BBCON construction work quotation system

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LAST UPDATED: 2016.01.02

Quoting on any building/construction project of any size can be a tricky task. That’s why the team at BBCON has compiled a summary of requirements we generally need from clients when putting a quotation together.
We’ve also included an in depth explanation of the many building processes and materials we do and do not include in our quotations for their respective trade as sometimes many clients tend to get confused about what is included in a building quote.

NB: Please note that the following is based on BBCON’s quoting system and not building / construction companies in general. As many companies may quote similarly as BBCON, not all building companies necessarily quote in the same manner.   

Also, another point to mention is that the following is a general guideline to our quoting system but, as a construction company that strives to assist all potential clients in any we can, we are always willing to negotiate or listen to our clients ideas. So please feel free to ask any questions when asking for a quote.      


We do not quote on verbal (or written) descriptions of the work required.
We are VAT registered and all our quotes are inclusive of VAT, unless specifically otherwise stated.
We are registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC).
We do not quote on sketch plans.  All plans must be current and approved by the relevant local authority.
We do not include installation of DSTV connections in our quotes.
We do not include unforeseeable remedial work in our quotes, such as existing leaks that only become apparent once construction / building has commenced.
We do not include work which requires the expert input of a separate contractor, such as thatching, sound proofing, burglar bars or alarm systems and so on.
We do not include municipal connection estimates in our quotes.  For example, charges for electrical cable from the Municipal supply point to the site, or for the cost of underground electrical cabling where an old overhead supply already exists.  This also applies to new storm water or sewerage costs for services which can only be installed by the Municipal authority.
We do not include engineering (structural, etc.) costs in our quotes.  Such costs must be paid directly to the engineer involved.


Finishes from cornices to carpeting range from simple, functional and/or affordable to truly elaborate and wildly expensive. Because of the very wide range in choice and price available, our quotes exclude the material cost of the finishing items which must be selected, paid for and supplied by the client within the total budget sum allowed for the building contract.
Be your own decor specialist and consider the colour schemes, textures and lay outs required for your rooms and bathrooms well before the tiling and painting commences.  For instance, many tiling and sanitary ware suppliers have fully tiled and equipped bathrooms set up and these can be viewed in showrooms, thus giving a real ‘3D’ view of the final look, complete with trims. Here is what is involved in finishing:


The purchase of the tiles are covered by the owner, while the cost of labour, adhesive and grout are covered in the contract by the builder.
The tiling labour costs are for standard tiling only, using white or grey grouts.
While the occasional additional inlay of strips of mosaics or listello pieces, or the fitting of a tiled skirting in the bathroom are not going to cost more, the following tiling layouts will be considered as extra to the contract:

Diagonal lay out: This diamond pattern is very pleasing to the eye, however more tiles will be required because of the additional cutting, and labour costs will be more because the fixing is more labour intensive and time consuming.
Travertine: these tiles need to be ‘buttered’ on one side to fill the cavities which are a natural feature of these tiles.
Mosaics: These vary in fixing methods and are usually supplied on a backing of mesh. Consult the tiller about inlays. Very bulky inlays will not always suit a slim tile and vice versa.
Shower floors/bases: Shower cubicle floors are finished in square mosaics on mesh as standard. Also standard for the shower cubicle is tiling to the height of 1,8M.
Using the right type of tile: While floor tiles can be used on the walls, wall tiles are not suitable for the floor.
Grout: Grout comes in different shades. While not necessarily more expensive, the decision to use colour grout must be made early on.


Laminates are supplied by the owner and must be fitted by the supplier. T&G (tongue & groove) boards or parquet tiles are to be supplied by the owner and may be fitted by either the supplier or the builder’s carpenter.


Materials such as w/c pans, basins, baths, taps, mixers, kitchen sink, shower roses, arms, doors to showers and hot water cylinder are supplied by the owner, all of which will be fitted by our plumber.

