Variations: what are they and how do they impact build costs?
Variations are changes to the scope of work after a contract has been signed. A variation can be as simple as a colour change or a minor design detail being altered. At the other end of the spectrum, a variation can be a substantial change to the scope of the project that impacts on the building consent.
Substantial variations where architects or engineers are required to create amended plans require an amendment to the building consent. In this situation, an application to vary must be made to the authority that issued the original building consent.
Variations are easy to do, however they may have a significant impact on the overall project cost and may cause delays to the building schedule while amendments to the building consent are being sought. All costs associated with a variation are provided to clients in advance to assist with decisions about any changes to the build.