Of all the decisions you will make throughout your renovation journey, the one we would ask you to consider most carefully is your choice of builder for your home renovation. Choosing the design, the look and feel of your renovation, the colors, the appliances and fittings, and more are all very important, but choosing the right builder who can flawlessly tie the whole thing together is critical.

Here are three key reasons we believe we are the best choice for your home renovation project:

It’s no secret that time is one of the most valuable assets you (or anyone!) has, and it is something you can never get back either! And naturally, most of us want to spend that time on enriching experiences that make our lives more enjoyable and will leave us memories that last a lifetime. So, when it comes to renovating, you really need to consider how to minimize the time you spend on the in and out’s of the renovation process as much as possible.

When renovating, yes there will always be the necessary activities you will be required to carry out such as choosing designs, styles, colors, furniture, and signing documents, and communicating with the builder on certain points. Some of these activities are quite enjoyable and creative, while others, well, not so much! However, what we find is that time spent up front saves time in a compounding manner further on in the renovation. What we are saying is, prior preparation through the correct process in the planning stages of your renovation avoids wasting time down the track (which is usually significant amounts of time) on issues that were not handled correctly at the start.

To us, that is the beauty of our ‘DPC’ methodology, which stands for ‘Design – Plan – Construct’ and is a staple renovation process across the Smith & Sons network. The power of this three-step home renovation process is that one whole step is devoted entirely to getting things right at the start of the renovation journey through detailed planning so everything is ready for when the spade hits the ground. If all aspects of the home renovation are set in concrete (pardon the pun!) at the beginning of the process, everything can be ordered, mapped out, and scheduled so that the process can run quite smoothly. And, the builder can get on with the job confidently knowing that the plans and specifications are true and correct.

On the other hand, however, we have heard of instances where all the details were not finalized before the renovation began, and throughout various stages of the renovation, clients were pulled back in to make final decisions, then delays were had ordering new materials, then of course delays on site because of the changes and pretty soon the renovation is weeks behind and everyone is getting quite tense. Or, because the client has not been through a thorough planning process, they decide to change the design or other elements of the renovation halfway through, and again huge delays because of changes (sometimes structural) that took weeks to rectify.

So the lesson here is – find a builder that has a detailed and thorough process that ensures everything is organised at the beginning of your renovation, to avoid wasting time halfway through the project.

And of course, being a one-stop-shop for your home renovation, we save you time on all that running around to and from designers, architects, builders, dealing with trades, council, approvals etc which seem to be able to take up huge amounts of time when you could be doing other things, and getting on with life. As we say, there are some things you can’t avoid during the renovation process, but by using the right builder, you certainly can save a lot of time!

Naturally, no-one wants to spend more than they need to on anything, and a home renovation is no exception! And, we totally understand this. However, one issue we see with people is they somehow want to keep their budget a secret for fear of the builder jacking his price to the sum of money they have, when in reality this is rarely the case. The opposite is usually true – in order to save money, you have to be upfront about it, be honest about it and really consider it when doing your renovation planning.

How does this approach actually save you money? Number one, being honest about your budget and discussing with a good builder is the best way not to overspend on initial plans! We have seen this time and again when a client goes to see a designer or an architect before seeing a builder, and here’s the scenario: the client wants to renovate, so as the first point of call they go and see a designer/architect. (don’t get us wrong, these people are vital in the whole process, but in our view should not be the first port of call). The client tells the designer/architect all their hopes and dreams, and then they draw up plans that look simply amazing! The client absolutely loves it, pays quite handsomely for it, and is off on their merry way to find a builder.

When the client meets a builder, the builder quotes up the clients’ plans that have been drawn up by the architect, and when the builder tells the client the price to build those plans, the client falls off his chair! Had the client seen a professional renovation builder first, and had an honest budget conversation at the start of the process, he could have saved thousands by not getting extravagant plans drawn that are now useless! Once again we want to stress that both designers and architects are critical components of the renovation process, but they need to be introduced at the right time and given the right information (including budget!) so the designs and plans match the client’s budget.

The fact is, that for a relatively small stage 1 cost compared to the overall it’s a no brainer to get plans drawn (to your budget) and then priced by us as though we are quoting them (not back of an envelope).  You now have the confidence to move forward with budget and spend known, a proper feasibility file to take to your bank if needed, and the comfort of working alongside a one-stop home renovation shop!

Secondly, again, as we have mentioned above, our ‘DPC’ process takes care of all this and makes sure that the budget conversation happens at the very beginning so we can craft a unique renovation just for you that also fits into your budget. Plus, by ensuring everything is prepped and ready to go when construction starts, there are no delays that along with costing time (as above), which inevitably cost money as well.

