2021 for Sycamore involved undertaking construction of another A rated new build house in Bray. This time we completed a 3 bed detached home in keeping with the existing homes in the estate. In order to achieve an A rating the focus needs to be on insulation, air tightness, high u-value glazing and renewable heating sources. We’ve installed under floor heating throughout with an air to water heating system. The insulation is high spec and airtightness works have been undertaken. PVC windows and doors by Munster with a composite door to the porch.
Each enquiry is different but 9 times out of 10, the first question we ask is: Do you have a drawing & some details of the works for us to price? In the absence of drawings & specifications it is difficult to give you an idea of price. Worse still, when comparing between builders, prices can differ greatly if not priced off the same plan/spec. Better to have a clear plan in place and something to present to builders for pricing, to ensure you are comparing like with like. For clarity and to set you in the right direction, we would suggest you start with getting scaled drawings prepared by an architect or designer and working through ideas. Our experience has shown, this gives clients greater confidence in the whole process, not just at the pricing stage.
In our experience at Sycamore, there are a few preparatory steps which save our clients a lot of hassle in the long run: A scaled drawing, a firm idea of what you would like priced and your own budget expectations. “You don’t want a design for something you can’t afford…” Hiring a professional like an architect or quantity surveyor is about “spending money to save money.” Before you speak to a bulder, an architect (or designer) should be the first port of call.