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Owner Building an Extension

Greens Extension“UBuild was an integral part of our owner builder journey – we just couldn’t have done it without UBuild’s assistance. From the planning of our extension right through to lock up, UBuild’s experience, knowledge and advice were essential in the success of our owner builder project. 

Barry and his team were always available and more than happy to take our (numerous) calls for advice when we needed them. They were able to source materials quickly and competitively.     

So thank you UBuild – not only have you helped to save us thousands of dollars – you’ve also helped make our owner builder journey a fulfilling and rewarding one.”

Angela and Gary Green
Hervey Bay

Letter of Appreciation

Tom and Wendy“After getting quotes from numerous building companies to build our new house and realising the cost and limitations of using them, we decided to take the route of owner building. Being complete novices at building, we fortunately came across UBuild and after a meeting with Barry Armstrong we decided to use their services.

UBuild’s logical step-by step system is really simple to follow and also having Barry only a phone call away for advice is reassuring.

Now that we are nearing the final stages of completion, we realise what a daunting project this would have been without UBuild.

We would not hesitate in recommending UBuild for anyone else considering owner building.

Thanks for your help, Barry.”

Tom and Wendy Jackson
3rd February 2009

Owner Builder Consultations – Voluntarily Mandatory

Why does UBuild Homes insist on an indepth consultation with a prospective Owner Builder before offering their services?

Because a consultation with UBuild Homes is the foundation for the Owner Builder’s Project. It basically helps to answer the most important question:

Do you have what it takes to be a successful Owner Builder?

During a UBuild Homes Consultation the aspiring Owner Builder will discover what Owner Building entails, and no matter what they decide to do from that point on, they will have a clearer understanding of what they will be required to do, how much effort they will need to put into their project, and how much it is going to cost.

The consultation will also show you just how UBuild Homes can help you achieve a successful outcome. You see, we are not just a Kit Home Supplier. UBuild Homes:

  • provides a planning and design service.
  • is a source for engineering and certification services.
  • provides valuable training (formal and informal)
  • is a systemized project manager.
  • is a friend (this is how our customers often describe us)
  • supplies materials and co-ordinates the supplying of materials.
  • sources reliable and cost-effective trades.
  • is your sounding board for ideas.
  • creates solutions.
  • is always on your side, from the start to the finish.

Something you should understand before becoming an Owner Builder is that you are going to be pretty much out there on your own. And for this reason, if you are not completely educated, organized, disciplined and time committed, or have a partner like UBuild Homes behind you, then you run the risk of being stuck with a project that runs over-time, over-budget and only ever serves to be a dismal reflection of your original goal.

Another frustrating facet to Owner Building is that no one is really going to help you unless there is something in it for them. Sadly, in the building industry, Owner Builders are generally seen as a “pain in the #$%”. Sorry to be blunt – but that’s just the way it is. Most tradesmen and supplies will not actually say this to your face, but it’s blatently obvious in their attitude – and prices! Did you know that the majority of trades and suppliers (from certifiers to concreters, to hardware stores) have prices for builders, trades, DIY guys and then a special retail + price for Owner Builders? They justify this price hike because most Owner Builders fail to plan and research their project sufficiently, and so become “high maintenance”.

Now, there’s no need to throw your hands up in dispair; UBuild Homes Owner Builders are completing satisfying, on-time, on-budget projects every day… Here’s the facts:

Fact: UBuild Homes Customers get their plans drawn cheaper and faster than the average Owner Builder.

Fact: UBuild Homes Customers get their engineers and certification done cheaper and quicker than the average Owner Builder.

Fact: UBuild Homes Customers have a 100% record of completing there projects on time and on budget. If a budget outcome did evergo over, it was always due to a written variation.

How is it that UBuild Homes Customers sail through the Owner Builder Process successfully time after time?

It’s simple. UBuild Homes are builders. Because of our combined experience of over 50 years of active involvement in the industry as a residential construction company UBuild has built up systems and relationships that allow us to make things happen at the right price and in a timely fashion. Put simply: That is what we do. That is what we were trained to do. And that is what UBuild Homes Customers engage us to do.

The downside of all this is that you can’t see these advantages on a web site or within a glossy brochure. You need to see the UBuild systems, benefit from our experience and friendly support, first hand. Only then can we guide you on the first steps to becoming a successful Owner Builder.

We invite you to take advantage of a UBuild Homes Consultation and find out if you’re set up to complete your proposed Owner Builder Project… and enjoy the whole process.

Good Luck and we hope to see you soon.

Open Communication Saves Building Project

10th April 2007
To Whom it May Concern,

Owner Builder Ross WilliamsI entered into an agreement with UBuild Homes on the 4th of September 2006 and have found them very helpful and constructive with advice and comments. Difficulties did arise, but Barry Armstrong’s long experience in the building industry managed to solve the problems satisfactorily. He was always available and positive.

I recommend UBuild Homes to any owner builder. Full and open communication saved the project.

Yours sincerely,
Ross Williams