After giving us some information about your project via our website, one of the Finch team will get in touch with you via phone to discuss in detail what you are hoping to achieve with your home renovation or extension. Why you are renovating and your ideas, questions and concerns about the process are all just as important to us as the details of the project itself.


Sometimes our clients have begun their building journey already, with anything from a few initial ideas all the way to having drawings prepared by a draftsperson or architect or council approval. We are happy to work with you if you are closer to building, and will simply pick up the process at the stage you are at to ensure you get the full Finch service from there on in.

Having said that, it is a good idea to involve your builder as soon as you can as they will often have ideas and perspective that ensures all concepts and plans are practical and can be built efficiently and with your lifestyle in mind. For this reason, we almost always start with a consultation with our builder to review your documentation and determine if it is a good fit for you and for Finch. At this time, our builder will give you some initial advice about a realistic budget and timeframe and may have some suggestions to improve your building experience.


If your project is suitable, we will arrange for our licensed builder to visit you on-site at your home to discuss your needs and desires in detail. During this consultation, the builder will ask many questions as well as offer advice such as ways to best utilise the space, best materials or cost saving ideas. The builder may also be able to provide a ‘ball park’ estimate to ensure that what you are after is realistic and within your budget. While there is enormous value in this consultation, it is provided at no charge as we want to ensure a great fit for both you (our valued client) and Finch.


Finch will begin the process of getting your project documentation underway. This is a collaborative discovery process during which we will work alongside you each step of the way – ensuring that the planning and council approval stages of your renovation or extension goes smoothly with the benefit of our experience. It is a critically important stage. Time spent now in concept and drawings often saves a large amount of time and money down the track.

We will provide you with a Preliminary Service Agreement at this stage, which typically ranges from $8,000-$12,000 (subject to project size) and covers all works by the builder and draftsman as well as providing a clear estimate of any external costs you may also need to pay. The Preliminary Service Agreement includes Site Measure Drawings, Concept Plans, Estimate Proposal (if required), Council Submissions, External Reports e.g. Engineering, Energy Reports and Construction Drawings, ready to begin building. Organising all of these through your builder often saves a considerable amount of money and ensures that the plans are done in line with council requirements and with the final construction process in mind.

It’s important to think carefully about your preferences even at this early stage, as the more definite you can be now, the more likely that you won’t exceed your budget or the project completion time with unnecessary changes later on.


With the Preliminary Service Agreement underway, the design team at Finch will now move forward in making your planning stage our focus. We will organise to return to your home with our draftsperson, and as a team we will discuss in greater depth your project. We will also offer a range of professional advice around materials, time frames, design and construction.


In this exciting stage, your ideas come to life. Working with our team, you will first document your existing home (Measured Drawings) and then produce plans showcasing the results after renovation.

The Concept Plans include a Site Plan, Floor Plan and Elevations of your design.

We understand that this process sometimes takes a few revisions to get right! This is also the best time to change your mind as changes beyond this time can be more costly or inconvenient. For these reasons, we always include an allowance in the plan preparation stage for a reasonable number of amendments (typically three), and can also accommodate amendments beyond this at a nominal hourly rate.


At this stage, it is often possible to prepare an Estimate Proposal for finalising finances or preparing your budget. This is not typically offered by builders but we find it is often helpful for our clients. An estimate is not a fixed price quotation or a contract, but rather our best guess at the total price to complete your project, based upon our initial inspection and the documentation so far.


Finch will prepare your drawings suitable to submit to the Council for Development Planning Consent, and assist you through the process. Finch’s office team is very experienced in this process and their expertise will be invaluable in expediting your approval.


It’s nearing the time to commence building! Finch will provide you with everything needed, including design development, drawings and documentation suitable for submitting to Council for Building Rules Consent, Development Approval and an itemised, fixed price Building Proposal.

The contract documentation phase will include Site Plan, Roof Plan, Floor Plan, Elevations, Sections, Timber Layouts and General Specification.

The co-ordination of the required 3rd party reports/services will also be included in this phase, overseen by the Finch team. These are set out as estimates where possible in your Preliminary Service Agreement.


With the paperwork complete, the exciting building stage can begin. You will formerly approve the Building Construction quote and be provided with a copy of the HIA Building Contract to read thoroughly before signing. This contact is designed specifically to protect clients during building works and we welcome any questions or opportunities to provide further information at any time.


Ready to start your renovation or extension, we will ask you to finalise your selections from suppliers. Often you will have spent many hours shopping the options and choosing can be hard! Let us know if we can help. It is important to be sure of your choices now to avoid creating delays down the track with too many changes of mind.


With the contract signed and selections made, we will begin ordering your project components, allocate you a project team and advise you of a start date. You can expect to work with us regularly at this time as we introduce you to our best tradespeople (if you haven’t met them during the concept phase) and keep you well informed about our construction schedule.

You can now sit back and enjoy the Finch Constructions building experience, and look forward to soon enjoying your new or reinvigorated home!


Location: Unit 1/9 Oaklands Road, Somerton Park, SA 5044

Phone: (08) 8295 8175

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