Understanding Building Costs / Calculator


Quite often people underestimate (including builders) the cost of building, so it is critical to have a good understanding of the entire scope of works so we can deliver an accurate quote for completing your project on time, within budget and to the highest standards and attention to detail.

Even Governments get it wrong continuously on building infrastructure projects, cost overruns extensive reports have identified that we have an inefficient industry. Issues like inadequate use of technology, project design documentation, and insufficient collaboration across the professions resulting in poor project scoping and delivery.


Either building a new home or that new addition or remodelling project can signal the exciting sound of your dreams taking shape or they can conjure visions of fear understandable. These major construction projects can be scary and expensive. But doing homework on the front end can help you develop a firm budget, and clear vision. What do you hope to accomplish with the project? And how much do you have to spend? Are there options that you haven’t envisaged for a more cost effective solution?

The nature of each project carries levels of complexity that might not be immediately apparent, budget at least some extra cushion for the unexpected.

An example: Perhaps you have an older home, and when your contractors tear up your carpet, they discover structural problems with the flooring or maybe the plumbers find old pipes that need to be replaced. Hope for the best, but plan for at least a bit of the worst. Everything works back to proper planning and detailing either a 50 or a 500k building project.

The industry is full of tricks and traps for the unaware and you need to be cautious. The cost variances between consultants , for exactly the same services, recently we had a structural engineering company wanting to charge thousands more for the same thing ,imagine the one off tradespeople , like carpenters or plumbers etc. may sound cheap trying to do everything yourself but normally works the other way.

Even a small project like a room extension involves several trades from roofing, concreters, steel fixers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, renderers, cabinet makers materials etc.

For a better understanding of building costs, developed industry calculators like homebuilding.cordell.com.au and bmtqs.com.au/construction cost table, are a great help and updated regularly.

H4 Living with an integrated design and building function giving you up to 4 quotes from independent master builders is a business model based on BIM (Building Information Modelling) where all parties come together to achieve a successful project. Like many European countries that already adopted the system, Australia at government level is considering implementing this process in all government building projects starting from 2016.

Cost savings, time efficiencies and more successful projects are achieved which benefits everyone.

We are hoping that BIM is implemented at the small residential and commercial projects level as well, and H4 is already leading the way in this process. Refer www.buildingsmart.org.au/campaigns/the-national-bim-initiative.

We hope that we can be of assistance bringing your vision to reality.

H4 Living Team Wins Various Awards

We are proud of our team and well recognized in the industry.

• BEST OF HOUZZ 2015 design award as one of Australia’s top home professionals. Award was voted by more than 25 million people worldwide .

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovating and design, providing people everything they need for inspirational ideas from renovating to building a custom home .This is the largest residential database in the world connecting millions of people worldwide.

Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice they need to help their ideas into reality.

In feb 2015 we have received the notice from Houzz headquarters:

H4 Living (Design & Construction) has been chosen as a Best of Houzz WINNER 2015 for DESIGN.

We are celebrating your outstanding work and contribution to Houzz with an award that has been selected by a community of more than 25 million users worldwide –including more than one million in Australia.

Jason Chuck managing director of Houzz Australia says “its great to see (H4 Living) recognized as the Best of Houzz from across Australia and more than 500,000 businesses worldwide. Its a genuine tribute to their expertise when the award is judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively building, renovating and decorating their homes.

• WINNER 2015 BDAQ Building Design of the Year – Premier Award

This award recognizes us with the design expertise and technical knowledge, the project Included a range of sustainable design features in a home with “wow factor “from the street and a stunning building design aesthetic inside and out. (State President-Building Designers Association of Qld Inc. Director – Built Environment Design Institute Ltd. Mr. Steven Claridge).

The Building Designers Association of Queensland (BDAQ) is an association that started back in 1992, the members are among the most informed professionals in the industry. Awards recognition from this professional association are recognized throughout the design and public community, we are very proud and humbled to receive this “Premier Award WINNER 2015 Building Design of the Year”.

We are extremely proud of our team , results are accredited to Effective Teamwork , and we will continue to guide our customers towards design solutions that are best for them and the environment .

What Industry Experts are Saying

“The operational energy use in these homes can be very low and in a situation where energy is exponentially getting dearer year on year, an H4 home will prove a great return on investment over time”

Mr Moyniahn believes we need to create a generation of homes that integrate resilience, liveability and low operational energy into the core of the design. Resilience describes a buildings ability to retain its functionality and purpose over a significant time span while minimising the need for maintenance and retrofitting. The H4 best exemplifies this resilience through the structural strength of the home and its ability to endure through climate changes, increased storm activity, fire, etc.

Mr Moynihan is director of Ecolateral, a suitability consultancy based in Brisbane and Tasmania. Mr Moynihan holds a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Architecture, Graduate Certificate in Carbon Management, Master of Environmental Science(current), Water Efficiency Assessor, Green Star Accredited Professional, EnviroDevelopment Professional, Registered Designer and Builder, QLD registered BCA Expert in Energy Efficiency.


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