At Shipway Constructions, we appreciate the importance of providing clients with clear, simple and honest information. We can help you understand the process of undertaking a building project, ensuring you make confident and informed decisions that are right for you.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide to your new Shipway home, renovation or extension:

– Initial contact

We love torn pages from magazines, screen shots on iPhones, scribbled notes, links to websites and hand-drawn plans – they all give us a great starting point to turn your dream into reality! At a time convenient to you, Anthony will come to your home and chat about your ideas and any options you may be considering.

– Quoting for renovations and extensions

Once we have an understanding of your project concept, plus your approximate budget, we will collect quotes and provide you with a detailed specification sheet. This document is a clear list of what will and will not be included in our scope of works.

Take some time to consider the quote and ask any questions before we commence work on the renovation or extension.

– Quoting for a new build

If you have purchased a block of land, it is advisable to consult with a building designer or architect and have plans drawn up to suit your needs, plus the constraints of the land.

With these plans, we can then provide a quote for the construction. This can be a ‘Fixed Quote” or a ‘Cost Plus” pricing breakdown (see BUILDING TIPS for definitions).

– Ready to move forward

Once you have reviewed and accepted the quote and understand what services will be provided, we will work with your building designer/architect to; facilitate the Council approvals process; examine and sign contracts, and; devise a starting date and timeline that suits all parties.

This is where the fun begins! We will help you pick the materials and personal choice (pc) items to avoid any hold ups throughout the building process. We will also introduce you to the people who will be communicating with you throughout your project.

– Beginning the build

Once the building process is ready to begin we will provide you with a schedule and outline of stages, what you can expect from us and what decisions we will need from you at particular points in the build.

Throughout the process Anthony will keep you informed with weekly or fortnightly updates and we will meet with you on site from time to time to walk through the site and explain what has been happening. Communication throughout the project is very important and we are always available to answer any questions, however big or small.

If you are completing a renovation or a new build, the site can get busy and dusty. We will make sure that the standard of the finished product is exceptional and that each home is cleaned and presented to you upon completion at the highest standard.

The Process