Delays are caused by the following:
Nothing we can do about that!
Changes (variation orders) requested b the client or recommenced by the builder
In severe instances, this may cause the builder to have to reschedule the contract, so keep that to the minimum. Having said that, we have not yet built a single house where there weren’t any changes! We accept that and realise that it is all for the benefit of our client.
Selection of PC items
If we supply the client with a schedule as to when we require certain “PC” items. Should this not be available at the time it will delay the building. Suppliers of PC items may also delay the project. Kitchen cupboard suppliers re notorious in this respect!
Shortage of building materials i.e. bricks, cement, roof timber, etc.
This is not under our control, although we do forward planning and ordering.
The annual builders’ holidays are always in December. Plan for that. Try and move in before the start of the holidays
Delays in progress payments
Buildings need capital to finance the contract. Late payments may result in the building coming to a temporary halt.
Q. What happens if the owner denies the builder access to the site?
A. The builder has a contractual license to do all works necessary under the contract and the owner needs to provide the builder with free and uninterrupted access to the site. If the owner denies the builder access, then there would be contractual implications and the builder would obtain urgent legal advice.
Q. I am happy with everything now how do we get started?
A. Simply call us to get started then we can/will run through the quote in detail for any clarifications and then look at setting a start date. I will organize all the paperwork, contracts etc
Q. When do I need to purchase the items on the shopping list?
A. In the proposal we send out to you, we will have a detailed shopping list with all the measurements needed to purchase your tiles, vanities, bathtubs, toilets etc.
You will need to have the items at your home before the scheduled start date. So then we will have everything there ready to start works and this way you don’t have to worry about suppliers not delivering the items we may need from your shopping list on the first day etc… Having done this allows us to adhere to our time schedule for you.
Q. Most building contracts include provision for prime cost items and provisional sums.
A. prime cost item is an allowance in the contract for the supply of necessary items not yet finally selected, for example taps or door furniture. A provisional sum is an allowance in the contract of the cost of foreseeable necessary work, including the supply ofmaterials not fully described or details at the time that the contract commenced, for example joinery items or a service connection.
Q. Most Common Causes of Defects
- Substrate preparation
- Membrane Selection
- Compatibility of materials
- Compatibility of materials
- Membrane thickness
- Extent of waterproofing
Q. Waterproof or Water Resistant?
A. For the purposes of the standard the following materials are deemed to be waterproof:
- Stainless steel
- Copper, material not less that 99.9% copper, complying with the requirements for material designation 110 or 122 given in AS1566
- Flexible waterproof sheet flooring material with waterproof joints of the sheeting Note: There is no need for a water stop at the general room doorway when using this material.
- Membranes meeting the requirements of AS/NZS 4858
Q. Water Resistant
A. For the purposes of the standard the following materials are deemed to be water resistant:
- Concrete in accordance with AS3600, treated to resist moisture movement
- Cement render treated to resist moisture movement
- Fibre cement sheeting manufactured in accordance with AS2908.2
- Water resistant plasterboard manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS2588
- Masonry in accordance with AS3700
- Concrete in accordance with AS3600 and AS2870
- Compressed fibre cement sheeting manufactured in accordance with AS2908.2.
- Fibre cement sheeting manufactured in accordance with AS2908.2, and supported on structural floor
- Flooring grade particleboard sheeting manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS1860.1, and installed in accordance with AS1860.2.
- Structural plywood manufactured in accordance with AS/NZS2269, and installed in accordance with AS1684.2, AS1684.3 and AS1684.4.
Q. Tiling Over Timber Substrates
A. AS3958.1 states
When tiling is to be carried out over timber, plywood or structural particleboard floors, a primer and underlay or separating layer would normally by used. Specialised products are, however, also available and should e used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
Timber substrates tiled with organic adhesive
- Adhesive to be selected and applied in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations
- Sheeting to be warranted by the floor sheeting manufacturer for direct bonding of tiles