Builder is a term that can be thrown around to describe anyone with a hammer, having some knowledge about different types of builders and an understanding of who does what can be a great advantage in terms of the efficiency, price and quality of work done on a property. One way to find a good builder is to get a number of quotes from Rated People.
A main contractor manages a project for you; he will take responsibility for everything to do with the job, however loosely linked.
He will organise the materials along with hiring sub-contractors, checking building regulations, dealing with inspectors, and he will liaise with your architect.
If anything goes wrong the main contractor or their company should deal with it, they have total responsibility for the quality of the end product.
Obviously all of this comes at a price, to cover the overheads it is likely to put a mark-up of at least 15% on the cost of the work.
Shouldering the project management yourself can be extremely stressful, especially if you are dealing with a large, complex job and you are inexperienced. Sub-contractors and individual tradesmen are the people you will be dealing with to get your individual jobs done.
However, do not take it for granted that a quality job is guaranteed by these qualified members, it is always advisable to go by personal recommendation and references.
Small Contractors do a similar job to the main contractor only with dampened responsibility; they may leave any regulation checks, architect dealing, material supply and suchlike to you.
Builders like this will often specialise in a trade and bring in other tradesmen such as plumbers or electricians as the job requires.
‘Odd Job Man’
This can be the cheapest option as his overheads will be lower; he will be able to perform the work of a lot of different tradesmen. A day rate or fixed price decision will be made between you and should be kept reasonably formal.
The knowledge of the job you are getting done may need to be more accomplished if you are to hire an odd job man as you will almost certainly have to provide all the right materials and make decisions when something unforeseen comes up.
Comparing rates (per day):
Specialist builder: £180-£200 General Builder: £120-£180 per day
Labourer: £40-£100 Odd Job Man: £65-£120 per day
A bricklayer will build and repair any internal or external walls, including chimneys. They will construct garden walls, and create specialist finishes such as archways, floors, fireplaces and paving.
Builders generally become more accomplished with experience, working more efficiently and with better results as they do more jobs. The daily brick output can be more than doubled with experience.
Any cutting and building with stone may require a specialist bricklayer with the skills required for stonemasonry, this will cost you extra.
The rates of a standard bricklayer depend upon the amount of bricks laid and the complexity of the job but can be up to £250. A bricklayer’s labourer will also afford between £40 and £60 per day.
Carpenters, Joiners and Cabinet-makers (chippies)
Carpenters generally deal with the more heavy duty construction based woodwork such as laying floorboards, joists and beams. These jobs are traditionally grouped as the ‘first fix’.
The joiners, or the overseers of the ‘second fix’, do the lighter, more detailed work involving doors, windows and skirting boards.
Cabinet-makers are highly trained, highly skilled craftsmen who design and produce furniture of all types, to all customisations. They will also do minor repairs and restorations.
The advance in availability of modern tools and machinery has seen the arrival of multi skilled workers, less skill and specialisation is required and the work of carpenters and joiners has become somewhat interchangeable.
Rates, depending on complexity and veneers:
Carpenter: £100-£150 per day
A watertight roof is essentially important if you want to avoid the expensive, highly damaging problems that can arise from leaks and damp. It is also worth remembering that roofers work seasonally, so it is wise to get any hint of a leak seen to as soon as possible before the winter rain sets in and it’s too late.
A specialist roofer who can repair and replace all roofing systems is required for any roof work. Roofing entails the laying of waterproof, breathable membrane and battens beneath slates or tiles, edges should be sealed with lead flashing. Water should run straight into the drainage system, plumbers may work with your roofer to ensure that it all works smoothly. Carpenters may also need to work with your roofer on any timber structure repair or replacement.
A specialist thatcher will be required for the replacement of thatched roofs.
Roofer: £120-£200 (depending on speed and skill level)
Thatcher: £10,000-£12,000 (depending on size of house, materials and complexity)
Plumbers or Fitters
Plumbers are simply involved in the installation, maintenance and repair of hot and cold water systems. This includes the fixtures of bathroom suites, boilers, piping, central heating, surface water draining systems and sewerage.
