Specification of Works
We are introduced to new projects at a variety of stages. Much of our work is introduced to us when an architect has provided detailed drawings and a specification to which we provide costs, either by negotiated contract or competitive tender. On many other occasions, we are introduced to projects directly by the client who may choose to use our design and build services. If this is the case we can provide planning services through our own in-house design team or external architects.
We are able to provide detailed cost breakdowns based on planning proposal drawings or to architects’ specifications. This considered approach based on careful estimation can avoid the unpleasant discovery of excluded items later on in the project.
Structure & Timetables
Our projects are carefully managed by a dedicated team of professionals. Our own employees in the office and on site are responsible for supervising the progress of the building works. The site foreman is directly answerable to the site agent who will make regular visits to ensure work is being completed to a high standard. Regular weekly meetings between the site agent and the client or architect are often important in allowing the client to be involved in key decision making. A schedule of works is produced and updated to allow both the management team, architect and the client keep track of expected completion dates and timing of key works.
Application for Payment
The application for payment, which is a valuation of works carried out so far is typically issued with an invoice on the last day of each month and payment due within 14 days. Vernacular Homes is able to offer a cash flow forecast to forecast estimated monthly invoices in order to assist the client in budgeting.
Retentions & Completion
Generally, each end of month invoice will be paid with a retention amount. Half this amount is then paid at practical completion, when the project is finished for the purpose for which it was intended. The other half is paid 6 months later after a snagging period.
VH will notify building control of intended works, submit any plans or documentation required and arrange for site visits from local authority or approved inspectors.
Site Setup & Access
Construction is renowned for being a disruptive process. To help minimise disruption, our site layouts are carefully considered with designated working areas set out. Access and location of site offices and notices is also key to speed up deliveries and inspections.
Typically sites operate between 7.30am and 5.00pm on workdays, however, we have been able to accommodate a wide range of requirements for clients living on site during construction to allow normal life to continue as far as is possible.
We generally use JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal) standard forms of contract.
Vernacular Homes Ltd is a registered builder with the NHBC (National House-Building Council) which allows us to build new homes with NHBC Buildmark warranties and ensuring consistent high standards are met.
The NHBC Buildmark warranties for new homes include cover for the first two years after completion when your builder is responsible for putting right certain damage and defects as well as cover for most parts of the home in years 3-10 of ownership where insurance is included to cover the cost of putting right any damage caused by a defect in specified areas of the home such as damage to floors, staircases, roofs, drains, windows and doors. (Source: NHBC website)