We recently spoke with James from JLM Building about using Homepacks and one of their concept plan builds...
We've been building twelve years previous. There's four of us on the team.
We wanted to enter into the market with that slightly more edgy style, subdividable home. We've now completed the first one and have got really good feedback and to be honest, we haven't blown over a massive budget or anything in doing that. It's much to what we priced at the start, so it's been a successful way of being that little bit different. It's that sort of style you get when you're spending a million bucks, but there are ways of achieving that at lower scale as well for an entry-level home.
We already had a few basic plans so we knew it would work. What we found was that if we spent the money and worked with a couple, it was a far better investment having the Homepacks plans on hand. It also made it easy to achieve what we wanted too.
...How easy it is to have all plans on hand and ready to showcase what we are out to achieve and what we can do for our clients. The Homepacks content is perfect to be able to do that, and the client was really impressed.
Yep. Massively! People who are visiting the website are seeing the plans and answering a few qualifying questions and getting the ball rolling and starting the process with us.
Hugely! It's having them on hand at any time of the day, being able to bring them up on the phone, iPad or at the home office on the computer.
It's easy for the draftsman who's doing any changes or detailed drawings with the ArchiCAD and .dwg files; it's all there in an easy to navigate and showcase.
We were basing what we were going to do off one or two plans that we had saved on the computer that we thought might be quite good before we found Homepacks. I had a smaller team too, so what I was out to achieve was probably not house after house after house. So we were doing each design from scratch on application.
Real good because we're able to pull out a specific plan. I really like the small little ruler icon on each of our client brochures. It simply gives you a chance to scroll through all plans and get a feel for the total length and width of the home. It's a fast starting point, whether that'll work. Because otherwise, you are just starting from scratch, starting from one corner and working your way through designing a home versus having that already done and maximizing or minimizing where we need too, to meet requirements has really helped.
Massively! We only have to muck around with plans for two or three days to get them fined up with the draftsman rather than starting a three-week process. It also helps having all the files you supply; we know a lot through the process of building this first one. We've been able to use the .dwg or the workable ArchiCAD and PDF files or whatever we need, and it's already there and done.
"it's been a successful way of being that little bit different. It's that sort of style you get when you're spending a million bucks, but there are ways of achieving that at lower scale as well for an entry-level home. "
We flipped the plan and moved the living up to the front of the property
"It saves a huge amount of time! You're not having to reinvent the wheel"
"Homepacks has allowed our small building business to take off! Instead of just renovations and contract work, we have been able to sign up new builds and make a name for ourselves"