A digital tool designed to make residential construction cost management more efficient was put through its paces by practice Studio 163 on this Ealing refurbishment
Weaver is an innovative platform that allows architects working on residential projects to better service client requests around construction pricing, including budgeting and tendering.
The platform proved instrumental on a project undertaken by Tom Feary, a director at London and Norwich practice Studio 163.
The brief involved enlarging a terraced house on Brunner Road on the Brentham Garden Estate in Ealing, west London. The estate was designed and built on garden suburb principles in the early 20th century.
The goal was to create more space and light in the kitchen and dining areas, while maintaining the original character of the house. The design approach needed to strike a balance between preserving the context and creating a functional extended space suitable for modern living.
Feary's solution includes an airy pitched space above the kitchen featuring exposed solid oak rafters and a specialist white brick matching the original house. A low window seat opens up views of the garden from the existing living room.
Weaver: overcoming project complications at Brunner Road
The project was not without its challenges, particularly given its location in a conservation area.
Construction hurdles included Pandemic-induced constraints that led to limited material availability and labour issues, resulting in significant delays.
The homeowners’ presence on site during construction also added a layer of complexity to the logistics management.
Weaver was able to help by simplifying the budget agreement process with the client. The platform's competitive tender feature brought standardisation to pulling in quotes from multiple contractors.
It also helped to streamline a number of processes, introduced transparency and made the project management more efficient.
The platform significantly helped with build cost estimating and contractor introductions, contributing to the successful completion of the project.
For more information and technical support, visit weaver.build