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Top 6 Questions Urban Scene Construction Answers about Renovations and Extensions-

Urban Scene Construction answers the tough questions about renovations and extensions in Brisbane that all home owners in the market should be asking. When working with the best high-end luxury residential renovation and extension building company in Brisbane, expect to be impressed with the transparency, efficiency and expert advice of Jason O’Neill and Chantal Bruce. With 25 years of experience, we are equipped to build your dream renovation or addition but manage the entire process from start to finish. Check out some of the often-asked questions about renovations and extensions/ alterations and additions in Brisbane. 

How can I be sure my builder is licensed and insured ?

All reputable builders and/or trade contractors are issued with a license card from the QBCC confirming they are registered. You should request to see a copy of this license before you engage the services of any builder.

All builders are required to have Public liability insurance in place in case anyone is injured on your property whilst under construction, ensure they are adequately covered.

We will always include a copy of our builder's license and our certificate of insurance at the time of contract signing.

How do I know if the price is right ?

All builders work differently and quotes can vary greatly, it is difficult for anyone to gage an “apples for apples” comparison unless all builders are given the same level of detail. To obtain a true comparison it is necessary to provide each builder with final plans, structural design, material specifications and a list of fixtures and fittings.

Cheapest isn’t always best, PC allowances can differ greatly and the use of correct materials for each situation should be considered. You want to avoid hidden extras or a house that is poorly finished and of inferior quality.

Obtaining 3 builders quotes will generally give you a comparative overview, when you select builders that are of similar caliber and reputation. Consider builders and that have done work similar to what your project requires, this way you will have similar quality expectations and know they have the expertise to renovate your home successfully.

Choose a builder that you can build a rapport with, who has associated themselves with reputable suppliers and trades, will provide you with highest quality workmanship and can complete your project within a reasonable timeframe.

How do I know that my builder can handle my project ?

A good builder should be able to provide you with a schedule of works, this allows you to see who is on your project and when, giving you a very good indication of how your build will progress from start to finish. If a builder cannot provide you with this level of detail it is likely they may be unable to manage your project successfully.

Ensure your builder has a regular team of people he works with, this way you will know they have a reliable team and they know the quality of workmanship of each of their trades and nothing can be left to chance.

Communication is the key to any successful project, always know who is managing your project, not all builders operate in the same way, poor communication can result in project delays, poor project management and a poor end result.

I want to build or renovate, where do I start?

Have a understanding of what you want to achieve, have a budget in mind, talk with your builder, be open to ideas and suggestions, work with a builder that has aligned themselves with other industry professionals, can offer you guidance in your selection process that have and continue to work with the same team of people, so you have the confidence that your end result will be the one that you always imagined. Any project that requires a new building or increased living space will require the following steps.

① Contact, engage the right people to help get you started, they should be able to give you guidance and know how bring your vision to life.

② Planning and Development, the most important stage of your building process. What you do here will determine the overall success of your project.

③ Approvals, this can be done by yourself, designer or builder. It involves submission to private certifiers for council approvals.

④ Construction Once you have finalised your design and your Building Approval is in place, we can begin construction. This is the exciting part, you get to see your vision become reality.

⑤ Completion and Compliance Upon completion of construction, building compliance must be finalised and is completed in accordance with your Building Approval . The certifier will inspect the works, ensure they are of high quality, meet the conditions of your approval and are in accordance with the Building Code of Australia.

Is my building work insured ?

All residential works over $3300 must be insured by the QBCC which is covered for a period of six years. Only licensed building contractors are able to have their work insured.

In addition we encourage you to check that your home is covered by your current insurance provider whilst undertaking any major construction on your property, as your situation has changed so may your level of cover.

Should a builder be involved in the planning and design process ?

Yes!, this is a very important part of any project. Having designers, builders, engineers and certifiers working as a team will ensure the success of your project. Working together at the outset will mean that any potential problems can be identified and rectified prior to commencement of your project, any budget constraints can also be assessed throughout the design and planning stage. Getting it right the first time gives you piece of mind and is both cost and time effective, however this generally means committing to a builder in the planning and development phase.

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Top 12 Frequently asked questions about planning and development-

Below Urban Scene Construction have answered the top 12 must ask questions about planning and development for renovations and extensions recommended by the QBCC, local and state .gov websites. These are the questions commonly asked by home renovators and below you will find useful answers that will help put your mind at ease and give you a better understanding of the “do’s”, “don’ts”, and “need to knows” for your home renovation project in Queensland.

Are you familiar with and enthusiastic about sustainable practices?

Yes, Urban Scene Construction is dedicated to sustainable practices.

Are you willing to order materials from nominated, preferred suppliers?

Urban Scene Construction have an extensive supplier network for building materials, finishes, and fittings, so chances are if you have a product in mind, we can source it from one of our trusted suppliers.

Are your subcontractors environmentally aware?

Yes, all staff working for Urban Scene Construction have been briefed on environmental practices and sites are regularly audited to support these practices.

Have you done renovations and additions like these before?

Urban Scene Construction have extensive renovation and extension experience in many styles of homes and types of building techniques. Check out some of our projects and what our customers say.

How do you approach reuse, recycling, and waste minimisation?

Urban Scene Construction takes a sustainable approach to project planning and management to ensure minimal waste and material reuse if wanted by the client or applicable.

How do you ensure that materials come from environmentally preferred sources?

When applicable materials from environmentally preferred sources are sourced and used when renovating and extending homes.

How long have you been in business?

Urban Scene Construction was established in 2005, Jason O’Neill is the Director and Builder. He has 20 years building and renovation experience.

How might you separate the site (and dust, noise, vibration) from the living areas?

Urban Scene Constructions have many ways to separate the construction site dust, noise, and vibration from living areas and will discuss the best application to use for your site prior to starting construction.

What aspects of environmentally sound construction do you see as most important?

Eco-friendly, or ecological, construction is building a structure that is beneficial or non-harmful to the environment, and resource efficient. Urban Scene Construction keep an environmentally friendly approach to every project and believe all aspects are as important as one another.

What experience do you have in this type of project?

Urban Scene Construction have extensive renovation and extension experience in luxury homes in Brisbane. Check out some of our projects and what our customers say.

What facilities will you need on the project (e.g. toilet and kitchen access, materials storage in garage or garden area)?

Urban Scene Construction and its staff are self-sufficient in most cases and will supply portable toilet for contractors.

What makes Urban Scene Construction different?

Effective communication is essential, we ensure we listen to and understand your needs during the building process, being flexible is key, keeping you informed at each stage of your build is a priority. Our personal approach to your project lets us take the stress out of your build, we are aligned with many industry professionals to aid you with all your selections, whether this be materials or fixtures and fittings.

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