In between larger scale property development projects, we also take on general building projects for private clients or property developers.
We have our own workforce covering all major trades which allows us to provide a quick, personal and cost effective service to our clients.
We also have a small works and main contracts department. For these types of projects, a meeting to discuss client requirements can normally be scheduled within a few days.
We are more than happy to help clients who are unfamiliar with the building process in the handling of planning, drawing up plans, engineering, calculations and building regulations approval if required.
We either take projects on for a fixed price or we can act as project managers where FMC Ltd uses its contacts and buying power to search out the best prices from other contractors. FMC Ltd then charges a fixed percentage on top of project costs. At all times if any additional works are required these are always discussed with the client before works are undertaken.
Some of the building services we provide :
Bricklayer, Carpenter/Joiner, Driveway Specialist, Electrician, Flooring Specialist, Heating Engineer, Kitchen Specialist, Metalworker, Painter/Decorator, Plasterer/Rendered, Plumber, Roofing Specialist, Stone Worker/Stonemason, Window Replacement Specialist, Disabled Facilities/Adaptations, Restoration of properties, Insurance Work, New Builds (LABC registered) this is not an exhaustive list , if you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us – we will be happy to assist.
Considerations for General Building Services
We get a lot of private clients who ask us for quotes for building work before they have thought out what they really want.
This makes it very difficult for us to give an accurate price and can leave the customer open to numerous extras by the time the project is finished, which is an awkward and unhappy experience for both parties.
Bad experiences can be avoided with a bit of up-front planning work. For a small fee FMC Ltd is happy to take a clients idea right through from concept to finished product, however doing some of the preparation work yourself will save you time and money in the long run.
Here are some of the things you should think about before starting a project:
Before You Start
Determine why you want to alter your house – several thousand pounds spent decorating your house, cleaning or replacing carpets, sprucing up tiling or kitchen door fronts, resolving poor DIY jobs, dealing with damp or structural cracks makes sense and can significantly increase the value and saleability of your house.
Over the longer term (more than 3 years), more major building extensions start to pay off. Features such as adding central heating, en-suite bathrooms, new kitchens and extra bedrooms are some of the best investments.
Generally, alterations to your home will require planning permission and may also require building regulations approval. Once you have determined the reason and business case for extending your house and worked out if you can manage the expected budget, the next step is to determine if your local council will let you modify your house.
After that, if you choose, FMC Ltd can handle the whole planning permission approval process for you.
If you choose to deal with the planning permission yourself, that’s fine too – we can recommend any number of architects, planning, and building control numbers for you to use.
Getting an extension through planning would typically cost about £1000 to £1200 – it usually takes about a month to draw up finished plans, and then 2 months or more to get planning approval.
The duty planning officer will need as much information as possible to provide you with clear guidance, and for this reason it is normally advisable to have at least sketch plans drawn up to illustrate what you want to do to your home. Photos of your house and a site location plan (which you can get from your local library) are also useful.
Once these are approved, depending upon your project you may need to get engineering calculations carried out.
For larger or more complex building projects it is also useful to get a detailed job spec drawn up by your architect. Generally the more guidance and information you can provide to a builder, the less room for misunderstanding and the easier it is to give you an accurate price.
Selecting a Builder
Choosing a builder can be a difficult decision to make. The simplest thing is to ask friends who have used a builder recently for their recommendations.