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Calling all Builders...
If you are a builder, designer, conveyancer, real estate agent or mortgage broker we are interested in hearing from you. We are looking to expand our database of quality professionals to refer our community of home builders to. If you are interested in working with our clients and you are currently not on our database, please fill in you details under the "Contact Us" page and we will be in contact with you shortly.
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Why is it important to have the right designer or architect?

Some designers and architects can design elaborate homes that look incredible however often blow the budget. In our experience we have found that whilst designers and architects have an understanding of the cost of building per square metre, they do not always have close relationships with a variety of builders. Each builder will have their own preferred construction methods (and often their own preferred designer) and standard inclusions and designing to these standards is one of the best ways to get the most cost efficient home that meets your budget. Using the builder's standard window and timber frame sizes is a simple example of this.

Common costly items in a design include the use of retaining walls, drop edge beams, suspended concrete slabs and raked ceilings. Some builders may only build slab on ground, and not on bearer and joist; or flat blocks verses sloping blocks. It is important to know how builders work firstly before commissioning a design; then work backwards with your budget in mind first. Before you choose a designer think of contacting us to make sure we can find a designer that we know will deliver what you want in a cost effective manner, because we know which builders they design for.

How can we help?
At BuildBuddy we are experienced in working with a number of leading designers and architects and linking them with builders; and most importantly we know what homes cost to build, we can advise you of an estimate before you start. We will help you find the right design solution from our numerous contacts and provide you with advice that best achieves what you are after.
We also can assist in recommending the best interior designers and colour selection specialists to help work with you in picking the right finishes. 
I already have a design how can you help?
We are happy to work with your current designer and can forward your plans onto our select builders to arrange quotes... see our "Free Service" page for more information on how this works.

By involving the builders in the design process as early as possible (preferably before the plans are approved by council), you will often receive feedback on how the design can be changed to save you thousands of dollars without changing the look or functionality of your design but simply incorporating the practical knowledge of a builder.
If you would like BuildBuddy to start working for you or just have a few more questions, please fill in our form on the "Contact Us" page or call us directly on 1300 722 927.