Construction Consulting

for Current AND Future Homeowners

Consulting –  more bang for your buck

Many people believe that acquiring consulting for a project is an expense. But in actuality, it’s an investment. And as you may know, any good investment pays dividends. In build/renovation Consulting, that equates to: less stress/heartache, timely projects, and savings.

Not to mention success and ultimately, happiness.

Your home is where you sleep, in comfort and security – or so you should.

It’s where we prepare and eat meals. Also where we go to relax, exercise, entertain, teach, learn, play, upkeep hygiene, and for some – operate a business. That’s a lot of living. Hopefully all accomplished in well designed areas for each individual/activity.

In general, most dwellings are designed and built for average people – with average budgets and lifestyles in mind. Most dwellings lack in character, ergonomics,  imagination and are built to minimum code.

If you’re like me, you are NOT average – or you wouldn’t be here.

You want more for yourself/your family, and are willing to take the bull by the horns.

You want your home to fit and compliment your lifestyle.

At ABC we offer complete Consulting for every construction project, and the benefits go far beyond the affordability! But, we’ll discuss that in more detail later.

Construction Consulting – it’s not just my life

It’s my passion.

I’ve spent my career in the fields of Renovation, Security , Communication,  Audio-Visual and Integration services. Fortunately for me, I watched, conversed with and worked alongside seasoned professionals all the while. Dealing directly and indirectly with homeowners of every walk of life, in various locations around the globe. We “tradies”, together or independently, along with designers, architects and decorators – have created beautiful and functional homes for every taste, requirement and budget. I LOVE making people happy.

For me to start a Construction Consulting business just made perfect sense.

I enjoy utilizing my imagination and expertise to combine architecture, technology, and design. Particularly to help those with a desire to live in an abode created entirely with their individual lifestyles in mind. Homes that reflect their wants, needs and budgets as well.

Although challenging at times, homeowner satisfaction and happiness upon completion of a project is intoxicating and bolsters my vim. And improves their lives!

Improving other’s lives improves mine – in so many rewarding ways.

Who has your  best interest in mind?

Many an architect/designer have never actually built a home – nor have many builders/contractors ever planned/designed one.

Whose house is it (or will it be) anyway??

The Architects, Builders and Contractors don’t have to live there. And any “sub-trade” or vendor has a product or service to push, so bias or lack of enthusiasm is almost a given.

I have only your happiness in mind, and will ONLY make suggestions for people, products, techniques or materials I KNOW are on the Up & Up – or come highly recommended by skilled, experienced professionals.

If you’re looking for construction Consulting, I believe you’ll leave here enlightened.  More so if you decide to invite me along for the ride. If not, I still implore you to read on. I will give you food for thought and leave you, at the very least, informed about what lies ahead on your journey. After all, I’m here to assist in your joy, safety and success.

You’re here because you’re preparing to build a brand new custom home/vacation getaway, or about renovate an existing one. Either way…

Congratulations!

Is it all planned out in your head, or do you have anything on paper?

Have drawings or plans (perhaps on SketchUp, CAD or similar software)?

If not, don’t fear – that’s why I’m here!

I’m excited for you!

Have you thought about: Number of rooms? Lighting or plumbing fixtures? Wine cellar? How about Smart-Home technology? Will the garage fit all the vehicles/toys? Type of flooring (carpet, hardwood, bamboo, laminate, polished cement, tile, stone or a mixture of )? What about a pool/hot tub? Maybe a sauna, tennis court or gym? Do you entertain? Perhaps a gourmet kitchen or a kick-ass audiovisual system? If in a rural/country setting, what about sustainability (solar/wind/water power generation), septic system, or water supply? Outdoor fireplace/oven? Do you have pets, what of their well being? Mobility or environmental challenges that need addressing?

Perhaps you dream of building on and island, or in the tropics (or both!).

Did these questions make your head spin? If not, just wait, ’cause that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. A landslide of questions are on the way!

Priority #1,

“What’s important to you, your partner and/or family?”

The answer will be different for each of us, particularly when combined with societal and cultural norms. Lest we forget governmental and local requirements.

