Frequently Asked Questions
Yes absolutely, we’d love to see what you’ve got planned and envisioned for your dream lifestyle.
Our Senior Designer and Estimator will meet with you to understand your plans and confirm your choices. From that meeting our Estimator, Jeffrey Martin, will be able to provide a comprehensive estimation.
We look forward to sharing with you the Claridge Construction building process and excellence in service.
No, an idea and a vision is all you need! We are a full service building company! This means, design through to construct, Claridge Construction has your entire project covered. Our Senior Designer is a Graduate Architect with 20+ years experience ready to work with you to deliver your dream home design.
At the FREE first consultation we will discuss approximate build costs based upon the information you can provide to us.
As a custom residential builder, we don’t build standard homes. Therefore, your final home design, considerations of site conditions, selections and finishes will be as individual as you are.
We offer a design and estimation service in our Preliminary Services Agreement that provides you with a completed design, ready for council approval including initial site investigation/soil testing and an educated and professional estimate for your dream home without committing to the large financial implications of building a house AND a set of plans that you own.
We want you to feel entirely happy and excited with your design, selections and the process of building with Claridge Construction.
That’s why we don’t ask our clients to commit to building with us until all the details have been ironed out.
We trust that through our ‘7 Step’ process, you will have every confidence in us, your building team.
Therefore, you aren’t required to sign your building contract until we have completed the Preliminary Services Agreement, all selections are completed and development approval has been achieved.
It is then that we provide you with a fixed contract building proposal and you have the option to sign and continue with your building process to see your dream home actualised.
Yes, we have broken down the payment stages to provide our clients with more financial flexibility, transparency and education of the process.
This is will be explained and discussed with you in the free first consultation.
Every bank is different, but usually we have found that banks require you to finance the preliminary services agreement stage yourself and then are prepared to assess providing finance to you based on your fixed contract proposal.
A variation (sometimes referred to as a variation instruction, variation order (VO) or change order), is an alteration to the scope of works in a construction contract.
Variations are generally minimal as we have taken you through an intensive selection and documentation process to achieve a fixed price contract.
This sometimes happens and we are happy to organise and accomodate you but, ‘changes of mind’ during construction will unfortunately delay the build time and can incur a variation order cost, dependant on the change and circumstance, hence we are always proactive in the design process to ensure you’re 100% happy with your custom home.
We value your time and the vision you are trying to create. To ensure you receive a custom home design that meets your brief, family dynamics, and style we can’t do our job properly without first knowing the budget/ initial finance approval you have to work with.
It wouldn’t be a successful outcome if we designed something you loved, but couldn’t afford, that’s just cruel!
We want to tick all the boxes for you, so you can be turning the key to your new home and living your dream lifestyle as soon as possible, so we need to ask the budget question early in our discussions with you.
Yes, at Claridge Construction, we ask that you do move out while your home is under construction.
We understand it’s inconvenient to move out, even if we’re not accessing your entire home during a renovation.
However, we don’t want to overwhelm you with the intensity that can be a building site; early starts, noise, dust & dirt, site staff always parked in the way and not to mention the safety implications of a building site. It’s just not the place to be whilst your home transforms.
Yes absolutely, we can’t wait to hear your ideas and visions. We have tailored our building process so that our clients receive flexibility, transparency and value for money.
For an initial investment, without any future contract obligations, you receive detailed plans for your dream home that are ready for council approval and YOU own the plans.
We believe however, that it will be the positive beginning your journey with Claridge, even if you’re not ready to start construction. We know you will value of one on one time with our experienced Senior Designer/ Client Manager to develop a custom home design that meets your family dynamics, budget and dream lifestyle.
YOU, how reassuring is that?
Our custom building process is client orientated; we are committed to providing quality service, value for money and transparency.
So, when you choose to commence your building journey with Claridge Construction, we take you through a structured process where each stage is separately priced so that you retain ownership of your plans and control of your build.
No hidden nasties or committing to contracts before all the details are covered.
Our dedicated Site Manager will be in regular communication with you during the process of construction.
You will have a direct line of contact to both the Site Manager and Project Manager during the build should you have any questions or concerns.
We are committed to taking the building journey with you and want you to enjoy the process.
You are welcome to inspect and view progress at anytime. However, we do ask that you ring your Site Manager and request a viewing/ inspection time so that a team member is able to be present with you for site safety purposes.
No, you aren’t required to, unless you have shared boundaries/ fencing that will be effected.
In this case, yes they need to be advised and consulted.
Don’t be concerned however, we are happy to meet your neighbours and explain any potential work.
We’re here to support you.
A custom designed home is designed to your unique brief and budget, with ALL costs, selections and considerations estimated and presented with full council approval in a fixed priced building contract.
Costs may seem higher in comparison to that of a project home builder. However, with a builder promising huge savings, very fast build time and ‘deposit only until move in’ scenarios are looking to sign clients into ‘total cost unknown’ contracts as soon as possible. The idea of a bargain price home may seem like an answer to budget concerns, but the costs quickly add up and ‘blow-out’ if you are signing a contract without all your selections, site engineering and council approvals completed.
At Claridge Construction, we are able to control costs through a comprehensive preliminary services design, selection and development approval process that will ensure all costs are accommodated for in your fixed price contract. Further to this, we are competitive by utilising relationships fostered and maintained by almost 30 years of business with South Australian trades, suppliers and manufacturers, awarding us the best possible purchasing power and passing on the savings to our clients.
The value received from having continued access to our highly experienced building team is also paramount when considering value and builder-to-builder comparisons. Our team collectively have over 180 years ‘hands-on’ building experience, we are not salespeople. Claridge Construction is a dedicated and passionate team crafting beautiful, unique homes for clients that desire service and incredible quality.
At Claridge Construction, we are able to control costs through a comprehensive preliminary services design, selection and development approval process that will ensure all costs are accommodated for in your fixed price contract.
Further to this we are competitive by utilising relationships fostered and maintained by almost 30 years of business with South Australian trades, suppliers and manufacturers, awarding us the best possible purchasing power and passing on the savings to our clients.