Members of the National Federation of Builders   Helme & Hallett Ltd.

How do I go about getting my building work done?

So you have a project in mind and are not sure where to start?

Tip Number One - Contact Helme & Hallett and talk to us about what you want to do. We will be able to advise you what to do next.

If it is a smaller project that does not need planning permission, then we can make an appointment to visit you at your property to discuss your requirements.

We take notes and details on site. We then draft out the works description and draw up an estimate of the cost of the works. This will always be done after our site visit, and we aim to provide you a written estimate for small works posted in 7 to 10 days.

Where the work is complicated in nature or scale, but still does not require planning permission, then we will provide you with a full schedule of works and a breakdown of our estimate for the works. This allows you to check that we have anticipated your requirements correctly and that you can see where the costs are in the works. We will then discuss our submission with you, and alter our schedule and estimate at your request to ensure that we are providing you at the outset with the job that you actually need. We provide this valuable service for our clients who are interested in doing the right thing for their property and for themselves. This process takes longer and we aim to provide you a schedule of works and estimate posted in 14 to 21 days.

Tip Number Two – If you believe in a fair price for a fair job and your project does not require planning permission, then contact Helme & Hallett and talk to us about what you want to do. We will save you a surveyor’s fees drawing up your project requirements.

If your project does require planning permission, we can offer several names of local architects and surveyors whom we work with and feel will provide you with the service that you require. We do not provide a planning approval service, as we believe in sticking to what we know best – organizing and carrying out quality construction projects.

Tip Number Three - Contact Helme & Hallett for suggestions of local architects and surveyors.

For the larger project that requires planning permission you may wish to have a budget cost of the construction work before you engage your architect or surveyor. Usually they should be able to provide you with a fair idea of the likely cost of the project; however, given the opportunity to work with you and your architect or surveyor, we are happy to provide a budget cost at an early stage. This will not be any form of estimate, as there will be too many factors undefined; however, it usually provides you with a reasonable guide to the likely end cost of the works.

Please note that this work takes time and we will only provide budgets if we have a clear comitment that the client wishes to have Helme & Hallett carry out the work. We carry out many such partnerships with existing clients where there is mutual trust in a common aim of providing the right building to specific quality and cost constraints.

We are happy either to work with you and your architect / surveyor at an early stage to provide budget guidance and finally a fixed price estimate, or to come in at the end of the process and enter into the tender process with other contractors as advised by your architect / surveyor.

Once you accept our estimate, we will contact you to arrange a suitable date to schedule the work to be carried out, and to advise on any matters necessary to try to reduce the disruption to your daily life whilst the works are carried out. We can advise you on where to look for kitchens, bathroom fittings, flooring, tiles and any number of items that are to be incorporated into the works.

Tip Number FourOnce you have Helme & Hallett on the team, we will do everything we can to assist you to reduce the stress that is all too commonly associated with the building process. Contact Helme & Hallett!

Before and after, above and below... this kitchen extension adds space to the house in terms of both depth and width. As well as the very attractive new doors onto the garden, the extension features an exposed oak-timbered vaulted ceiling, for an additional feeling of spaciousness and light.

A project like this would normally require planning permission, but if you are in any doubt as to whether your proposed building works will require planning permission, just ask us!