Plumbers must be CORGI (Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers) registered to deal with gas appliances. Plumbers may specialise in bathroom or kitchen fitting, any metal sinks or baths should be earthed by a specialist.
Central heating engineers come under the wide bracket of ‘plumbers’ however only usually work in their specialised area of central heating and boiler repair. That is not to say that an experienced plumber cannot also work with heating systems but a central heating engineer will usually carry spare parts in their van so are good to call if you have a plumbing problem that is specific to your heating system.
Rates: Plumber £100-£250 per day
It is an electrician’s job to inspect, test and install the domestic electrical wiring system. For convenience, and in order to conceal the wiring with minimal disruption to appearance, they are among the first people to come in once a house has been stripped out.
You must employ a NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) qualified electrician to abide by the rule introduced in April 2005.
It is a good idea to get an electrician to check for inadequacies if you are restoring a house as electrical installations begin to deteriorate after years of extensive use.
Rates: £100-150 per day, the daily rate will diminish with longer jobs.
A plasterer will render and repair deep damage to walls, put a smooth skim on imperfect walls and construct stud walls using plasterboard (two layers of paper bonded to a central layer of gypsum). The plasterboard will then be skimmed ready for decoration.
Rates: £100-175 per day
Essentially glaziers will cut and install glass panes for doors, windows and porches. Painters sometimes double as glaziers as the putty that is used to set the panes in place needs to be painted upon completion of the installation.
Rates: £100-175 per day. Very small jobs may be charged on a one-off fee basis.
If you want a whole floor, wall or any significant or intricate area tiled then it would be advised that you get a specialist tiler. The finish should certainly be much better than if you got an ‘odd job man’ and the speed it gets done should not be comparable.
A tiler will know exactly how to prepare the surface before he begins, how to cut the tiles for those awkward obstacles and what the best grout and adhesive is for the job.
Tiler: £80-£200 per day
Odd Job Man: £65-£120
Painters and Decorators
Painting and decorating could well be the most undervalued trade. It is an extremely important final touch than can be the cherry on a cake or ruin an otherwise great job.
This is the area where people think that they can do it themselves and cut the costs, this is of course the case sometimes, but often the results are disastrous.
If you get tradesmen in to do your painting and decorating then you should expect them to be painting/decorating for only 20% of the time they are there, for a job to look professional and for a job to be worth doing, the other 80% must be spent on preparation. It is worth every minute if you want a good result.
You should be sure to get specialist decorators who have been recommended or researched; there are plenty of inexperienced, untrained painters and decorators that set up business. Do not hesitate in checking their credentials with previous employers.
Special Paint Effects: £250-450 (depending on difficulty)
First and foremost it is a good idea to do any of the work you can do yourself to save some money. Clear the room of furniture if possible, get the old carpet up, give the floor a sweep and make sure your surface is level, cut some plywood to level it if you can.
The carpet fitter will gladly do all this for you but it is always worth remembering that it is not worth paying a specialist to do something anybody could do. So avoid any extra labour hours by doing what you can.
The fitters should measure up your room if necessary (alternatively you can take the measurements/drawings of your rooms to the shop), cut the carpet as efficiently and cost effectively as possible and lay the carpet for you either using grips or glue/heat sealing method. The fitter should also offer the option of fitting joining plates for the doorways.
Rates: £90-160 per fitter per day
For most people building their own home is a distant dream that never really materialises. However, it need not be seen as an unviable alternative to the traditional pattern of property purchase and it need not be limited to mere fantasy.
Building your own home is unequivocally challenging and the methods vary immensely with regards to personal involvement, planning and financial outlay. It is however, an incredibly satisfying and fulfilling process that can produce a building that is as close to your idea of perfection as your imagination will allow, literally the home of your dreams.
Building a home from scratch can essentially cost as much as you want it to, or as much as your bank account will permit. The idea though is that it can actually be cheaper to build a home to suite your personal taste than if you had bought a property from a traditional development builder.
