Jun 20

Building Permit – Application for Building Plan Approval

Before you begin building a house on purchased land, you have to get a Building Permit also known as Building Plan Approval. There are building permits for different types of structures and residential developments. Also building requirements may differ from one place to another within a country, region or district. In the United States, you …

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Jun 09

Building a House – Get a Construction Cost Estimate

    After the Architect or Building Designer has produced drawings of your proposed house, you have to calculate the cost of construction. One of the mistakes that clients make is leaving building cost estimating in the hands of the contractor or an engineer who is working on the project. Let’s be honest, a building …

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Jun 06

Building a House – Should You Hire an Architect or Building Designer?

  The next step after choosing a location and buying land to build your house is getting an Architect or Certified Building Designer to design your house. What is the difference between an Architect and Building Designer? To start with, both the Architect and Building Designer can design residential houses, and they can help clients …

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Jun 05

Building a House – Buy Land, Residential Lot or Plot

Building a House – Buy Land, Residential Lot or Plot After you have found the best location or neighbourhood to build a house, you should search for land or a residential plot to buy in that location. There are many ways to find plots or land for sale in a specific location. From real estate …

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Jun 04

Building a House – How To Choose Your Location – 10 Considerations

Choosing a location for your new house is an important decision because your chosen area or neighbourhood will be your permanent residence. There are a lot of considerations that you have to take into account when choosing a location to build a house. You have to ask yourself, does the location satisfy your needs, standards, …

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Jun 03

17 Steps To Building a House (Design and Cost) – Guide for Prospective Home Owners / Clients

Building a house is a long process that involves a lot of planning in the preliminary stage of the project. Once a client has decided on building a home, they should consult relevant professionals in the construction industry that will help them achieve their goals. The building contractor is the first professional that comes in …

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May 12

How to Enter Takeoff Measurements in a Digital Dimension Sheet

  When you analyze dimension sheets from different quantity surveyors, you will realize that the order in which measurements are entered is quite different. The takeoff pattern varies between estimators. You will find an estimator with a clear and logical arrangement of quantities that can be easily followed and tracked. The other estimator, the one …

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May 11

3 Bad Practices: Describing Items in Bills of Quantities – How To Properly Describe BOQ Items

  Preparing Bills of Quantities (BOQs) is one of the tasks of a Quantity Surveyor or Construction Cost Estimator. One important thing that makes a Bill useful to the contractor, owner and other members of the project team is how the Bill items are described.  BOQ descriptions should be specific with relevant information that helps …

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May 11

Composite Rate Build Up for Internal Plumbing (Sanitary Fittings) – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Sanitary Fittings Wash Hand Basin: The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for a Wash Hand Basin: ‘Vaal …

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May 09

Composite Rate Build Up for Rainwater Downpipes – Approximate Quantities in Elemental Estimate Layout

  Composite Rate Build up – Rainwater Downpipes The Elemental Estimate layout and grouping of items will be used in this example. When building up composite rates for Approximate Quantities, you have to follow some basic principles. We are going to illustrate a composite rate build-up for Rainwater Downpipes: 0,6mm Galvanised sheet iron Class Z …

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