figure. This is because these contracts have no contingency factored into the overall investment figure, so when things go wrong as they inevitably will, your costs will increase to make up for the profit margins which your contractor is losing.
Although we may not be the lowest overall investment figure presented to you at the conclusion of your tendering, we will be the lowest at the end of a project, and we are definitely the company who you can feel the most certainty about signing an agreement with.
It’s easy to get out the Yellow Pages and ring the first person you find, totally unfamiliar to you, your family and your lifestyle but this hardly ever works well as you simply are not a priority to these professionals due to their busy businesses.
Our team has strongly established ties with five architectural designers so whenever you are ready, we can work with you and the person that we recommend as ideally suited for your project. Thereby coming up with plans for making the dream that you have for your home a reality in a speedy and stress free manner. Throughout your journey with our designer we’ll manage the process of going from concept drawings to council consent and make sure that you always remain a priority.
Having our team help you through concepts to construction means we can hand the keys over to your extension approximately twelve weeks sooner than if you had chosen somebody else to draw the plans.
Our team will update you once a week, whether we are drawing up concept plans or hanging doors in your new extension. This means you’ll never be left wondering about the status of your project, as you’ll have access to your project schedule on our project management software as well as weekly emailed reports throughout construction.
We put a high emphasis on trust & communication right from the beginning phases of your project because architectural designers, tradespeople, engineers and councilmen always speak a different language and it is important that you feel comfortable approaching our team with any questions that you might have. We see it as our job to translate for you, making you completely comfortable from the before to the after photo of your home.
Emily will touch base with you and schedule a free start up session where we come out and meet you, look at your home, and go over your plans and ideas, as well as run you through how the rest of the project will proceed.
We meet you, discuss your ideas, and address any uncertaintiesyou may have for the project. We answer your questions, give you a price estimate, discuss potential implications and really get to know you and your dreams for the home so that we can help you best!
After the start up session the next step is to begin design. We strongly recommend working with one of our certified architectural designers for this step, but if you have your own plans that’s fine too. We meet with you and the designer, and begin mocking up your dream home.
We begin drafting designs for your new home. Once the concept drawings are finalized by the designer, the full working drawings will begin. These drawings are where the final floor plan for your dream home will be, as well as all the subsidiary details for council consent.
This stage is when council gets involved as we work with them to obtain building consent. Dealing with Council on your own is very frustrating and difficult, so we are glad to help our clients with this important step. The final price costs for the entire project is also accurately calculated and given to you.
A site visit is conducted with all of our Tradies involved in the job, an action plan is built from the information provided. This action plan is an 18-page document that breaks your project down into 25 components, making it easy to know what’s going on with your home. Once the action plan is accepted, we begin building your dream home.