5 tips for getting the most out of your design and build team

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Douglas And Gordon


We love working with clients, building a relationship with them and ensuring that we deliver beyond even their best expectations.   The Key for this to work successfully is communication, communication, communication!  We go through ever tiny detail (of which there are many!) to ensure that we are working towards our client's exact brief and requirements.

Here are our top 5 tips for making the most of your design and build team and ensuring that you don’t have any nasty surprises when the job is completed…

1/ PICK THE RIGHT TEAM = You will be working very closely together so a good relationship with your designer/builder is essential to ensure your job runs smoothly and you enjoy the process.  So make sure you employ someone that you like and trust.

2/ BE SPECIFIC = You have obviously employed a designer for their advice and design skills so be sure to make the very most of this. However, there are likely to be particular things that you have in mind for your property so lay these out clearly at the beginning of your project so that your designer/builder can incorporate them into the job.

3/ ASK QUESTIONS = Our clients are always a little shocked by how many decisions have to be made on any given project.  Be prepared to answer lots of questions and most importantly, ask questions in return - even if it seems like a silly question - ask anyway! 

4/ BE PREPARED = Even the most experienced of builders cannot predict everything that they will find in a building until they start work; from hidden asbestos to rotten floorboards hidden under carpets, there is sometimes a nasty surprise and unexpected cost waiting inside your house.  Ensure that you are made aware of the exact situation if it arises and depending on the type of contract that you have with your builder, try to have a contingency fund prepared just in case.

5/ NEVER ASSUME = This is absolutely vital to ensuring the builder delivers what you are expecting.  If you are unsure of something on your schedule of works then discuss it with your designer/builder; if the instruction is not clear then you may both be interpreting something completely differently

Best of luck with your project and enjoy the process!

Carol Bennett Designed Interiors Ltd.