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Frequently Asked Questions

It may be a surprise to some to learn that there are a few procedures that need to be performed before construction can begin. At Nixon Build & Design, we don't want our clients to be caught unawares by any hidden costs. Before construction we send all of our clients a preliminary services proposal outlining all of the steps involved (and all of the costs involved) before work can begin.
We can arrange a time for you to sit down with Bret and brainstorm any ideas or visions you may have, or if you truly have nothing in mind, we can draw up designs based on your budget, timeframe, personal preferences, and the size of the area we have to work with.
We want our clients to be comfortable with the home they will be living in, so if you feel the need to make a change, you can do so by requesting a variation. Just let us know what you want to change, and we will adjust the costs accordingly (for more or for less) and provide a Variation Form for you to sign to confirm the changes.
Where possible, we use energy efficient insulation materials to reduce the need for air conditioning. We also make full use of strategically placed windows and doors to take advantage of sunlight and wind directions. All of our plans undergo an energy efficiency certification before construction.
Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used for insulation right up until the 1980s, when it was phased out and eventually banned in Australia in 2003. Asbestos was believed to be harmful from the beginning of the 20th century, but was still mined and used all over the world until recently. Some other countries still use asbestos today. Asbestos is made up of microscopic needle-like "fibrils" that can become airborne through abrasion or cutting. Prolonged inhalation of these "fibrils" can cause serious and fatal illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If asbestos is identified in your home during renovations, it will have to be removed for everyone's safety.