The dreaded supply chain seems to be the root of all the problems in Australia’s construction industry right now, but it doesn’t have to be, according to a top Brisbane architect.
Tim Bennetton, of Tim Bennetton Architects, spent many years under the tutelage of internationally recognized Gabriel Poole. Ventured out with his own practice 15 years ago, Bennetton has established a reputation as an enduring and innovative architect who has consistently overcome various adversities across a range of projects and developments.
The supply chain is no different. With global shortages and disputes inflating construction and supply prices, Bennetton says it’s time for customers to prepare for when costs plateau.
“There’s a lot of unhappiness, sadness and uncertainty right now. For people to be in their homes for 5-10 years, it’s crucial to be prepared. Opportunity will come and play the game smart waiting will result in a better outcome,” he says.
“It won’t be long before this pressure from the industry subsides and supply comes back into balance with demand.
“The home design process can take between six and 12 months to perfect. A common trend in custom home construction is for clients to first work with an architect and then take their home designs to a builder to quote and build. Often this results in a quote that does not match their budget expectations. »
Bennetton recently designed the transformation of a house in Highgate Hill in Brisbane. Seeking to correct the home’s erratic temperature changes, Bennetton turned to more sustainable design principles as opposed to artificial heating and cooling.
Thanks to Bennetton’s design choices and client ingenuity, approximately $250,000 was saved in construction costs through a sustainable approach, as well as signing the contract at the right time.
“It’s a question of preparation. At this point, owners should put themselves in a position to find the right strategy and commit where the time is right.
Tim Bennetton Architects specializes in new and existing construction and prides itself on having an in-depth knowledge of its clientele. The practice recently oversaw the construction of a house in Vanuatu, where the wood was sourced locally and ground on the island, with concrete mixed by hand.
Bennetton himself has created a number of off-grid homes, with good passive design as standard. Constantly learning and evolving his craft, Bennetton says landowners should look to smaller homes in order to reduce emissions.
“Seize the opportunity not to build more than you need. There is pressure for people to build what they think they need, we are constantly asking if you really need it. More often than not, they agree.
For more information about the firm and their projects, go to www.timbennetton.com.au.
Top Image: New Farm House by Tim Bennetton
Middle Image: Baynes House (Highgate Hill) Tim Bennetton
Bottom image: Santo House (Vanuatu) by Tim Bennetton