A somewhat interesting and rarely touched upon topic that I would like to discuss today is about builders in Manchester. While the services that builders provide and specifically, the quality of work that they carry out are very important within the industry, many do not realise the number of different factors that come into the builder’s professions and industry. Builders are painted with a very broad brush both here in the city of Manchester, and the United Kingdom. I find this both interesting and somewhat disappointing, since we personally employ many differently qualified and specialised workers. The workforce has many different specialisations and talents, making the industry unique. While we can’t employ a worker that may be trained in a speciality that we cannot use, I do think it is still an interesting subject.
What kind of builders are there in Manchester?
When looking for a building and construction company for a specific project you have in the city of Manchester, you would find that they hire a variety of different builder’s occupations. The most common that you might come across during the construction phase of your projects are often electricians, glaziers, plasterers, plumbers, carpet layers, carpenters, scaffolders, steel fixers and labourers. These are the most common that you would see on smaller construction projects such as a home extension or a home addition. You may even come across builders that would complement these projects such as an insulator or a mason. These professionals are often tasked with the “smaller” construction jobs that do not require the construction of an entire property.
If you are considering a service such as a new home build or new office build, then you would also see these same professionals. However, you would also see additional professions that are more tailored towards larger projects. Some of these professions would include heavy equipment operators, elevator mechanics, linemen, boiler makers, millwrights, water-proofers, pile drivers and many others. These are for construction projects that are of a larger nature that need a very specialised touch, and often these professions require many years of on the job and theoretical training because of the sensitive and important nature of their work. They are also professions which play a major role in the development of large construction projects, so their jobs become increasingly more important the longer a project may take.
What kind of builders can I hire in Manchester?
There are also professions that you may not have considered as builders, but play just as important a role within the industry itself. One such example would be a welder, or a house painter and decorator. The painters and decorators specifically are very important for any building and construction company to work with, since they play a large role in the overall look and aesthetics of the completed project. Another good example of this would be a landscaper, whose job consists of the design and curation of a front or back garden. It may sound like another profession that is not important, but they are a key part for builders to change the look and feel of a home for those inside and outside. With a good painter and decorator and a similarly good landscaper, you can make any home within the city of Manchester look amazing with no effort from the home owner.
There are many builders that may not get the attention or respect that they deserve, but every profession within our industry is important to us personally. We feel that despite what the average person may think, every role is as important as the next because of the level of work and the overall contribution into the project they provide. Each builder is just as important as the next to ensure that the builders project is completed timely, efficiently and effectively. If you enjoyed today's blog post, then please make sure you read our previous post and the next post coming. Here at Manchester Builders & Construction, we love our workforce and we hope that if you ever need a small or large building project completed, you consider us!
Manchester New Build Home
The most rapidly growing service that is provided by builders in Manchester in 2017 is the new build. This is regarding both residential and commercial properties, with residential new builds growing by ten-fold over the last year. This has become something that we at Manchester Builders & Construction complete often now. That is why it would be of no surprise to any reader that we have completed more than our fair share in the last few years and especially this year. The most interesting fact about the new build service is that some customers aren’t even in Manchester to oversee the build. Many property developers have begun to commission builders and construction firms such as us to complete these new builds remotely. Others are property developers or home owners who would like to construct a home in their vision to also suit their or potential buyer’s recommendations. While in the future we will discuss some commercial new builds we have completed, today I wanted to discuss some of the residential new builds we have completed!
The construction of the new build home
One of the largest projects we have undertaken within recent years had been a three storey, four bedrooms and three-bathroom home. While this is not a big project within itself, it was the budget restrictions that made the job larger than it was in size. When planning and undergoing any project despite the size, the most key factor into how feasible or realistic the project is overall is the budget. Without the necessary funding required to complete a project, the more difficult the project would be to complete satisfactory. That is why this specific new build was one of our more difficult, but also rewarding. With a budget that had been roughly 80% of what was required to complete, we managed to find very prudish ways to decrease the costs throughout the home itself.
One of the ways we could cut costs within the finish was by using different doors and materials from those originally requested. With permission from the customer who wanted the new home built, we instead decided to go with faux-wood doors rather than real wood. The cost-difference alone was significant, and really helped scope to the customer how large of a project he had requested in relation to the budget required. We also suggested of using different finishing’s to help cut costs. An example of this would be the tiling’s that we had been requested to order and lay. The overall bulk was not as expensive as you would consider other tile options, but there were suitable alternatives that looked very close to the original for half the price. This managed to cut us closer to the budget that was asked of us.
More financial and budgeting information
The last example of a cost-cutting method that had to be used before we could realistically complete the job is by using our labour hours much more efficiently, and asking a few favours in terms of the raw materials. The bulk of the cost would always come from either of the two, making any project easily realistic to estimate. Unfortunately, the overall size of the project meant a very large investment for both labour costs and raw materials. Using substitutes rather than the originally planned materials, the costs were cut dramatically. Using a smaller workforce designed to perform as many cross-platform jobs as possible while also working some overtime for free, we managed to hit the budget given to us. If we were less generous in terms of our labour costs, we most likely would have went over, unfortunately.
We believe that as the best builders Manchester offer, we must make some sacrifices to ensure customer satisfaction and to help improve and maintain a high level or reputation. That also means making some sacrifices we may not want to. This job was a large challenge for any builder, and to complete it within the time and budget that we had was very rewarding for us professionally. Manchester Builders & Construction take great pride in our work, and larger pride in our workforce. If you enjoyed this post or our last post regarding a property renovation in Manchester, please make sure you read our next one too!
