OUR PROCESS

At Blucore Construction, we are committed to making your building journey as smooth and stress-free as possible. Below is a general guide to how our process works, from concept through to completion.

Throughout the build process Keegan was approachable, patient and responsive to all our needs. We are delighted with the craftsmanship, attention to detail throughout and all the compliments we are now receiving!

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Blucore based on the quality of work, great
communication and a fabulous end result.

Bev and Dan

North Curl Curl

1. Initial Meeting

Firstly, we’ll organise an obligation free consultation to get a sense of the space you’re working with, and what it is you’re trying to achieve.

This meeting gives us a chance to discuss your overall vision and budget. If you are at the initial concept stage, we can guide you in the direction of an experienced architect or draftsperson, who will work
with you to design your dream space within your budget. Alternatively, you may already have your plans ready to go, in which case you are ready for the estimates stage.

2. Planning

Planning is the most important stage of any building project. From our experience, the more time spent on the planning stage prior to commencing a build, the more smoothly your project is likely to run and the more accurate your costing will be, ensuring maximum efficiency on your project. If you’ve already completed your plans and surveys then we can skip this step, but if not then we’ll put you in touch with one of our preferred architects or drafts people to get your vision drawn up, both to meet your needs, design-style and budget.

3. Feasibility + Estimates

Once we have a set of plans to work with, we can develop a cost estimate for your building project.

This will enable you to understand the costs involved with the construction phase to ensure the design is within your budget.

Keegan will meet with you again to present this cost estimate, so you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have and work together to reduce costs if the estimate happens to fall outside of your desired budget.

4. Approvals

Once the plans are finalised and you are envisioning living in your new home or addition to your existing home, the next step is to get the approvals in place, either via DA or CDC (Complying Development).

Usually your architect or draftsperson will include this process in their fee proposal.

The approval process can take up to 3 months for a DA but is usually faster for CDC. Further information regarding these types of approvals can be found at

https://www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Planning-Development

You will also need to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) which can either be your council or an accredited private certifier. The PCA completes mandatory building inspections during the construction period to ensure that building standards are met.

We can assist by recommending an accredited certifier if required.

Upon acceptance of the Development Application, a Construction Certificate (CC) is lodged to council.

The certificate confirms that the construction plans and development specifications are consistent with the development consent, and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). This is a requirement prior to the commencement of any construction.

4. Approvals

Once the plans are finalised and you are envisioning living in your new home or addition to your existing home, the next step is to get the approvals in place, either via DA or CDC (Complying Development).

Usually your architect or draftsperson will include this process in their fee proposal.

The approval process can take up to 3 months for a DA but is usually faster for CDC. Further information regarding these types of approvals can be found at

https://www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Planning-Development

You will also need to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) which can either be your council or an accredited private certifier. The PCA completes mandatory building inspections during the construction period to ensure that building standards are met.

We can assist by recommending an accredited certifier if required.

Upon acceptance of the Development Application, a Construction Certificate (CC) is lodged to council.

The certificate confirms that the construction plans and development specifications are consistent with the development consent, and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). This is a requirement prior to the commencement of any construction.

5. Detailed Costing

Once you have your DA or CDC approval in place, we will compile a detailed costing for your project.

We probably have already been working on this whilst your project sits with council, awaiting approval.

At this stage of the process, we will source detailed quotes from trades and suppliers and spend considerable time developing a bill of quantities for your project.

Depending on the nature of your project, we may engage the services of a qualified quantity surveyor (QS) to provide a bill of quantities for your project. Their expertise can be invaluable in ensuring an
accurate costing for your project.

We request a fee for your detailed costing of between $500 and $2000 depending on whether a QS is engaged and the size of your project. If you decide to build with Blucore Construction, we will deduct this fee from your contract sum. If you decide not to build with Blucore Construction, these reports are yours to keep.

Knowing that your new home will be completed on time, on budget and to the highest standard is always comforting.

Please note: Engineering is also required at this point (it is a requirement of CDC but can be completed after DA approval) and we are more than happy to recommend one of our trusted engineers to assist you with the provision of engineering plans.

6. Contracts

Once the approvals are in place and we have agreed upon a scope of works and a budget figure, we can move to drawing up contracts. Depending on the detail provided in the plans, this can either be an MBA Cost-Plus or Fixed Price contract. We can discuss the pros and cons of both of these styles of contract during this stage of the build process. Having a schedule of finishes also helps to ensure accurate quoting and a smooth build process. Once a contract has been signed and a start date has been set, you can really start to get excited about your new home.

6. Contracts

Once the approvals are in place and we have agreed upon a scope of works and a budget figure, we can move to drawing up contracts. Depending on the detail provided in the plans, this can either be an MBA Cost-Plus or Fixed Price contract. We can discuss the pros and cons of both of these styles of contract during this stage of the build process. Having a schedule of finishes also helps to ensure accurate quoting and a smooth build process. Once a contract has been signed and a start date has been set, you can really start to get excited about your new home.

7. Build Process

Throughout the construction process Keegan will keep you updated on how the build is progressing via regular meetings. These can be in person or via Facetime/Zoom etc depending on your location and availability. Regular meetings provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and we can notify you of any changes or Prime Cost (PC) items that need to be supplied in the coming weeks.

We will also ensure we provide you with regular progress updates over the duration of your build via our preferred technological platform.

We look forward to bringing your new home to life!

8. Build Completion + Aftercare

When construction has reached a stage of practical completion, we will complete a walk-through of your new home together to ensure everything is of the highest standard. We will then provide you with a folder of relevant documentation, warranties and compliance certificates… and of course the keys.

After this we will also check in with you over the next 12 months, to make sure everything is exactly as it should be. You can rest assured that your home will be perfect and our aftercare will keep it that way.