If you’re reading this, you probably:

  • Desire more than what the average builder can deliver
  • Care deeply about your personal well being and that of your partner/family
  • Know the importance of a home and the shelter, comfort and security it should offer
  • Would love to “Do It Yourself” but know very little about construction/renovation
  • Possess little knowledge about the tools involved and/or lack the skills/ability to use them (or where to acquire them)
  • Know a thing or two about construction/tools/tech but are seeking help with the design/plan
  • Would prefer to hire a professional to help prevent any “unforeseen” issues from the project
  • Are uncertain if you should “go it” alone, or get a builder
  • Aren’t savvy of the technology or options that could be beneficial to your project
  • Lead a busy life, and would prefer only to collaborate on such a project from behind a desk/would gladly pay someone else to complete the leg-work
  • Are retiring/seeking to build in the tropics and haven’t a clue where to start
  • Don’t ever want to say: “I should have…”, “I wish we hadn’t…”, “I didn’t know…”, “I thought…”, “I regret…” and so on.

And, you likely don’t want your home designed and/or built/renovated by someone who doesn’t know and care about what’s important to you/your family.

Unfortunately, most people allow their builder to control everything (design, planning, schedule, crew, materials/products, etc) and many end up unsatisfied – at best.

My intent is certainly not to diss builders/contractors

They’ve had a HUGE impact on my life, and without them most of us would be living in caves – or without work. And I’m quite certain that I wouldn’t be doing what I do.

However, with the “masters-of-old” retiring/dying-off and fewer youth entertaining a job in the trades, it’s slim pickings. The last 30+ years haven’t produced sufficient numbers of properly trained, experienced tradespeople to supply today’s demands. Our governments and schools aren’t pushing trades enough. And there are plenty of “hacks” and shysters out there.

A few of the things that put  ABC at the forefront of the residential game;

Knowledge of:

  • design
  • decor
  • security
  • entertainment
  • connectivity
  • automation
  • lighting
  • architecture
  • mobility
  • sustainability
  • tropical builds

…and the capability of thinking outside the box of conventional standards.

Along with my understanding and interest in the ideas/feelings/habits of my clients. All paramount in planning and creating an ergonomic, harmonious, comfortable and safe home.

Articulate Build Construction Consulting

  • Assesses people for precise determination of dwelling requirements
  • Is experienced and capable of integrating requirements with available technology
  • Has a network of incredibly talented blue and white collar professionals
  • Can combine all the above to:
  1. Maximize Value
  2. Minimize Stress
  3. Shorten Delays
  4. Continuously create successful, wonderful dwellings

Plan Every Detail

As the Law Of Attraction dictates that, “If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand”.
The Secret to creating anything (like your Ultimate Dream Home) is having the ability to “picture every detail in your mind”. If you can’t right now, yu will when we’re done.
My CDAS (Cognitive Dwelling Assessment System) paired with my experience, allows me to pinpoint every important aspect of your lifestyle requirements, and assist in manifesting a home you’ll love for years to come – and possibly never want to leave!

What you don’t know about construction, I do!

I’ve become a consultant not only because of my background and talents, but because I love helping others. Through the years I’ve seen far too many projects fall victim to poor or inadequate planning, and the toll it can have on those involved. My goal is prevention.

Growing up, we didn’t have a “house” of our own – but I often dreamt of it. As a matter of fact, it was much later in life that I moved from apartment living to habitation in a detached, single family dwelling. Only in the last decade was I in the right circumstance to purchase one. Imagine my excitement!

I care about you/your family, relationship, health and budget

ABC has a primary commitment to put YOUR satisfaction ahead of ours.

A home isn’t just 4 walls, a roof, ceiling and floor; it’s much, MUCH more.

Location is just as important as size, who will live there and how.

Architectural design, construction and options are all VERY individual. Homes should not be alike because people/families are not alike. Consultation is IMPORTANT!

Why give your time (and money) to someone who doesn’t truly care about the end product or more importantly, you?

You need someone who, like you, will turn and look back at your home as they leave, feeling good about their accomplishment and your happiness.

Choice Matters

Average builders offer merely a few different models, less than a handful of finishes and build in maybe a few neighborhoods . One will offer a completely different set of designs with entirely different options and locations than another, and so on. Depending on your needs and choice of location it really doesn’t leave you much room for creative license or intervention.

Should none have what you want, where you want, what do you do??

If you were like everyone else, you’d make exceptions, settle for less and purchase one of those cookie cutter homes from a big box builder. One that may very well be poorly managed or whose crews’ credentials/skills could be questionable. And, your house will be just another standardized house in Blahville, similar to houses all over town.

But, you’re not everyone else, you want more and that’s why you’re here!

Anything done right begins with a solid foundation

I strive to keep you feeling assured, comfortable, safe and happy – from first contact to completion and beyond.
What makes a house a home, and a home a castle?
Planning, planning, planning – for starters.
Don’t let what should be a fantastic life experience turn into a nightmare by allowing your inexperience (and possibly incorrect mindset) lead you down a dark path. Let me be your brilliant, guiding light.
I have the Foundation, for your Imagination.