If you are in a position where you can put in a lot of time and labour and act as the project manager, the profit-margin can double and even treble. A hands-on approach, with some real patience, determination and a willingness to learn, can help produce a property that is not only your dream home, but a financial dream in terms of asset value compared to monetary investment.
Tradesmen are of course, experienced and highly capable, and have the ability to do a great job with incredible attention to detail and painstaking accuracy. The question is though, do they have the motivation? Or, are they going to do a cost effective, acceptable job that enables them to be paid for their troubles and ready to get started on another project they have taken on come Monday?
The answer of course is that it depends on the company, the individual, the amount they are being paid, and a host of other things that can be out of your control. The reality is that there is no guarantee, unless you do something for yourself, that you will get the type of dedication and perfectionism that you are searching for.
Profit motivated builders, as they of course have to be as they work within the walls of a capitalist confinement, are the antithesis of the self builder, who is motivated purely by the burning desire for a high level of quality in his end result. Of course builders take pride in their work and in most cases rely on good reputations, but rest assured, there is nobody more bothered about attending to your projects needs and requirements than you.
And so follows the question you must ask yourself, do you have the sufficient drive and ambition to make this a success?
If so, and you are certain of your commitment to the cause, impossible is nothing, as the slogan dictates. However, one must not get carried away with empowering language and take a realistic look at their own individual strengths and weaknesses.
Whilst personal skill and effort is paramount to cost reduction for your venture, acknowledging early on where professional help will be required can prove to be equally as cost effective, not to mention time effective.
Property value maximisation
In terms of appealing to the big spenders, self-build properties are getting increasingly popular as the buying public come to realise that these homes not only benefit from higher specification than others, but the materials used are often of a higher standard, the attention to detail is second to none, and the end product itself is going to be 100% unique. This is always a strong selling point in a market that is saturated with new properties that are carbon copies of one another.
It is worth visiting show homes for new development estates as professional developers invariably do a lot of research into the preferences of their target customers. This will be able to pick up tips with regard to building a house that although unique, will still be appealing in terms of style and specification, to the masses.
Construction should always be planned with the buying public in mind if you want to maximise potential resale value. Design to your personal tastes and needs by all means, but try not to do so in a manner that will ostracise large sections of potential buyers when you come to sell.
The level of satisfaction
The sense of pride and pleasure after achieving something as monumental as building your very own home is beyond measure.
Showing your friends and family around a new home is satisfying, if you have done a place up it is even more so. But, to show people around a building you have built from scratch and for the most part (or at least a large chunk of it) with your own bare hands, really will give you an unrivalled buzz.
Also, on top of the pride, there is the practical advantage of living in your very own purpose built home which is tailored to your personal needs, demands and lifestyle.
No other property can compare to one you have designed and constructed yourself, there is no other way to ensure you get everything you ever wanted from a home, exactly how you had dreamed it.
If you are thinking about renovating or doing some building work, then it is imperative that you understand how building regulations will affect your plans.
Building Control is not just there to limit your plans, delay your building and annoy you. The regulations are, in fact, there to prevent the building of unsafe health hazards and to serve the general public.
The regulations only apply to buildings. Garden walls, paths, fences and drives are not covered.
As well as ensuring the safety of new buildings this department is also concerned with the affects of any building on the natural environment. Everything from your plans, methods of construction, and materials will be subject to the constraint of comprehensive regulations, and will be monitored by mandatory site inspections that will confirm that you are conforming to requirements.
Planning for your Building
Any substantial building work requires a plan that will be compiled and overseen by a combination of surveyors, technicians, and architects. Any one of these professionals should be completely aware of current regulations, which are updated annually, and advise you as to how they will be affecting your plans.
Planning regulations are a completely different thing to building regulations and they are not interchangeable.
Plans can be granted permission but this does not mean you are ready to go; building control governs the ‘how’ of your build rather than the ‘what’ and must also be adhered to.
