Birmingham Home Renovation
Recently, we completed a relatively large property renovation in the city of Birmingham. The actual renovation itself was not difficult in terms of the project specifications and the requirements necessary, but because the property totalled 3 floors, the actual workload was larger than usual. When performing a renovation on a larger property such as this, it is normal to expect both the project to take longer than the average, and for the labour and raw material cost to also be larger than usual. Since this specific property is larger than the average property around the United Kingdom and goes towards the higher square foot per home, this was a project we also had to contract for.
The Home Renovation
The property renovation itself was relatively straightforward in terms of the work required. The issue was the amount of rooms we had to work on while keeping to the deadline. Since we started the project in February and we had a deadline of July, it gave us 5 months to complete which is more than enough time. During the renovation however, designs and specifications for rooms would often change. This is normal during a renovation process, but rarely would you have 8 or 9 different rooms which designs have been edited or changed in the last minute. This means that any surplus in budget is quickly undercut, and we went over the original planned budget for the renovation itself. The deadline also went from “highly achievable” to “realistic” very quickly because of these changes.
We understand that when customers make large investments within their home such as the scope and scale of a property renovation they will want to make sure everything is perfect. This is completely understandable and it is also something we encourage to ensure customer satisfaction and usability. The issue is when the bathroom or kitchen specifications are changed 5 times within the property renovation project, since the work itself is being second guessed. Birmingham is an area which has a high density of average to larger sized homes, and the average home in Birmingham is of a smaller scale than this property was. So, fitting in the last-minute edits while still renovating five other rooms simultaneously can be both difficult and confusing for contractors.
Cost of the Home Renovation and other information
Although we touched on it briefly, the budget of the renovation quickly rose beyond the planned budget because of the changes made. When planning budget most home owners always ensure to add a 10% surplus in case any issues arise during the construction process. When you go beyond the 10% surplus, the issue becomes much larger. While I never presume customers finances, the home owner had made it clear during the renovation process that any budgetary issues will be rectified on their end, and they were more than happy to cover costs based on their changes. While this obviously alleviated some worries on my side, there was disappointment it had happened to begin with. This is an issue that arises with last minute changes, since you can’t account for budget that either shouldn’t have been spent, or could not have been planned to spend.
The renovation was smooth altogether. Beside the last-minute changes, the actual renovation came together quickly in most of the rooms within the home. A renovation can be a very enjoyable experience for builders since it is a process of stripping the home clean and technically rebuilding it from within. Another way to explain it would be as if you are wiping a canvass blank and now have a canvass for you to draw and be creative with. Builders often get the chance to break things down and/or create something, but rarely do we get to do it on a specific home of this size with such creative designs and colours in some cases. Luckily, despite the hiccups, the project still was completed and as builders, we were proud of what we achieved.
At Birmingham Builders and Construction, we love to work in Birmingham. It is our city, and as builders we ensure that everywhere we work we treat it as home.
Just want to add that if you haven't had the chance to see our first blog post about our New Home Build in Birmingham, then please head over there now!