Most toilet pans are set on the floor and are close coupled to the outlet.
Wall hung pans require different coupling – consult the plumber.
Some imported sanitary ware is not compliant with local water pressures and standardized plumbing and drainage. Consult before you buy!
Other bathroom items such as toilet roll holders, soap baskets and towel rails will be fitted as a courtesy by the builder’s contracted plumber.


Pelmets and curtain rails or rods are not included or supplied.


Our standard paint will be a good quality, washable paint suitable for interior walls. The supply of special paints, such as suede effects or textured paints which are uniquely or specifically mixed with naturally ground pigments, etc., must be supplied by the owner.

Colour:  one pastel tint is standard throughout.

NB:  keep a record of the code numbers for tints used.  Also keep a record of the tile or flooring batch numbers or names.  Retain a few tiles for spares – should a tile crack, it may not be possible to match it up later. Left over paint may be retained by the owner.


Not quoted for at all.  All carpeting, under felt and doorway strips to be supplied and fitted by separate contractor.


Not included in our quote.  BIC’s by separate contractor.   Any special lighting requirements, the fitting of hobs, ovens or extractors to be arranged in consultation with the electrician.


Light fittings such as chandeliers, etc. together with the light bulbs, to be supplied by the owner and fitted in consultation with the builder’s electrician.


Paving, pathways and boundary walls are quoted for separately.  Retaining walls, if part of the house structure, are included.
Garden lighting by arrangement with the electrician.


The extent of remedial work will depend a lot on the age and condition of the existing house. Most building alterations carried out will require a certain amount of remedial work to the existing home; particularly where an upper floor has been added.


Stripping the roof of tiles and timbers and demolition works are labor intensive and access to and from the site through the existing garden and house will be calculated to minimize damage.
Building ‘wet works’ such as brickwork and plastering are very messy, while the installation of plumbing and electrical works are both messy and noisy.  Chasing will raise a dust storm.
Theoretically a slab could be fitted without disturbing or damaging the ceilings, walls and floors beneath, but this is a gamble which rarely pays off.  Props to support the slab while it sets have  to be set up inside the house and through  the existing ceilings.  Floors can be covered and the holes in the ceilings can be patched, but dirty water oozing down and causing stains are almost inevitable. The cost of remedial works must therefore be allowed for, and the extent of the refurbishment of the existing house must be calculated.

Other factors to keep in mind when going a level up:

Ceilings: It is aesthetically better to renew the ceilings completely in a renovated room than trying to cobble or join the old to the new midway. The difference between the old and the new ceiling will be obvious and cannot be sanded or painted away.
Painting: Depending on the age of the original paint, ‘touch up’ painting might be visible, even if the colour can be matched, and for this reason it might be advisable to paint the ceilings and walls throughout.
Windows: Aged timber frame windows might need to be scraped and refinished.
Flooring and existing built in cupboards can only be protected by covering with plastic sheeting.
Carpets will need to be removed during the works.
Plastering old interior stipple plaster can be re-skimmed smooth as an option.


Provided these are in a good condition, and can safely be removed and refitted, all sorts of materials may be re-used from roof tiles to bricks (ROK’s only) and windows and doors. The exception is roof timbers, which must be new timbers. Door frames might also be a problem in that they cannot always be removed without damage.


Existing pools and ponds can only be protected by plastic sheeting which is not completely effective or dust proof.  While we will protect pools as far as possible, cleaning and maintenance of existing pools remains the responsibility of the owner.
Any fish in ponds should preferably be removed for the duration of the building works.
Brickwork and plastering in particular will require a regular pathway along which wheelbarrows can travel.  Flower beds, lawn or pot plants must be removed from these points.  Overhanging or protruding shrubs can be tied back.


RFQ (Request for quotation): If you would like a quotation please feel free to visit our ‘Contacts Us‘ page. You’ll be able to send your query straight to our offices.

Architectural services and design queries: For any queries regarding sketches, plans, blueprints, etc. please feel free to contact us. We will provide the details of recommended architects we have worked with in the past.

General inquiries: For any information regarding BBCON, our construction / building services and products, please contact us here.