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Rebeka Morgan from BuildHer Collective chat about all things building and renovating and everyday people making their mark in the building industry.

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Rebeka Morgan from BuildHer Collective chat about all things building and renovating and everyday people making their mark in the building industry.

    Engaging a builder early in the build

    Engaging a builder early in the build

    In this episode, I’m joined by Matthew from Elevate Building Group to talk about value management in building projects. His top tip? To engage with a builder early on in your project. Through the conversation, we discuss how a builder can save you time and money while ensuring the end result aligns with your vision.

    Engaging a Builder Early: First things first: why should you bring a builder on board early in the game? Having a builder involved from the start means you've got someone who knows the ropes, can spot potential issues before they become expensive headaches, and help you stay on budget. Matthew highlights the builder's unique perspective, as they are intimately familiar with the practical aspects of construction and can provide valuable insights into cost-effective solutions

    Cost Engineering and Material Selection: One key aspect of value management is cost engineering, which involves analysing the project's requirements, existing parameters, and budget to find the most efficient way forward. With things in the industry changing so rapidly, it’s hard for designers to keep up with it. Builders, who are directly involved with the work as things change, are much more familiar with the actual costs.

    If you’ve got a builder on board from the beginning they’ll be able to help by weighing design options, structural considerations, and material choices against each other to optimise cost without compromising quality. Rebeka shares examples of how seemingly minor decisions, such as roofing systems or gutter designs, can have significant cost implications, underscoring the importance of careful planning and consideration at every stage of a project.

    Collaboration and Communication: One of the keys to success in any building project? Communication, communication, communication. Rebeka and Matthew emphasise the importance of everyone working together as a team. By keeping those lines of communication open and listening to each other's expertise, you can avoid costly mistakes and ensure the project stays on track.

     

    And there you have it, folks! Value management might sound like a fancy term, but at its core, it's all about making smart decisions to get the most out of your building project. By bringing your builder into the fold early, thinking carefully about costs and materials, and fostering a spirit of collaboration, you'll be well on your way to a successful—and budget-friendly—build. Thanks for tuning in, and happy building!

     

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    Website: https://elevatebuilding.com.au/
    Instagram: @matthew.menichelli

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    • 17 min
    Building Relationships in Construction with Bek Bishop

    Building Relationships in Construction with Bek Bishop

    Communication is so important in construction.

    I know we’ve said it before, but it can’t be overstated.

    Communication is absolutely vital.

    Today I’m joined by Bek Bishop, a construction powerhouse, to discuss our experiences navigating relationships in the building process. We talk about the ways your relationship with a client will affect the project at every step from start to finish. Most importantly we want to emphasise the importance of communication, trust, and understanding between a homeowner and a builder.

    The Role of Communication: Nothing is more important in building strong relationships than communication. If we can talk openly and honestly, we can foster mutual understanding between homeowners and builders. Bek shares her tips for maintaining open dialogue so you can prevent issues from escalating or even stop them from occurring in the first place.

    Building Trust: Construction is a challenging task. There are so many things that can go wrong, and so many factors to consider. It’s crucial you can build trust with your client from the outset of the project, otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for trouble. Remember that it’s a collaborative process, and even if you are a professional you need to maintain an openness to all ideas.  

    Finding Understanding Proactively building your relationship is important, but it can’t fix a situation where everyone’s expectations are in conflict. Homeowners should work with builders whose approach aligns with their preferences and communication style. By making sure you’re a good fit from the start, you can ensure a smoother and more enjoyable experience for all parties. Despite the work it takes, building strong relationships with homeowners is incredibly rewarding. Putting in the effort to form a connection doesn’t just improve the building experience. It also fosters strong relationships that can last for years.

    Navigating Challenges in Building Works: We also talk about the unique challenges that can arise when you take over a building project already in process. We’ve both experienced this and know how important it is to set clear boundaries and document expectations. It can be a stressful job to take over from another builder but with proper communication, you can ensure a successful outcome.

    We hope this episode will leave you more confident in navigating relationships in the construction industry. Enjoy!

     

    LINKS:


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    • 33 min
    Uncovering the True Costs of Sustainable Building with Matthew Carland

    Uncovering the True Costs of Sustainable Building with Matthew Carland

    In today’s episode, I’m in conversation with Matthew Carland, the founder of Carland Constructions. Known for his expertise in the domain of passive houses, Matthew brings to the table a wealth of knowledge that’s not just about construction, but about uncovering the true costs of building sustainably.

     

    Let’s face it - the cost of building has been on a constant rise. And to make the building process even more complex, homeowners’ expectations seemed to have followed suit. In Australia, we’re building bigger homes per square metre than anywhere in the world, in what appears to be an attempt to keep up with the Joneses - whoever they may be!

