Bringing a builder on board early in your project is one of the best things you can do to save time, money, and headaches.


In this episode, I’m joined by Matthew from Elevate Building Group to talk about value management in building projects. His top tip? To engage with a builder from the start of your project. Through the conversation, we discuss how a builder can save you time and money while ensuring the end result aligns with your vision.

Engaging a Builder Early:
First things first: why should you bring a builder on board early in the game? Having a builder involved from the start means you’ve got someone who knows the ropes, can spot potential issues before they become expensive headaches, and help you stay on budget. Matthew highlights the builder’s unique perspective, as they are intimately familiar with the practical aspects of construction and can provide valuable insights into cost-effective solutions

Cost Engineering and Material Selection:
One key aspect of value management is cost engineering, which involves analysing the project’s requirements, existing parameters, and budget to find the most efficient way forward. With things in the industry changing so rapidly, it’s hard for designers to keep up with it. Builders, who are directly involved with the work as things change, are much more familiar with the actual costs.

If you’ve got a builder on board from the beginning they’ll be able to help by weighing design options, structural considerations, and material choices against each other to optimise cost without compromising quality. Rebeka shares examples of how seemingly minor decisions, such as roofing systems or gutter designs, can have significant cost implications, underscoring the importance of careful planning and consideration at every stage of a project.

Collaboration and Communication:
One of the keys to success in any building project? Communication, communication, communication. Rebeka and Matthew emphasise the importance of everyone working together as a team. By keeping those lines of communication open and listening to each other’s expertise, you can avoid costly mistakes and ensure the project stays on track.

And there you have it, folks! Value management might sound like a fancy term, but at its core, it’s all about making smart decisions to get the most out of your building project. By bringing your builder into the fold early, thinking carefully about costs and materials, and fostering a spirit of collaboration, you’ll be well on your way to a successful—and budget-friendly—build. Thanks for tuning in, and happy building!




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