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Project Management

To Pre-Procure or Not… Stick to the Plan!

They say learning is remembering and boy, oh boy have I been learning a lot over the holiday season! In my book, “Your 7-Step Home Extension Plan”, I recommend spending time, before you start the building works, designing your fixtures and fittings for kitchens and bathrooms, and selecting internal doors, flooring, tiles and even selecting the grout colour – before you start the works. I had a small disagreement with a client earlier in the year who insisted on supplying…

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Do you need help budgeting for an extension?

So, you’re thinking about extending your home. But not quite sure on how much it is going to cost you. Well, guess what you are in the right place. Our two most popular requests are kitchen extensions and loft conversions. Who doesn’t want a big kitchen with an island and bi-fold doors out to the garden? I do, it’s my dream! Or a loft conversion with either the master suite or two kids bedrooms in. I know which one I’d prefer…

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The Design&Build Method – Part 1

Introduction For the last seven years I have been consumed by a single thought – ‘how can I improve the home extension and renovation process in a way that works for all parties?’ The highest respect for my clients The roots of the Design&Build system came from the 19th Century figure of the Master Builder; men who had the highest respect from their peers and clients, due to their mastery and knowledge. In the 20th Century, most projects were being…

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The Grand Designs Factor

I received a call from a client who wanted a rear extension and kitchen refurbishment. I offered him our services for Project management but he declined and said he would like to take the challenge on himself. He worked as a Senior IT Project Manager in a very well paid and demanding role that included international travel. He told me that he had seen on Grand Designs that they didn’t use Project Managers, and even though they overspent on their…

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