Both the planning and building regulation departments are based at your local council and usually informative, reasonable and helpful. After all, they are not there to catch people out but to serve in the interests of you and your neighbours.
Building without planning permission is extremely unwise. Whether you get caught immediately or you struggle in years to come to sell your home because it does not conform to regulations, the responsibility will be on you to put things right.
In extreme cases this can mean total removal of the building, which can be extremely disruptive and financially punishing. Even if your building only requires a few ‘small’ alterations it can be surprisingly costly, cause unwanted stress, and can be extremely infuriating when you consider that you could have done it right first time and saved yourself the anguish.
The system is there to protect, not frustrate or punish. It is quite a logical and clear system and it really does pay to adhere to it.
When is planning permission needed?
Your building surveyor, technician or architect should be able to give you situation specific advice as to whether or not you will need planning permission to make the changes that you have in mind.
Not all work will require planning permission, as there are certain rights that allow for a limited amount of change called ‘permitted development rights’.
This type of permitted building work that does not need planning permission includes things like general repairs and replacing like with like. This basically means that if you are not altering the position, size, general framework or materials used then your building work will be exempt.
It is always better to be safe than sorry though, so if you are in any doubt about the work that you are contemplating, then it could be very much in your interest to consult your local building control office before it is too late.
Getting planning permission
If you have decided that your work does indeed need planning permission there are two application methods for approval:
1) The ‘Householder Planning’ option
It should be used for projects such as:
Garages, car ports and outbuildings
2) The ‘Full Plans’ option
To ensure compliance with the regulations of major work you will be required to submit fully detailed plans, specifications, calculations and any other supporting details.
As a general rule it usually follows that the bigger the project the more detailed the submitted plans must be. The plans must be formally approved or rejected within the legally set period of five weeks.
Once the work is underway the site will be inspected periodically to ensure compliance. Certain projects will have restricted progress whereby one stage of the build must be approved before the next stage can begin.
What does an architect do?
It is an architect’s job to transform ideas and specifications into a tangible, feasible design and they will produce this design in the form of a picture, or plan, of what your construction/conversion will look like.
Your architect may work alone, or he may be assisted by an architectural technologist/technician who will be less comprehensively trained, but will have highly specialised skills.
As well as the planning and drawing of the design, the architect will also be involved in the overseeing of the actual construction.
With regard to the construction, the architect must be aware of environmental issues, economic constraints, and planning and building codes to be adhered to, as well as the materials available for the build and the safety of the builders.
In summary then, the architect’s job is to call upon their experience and expertise to design a project whilst satisfying the regulations, the builders, and the dreams – not to mention purse strings – of the employer.
What defines somebody as an ‘architect’?
‘Architect’ is the title solely reserved for those who have laboriously undertaken seven years of learning and training, passed all of the correct exams and have the appropriate experience to be listed on the national register of architects.
The Architects Registration Board is the national register in question and is a government organisation.
The software that produces all of the designs is known as CAD (Computer Aided Designs) software. It is often the role of the architect’s assistants, the technologists and technicians, to produce the drawings.
The architect will produce the initial sketches and therefore do most of the complicated work whilst the assistant will do the job of neatening it up and polishing it off for the client and contractors.
This software allows for material sampling as well as a range of different perspectives and views to be produced at the click of a button, without having to tediously recreate the plans manually.
The Architect’s role in a project
The architect, like the client, is involved all of the way through the planning and construction process, from the initial discussions about ideas to the finishing touches being applied to the building.
The architect’s level of input obviously (hopefully) peaks at the planning stage, at the end of which, all going well; they can take a back seat.
During the planning process though, they should be extremely busy liaising with the client and drawing up multiple design attempts in order to agree on a final design that is as perfect as it possibly can be.
It is very early in the design stage where the architect will have to familiarise himself with all of the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) regulations, including planning permission and listed building restrictions, so that they can produce a final design that adheres to the rules, as well as the client’s wishes.