If there’s one thing that people want to see at the end of their home renovation, it’s a sense of ‘wow, we are so glad we did this’! It sounds like a cliche, but to see the smiles on people’s faces when they move back into their home or get to use their new space for the first time is simply an honor to behold, and we feel so privileged that we can be part of that process.

One of the big advantages of a building group such as Smith & Sons is the sheer variety of expertise across the group, which is shared on a daily basis. Let’s face it – every home renovation is as unique as the person who owns the home, and so no two renovations are the same. Each build holds its own unique challenges and complexities and achieving the stunning result the client is after is not always easy. For the standalone builder who hits a stumbling block in the way of technical difficulties or some part of the build he has never done before, there are not many places he can turn to for advice.

However, as part of a national network like Smith & Sons, our builders have the unique advantage that should that situation arise, the solution could only be a phone call away. With over 15,000 individual home renovations completed over the last 12 years, the sheer diversity of projects we have worked on means that usually, someone across the group has encountered most issues builders can come across when carrying out a home renovation and therefore can pass that knowledge on. This gives real confidence to our builders that they can safely tackle the most complicated of home renovation projects.

The other advantage of using a builder such as Smith & Sons is that we are dedicated home renovation builders, which is a very different undertaking from building a new home. Our builders love renovations, look forward to the many different types of homes, and thrive on the challenges that they bring. This brings a unique perspective to every build as they look to piece together the best solution to achieve a stunning result.

There’s no doubt that home renovations can be a stressful endeavor. A seemingly simple home renovation entails a little project management, budgeting, managing people, and schedules. We’re here to take the stress out of your renovation! From your home design ideas to the project management and then the final finishes to your bright and newly renovated home. By engaging your professional and local renovation builders who have extensive experience in home renovations, you can significantly reduce your stress and risk of issues arising that could impact your lifestyle and your family.

  • Saving Time

    It’s no secret that time is one of the most valuable assets you (or anyone!) has, and it is something you can never get back either! And naturally, most of us want to spend that time on enriching experiences that make our lives more enjoyable and will leave us memories that last a lifetime. So, when it comes to renovating, you really need to consider how to minimize the time you spend on the in and out’s of the renovation process as much as possible.

    When renovating, yes there will always be the necessary activities you will be required to carry out such as choosing designs, styles, colors, furniture, and signing documents, and communicating with the builder on certain points. Some of these activities are quite enjoyable and creative, while others, well, not so much! However, what we find is that time spent up front saves time in a compounding manner further on in the renovation. What we are saying is, prior preparation through the correct process in the planning stages of your renovation avoids wasting time down the track (which is usually significant amounts of time) on issues that were not handled correctly at the start.

    To us, that is the beauty of our ‘DPC’ methodology, which stands for ‘Design – Plan – Construct’ and is a staple renovation process across the Smith & Sons network. The power of this three-step home renovation process is that one whole step is devoted entirely to getting things right at the start of the renovation journey through detailed planning so everything is ready for when the spade hits the ground. If all aspects of the home renovation are set in concrete (pardon the pun!) at the beginning of the process, everything can be ordered, mapped out, and scheduled so that the process can run quite smoothly. And, the builder can get on with the job confidently knowing that the plans and specifications are true and correct.

    On the other hand, however, we have heard of instances where all the details were not finalized before the renovation began, and throughout various stages of the renovation, clients were pulled back in to make final decisions, then delays were had ordering new materials, then of course delays on site because of the changes and pretty soon the renovation is weeks behind and everyone is getting quite tense. Or, because the client has not been through a thorough planning process, they decide to change the design or other elements of the renovation halfway through, and again huge delays because of changes (sometimes structural) that took weeks to rectify.

    So the lesson here is – find a builder that has a detailed and thorough process that ensures everything is organised at the beginning of your renovation, to avoid wasting time halfway through the project.

    And of course, being a one-stop-shop for your home renovation, we save you time on all that running around to and from designers, architects, builders, dealing with trades, council, approvals etc which seem to be able to take up huge amounts of time when you could be doing other things, and getting on with life. As we say, there are some things you can’t avoid during the renovation process, but by using the right builder, you certainly can save a lot of time!

  • Save Money

    Naturally, no-one wants to spend more than they need to on anything, and a home renovation is no exception! And, we totally understand this. However, one issue we see with people is they somehow want to keep their budget a secret for fear of the builder jacking his price to the sum of money they have, when in reality this is rarely the case. The opposite is usually true – in order to save money, you have to be upfront about it, be honest about it and really consider it when doing your renovation planning.