Whether doing it all yourself, simply strapping on the tools, overseeing the sub-trades, or just hiring others for everything – ABC is here for you.

Proper Consulting Compares Apples with Apples

You NEED a set of architectural drawings available for your possible builders/contractors to estimate on. Or, there will be differences in estimates (or quotes) – and project success rates.

You will likely discuss many styles, options, materials, etc, with family and friends, let alone those who would do the work!

With each conversation, project ideas and scope will change. That’s a guarantee.

However, before drawings/plans can be made, other planning is necessary. A consultation with a professional who knows the ins/outs is key to starting the process. Don’t allow your dream to collapse prior to it beginning by not building a solid foundation! A foundation that only professional consulting can offer.

Don’t let others sway you from consulting, they are not footing the bill, nor must they deal with the results of a failed project. Nor does their mental/physical/financial health lie in the balance.

The best thing that you can do in life is invest in yourself, and consulting with ABC is doing exactly that!

Consulting to Overcome the Odds

WITHOUT ABCyour project (statistically) will…

  • Take LONGER than expected
  • Cost MORE than budgeted
  • BREAK up your family
  • RUIN a relationship
  • CAUSE health issues
  • NOT meet expectations
  • Be STRESSFUL

*75% of “out of country” builds were 55% (a few 100+%) over budget!

*10% of those builds failed altogether due to finance issues

*50% of custom builds/renovations cause relationship stress

*2 out of 50 have ended relationships/broken-up families

*15 of 50 caused health issues (mental/physical)

Consulting information can prevent injuries, expenses and delays on projects
Man on crutches with broken leg – photographer unknown
None of those I surveyed had fatalities, but check the online stats. There are far too many who have succumbed to accidents, tool/equipment related injuries and health issues too. Don’t just take my word for it, research it for yourself or at least check out the links way down below.

**40% of Canadians -who only remodeled- went over budget (imagine a custom house!)

I’ve been in the building and renovation industry for many years. As a result I’ve worked with thousands of individuals/couples/families. I’ve seen for myself the arguments, break-ups, breakdowns and failures that remove the fun from this type of project.

Your Project shouldn’t add to those stats

Not to be taken lightly, for those adventurous enough to attempt a custom build or renovation on their own; the process of design, deluge of decisions, avalanche of tasks and flood of invoices can be dramatically life-changing.

Many hundreds of thousands the world over attempt it every day and a huge percentage don’t/won’t succeed. Of those who do, a great deal encounter dire consequences; relationships ruined, marriages/families torn apart, dreams shattered, and sleepless nights filled with anxiety. Some have succumbed to heavy financial burden, even bankruptcy, others hospitalized, lost their lives or worse, a combination of the above.

Build Consulting can prevent relationship breakdowns
Broken glass on relationship photo – photographer unknown
Peter Pearson of  The Couples Institute says, “Tackling any major undertaking as a couple brings up dilemmas that are blind to geographic location, ethnicity and culture”. “It’s just proof of the universality of the emotional brain”.

Don’t let frustration take over

On almost any given build or renovation, there are at least a dozen of the following white/blue collar workers involved;

  • architects
  • designers
  • builders
  • foundation workers
  • framers
  • electricians
  • plumbers
  • dry-wall techs
  • compound applicators
  • insulators
  • painters
  • carpenters
  • carpet layers
  • hardwood flooring installers
  • masons
  • tilers
  • HVAC techs
  • roofers
  • home-automation techs
  • audio/visual techs
  • security/fire techs
  • decorators
  • stair design/install crew

And the list goes on, and on, and on

Consulting can save you stress
Stressed woman – photographer unknown

Don’t leave your every decision up to your builder/contractor(s). Inform yourself and/or hire a consultant, because educated decisions are best for you/your partner and family.

My Construction Consulting Practice

I assess my clients in detail to determine their wants and needs and the appropriate team members required for any project. Then, I choose or direct you (so that you may choose) those best suited. ABC has the knowledgeexperience and ability to dissect and analyze each and every aspect of a given project to determine which/if/when other sources should be involved, saving you energy, time, money, stress (or possibly failure). Remember, your project may be necessary, but grief is not.

prevent disaster, consult before you build
Fallen house of cards – courtesy IWF11 and Photobucket

Certainly you, or someone you know, has built or renovated a home and has spoken at length of the woes? If not, click on any of the Links near the bottom of the page for some enlightening  information.

