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Below we have listed answers to some frequently asked questions on our new home design and build project management process. If you require further information or would like to book a consultation please give us a call on +353 (0)21 4882450 or drop us a line here info@kmchomes.ie.

We're thinking of building a new home in Cork, what exactly do you do?

If you are considering building a new home in Cork, KMC Homes offer a full project management design and build service. Our team can take you from where you are now to turning the key in your new front door. Our architect will look after the design of your new home, our quantity surveyor will ensure it is aligned with your budget. We will lodge for planning permission for you and then build your new home with the fixed price including all the finishes. Please do not hesitate to give us a call on +353 (0)21 4882450 or drop us a line here info@kmchomes.ie

Do you do house extensions or only new builds?

Yes, we are happy to consider large house extensions with a minimum budget of 275k however we mainly focus on new builds with a minimum budget of 300k. 

Do you only work in Cork?

At present, our team only operates within a 40km radius of Cork City. 

You are project managers?

In Essence yes, we manage all the key steps to designing and building your new home in Cork including architectural design, planning permission, building, finishes, and certification. 

Will we need to source any other design professionals on the project?

No, we will have a full team on board for you including architect, engineer, QS, project manager, BER Consultant, Site Assessment Engineer and an Airtightness Testing Specialist. 

How do I track the work in progress?

We make this very simple for you with our innovative user-friendly App. You will receive daily photo updates from your foreman and of course, your entire project schedule will be shared with you on our app to check in at any time. You can also message your foreman or project manager directly from the app if you have any questions about your design and build project. 

What about insurance and safety?

Safety of all those who work on our sites is our uppermost concern. All our people have safe pass certs, are safety inducted on every site and we hold monthly safety management meetings to monitor and progress safety throughout the company.

We operate a zero tolerance attitude to breaches of company safety regulation with a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy.

Does this turnkey build service end up costing me more?

No, in fact, there are generally savings when compared to the traditional model. Design risk is eliminated and there are reduced design team fees due to reduced overlaps with KMC Homes’s own in house consultancy and project management team.

How does KMC certify completed work?

As our certifiers are independent we can certify all completed works and payment valuations to your bank as required. Indeed we have made representations to banks in this regard. They are clearly relieved we are taking full responsibility for the project budget.

 

How much does all this Project Management Cost?

When compared to the traditional design team fee structure our process is considerably cheaper and better value. All aspects of the design are managed to ensure that the building of your new home remains on budget with our ‘No Extras Promise’. We have eliminated much of the overlaps inherent in the traditional model.

 

Surely getting several builders to price the drawings would save me money?

When several builders price a tender drawing as a general rule there is one high price (the builder who doesn’t want the job) one low price (the builder who has either made a mistake or found the error on the drawings) and a pack of one or two more in the middle. Going with the cheapest price means working with a builder who is under pressure to recoup his loss and the project suffers. This process forces the tendering builders to price for minimum construction standards and to interpret the drawings in a way that benefits their lowest tender price.

In addition, there are considerably higher design team fees along with numerous variations that arise at the end each month as the design risk passes to the client. These (often contentious) variations can delay the project and cost additional money that wasn’t budgeted for.

 

If this Design & Build Model is so good, how come we haven’t heard of it before?

Design and build is very popular in New Zealand, Australia, United States, Canada and to a slightly lesser extent United Kingdom. These countries have a more sustainable economy and a generally a better housing stock to that found in Ireland.

In fact much of the mistrust in Ireland of builders is a function of the traditional building model where variations etc are the norm.