Determining the cost of a small project is usually fairly simple. On larger projects, it often happens as a series of discussions between you and a builder as you develop the vision and finetune the plans for your home. On some projects, it may be a good idea to hire someone to develop the design and the plans first as a separate job. Many builders offer a full range of services, including design and plans development. Alternatively, you may choose to work with a designer or architect and then tender the actual work to builders.
Experienced builders can sometimes offer an educated opinion or price range on the spot, based on similar jobs they have done in the past – for instance, a per-square-metre estimate for additions or entertainment rooms, or a rough cost estimate for upgrading your bathroom. This can be helpful upfront to make sure that there is a realistic fit between what you would like to do and the budget your have in mind. However, be aware that the cost of a project can vary greatly, depending on many factors, including the current condition of your home and the types of products you want to use.
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