Congratulations on your new build! Wishing you more wins in life.
You can save money, time or quality, but you can’t save all three. Decide on your approach and accept that you will have to invest something.
In response to your question, I can see that the build-route you want to use is ‘Self-Managed/Owner-Builder Approach’ which means you’ll be responsible for physical construction of the building from planning to painting/move-in.
I can also see that you’ve tried to make it easier by engaging an architect to handle tasks that you won’t be able to carry out yourself. If that’s the only reason you’re engaging him, then he’s irrelevant in the project. He should have the same power as yourself or even more to take decision without waiting for your approval.
But in the real sense, water-logged site construction doesn’t really fit an Architect’s job description. You need a certified structural engineer to determine what’ll work for you based on your site challenges and soil investigation reports.
You’ve also gone a step further to define roles and responsibilities such as interpretation of design drawings, ordering of materials and building inspection, taking deliveries and organising the day-to-day running of the site.
By the way “Who will inspect the building - perform quality check?” Is it the Architect? - doubling as the referee and the skipper.
This approach is very good in theory but is it practicable and economical. Read on:
Cost and Cash-flow Implications: this approach is a sure way to build houses with very little budget. Cash-flow are much easier to manage using this approach than with the other routes, as the only outgoings are actual cost of materials, for which you are responsible.
However, you’ll need to factor into the equation, the losses you made when you order wrong items, incomplete materials or when delayed delivery of materials is holding up the build process.
If you must follow this route, you’ll need to ensure the following especially when building water-logged sites:
- You must be available at all time to provide and take deliveries of materials as needed.
- You must know more than just the basics to determine when you’re overspending or under-budgeting on a particular stage. You will need to know material requirements — not just the quality you want but, more importantly, the quantity.
- You’ll need an in-depth knowledge of the building project schedule (i.e. what trades come after each other and which work are dependent on other)
- Research your roles very well before starting out, because your life will no longer be your own till the end of the project. Managing suppliers, artisans, subcontractors when you have no knowledge of the subject matter may well leave you open to exploitation by unscrupulous men.
- You need to know how to juggle the conflicting needs of your builder, architect, suppliers, subcontractors, and so on.
Now that you know, what’s your take on this build route? Please leave a comment below.