Peter Bodeker Construction | Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Claremont, Mosman Park

FAQ

Who are you?

We are a prestige building company based in Cottesloe.  We specialise in renovations to homes in the Western Suburbs.

Why should we consider Peter Bodeker Construction for our building project?

We have a proven track record of quality construction and have won awards and commendations from the Fremantle and East Fremantle City Councils, and The Royal Australian Institute of Architects. As a company we pride ourselves on our quality of workmanship and our ability to finish our projects on time, and on budget.

What do you do differently from other builders?

Creating a beautiful home goes beyond the actual construction. An important and often undervalued aspect of the building process is establishing and maintaining good communications and relationships with all people involved.  This means clients, architects, designers, tradesmen, suppliers and ourselves working together to produce a satisfying building experience as a whole. Our ultimate aim is to transform your house and help create a wonderful lifestyle for you and your family for many years to come.

Why should anyone in the Western Suburbs use you?

The owner of our company, Peter Bodeker, has lived in the Western Suburbs all his life and he brings 30 years experience of building in this area to his company and all the projects he is involved with.  We have a dedicated team of tradesmen who work in the Western Suburbs and we can provide testimonials from local residents whose houses we transformed.

When can we start our project?

That is dependent on a number of factors.  The first step is to draw up detailed plans – usually done by an architect or designer, depending on the scope of the required works.  We can recommend an architect or designer for you. These plans are then submitted to your local government authority for planning approval and granting of the building licence. At the same time the planning and licence process is underway we create an estimate of the cost of your project, and (using our project management software) a timeline for construction. Should you decide to proceed with us, we then draw up & sign the building contract. Once the building license is granted we take out the required insurances and begin construction.

What is the actual construction process?

This will depend on the scope of works but in most cases the process begins with demolition of existing structures. Once all necessary demolition is complete the land is then prepared for the pouring of reinforced concrete slabs and/or footings. These serve as base supports for buildings and walls respectively. Once the slab/footings have cured we then commence external wall construction, and internal wall and roof framing.  This typically involves Brickies, Carpenters & Roof Framers. Then we run all the necessary electrical wiring and plumbing pipe work, install windows & doors, lay the flooring and commence rendering/plastering. Towards the end of the project we install plumbing & electrical fixtures; benchtops & cabinets. We can then commence tiling bathrooms/kitchens and installing shower screens and mirrors. The house is then ready for painting & brick paving.
Finally we install your appliances and undertake a full internal/external house clean in preparation for handover.

How will we be kept up to date update with costs and time left till completion?

Our cost-plus project customers receive a monthly updated budget and project plan comparing expenditure (actual & estimated) and timelines (actual & projected).  This will give an indication of what the final cost will be and the date it will be finished.  Variations to the original scope of works will affect both cost and finish date.

What sort of building contracts do you use?

There are two types of contracts we use. A lump-sum (also known as fixed price) contract specifies the total cost of the project prior to commencement. A cost-plus contract requires the customer to pay for all costs as they are incurred plus a predetermined amount of profit (eg a margin percentage added to the cost of materials plus hourly charge out fees for Labourers, Tradesmen & Builders). Lump-sum contracts have the advantage that the client knows up front how much their project will cost (excluding any work variations that the client requests during project construction).  They have the dis-advantage of usually costing more than the equivalent cost-plus contact because the builder has to factor in a higher profit margin to allow for unknowns.

Examples of unknowns are:

  • Parts of existing building faulty
  • Materials hidden within an existing structure (eg asbestos)
  • Unexpected ground conditions (eg excessive limestone or high water table)

After work on my project has started, who is the best person to contact in regards to construction works?

Your nominated project supervisor is the best person to speak to, if you are not able to contact him then just call our office.

Peter Bodeker Construction | Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Claremont, Mosman Park