"Making things affordable.."
We purchased our home 2 years ago with big ideas, little money and even less know how. Through chance we meet Chris and instantly notice the how different he was to all the other builders who had given us quotes and advice. Other builders either promised the world or steered our ideas to suit them, Chris however, told us what was possible and within our budget, we had big and expensive ideas, Chris showed us how to make our ideas affordable.
Completing our project section by section under the advice of Chris meant we were able to live in our home throughout the renovation saving us money. Chris's talent for making things affordable meant we were able to do more than expected with our budget. Having trust in Chris made the project run smoothly. We recommend the services of Chris to anybody who wants results and experience on their team when they take on any building project.
"Overall outcomes exceeded our expectations.."
"We are are so happy with what we have been able to achieve thanks for Chris and the team at Pre-Build Concept and Design. Prior to starting our renovation we sort of knew what we wanted to achieve, but had no idea whether it was possible structurally, how much it would cost or who to use.
Chris was able to assess our ideas, provide advice and solutions throughout the process and also suggest some changes to ensure that the overall outcomes exceed our expectations. Not being tied to any one product or service provider meant that the advice we received was neutral and also meant that we were able to ultimately engage suppliers whom we were comfortable with. We cannot recommend Pre-Build highly enough..."
"Saving me a significant amount of money.."
I was recommended to contact Chris Cullen after buying an investment property that was in rather poor repair. I really wasn’t sure what I could do with the house – I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it but had to fix it up so that it was rentable. Chris reviewed the property for me and came up with a range of options that meant I could spend a much smaller amount and still get a good return on my investment. One clever suggestion was to create a third bedroom from the large living space that significantly improved the rental return. Chris also oversaw the renovation project for me and as he is a builder himself was instrumental in saving me a significant amount of money.
"An expert looking job at a budget price..."
My wife and I had been looking for a builder for a few years leading up to 2002 after having renovated the back of our house in 2000. In January 2002 we began to receive quotes from many builders. There were many unreliable builders most of who laughed at our basic plans. Out of all of the quotes we felt that Chris Cullen gave the fairest quote. Chris gave us the impression that no job was too small or too big for him. He was not worried about the basic plans we gave him.
The job entailed building 4 square bay windows around the house as well as brick veneering the outside to match the brickwork at the back. The interior of our house is wood and Chris was able to maintain the same structure format as the original features. At the last moment we needed to add a driveway to the plan which Chris accepted to do with minimal extra charge. We knew that Chris would be able to work out how to cut a portion of the front room to accommodate the car space.
What Vera and I most appreciated about Chris was firstly his very reasonable pricing for everything. Secondly he consulted with us on all matters where there was an issue with construction. When there were problems he would show the problems and offer at least 2 to 3 suggestions to remedy the problem. I admire Chris as he relishes solving construction problems.
The problems that Chris solved were
Cutting the front room to accommodate the driveway without losing too much room from the front room
Building the 4 bay windows from no proper plan
Making a storage unit in an area above the driveway
Replacing the front door step as the house was extended due to the brickwork
Building the house while we were living in it. That one really impressed how Chris managed to work around a normal functioning household.
Resolving the damp rot on the front of the house as this was not something we knew about.
In essence, Chris was able to deliver an expert looking job at a budget price.
I have and always will highly recommend Chris to anybody thinking of renovating their house. He has great vision and is able to deliver professional results. My only regret is that Chris cannot build anymore but I am sure that whatever he puts his hand to will be a success.
I would guarantee his work any time.
Marc and Vera Vromen