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multiple building projects

We have worked together with a several clients on multiple building projects.

They tell us that they like the regular communication and photo reports that we send every two weeks. It gives them the all-important confidence that they know what’s going on and can see progress even when they are not in Portugal.

Obviously it is easier to relax on your second building project after having completed satisfactory their first.

The most common fear new clients have is not being in control of – finances, design, timescales and finishes.

 Castelo Construction use a detailed spreadsheet list which include everything from when the kitchen should be ordered to save delays or when the final list of tiles should be provided so that we all know that the materials will be on site ready for the craftsmen and that there is no hanging about.

 

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It is true that Portuguese time is not British time. It’s good to understand this because in order to keep the building process moving we have to look ahead all the time. Take August for instance. Not all builders close down in Portugal during August. BUT as most materials come by truck through Spain which does close for all of August there is very little availability during that Month which can build massive delays into a project.

Take for instance your central heating system. You may be tempted to buy one that you saw when you lived in Copenhagen or Scotland. It may have been super-efficient and bright and shiny but are there any certified engineers here in this part of Portugal who can service or fix it if it goes wrong. There may be a clause for instance which requires the system to be fitted by a certified installer and if not the warranty is not valid.  Which is quite a risk to take.

You can rely upon our recommendations of manufactures of heating cooling, kitchens, windows and so on. Because we have worked with them already have some clout with them and they understand our timescales and quality standards.

Email Kelvin on info@casteloconstruction.com

About Castelo Construction Lda

Castelo Construction Lda are builders in Central Portugal. If you need an English speaking builder for renovation or new build work we will provide free estimates and carry out your work to a very high standard. Central Portugal builders, Central Portugal construction. New Construction and Refurbishment of Portuguese Property Its exciting for both our team and of course our clients to mark out on the earth the site of a new home. We will have been with them during the design process and have spoken to the architect many times so we will be comfortable with what we are about to do. For many clients this stage is a little daunting as it’s hard to see without experience just where the house is going to be in relation to other things on the property. Once the foundations are dug out the house normally looks smaller that they thought, As the pillars and foundation wall start to go you get a much better idea of scale. You can see with your mind’s eye the location of the kitchen, bedrooms and so on. Once the walls are up and the first floor is in place the rooms start to looks smaller again (something to do with the light absorbing properties of the bricks) once the walls are plastered the rooms look a lot larger and it starts to feel more like the home our clients imagined building. Many of our clients are not in the country full time so rely on our regular photographic updates and written reports. They are always surprised when they make inspection visits. As the build progresses we are involved with many specialist sub contractors and it is our job the get them on site at the right time so that the trades do not overlap and time is not wasted. Once the roof is on and tiled it is traditional in this area to have a dinner on site. Everyone who is involved in the build is invited to share a suckling pig dinner with local bread, oranges and of course wine. This is a great way for the clients to enjoy some local hospitality and meet the craftsmen who are building their new home. We also invite the near neighbors so that they get a chance to see what’s going on (when the house is at a very basic stage) and it gives our clients a relaxed opportunity to make their acquaintance. As we always accompany our clients to choose, kitchens, tiles, bathroom fittings or whatever they want. We can help with translation and of course negotiation! As the house is coming to completion we always have them professionally cleaned so that when we hand over the keys it feels more like a home than a building site. 2 months after the house is finished we are back to check for any small faults that may need attention and of course we are available to help and advise should that be needed.