When Life gets Hard

So this blog is a little different from the usual.

I just wanted to write a little update on the house. We had arranged for a buyer to move in on the 26th of February, we had sold the house! However, unfortunately the buyer pulled out. I know these are the kind of things you are supposed to expect when selling a house and it is unpredictable, you’ve just got to ride the wave yo.

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However, to be so close to completing something and literally be touching the goal and then to have it fall apart right at the finish line is a little bit crushing.

It has been a hard start to 2020. I went to Glasgow yesterday to see my bestie and we had a great time, so that lifted my spirits. We tried (failed) to make pancakes and drank a lot of alcohol before I crashed on the sofa.

Then the next day we visited George Square, the Lighthouse, Buchanan Street and Paesano’s Pizzeria! (was a good pizza 10/10)

 

View from the Lighthouse attraction, Glasgow

But anyways, I hope it sells soon, I want my new car 😦

 

 

Procurement Types 3

Management Contracting

Management contracting can be known as an overlapping procurement system as the design, construction and tendering all overlap. This strategy is suited to more complex projects with accelerated commencement and completion.

The contractor is involved from the start of the design and is responsible for the integrated design and construction phase, the contractor offers the client a consultant service, based on a fee, for coordinating, planning, controlling and managing the design and construction.

Management contracting puts the contractors experience to use from the start, in the concept and design phase through to the construction, they advise the employer on the buildability of the design, plan the construction and discuss cost estimates. Contractor is responsible for tendering parcels of work and negotiating subcontracts with subcontractors (known as works/trade contractors). After client approval, management contractor enters contracts with the works contractors. The contractor manages the project for a lump sum or percentage fee, meanwhile the client has no contractual link with the subcontractors, however this leaves them vulnerable to the contractors’ failures.

Management Contract  normally follows three phases:

  1. Pre-appointment of the MC – After the initial design and feasibility have been arranged, employer invites offers from MCs
  2. Pre-construction period – during this time, the MC will help the design team by offering certain services such as advising on buildability/construction methods, etc.
  3. Construction period – the MC organises and co-ordinates the project, supervises the work and monitors cost.
Advantages
  • time saving potential for overall project duration by using construction packages and overlapping design and construction stages.
  • cost reduction potential by using competition to let work packages and by using value engineering efficiently § Friendly relationship – design and construction
  • late changes more easily accommodated
  • design team are under the clients control throughout the project
  • client has control over selection of trade contractors
  • liked by knowledgeable/experienced clients
Disadvantages
  • no cost certainty prior to commencement of work on site, or in fact until completion
  • needs informed client, able to take an active part in the process
  • design of later packages may affect work already completed on site leading to abortive additional costs
  • individual direct contracts with package trade contractors – no single point responsibility for their performance or quality of their design/workmanship
  • greater administration for the client
  • client takes responsibility for design team performance
  • client carries risk of the effects of non-performance by trade contractors, their financial failure
Construction Management

Like Management Contracting, this strategy is also used on more complex projects, construction management’s primary difference from MC is: Employer places a direct contract with each of the specialist trade contractors. This means that more experienced clients like construction management as they have more responsibility over the trade contractors and the construction manager is only liable for negligence, by failing to perform role with reasonable skill and care (unless greater liability is incorporated in the contract).

Advantages
  • time saving potential for overall project duration by using construction packages and overlapping design and construction stages.
  • Cost reduction potential by using competition to let work packages and by using value engineering efficiently
  • Friendly relationship – design and construction
  • Continuous coordination between the design and construction processes
  • late changes more easily accommodated
  • design team are under the clients control throughout the project
  • design team are managed by the CM
  • client has control over selection of trade contractors
  • liked by experienced clients
Disadvantages
  • no cost certainty prior to commencement of work on site, or in fact until completion
  • needs informed client, able to take an active role in the admin. of the process
  • design of later packages may affect work already completed on site leading to additional costs
  • individual direct contracts with package trade contractors – no single point responsibility for their performance or quality of their design/workmanship
  • greater administration for the client
  • client takes responsibility for design team performance
  • client carries risk of the effects of nonperformance by trade contractors, their financial failure No guarantee by the construction manager for total cost, time or quality of works. The owner has high risk.