Manchester Property Renovation
Recently at Manchester Builders & Construction, we performed a property renovation that we were a very large fan of, and it has been one of my more favourite designs of the last few years. Manchester has some very creative people within the city, and as a fan I really try to embrace the moments where we can take inspiration from a specific project for future ideas. This property renovation was one of the most recent projects that I truly enjoyed and I would relish the opportunity to work on something similar in the future. The renovation itself was simple in terms of the construction of the project, with us for the most part going through the same processes as with any other property renovation. There are a few things I want to touch on specifically however.
Living room renovation
The first part of the project I would like to touch on is the living room. The living room in terms of the property renovation was relatively the same, but there was one thing that was more uncommon. During the plumbing stages, we set up a large plumbing and filtration system between the furthest wall from the entrance (on the right) for a large aquarium. While the original plan was to use a built-in aquarium within the wall, the amount of space the filtration unit would have taken to keep the fish tank both secure and safe for the fish was too large. This is a small thing a builder loves.
For those of you with a large fish tank, you would be aware of the size of filtration units alone. They are large and if you are looking for a huge fish tank then you would be aware of how much space they can take. It is almost entire rooms, and for the better units, the whole rooms. So, we opted for a smaller tank that could be fitted into the wall without a stand, also making it easier and more practical to feed the fish and clean the tank. Per the home owner’s instructions, we also installed water-resistant LED lights both in the fish tank and outside the panes, to allow for customisation colours. This was an optional feature, but once it was installed and working, it seemed like you couldn’t have the fish tank without it. It really was impressive and beautiful.
Hot Tub and other things!
Another point I would like to touch on with this specific renovation is the hot tub that we placed within the deck of the back garden. Most hot tubs are placed over ground, using the general stand that comes with the tub itself. The customer wanted something different, with us installing the hot tub within the deck itself. Manchester is a very odd place to do this because of the weather for the most part not being the sunniest, so we suggested portioning part of the deck to be indoors with floor to ceiling glass windows for effect. The customer disagreed, and we went through with their instructions. Just like the fish tank, we also installed multi-coloured LED lights within the hot tub itself to be customisable. While I can only really see this being enjoyable throughout all 20 days of the summer we get, it still ended up working with the overall deck design.
The final thing I wanted to discuss is something that I am undecided on myself. The customer had us also landscape the garden during the property renovation which is normal a lot of the time. However, some customers are unaware that this is a service we provide. The issue I had with the landscaping is creating the fire-pit. The home owner originally wanted us to place wooden circular decking around the pit, which we couldn’t agree to due to fire safety concerns. So, we built a concrete slabbing around the fire-pit itself. The request we were undecided on is to place marble around the fire-pit along with the concrete. We agreed to it because customer satisfaction is the most important thing to us, but in Manchester specifically that can be very dangerous and wasteful. It’s very expensive, and the rain will make the marble very slippery and unsafe. We also thought it just didn’t fit the aesthetics of the house. As builders, we have the obligation to listen.
At Manchester Builders & Construction we provide many property renovations around Manchester. While we will add more entries, I hope you have enjoyed today's builders blog! And if you enjoyed this builders blog post, take a look at our previous post where we spoke about home extensions in Manchester!
Home Extension in Manchester
Here at Manchester Builders & construction, we often complete home extensions along with our new builds. One of the most recent jobs we completed was a home extension in south Manchester. Without going into too much detail about locations and the project itself for the customers discretion, the extension itself was straightforward while also being somewhat creative with the design itself inside. The home that we had underwent the project on had already converted their loft, and already had an extension on the other side of the home. They wanted to get an extension on the other half to fix a guest bedroom rather than an empty space. The loft conversion they had gotten was specifically for a hobby and storage room, so I guess they needed more space and didn’t want to remodel their loft conversion.
Construction of the Home Extension
The construction of the extension itself was relatively straightforward since they wanted a square shaped room which is the common request. Since it was the side of the home too, all we had to do was knock down space within the existent wall to create space for a door way and then lay the foundations for the extension once that was complete. I don’t know how much our customers know about the general process of home extensions, but it’s a relatively simple service for builders. Builders simply knock down the existent wall, or knock down the hole in the centre of the wall to create a door. The way I like to complete my home extensions however, is by starting the construction of the extension and additional living space before knocking the wall down. I like to get a general feeling for how the room will come together before I decide to alter any of the existing home, as this also gives time for the home owner to reconsider their choice and us as builders must allow the customer the choice.
Builders often come to the point within the construction process where they should start considering where the furniture and additions will go after completion of the extension project. Since the goal is to ensure safe and comfortable living space for the customer, you need to take into consideration where the customer would put their furniture, and if they required any additions or fixtures to be put within the extension, how they will be implemented. It really depends on what the customer is looking for, but that is also part of the process for the builders. If we notice anything wrong or potential issues that could be created throughout the process, then we should try to fix it.
Luckily for this home extension, we could accurately estimate where the customer wanted to place all fixtures and additions. As a builder, this is something that I was really pleased about. I have worked as a builder for a long time in Manchester and I’m friendly with a lot of my previous customers either through getting to know them during construction, or even before hand through various circles. I like to think of builders in Manchester especially as a part of the community since we built the homes (not us specifically) that they live in. It gives me a nice sense of community and allows me to get along with the customers a lot more. So, when I get my job perfectly right like with this home extension, it comes with a sense of price that I could do such a great job.
Builders in Manchester are good for the most part, but I sincerely believe that we at Manchester Builders & Construction are the best builders Manchester offer. We are professional and reliable and we really do take every project as if it is our own home we are working on. With this home extension, I made sure from start to finish to take the customers feelings, vision and viewpoint for the entire project and I think it benefited me more than I could imagine. It’s something I will continue to do while I am a builder in Manchester.
I am the owner of Manchester Builders & Construction. I personally believe we are the best builders Manchester offer and I wanted somewhere to share my thoughts on previous projects!