At this point you have gained planning permission, received all relevant documents, drawings and calculations and are ready to instruct a builder to commence construction. Although our service is now complete, we are always contactable for any questions, queries or general advice you or your builder may have during the build process and ensure our building regulation drawings are approved by Building Control.
Choosing the right builder for your construction can be a difficult decision, with the worry of maintaining a strict budget coupled with the stories of so called ‘cowboy builders’ is enough to make anybody feel uneasy. For this reason, we have complied a list of recommended contractors, filled with builders whom we have received positive reviews for from our previous customers. This is done to remove the fear of the unknown and give you peace of mind the contractor you are working with has been positively reviewed and vetted by Freedom Architecture.
Choosing the right builder
- Start your search for a good builder – Get a referral from family or friends who may have recently had some work done. Ask the builder how long they have been trading and what experience they have in the work you need completing.
- Do not be fooled by the badge – There have been a substantial number of cases of bogus builders fraudulently claiming membership of trade associations, so call and make sure they are a bona fide member.
- Get references – Check and visit them. Contact the people who provided the references and find out how happy they were with the quality of the workmanship and the builder’s conduct.
- Once you have a shortlist of builders, obtain quotations – Get full details in writing of what is covered and what is not. This should include site maintenance, clearance, material supplies etc.
- Avoid a ‘VAT-free’ deal – You will not have a valid contract if there is no proof of payment.
- Put details of the job down in writing – The more thorough the better. Your contract should outline what work is to be done, start/completion dates, security, safety, the cost of the work and materials, payment plans, catering and lavatory arrangements, hours of work, cleaning up and disposal of waste materials.
- Be straight about money – Agree payment terms clearly in writing with your builder.
- Avoid paying upfront or a cash deposit – It should not be needed unless you request specialist building materials, or the job is likely to take a long time to complete.
- Guarantees – Are they offering a guarantee on a large-scale job? If it is a new build you will need a guarantee on the property.
- Ask if the builder is insured – They should have cover to protect themselves against property damage and personal and public liability to protect you and the general public in the event of an accident or injury.
Freedom Architecture completed the design for our rear extension to allow the space for the kitchen we have always wanted. They submitted our planning application and gained approval completely hassle free. A professional, affordable service.
I approached Freedom Architecture without any knowledge of the planning or building process, they were able to organise everything I needed from start to finish. Would highly recommend them as it was a smooth process and a very professional service
Very good company – I’d met a few different companies to obtain quotes and get a feel for what they could do. After the meeting I definitely felt the chap knew what he was talking about so I opted to use them for my rear extension. Good customer service and I have recommended to a few people at work who have given the same feedback so I really can’t knock them. Thanks again’