     

    This all means that the cost to build a home will likely exceed most homeowner’s budgets. So what does it really cost to build? Matthew takes us through his approach to cost analysis, the overlooked aspects of building costs and the best method to understand what we’ll really pay when building our dream home.

     

    Cost Misconceptions and Reality

    Confusing the costs of a volume build with what a quote for a custom home build might look like is where a lot of homeowners go wrong. This often leaves people shocked at the disparity in price and will have them rethinking what they can expect to achieve on their budget. On top of this, there’s often a misconception that builders can provide actual numbers right off the bat as to how much a build will cost. 

     

    According to Matthew, when it comes to building a custom or high performance home, there can be numerous hours spent on unravelling a design to understand how it’s going to be built - and what that’s going to cost. He breaks down the different factors a builder has to understand in order to provide clients with a rough figure, and we discuss the importance of matching your building designs to your budget.

     

    Building Healthy Spaces

    Focusing solely on the dollar amount often misses the broader implications of building choices. Matthew is passionate about educating people on the long-term health benefits of living in a well-built home, and believes that initial investments in building with health in mind can mean substantial savings in healthcare costs over time. We discuss a hope for the future where better standards and practices could lead to both healthier living environments and more cost-effective building solutions.

     

    The Role of the Builder in Educating and Guiding Clients

    There’s a lot of misinformation that gets around in the building industry, and Matthew believes it’s unfair for builders to expect clients to know the ins and outs of the process when they walk through the door. He talks about his approach in really breaking things down so his clients understand the many intricacies, as well as the costs associated with them: think options for building materials, design and even energy efficiency choices.

     

    A Call for a Shift in Perspective

    While people on the outside might see their builders as expendable, or even unprofessional, Matthew is on a mission to change that perception. His aim is to encourage other builders to raise their own standard of practice, in hopes that those in the broader industry will be inspired to do the same.

     

    At the end of the day, everyone wants the same result. The client wants a well built house. The designer wants to see their design get to site. And for Matthew, he wants to see a house that is built properly, sustainably and works in the way it’s meant to.

     

    So join us today as we discuss the exciting possibilities of creating healthier, more efficient living spaces without breaking the bank.



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    Instagram: @carlandconstructions
    Website: https://www.carlandconstructions.com/ 




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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Building Your Financial Future with Property Investment with Tom Haigh

    Building Your Financial Future with Property Investment with Tom Haigh

    Almost everyone would say that financial freedom is a goal for them, and in recent years property has emerged as a key path to achieving it. Today I sit down with Tom Haigh, an Australian property expert and host of The Australian Property Show, to share the power of property in building your financial future.

    Contrary to traditional financial planning that veers towards shares and managed funds, Tom advocates for the power of property as an investment. He believes that property, especially in the Australian market, can completely transform someone's financial fate.

     

    What’s the right time to invest?One roadblock many people face in property investment is the perceived time and financial constraints. On the one hand, you might think you don’t have the money or time and should wait until a later date when you do. On the other hand, you may see the missed opportunities of yesterday and think “What’s the point?” but we can’t afford to get trapped in this mindset.

    Yes, the best time to start investing was yesterday, but the second-best time is right now. Tom highlights the importance of starting investing even with limited resources so you can take full advantage of compound growth over time. If it sounds impossible, it’s not. Tom shares practical strategies for how to start building your asset base, even with limited initial capital.

     

    The Importance of Professional AdviceTom also encourages people to reach out to financial professionals for advice. They’ll be able to guide you through the process and help make the most of your current assets. Keep in mind that financial advisors can vary greatly, and working with one who’s a poor fit for you can make things worse. Look for someone who presents a strategy that aligns with your financial aspirations, and make sure they practice what they preach. This way you can be confident their advice is reliable and applicable for you.

     

    The Role of Education and CommunityInvestors also have a responsibility to educate themselves. No one is born knowing how to manage investments, or plan for the future – it’s a learned skill and one we should all strive to build, even when working with a professional.  Thankfully there is a wealth of information available for us to learn from, whether that’s books, podcasts, videos, or something else!

    It's also important to connect with people who are working to achieve similar goals. This work isn’t easy and there will be times when you struggle, but having a supportive community will help keep you motivated and on track!

     

    The big message from our conversation? Taking informed action is key. Whether you're renovating a property, investing in shares, or planning for retirement, the first step is always the hardest. Yet, it's the most rewarding. I hope this episode can give you the confidence to break out of the fear trap and start taking steps to build your financial future.

    Enjoy!

     

    LINKS:




    Buy our book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating


    BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/


    BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective


    BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build

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    • 42 min
    Running the Blended BuildHer Method with Loxton Built

    Running the Blended BuildHer Method with Loxton Built

    Many of our talented BuildHers have successfully completed owner builds using the blended builder method. And some have done so in collaboration with Loxton Built, a team of builders exceptional at creating collaborative experiences for those taking on home builds.