Once the plans are finalised, it is time for the contractors to take over and set the construction in motion. Most architects will be able to recommend contractors; others will work alongside a construction team who will then be employed to carry out the building work.
If the architect is new to an area or for some other reason cannot recommend any contractors, this does not necessarily mean that they are useless, and they should be willing to work alongside the client to help them find an appropriate contractor to use.
The architect will then be able to advise the contractors on anything they are unsure of, as well as produce revised drawings in the event of an unforeseen problem. Small unforeseen problems tend to be inevitable, especially with work on existing buildings, but with a bit of luck, the majority of the architect’s head scratching will be finished in tandem with the initial plans.
In the event of the project requiring revised drawings a Construction Manager Change Order (CMCO) is issued along with the drawings in order to allow the changes to be made.
Costs vary massively dependent on the size, type, and complexity of the design, there is no standard fee. Generally though, due to the flexibility and freedom, new-building work is a great deal less expensive than work on an existing building.
A list of useful questions to ask your proposed architects:
- Are you Architects Registration board registered?
- How much do you charge?
- Can you recommend contractors?
- How expensive are they?
- How long will the construction take?
- I have a specific target completion date; can you be finished by then?
UK BUILDING SITE TRAINING are fighting unemployment and we need the help of all our students and partners. We are in uncertain times and it’s never easy keeping people in a job and then if they aren’t in a job they are collecting benefits, it’s a double draw down on the economy, that’s why we are fighting unemployment and hope you’ll help.
Why we are fighting unemployment
We are fighting unemployment because it benefits the whole of the United Kingdom when everyone is working. From crime, to lower taxes, to a better community. More opportunity and more education options available to our younger generation. The question is why wouldn’t we fight unemployment when the benefits it brings are almost exponential.
Benefits of low unemployment
Low unemployment means a buoyant market. It benefits all tax payers, home owners, and entrepreneurs. If everyone is working and making a good living, then there’s no reason to commit crime, there’s more money changing hands, making more taxes that can go to the good of our country. It means our large business partners that are building roads and making whole housing development projects will have more government funding to keep employing more of our students. Success really does breed success.
Problems with high unemployment
It’s a well known fact that high unemployment areas have higher crime rates. This is not prejudice, it’s a fact. We are fighting unemployment to bring poverty to an end. Less poverty means better education for all our children. This starts in every mans home, earning a good wage for his family. Benefits are a drain on the economy and do no offer a good opportunity to live well. We are fighting unemployment to bring this to an end and hope to mark an age in which we all have a better quality of like through working together.
What employers think about UK BUILDING SITE TRAINING?
What employers think about us is everything to the core of our business. Without our good will we would not have a thriving business to offer our clients. Not many companies can offer training courses and honestly give people an opportunity to find a job directly after. If we didn’t have this kind of standing with our clients, if we didn’t care what employers think, we would be another business without an edge, or unique selling point.
How to improve what employers think
At the heart of our business we have a principal to ensure our clients and students both get the best of our services. This is achieved in a number of ways, with honesty and integrity being at the core, a main principal for our whole business. The main ingredients for success are hard work, provide high quality students to prospective businesses, and offer flexible payment terms to improve the cash flow of our clients.
1. Work hard
We work hard finding high quality students so that are clients are not disappointed. this disappointment is then also not felt on the student end. By being picky to start, we save students time and money. When you enrol and send your payment for your course. This does not ensure that you’ll get in. We may refund you and refuse you our courses if we believe you will fail and not find a job placement on completion with us. While this might sound cut throat. We have a duty of care and honesty to our students and employers. We don’t want to waste anyones time or money and that helps improve what employers think about us.
2. Provide the best students
WE search hard and go through many applications before settling on a group of 16 in each category to move forward to training and potential job placement. This ensures your working and training with the very best.
3. Offer flexibility on payment terms
With the economy as it is, sometimes our clients need a little leeway in terms of getting their cheque off to us. If you’ve a long standing account we can defer payment for up to 90 days before being overdue. This helps take the stress off cash flow.
