Peter who is a senior engineer had designed the plans and knew exactly what he wanted and his standards were high. There were 42 pages of plans and 192 pages of specifications.
The quote was provided as per design requests and initially it was understood that it would exceed their budget. Knowing the budget up front helps a lot and in this case we were able to present a few scenarios where with some tweaks to design and materials, savings could be made. Peter and Lisa took this advice, made some changes which meant the project now came in on budget and we were awarded the contract.
We were heading into winter so it was important to protect the existing home at all times from the weather. The home was emptied out for the duration as the existing lower levels had to either be altered or strengthened throughout. The exception was the kitchen; it was brand new and had to be protected to the max.
The roof was removed first providing access to building the 2nd storey floor. Framework was added and placed up on the floor by a crane including part of the roof framing. Progress was not quite going to plan due to the weather, it was one of the worst winters in Wellington - wind of up to 100kph, sleet, light snow, hail and the lots of rain. The client was informed at all times with bi weekly time lines in writing. Peter and Lisa also visited the site nearly every day as they found it exciting to view progress on their dream home.
The home from the exterior now looks like a brand new modern home which is nearly true. From the front door right around to the back corner across the south end is new. As for the interior, internal stairs were added, going from the basement garage up two levels into a very nice seating area with views up into the Hutt Valley and right around to Wellington city.
The home has four new bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs all with great views and down stairs the two existing bedrooms were converted into a TV room/ playroom for the children.
Over all a great outcome was achieved and Peter and Lisa are happy with their dream build.