     

    Today, I’m chatting with one of Loxton Built’s directors, James Ind, who gives us some valuable insights on the blended builder model from the perspective of a builder. 

     

    While there are a lot of intricacies within a blended build, James believes that clear communication from start to finish is the most crucial aspect in ensuring a successful project. We discuss Loxton Built’s objective to include clients in every step of the process, educate them so they’re equipped for their next project and foster a collaborative partnership. And judging by the raving reviews we hear from our BuildHer community, it’s an approach that leads to excellent results and very happy clients!

     

    With a full owner build being a complex undertaking, James reminds us that it’s key for their clients to have sound knowledge and experience in the building process. This allows Loxton Built to collaborate with clients efficiently on aspects such as designs, materials and finishes and procurement plans. However, he believes the blended build method can still work for those with less experience looking to take on smaller renovations on their homes. 

     

    For Loxton Built, they’ve built a circle of trusted trades over the years that they prefer to work with on all their projects. While this ensures quality control, there’s a common scenario of owner builders wanting to bring in their own trades. We talk about the liability homeowners should take into consideration when taking the risk on an external trade.

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    With their focus on transparency and a desire to arm clients with the knowledge they need to excel, it’s no wonder Loxton Built are becoming the go-to team for our BuildHers. If you’re looking to explore the idea of a blended build, this episode is packed with some really useful insights you can take away as you begin your own home build journey.

     

    Enjoy! 

     

    LINKS:

     

    Connect with Loxton Built: https://www.loxtonbuilt.com.au/ 




    Buy our book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating


    BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/


    BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective


    BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build

    Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer
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    • 27 min
    Volume Building Method Part 2 with Carlisle Homes

    Volume Building Method Part 2 with Carlisle Homes

    The world of home building is an intricate one, with various methods available that cater to the different needs of homeowners. Last week, we spoke with one of our amazing DevelopHers Samone, who took us through her successful experience with volume building. Today, we’re chatting with Janine Armstrong, the General Manager of Marketing at Carlisle Homes, to explore the efficiency, customisation options and care factor that define the volume building experience at Carlisle Homes.

    Volume building is a method that focuses on repeating house plans to optimise efficiency and streamline the construction process. By leveraging pre-designed floor plans, volume builders like Carlisle Homes can offer a wide range of options to customers while maintaining a structured and efficient building process. Janine walks us through Carlisle Homes' approach, which involves meticulous planning, fixed site costs and a clear end-to-end process for customers.

    Despite the predefined floor plans, volume building offers a surprising level of customisation and flexibility. This is perfect for those looking for multi-generational living or have the kids staying at home well into the 20s! Janine shares all about Carlisle Homes' Spectra showroom, which boasts a vast array of products and options for customers to choose from, allowing them to tailor their homes to their liking.

    Building your home can be an arduous and emotionally taxing journey. One of the standout features of volume building with Carlisle Homes is the emphasis on customer care and support throughout the entire building journey. From dedicated customer liaison teams to site supervisors, Janine discusses their partnership approach with customers, who feel supported and guided at every stage of the construction process. Having that communication and transparency is a huge win for homeowners who are possibly making one of the biggest investments of their lives!

    As the industry evolves, volume building continues to adapt to changing trends and innovations. And despite what you might think, it offers a flexibility that caters to home builders’ unique needs and set ups. So if you’re interested in learning more about volume building, tune in and find out how Carlisle Homes could be the perfect team to help you create your dream home. 



    LINKS:

     

    Connect with Samone: https://www.samoneshepherdson.com/




     Buy our book: BuildHer, A practical guide to building and renovating


    BuildHer Website: https://buildhercollective.com.au/


    BuildHer Instagram: @buildhercollective


    BuildHer Facebook: Women who Design, Decorate, Renovate & Build

    Register for a call: https://go.oncehub.com/BuildHer
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Rachel Beierle @rachelb.design ,

Exactly what I was looking for!

I can not explain how excited I was when I came across the BuildHer Collective, and then to find out they had a podcast!! I’m an interior designer with a yearning to design and develop properties for profit. I didn’t know where to start or who to reach out to for advice, but now I feel like I’m heading in the right direction! These women are amazing at what they do and to think this information is free!? It’s too good to be true :) Thank you for all that you offer and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun, positive environment to help make their building goals come to life.

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interesting and full of knowledge + resources

i just discovered this show and i’m loving it. i’m working in commercial construction (in the office) and am yearning to learn more about development, design and budgeting, and so far this podcast has delivered; the hosts have a ton of experience and are generous with their knowledge, and the guests are all immediate instagram follows. i live in san francisco otherwise i’d be attending your classes! keep it up ladies.

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