UK BUILDING SITE TRAINING concentrate very specifically on employer engagement. Employer Engagement is extremely important in ensuring that all our courses stay relevant. We must have the ear of large corporations hiring in order that we can ensure all our students can land a job at the end of their short building training course.
Employer engagement and participation in our in house projects ensures the survival of our company and is the cornerstone of our success. If we do not achieve employer engagement we will cease as a business. The participation of our clients ensures direct route to market, cut’s advertising costs for both parties and overall results in lower hiring overheads as well as cheaper training for our clients.
Key ways we achieve employer engagement
We offer financial incentives to our partners, preferential rates and we forward orders where we can. This is all part of our attempt to improve and strengthen our relations with our clients.
1. Offer financial incentives to obtain employer engagement
We work closely with our clients to ensure our pricing is extremely accurate. We also pay corporations very well when they send experts to train our recruits. This works well all round because our recruits are then potential hires for the very people we pay. The money flows in a harmonious circle with our students being the biggest winners/
2. Offer jobs to large building companies through our network
When we get enquiries through our network from government officials or large contractors we forward these to our preferential partners. This offers them the prospect of return business on their investment in us. We don’t actively look for contracts but being an authority and a centre of learning, people come to us with trust, knowing that we will make solid recommendations.
UK BUILDING SITE TRAINING closely analyse the the labour market for the benefit of all of our students and learners of our two week course. We ensure that we have a full understand and grasp of the local labour market before placing any of our admissions into courses.
It’s our guarantee that we will understand the local labour market sufficiently that we will be able to offer quality work placements at the end of any of our training programs. We have teamed up with many large organisations to ensure that our courses are relevant and offer the student a real shot at earning money once they have successfully completed.
Many of the instructors are from companies that will eventually employ our students. They have a double benefit of helping us teach people get into the building trade. By understanding the local labour market they have a much better understanding of labour availability and therefore will know if it’s worth running job campaigns. Another benefit of helping us teach is that they get first chance to lure hard working quality students that enrol to us.
We agree that because they teach you and a relationship is formed, that they should have the first opportunity to offer you a full time position. You do not have to accept this offer and your welcome to take other offers, but finding work in the current economic climate can be very difficult, especially when you lack experience. The two weeks learning with us is almost an opportunity to showcase your skills to your instructors, gaining possible favour and placement.
This make understanding the local labour market crucial. If the corporations we work with have no placement options then it hardly seems worthwhile to point you into a course with no potential jobs at the end of the road. We honestly aim to get all people to work that commit themselves financially to us. The investment of time and money should be well rewarded.
The purpose of job forecasting is to ensure that the skills UK BUILDING SITE TRAINING are teaching actually mean real jobs created. You can’t sit back hoping that detailed, lengthy courses will make a difference if you aren’t able to put someone in a job after teaching them.
The post covers issues concerning the market and training and their links to the economy and how this is going to result in more GDP for the UK as a whole. Each forecast is made up of individual opinion and applied with theory. Ultimately the only way that we are sure that we are working well is the student who ends up in a job as a result of the work that we do.
to improve the availability, quality of labour for large corporations within the building trade. If we can’t meet this important objective we have no purpose as a company. We strictly measure our skills and our service to the community with this scale. We do not abuse our ability to interpret the data. If we are not getting people to work after our courses then they should know why and we should be accountable.
It’s important that job forecasting is accurate as we offer our courses to an unlimited number of candidates. If we are to know that there is only a limited number of jobs in the sector at the moment our attention would be much better spent on courses that have large numbers of available jobs in the sector at any given point. We rely strictly on the government and large corporation hiring adverts for our data and where we should attempt to help people learn about the building trade. If for example there are a large number of jobs available within the carpentry sector it certainly does not make sense to push people toward general building. Our promise to all of those that enrol for our courses is that we will diligently and honestly tell them what the prospects of work are before taking any admission fees. We will be transparent and clear about what can realistically be expected from our short two week courses.