You are in Good Hands when You Leave Your Addition and Alteration Works to Us
Addition and Alteration (A&A) works involve minor changes to the building structure, and could involve issues such as modifying the roof structure, installing additional roofing or staircases, adding partition and renovating heritage buildings. Addition and alteration works in Singapore must comply with certain requirements, so when you hire a contractor, they will submit applications to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Fire Safety and Shelter Department (FSSD) before commencing with the process.
Hiring an Experienced Alteration and Addition Works Contractor is Important
As a home- or business owner, you may be in a hurry to turn a recent renovation dream into a reality. Or perhaps you are a business owner, wanting to start your new business operation as soon as possible. As such, your plans may not be properly thought and decisions made without proper considerations. Hence having an experienced A&A works contractor is very important.
An experienced contractor from BLACKFORT will be able to ask the relevant questions and talk you through different scenarios to ensure that you are making the right decisions. After all, a business property is a huge investment and it pays to make wise decisions that will continue to deliver on both aesthetics and practicality.
Here are some of the considerations you should mull over before making a decision:
You may have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to how you want your office space to look, but your budget may not be able to cover all that entails. Once disappointment knocks on the door, you may be willing to settle for inferior products in order to achieve the desired aesthetics. However, caution against putting aesthetics ahead of budget, as that may result in the alteration and addition works contractors compromising on essential quality and safety issues.
If you require major changes, you may have to consider rebuilding or finding new premises instead. While most A&A only have limited effects on valuation, a new business facility means that all your spending is locked into the property. Practical issues also apply:
- Modern building practices are of a much higher standard than it was a few decades ago, which could be an issue in older buildings.
- In older buildings where simple additions have been added, many lack proper, firm foundations. This causes parts of the structure to be weaker and can led to floor and wall cracks.
- Older buildings often lack damp proof membranes, and installing marble or granite over the floor can cause stains in the future.
- If your building has hidden structures that are not indicated on the documents and drawings lodged with the authorities, alteration and addition works could expose issues that may affect the new layout of your property.
When you require renovations or A&A works done at your home or business facility, it is important to hire a builder you can trust. You will need someone with in-depth, hands-on experience with the relevant areas of constructions, and who can easily get a sense for the quality of your building. This should be assessed from the start to ensure that constructional appropriateness does not become an issue that costs you more money when the alteration and addition works go into full swing.
Speak to one of our project managers at BLACKFORT today to discuss your specific needs.
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