In part one, architects, budgets, builders and planning permission made the process of building work list. In part two, building control and preparing for day one of your build are on the agenda…
#5 – Building control and other essentials
Before you proceed with your project, make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. You need to be certain that you have:
- Consent to build (planning permission)
- Building control approval
- Any special permissions if work is being carried out on a listed building
- The right contracts
- Public Liability insurance and a warranty in place (if required)
In terms of building control, there are two routes you can take. You can approach your local authority’s building control department or you can instruct a private, approved inspector who is a member of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
Working with a local authority inspector will cost you less, but you will most likely have to wait longer for a site visit, which can lead to delays and additional costs. Equally, several different officers are likely to visit the site each offering different advice, which could end up confusing you and your builder.
Working with a private, approved inspector will cost you more, but they’re much more flexible and responsive than local authority officers. You will likely be allocated one inspector for the duration of your project, which makes communication smoother and project completion faster, keeping your costs down.
#6 – Preparing for the build
Preparing for day one of your build depends on the type of building work you’re having done. If you’re having a loft extension done, it’s a good idea to clear the space. You don’t want your builders spending the first day clearing the loft, it’s not what you’re paying them to do.
If you’re having more extensive work done on your home, i.e. a two-storey extension. You might need to consider moving out for the duration of the build. There’s also the issue of access and availability for discussing options.
Will you be on site to answer any queries that may arise or give the builders the necessary access? You will need to discuss these issues with your builder.
#7 – Building work
Again, the actual building work depends on the type of home renovation project you’re undertaking. Assuming that you’re having an extension, the building project is likely to happen in five stages:
- Foundation work
- Making the house weather tight (roof on, windows and doors installed)
- What’s known in the industry as the first fix (constructing walls, floors, ceilings, cables for the electrics, pipes for gas and water supplies and plastering)
- The second fix (All the work needed after plastering i.e. electrical fixtures connected to cables, sinks and baths connected to pipes etc.)
- Final decoration
#8 – Final requirements
Once building work is complete, you will need to obtain the all-important completion certificate from building control and ensure that any minor issues are resolved as part of –what’s known in the industry as, the ‘snagging’ process. As soon as these are taken care of, you can start enjoying your new look home.