 

In Other News

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Unfortunately, the lady that was due to be moving into the house at the end of the month has pulled her offer out and so the house is back on the market. 😦 sad times!

Blog Challenge 2.3 – Property Progress and Future

In May 2019 myself and my family bought a 3 bedroom house in the south of Scotland. We have been renovating it for the past 6 months and this month I have decided to write a blog to celebrate our 6 month of renovating.

Bathroom:

Inspiration:

Bedroom 1:

Wallpaper Inspiration:

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Bedroom 2:

Master Bedroom:

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Kitchen/Lounge:

Inspiration:

Living Room/Hallway:

Outside:

 

Blog Challenge 2.2 – Budget and Cost

“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went”
For those who may not already know, I have been renovating a property for the past 6 months and at the beginning of the venture I challenged myself to write 4 blog posts on different topics. Now that the house is nearing completion, I have decided to review the process and redo the blog challenge!
I previously wrote a reflection piece just outlining our progress and this week I am going to be writing about the budget.

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So, rewind back to May 2019, I had written my blog post highlighting my expectations for the house and had just been given the keys. We purchased the property for £86,500 and I commented in my blog that we aimed to spend roughly £105,000 in total, so just shy of £20,000 for the restoration. I’ve been keeping good track on receipts and have tallied up nearly all of our expenditure right up to the end of October. However, I am missing receipts for a couple things that we purchased online like the oven, so I would say my record could be out by no more than £1,000, and adding to this, we still haven’t paid the plumber or electrician! But I aim to do another progress report once we have gathered all the costs up, I am not looking forward to scouring receipts and payments!!
Here is the chart I created at the start of the project:

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1st Estimate Finance Chart

I have changed the colours but kept the same numbers, so it is still the same chart.
And this is where we are at now:

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6 Month Rough Spend

I have a little note pad where I record every receipt, I write item bought, the price and the date, if there are multiple products on one receipt, I tend to just label it generically i.e. plumbing equipment, tools, etc. I wish I had been a bit more detailed though because when I came to make this chart it became really difficult to split some receipts into categories as there would have been items bought that went into different areas, so I excluded them from this chart. So, the chart above is just a ballpark figure currently.

According to my records we have spent £99,912 but considering that I haven’t recorded the boiler or cooker yet, we are probably about £100,912. All that we really have left to buy is flooring and of course pay the plumber and electrician so it wouldn’t be too shabby if we finished at around £107,000; £2,000 over our initial budget. In addition to this, we had a rough evaluation a couple of weeks ago to ensure we were not over-spending and the evaluator recommended putting it on the market at £145,000-150,000, so a £38,000 gross profit would be tiddddy.

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Just to quickly debrief my estimates, comparing both charts it’s clear to see that some areas were quite close to my guess, but some were way off the mark. The roof was a pleasant surprise, after gaining a couple of opinions it was confirmed that the roof was dandy and needed little repair work, the money we have spent on it was mostly on replacing the guttering.

The kitchen segments are similar, I set a price of £3,000 in total for the kitchen which we just about reached but not quite, #winning. The bathroom was supposed to be £500 for the main suite and £500 to construct and install a brand new ensuite but we decided to not go through with those plans and instead put a little WC downstairs in the utility cupboard, with just a sink and toilet it fits nicely in there and in budget too – even better!
Also, I have added fees into the updated chart as I didn’t think about the solicitor’s fees and taxes we would be paying. Luckily, we get a discount on council tax due to the property being empty but we haven’t included what we have paid in council tax on the chart yet as I haven’t gotten around to adding it up. The structural changes on the graph have mainly consisted of knocking down the dividing wall between the kitchen and dining room and replacing it with a steel beam and this cost roughly £600. I haven’t included the porch on the new graph because all that my dad did was remove the horrible wooden cladding and brick it up to the roof that it already had using the bricks that had been knocked out of the wall inside, love a bit of recycling ❤ also, we added a window and door to it but those are included in the doors and window category.