    How does this approach actually save you money? Number one, being honest about your budget and discussing with a good builder is the best way not to overspend on initial plans! We have seen this time and again when a client goes to see a designer or an architect before seeing a builder, and here’s the scenario: the client wants to renovate, so as the first point of call they go and see a designer/architect. (don’t get us wrong, these people are vital in the whole process, but in our view should not be the first port of call). The client tells the designer/architect all their hopes and dreams, and then they draw up plans that look simply amazing! The client absolutely loves it, pays quite handsomely for it, and is off on their merry way to find a builder.

    When the client meets a builder, the builder quotes up the clients’ plans that have been drawn up by the architect, and when the builder tells the client the price to build those plans, the client falls off his chair! Had the client seen a professional renovation builder first, and had an honest budget conversation at the start of the process, he could have saved thousands by not getting extravagant plans drawn that are now useless! Once again we want to stress that both designers and architects are critical components of the renovation process, but they need to be introduced at the right time and given the right information (including budget!) so the designs and plans match the client’s budget.

    The fact is, that for a relatively small stage 1 cost compared to the overall it’s a no brainer to get plans drawn (to your budget) and then priced by us as though we are quoting them (not back of an envelope).  You now have the confidence to move forward with budget and spend known, a proper feasibility file to take to your bank if needed, and the comfort of working alongside a one-stop home renovation shop!

    Secondly, again, as we have mentioned above, our ‘DPC’ process takes care of all this and makes sure that the budget conversation happens at the very beginning so we can craft a unique renovation just for you that also fits into your budget. Plus, by ensuring everything is prepped and ready to go when construction starts, there are no delays that along with costing time (as above), which inevitably cost money as well.

  • Get a Beautiful Result

    If there’s one thing that people want to see at the end of their home renovation, it’s a sense of ‘wow, we are so glad we did this’! It sounds like a cliche, but to see the smiles on people’s faces when they move back into their home or get to use their new space for the first time is simply an honor to behold, and we feel so privileged that we can be part of that process.

    One of the big advantages of a building group such as Smith & Sons is the sheer variety of expertise across the group, which is shared on a daily basis. Let’s face it – every home renovation is as unique as the person who owns the home, and so no two renovations are the same. Each build holds its own unique challenges and complexities and achieving the stunning result the client is after is not always easy. For the standalone builder who hits a stumbling block in the way of technical difficulties or some part of the build he has never done before, there are not many places he can turn to for advice.

    However, as part of a national network like Smith & Sons, our builders have the unique advantage that should that situation arise, the solution could only be a phone call away. With over 15,000 individual home renovations completed over the last 12 years, the sheer diversity of projects we have worked on means that usually, someone across the group has encountered most issues builders can come across when carrying out a home renovation and therefore can pass that knowledge on. This gives real confidence to our builders that they can safely tackle the most complicated of home renovation projects.

    The other advantage of using a builder such as Smith & Sons is that we are dedicated home renovation builders, which is a very different undertaking from building a new home. Our builders love renovations, look forward to the many different types of homes, and thrive on the challenges that they bring. This brings a unique perspective to every build as they look to piece together the best solution to achieve a stunning result.

    There’s no doubt that home renovations can be a stressful endeavor. A seemingly simple home renovation entails a little project management, budgeting, managing people, and schedules. We’re here to take the stress out of your renovation! From your home design ideas to the project management and then the final finishes to your bright and newly renovated home. By engaging your professional and local renovation builders who have extensive experience in home renovations, you can significantly reduce your stress and risk of issues arising that could impact your lifestyle and your family.

Our Builders

Your family matters to us! So how a home renovation can affect you and your family is of utmost importance to us. The essential reason that Smith & Sons can relate to this so well is that the Smith & Sons team is a family, and every builder works in his own family business.

We specifically look for builders who have a family, to join the team at Smith & Sons (or are about to start a family – which is often the case!). We realize the value in family and that only a family person can relate to the joys (and stresses) of family life. We recognize that family life can sometimes come under pressure during a home renovation and our builders relate to that; willing to do their utmost to alleviate any untoward circumstances that may affect the family home life and its functionality.

Not only that – with families comes a flexibility and understanding that not everything goes to plan – sometimes life gets in the way and our builders have a real knack for dealing with any interruptions that might come along; with a cool head, and a compassionate hand. We are here to see your family not only get through the renovation process, but enjoy it!

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