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Important Information To Consider

The Health & Safety Act and You, The Home Builder

 The vast majority of people who contemplate building or altering their homes are not aware of the content or the implication that the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (as amended) has on what they are doing.

Architecture: The importance of design

There is a saying that it takes effort to produce a good design but that good design is always worth the effort. I often get the feeling that people are generally of the opinion that architects draw house plans or plans of office blocks or plans of hotels, etc.

Builder vs Project manager vs Bakkie builder. What's the difference?

Many people are not aware of the difference between a Building contractor, a Project Manager and a Bakkie Builder and there is a big difference. In many cases, there is a degree of overlap and as with all businesses there are good ones and bad ones all the way through the mix

Check your site carefully.

There are a number of factors that are often overlooked when choosing a site on which to build, and getting them wrong could influence a number of others and so limit your building options.

Choosing the Right Contractor

You cannot be too careful when choosing a contractor or subcontractor, go the extra mile and make sure that you feel confident that you have chosen wisely before you start building. Visit building sites, ask friends, family, friends of friends, your local hardware store, building centres and get the answers to all the questions you need. Taking your time about doing this will ensure that you get it right the first time.

Choosing the Right Suppliers

If you are looking at a labour only building project and seeking to supply all the materials yourself then you need to carefully consider who you are going to get to supply you with your building materials.

Choosing Your Architect or Designer

Choosing your architect or designer is a very important decision. Their advice and knowledge (or lack thereof) will directly affect your investment and the future value of your property. There is far more to design than simply drawing a plan and getting a builder to build it. Just look around you at the many design disasters in your neighbourhood and you will know what I am talking about.

Choosing Your Builder: A Checklist        

The vast majority of things that go wrong on any building contract occur because of the choices that you make when appointing your builder. If you are owner building and planning to hire a building contractor or are subcontracting parts of the project, make sure you know everything you need to know.  Ask the right questions, have a checklist ready and choose wisely.

Is your builder insured?

When first embarking on the building of a new house, or substantial alterations to an existing property, it is important to ensure that adequate insurance is in place. This essentially comprises Contract Works Insurance which will include Public Liability Insurance.

Thinking about Building? Excellent Advice from an Architect

Any building work is an investment that could improve your lifestyle and be a pleasant experience or it could be something that you would rather forget about. How you approach it will determine which of the two it will be

Your Architect/designer: Code of Conduct

Many people are unaware that all architectural practitioners are bound by law to be registered with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, (SACAP) before they may practice and are thus bound by a Code of Conduct aimed at giving you the client, a good professional service.