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All in all, it’s going well in terms of budget. Hopefully, the only categories to grow before we finish will be the decorating one, the fees (from the sale), the plumbing and electrics. So happy with the project so far and will be a little bit sad to see it go, but I’m sure the pay day will cheer me up… If all goes to plan after all!!

Blog Challenge 2.1 -Renovation Update

6 Month Renovation Update

In May, my family and I were given the keys to our new property in the South of Scotland. This was such a big opportunity, especially for me as it was something I had never done before. My mum and dad had renovated a couple of smaller properties in the past but this one was going to be a learning curve for us all.

We are now 6 months into the project and to follow on from my blog challenge that I did back in May, I am now doing another challenge to celebrate. I will upload this blog every Friday for the remaining 3 Fridays in November to mark our 6-month point!

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VICTORIA HOUSE PROJECT

This first blog is just a recap of what I had outlined in the beginning and comparing it to what we have actually achieved so far. Starting with…

The Bathroom

Here are some pictures of what I was aiming for in regard to the bathroom, I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest.

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After we moved the position of the door, I really stuck to the green and white colour palette, but I decided to keep the original wooden boards around the edge of the room after I found a picture with something similar and thought it looked really nice. We did tile a small part of the wall behind the shower, just for practicality really. I incorporated a small line of patterned tiles to break it up slightly, if you look closely you can see a little shiny blue tile that has a little swirl in the middle which was the main reason I chose those tiles because I thought it was fair cute.

The bath suite that we chose was a P-style bath, mum and dad wanted a free-standing bath, which I liked but I preferred the P-style because I just felt it fitted the room better and was cheaper! Win, win.

The Bedrooms

At first, we believed that the bedrooms were all going to be plain magnolia with the original skirting boards and doors painted white. We mostly have stuck to this, but we are going to wallpaper one wall now.

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The Chosen Wallpaper

Additionally, due to the actual struggle of stripping the really thick, embossed, floral wallpaper from the middle bedroom, we decided to leave one wall covered. After painting over it I am soooo glad we decided to leave it because it blends in so nicely with the room, it’s so subtle and just adds a bit of a feature to the room.

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Now most of the work upstairs is complete, bar a bit of painting and wallpapering to do, we moved to the downstairs…

The Kitchen

Whilst we were working upstairs, we were waiting on the plans coming through for the downstairs. If you have read my blog 6-months ago you will have seen the draft plan I made for the changes to the layout of the house, where we planned to knock the kitchen wall down to create a kitchen/diner, I also planned on creating an ensuite upstairs but we decided against it because it just took up too much space and made the bedroom sizes quite awkward. We have put an additional toilet room downstairs in the utility.

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Currently, we have had the planning permission accepted and the wall knocked down with a supporting beam in place. As well as this, we have bought the kitchen from Homebase, French Shaker style in an eggshell blue colour.

It’s going to look lush when it’s built, just waiting on the boiler to be installed before we assemble the units completely.

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The Utility/Lean-to

We settled on bricking up the porch and put in a back door and window, so it’s came together well. Next to the porch is the utility room and like I mentioned previously, we decided to use the space to install a small toilet and sink area. In the remaining space, we have a couple extra kitchen units to put in.

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Sitting Room

This room needs very little work, we have been using it as a bit of a storage room until we complete some more of the work downstairs.

Overall, we have completed most of the major work, except the boiler which should be done in the coming weeks, and then we just have painting and decorating left to do! On Friday I will be uploading my next blog which reviews our budget. Thank you for reading this update, there are more pictures in my website gallery and on my Instagram page: @huntersparkdesign

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