What information do I need to provide to get a quote?

Before choosing a builder it is important to get a sense of how much the building works will cost. A good start is to request between three to five quotes from reputable builders. Any more than five quotes can lead to further confusion and prolong the comparison process. Ensure each builder receives the same information and you will be able to make a direct comparison and an informed decision on your building works.

How much will the build cost?

There are a few considerations before a price can be given. These include:

  • the size of the project
  • complexity of the design
  • inclusions (basic, standard or luxury)
  • characteristics of the land/site (difficult site, accessibility, etc.)

After considering all of these factors a price guide can be given.

How is quality managed?

We have a strict quality control procedure. Checks are carried out during construction, and at the completion of every trade and construction stage. We like to have a ‘hands-on’ approach, so we are constantly on site overseeing all trades. This ensures we identify any areas of concern early and have it rectified promptly. During site visits, we encourage our clients to be diligent in pointing out any areas of concern.


How long does it take to complete a build?

The construction time for a project will vary depending on the complexity of the development and the level of finish. Hurrell & Smith will be able to give you a timeframe during the initial consultation after reviewing your building documents in detail.

Will I be kept up to date during the building project?

Absolutely! Communication is key and working in partnership with our clients is critical to our success. Regular site meetings are scheduled to discuss progress, milestones, works coming up and selections, if needed.

What is the difference between a custom-home builder and a volume builder?

The family home will generally be the greatest investment you make in your lifetime. Not only is it a big financial commitment, it will also be an emotional commitment. As you plan your new home one of the first decisions you will make is to go with a smaller custom-home builder, or one of the big volume builders.

The main difference between the two is custom-home builders are generally small construction businesses who specialise in unique builds, with each home they build being a little different to the last. A custom-home builder can design and prepare plans based on your specific requirements and site, or build from plans provided by the client. They also have a higher standard of construction principles, giving a premium quality and finish. One of the benefits in choosing this type of builder is the flexibility and choice you have as you work collaboratively with your builder to design and select the fixtures and finishes you want.

Generally, when you work with a custom-home builder you work with the builder directly. He will assist you through all stages of the building project.

Volume builders operate by providing a range of standard designs they have in their library. They are generally not site specific, so don’t allow for layout flexibility. Usually, your choice of fixtures and fittings is limited.