Whether my clients prefer guidance only, hands-on assistance, or rather have it all done for them, I am up to the task.

Consider Consulting as a Viable Tool

When it comes to building or renovating, there are literally  thousands of elements to consider.

First of all, there is budget/financing. Then, the building itself (style, design/layout, size, usage). Geographic location (site, climate, terrain, accessibility). Builders/contractors. Building materials (and access to them), technologies, etc.

There is an incredible number of people in the industry, some are excellent, yet there are also an obscene amount of hacks; inexperienced builders and poorly managed projects  with little-or-no foresight/oversight. I’ve seen it far too often.

I equip every client with the pertinent information/people/products and innovations required for utmost satisfaction and minimum grief/aggravation.

Off-Grid and Sustainable

Builds and renovations require even more knowledge and consideration because they deal with new and old technologies and often hybrids of both. It’s not all about high tech or big $$, it’s about what’s best for the individual(s).

Before embarking on what could be the scariest journey of your life, spending unknown hours of your life with architects/designers/builders…

Ask yourself what is important to you/your loved ones/etc. and make an appointment with ABC before it’s too late.

Don’t think of hiring a consulting as an expense

Think of us as a safety net and an investment. People pay insurance for years and many NEVER benefit from the cost. Collaborating with ABC will save you money AND ensure your success!

A well known standard practice in Building/Renovating is to “pad” your budget, to add an extra 10, 15 or even 20% to the overall. This covers unforeseen (omissions, failed assumptions, inadequate allowances, price changes, etc). Working with me will save you at the very least 10%, AND make certain your project is successful.

consulting is the key to savings
No Consulting = Burning money – courtesy unknown

Invest in an experienced, savvy professional who lives and breathes Construction Consulting.

Forget the money.  Can you place a dollar value on your time, relationships, family, health, or life?

Ever thought about how any of the above could affect your ability to earn an income or even spend it?

No matter what, during your lifetime you will be educated. Education costs, but it doesn’t always have to be the hard way.

Assurance and piece of mind – ABC  gives you that

Mission: “To help current and future Homeowners, through strategic assessment, education and guidance – to achieve successful projects while avoiding the setbacks that can destroy relationships, families, health and finances.”

Building or renovating, Articulate Build Consulting can be your solid foundation.

With ABC your project(s) will always be successful.

Contact Articulate Build Consulting NOW!

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Because…

Education + Guidance + Investment = Success

I offer a money back Guarantee!!***

Some of you may be doing it all yourself. Others may occasionally hire others as necessary. I’ve included links on issues/topics you may encounter if doing either/both on your project.

Links:

Mike Holmes – Renovation Stress

Esther Walker/Daily Mail – Surviving your Reno

Ladies Home Journal – “Our Reno is Wrecking our Marriage”

Home Renovations make 12% of couples consider Divorce – Houzz

Building a Dream Home turned into a Nightmare – House Beautiful

Think About Asbestos – PressReader.com

Contractors Death – How you CAN be responsible – Vancouver Sun

What type of Accidents/Injuries you could incur on your project – TheSpruce.com

So you gave a Deposit, no guarantee that your project be completed – Calgary Herald

The $500,000 you found while digging the foundation or opening the bathroom wall on your property doesn’t necessarily belong to you – ElderLawAnswers

It’s not always YOUR renovation that will do you in – National Post

Accidents Do Happen, even to the Pros – St. Catherines Standard

3 Scams used by Contractors on Clients and other Contractors that You should know about

Not sure how we could help with this one, but here’s something for the “Strange” files –  Haunted Hudson Valley

Learn from those who didn’t hire a consultant…

Incredible real-life stories about people building Dream Homes:

CBC Television’s Grand Designs – Hosted by designer and writer Kevin McCloud, who highlights the (mental, physical, emotional and financial) trials/tribulations of the process.

Below are a couple of noteworthy articles for even more insight…

→When the harder choice makes sense←
→What it’s like to build in the Tropics←

Proper advice can minimize or prevent stress (mental, physical and relationship). It can also minimize cost overruns, injury and all things that can (and usually do) arise from this kind of undertaking.

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*Based on a survey of 50 homeowners from North, South and Central America, Trinidad/Tobago and a few from the EU. Statistic numbers have been rounded-up.

**Based on the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey of over 100,000 Canadians

***If you are not completely satisfied with or your project goes over the pre-discussed/agreed upon budget by over 15%.