VIC Building Comission
John H Van Dyk P/L - architects and registered MBA builders offers the following services:
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should a customer hire you over another service provider?
We have years of experience, both in design and construction. We revel in providing solutions for even the most difficult projects. We are totally customer oriented and provide all the care and service we consider our clients deserve.
Is there a particular aspect of your trade or industry that you specialise in?
Dual and multi developments, boutique residences, extensions and renovations, medium commercial developments, Energy efficient environmental designs, special offers for pre purchase and design advice for new builds and renovations and extensions.
How do you normally charge for your service?
We determine the amount of work involved and the degree of difficulty and charge accordingly. Once price is determined the amount is fixed. No add-ons unless the client wants changes when documentation is completed.
What makes your pricing competitive?
We charge a fair price for our work. We concentrate on good design with accurate drawings. And as builders we insist that all contractors deliver first class work. When we design we make sure we detail the most economical way of building. For our clients the work that is done in the design and documentation stages might cost slightly more in comparison with competitors, but they save money in the end as we do not take shortcuts.
What experience, skills, qualifications or training do you have to make you the right person for the job?
I am a Fellow registered Architect of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Registered DB - U builder, member of the MBA. I have years of experience in design and building, here and in many countries overseas.
Are there any special offers you would like to offer to Oneflare customers?
We have 3 Special Offers at $660, for design advice on new builds, renovations and extensions and town planning applications. The client gets 2.5 hour consultation on site, with one of our principals. The session includes taking the brief, analysing the requirements, scope of works and broadly the type of style the client envisages. During the consultation a rough concept design is outlines and a broad estimate of costs.
How can a customer save money before you start the work? Please give 3 tips
Prepare a wish list of "Must haves", "Desirables" . Determine priorities and available budget and finance. In the case of renovations and extensions obtain real estate agent advice how much can be spend in order to not over capitalise.
What are the typical things that you need to know before you can provide a quote to a customer?
1. Accurate site address, so we can check council requirements for their neighbourhood. 2. A realistic wish list of requirements. 3. Advice from their bank or finance advisor how much they can borrow.
Are you an insured business and do you guarantee your work?
We have Public Liability Insurance, Professional indemnity Insurance, for both our Architectural section and our building construction division. We guarantee our work.
What makes you the most reliable and trustworthy person for the job?
Our personal integrity and refusing to do short cuts in either documentation or building construction. We carefully check sub contractors that they are properly qualified and registered.
What questions do customers commonly ask and how would you answer them?
Generally customers ask: "How much". Our answer is, that until we know the exact requirements and the extend of the work involved, e.g difficult town planning applications might need several consultations with Council, it is very difficult to give an accurate price.
What questions should a customer ask to hire the right service professional?
What are the qualifications and experience of the professional. In addition how are designs and documentation produced and the time line of the proposed project, for design and construction.
What do you like most about your job?
To give our clients a project, which fulfils the way they envisages to live in their home. Which reflects their live style and a building that still meets all their needs many years onwards. And a building that increases in value due to the good design and workmanship.
How did you decide to get into your line of work?
Ever since childhood it has always been my dream to be an architect and builder. To build innovative and creative designs, but that always reflect my clients wishes.