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THE COST OF MAKING CHANGES TO A LIVE PROJECT

THE COST OF MAKING CHANGES TO A LIVE PROJECT

 

It’s important to bear in mind that unexpected things may occur during a build. It’s vital that you have contingency for these: an amount of money set aside to cover the associated costs. Client-initiated changes during a build, on the other hand, are something that can and should be avoided; they may cost you in more ways than one…

 

1. MONEY

 

  • Changes to the design means changes to the drawings, and additional fees to your Architect and/or Structural Engineer.
  • Changes to fixtures/fittings may mean additional costs to suppliers and to Builders if items have ‘lead times’.
  • All changes impact your overall build budget, which is more likely to increase than not.

 

 

2. TIME

 

  • Any changes to documentation means additional time and therefore possible delays on site.
  • Design changes lead to the possibility of having to go back to council and/or the Building Surveyor to amend permit conditions.
  • Changing fixtures/fittings may mean ‘lead times’: i.e. time for the items to become available/in stock.

 

 

3. INTEGRITY OF THE DESIGN

 

  • In collaboration with you, your Architect produces a design that fits your brief and budget, and creates an overall aesthetic. Last minute changes may compromise the overall look of the space.
  • If you want to make changes, always seek advice from your Architect first, to ensure the design you have created together, is upheld.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ACCESS SKETCH TEAM

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