ARTICLES

A variety of helpful articles on residential and commercial construction to help you make sense
of the challenges you may come across as you prepare to build, renovate or repair.

The very first step in having your home built or renovated by Barry Stewart Homes or
Barry Stewart Builders is to come in for an initial meeting which is typically about 1 hour long.
We offer a no-obligation, no-cost initial consultation.

TYPICAL DESIGN PROCESS 2:
Predesign, Concept Design & Initial Cost Estimate

After the initial meeting has taken place and we have signed the Scope & Fee Proposal, thereby confirming that both parties would like to work with each other (client with us and we with the client),
the project moves into stages known as Predesign and Concept Design.

TYPICAL DESIGN PROCESS 3:
Developed Design & Building Consent

After a Concept Design has been put together - providing an idea of what a building
should look like - the drawings need to be developed into a buildable, workable design.
That takes place in two stages: first what's known as Developed Design, and then the
final drawings which will be put forward for Building Consent.

WHO ALL IS INVOLVED IN BUILDING A HOUSE?

No two home builds are the same. Having said that, usually, people involved in the process are a core team of about a dozen, with another 10-20 contractors depending on the complexity of the project.

INTERVIEW WITH JASON QUINN:
Designing a Home that is Warm, Dry and Energy-efficient

Building a home that is genuinely warm, dry and energy-efficient is, in some ways, hard. It’s not that construction itself is hard - it doesn’t need to be. Even design doesn't need to be any harder than any other house - if you know what you’re doing.