Advantages of Choosing an Independent Builder
One of the questions I get asked regularly is - 'what are the advantages of engaging an independent builder'?
In today's building market, a large percentage of new homes are now built by group home builders (housing companies).
For a lot of people this is a good option if you are looking for a standard subdivision style house at a good market rate with some even offering finance terms.
If, however, you are looking to build an architecturally designed house and/or on a challenging site that requires a high standard of craftsmanship and experience to deliver, then an independent builder who specialises in this type of building would be a better choice for the following reasons.
Experience in any trade comes with time on the tools, and in building after completing an apprenticeship of 4 years it would normally take another 10 years to gain a good range of experience. At this point most builders would have developed good craftsmanship skills.
Architectural builders tend to have more of these types of experienced staff working for them than group home builders as the financial and stimulating rewards are generally better.
A high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is vital when building architectural homes.
Specialist builders tend to also use materials and techniques on architectural homes that are rarely, if ever, used in standard house construction.
Generally, the independent Builder you first engage to build your house will also still be active on the tools and onsite running the construction to keep the project and employee carpenters and apprentices performing to the high standards required of these types of builds. This gives them a more intimate knowledge of you, your house and design - ultimately delivering what you truly desire to create.
If you are planning on building your forever dream architectural home, then it would be advisable to consult with a specialist independent builder with all the knowledge and skills required to deliver what your expectations demand.
We have written a Guide for you detailing how you can avoid many of the pitfalls during the earliest part of the build process, possibly saving you waster time, energy and money. You can access this here : Salter Builders Guide
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Trevor Salter, Registered Master Builder & Licensed Building Practitioner