we help you design YOUR DREAM while taking care of the complicated approval and paperwork process.
Feel free to contact us should you have any questions in relation to our process. We understand that every project has its own requirements & the processes involved may differ from this. We are more than happy to personalise a process that works best for your project.
BEFORE WE START ON YOUR PROJECT
We like to take this opportunity to get to know your better…learn more about you & your family and project requirements. We would ask you to help us as we are on the same team. Our client questionnaire is designed to help put together a detailed project brief so that we all have a clear goal and work together to achieve your desired outcomes.
The primary objective of the briefing process is to research and analyse the key criteria of your project, ensuring that the correct information is obtained right from the start.
Concept Designs vary depending on your project requirements.We believe our experience will help you & your family in finalising your wish list, as we have do consider many governing factors in the design & development of your project.
As you may already know that every Local Governing Authority (LGA) has its own set of “codes & regulations” that we need to consider when planning your project. Our experience in understanding these “codes & regulations” is critical so that we set your project in the right direction, thus avoiding costly errors throughout the life-cycle of your project.
If you are renovating or adding onto existing homes, we will require “as-built” drawings of the existing home/dwelling. Depending on the age of some homes/dwellings, it is sometimes not possible to obtain “as-built” drawings, and in these cases we will measure & create a set of drawings. We will use these “newly” created drawings as a base to work on & develop your new design.
MOVING FORWARD, WE WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING TO START
LET’S START THE DESIGN OPTIONS & GET TO ONE THAT WORKS
We start with expanding your design from Phase #1…You will be presented with sketches, which will capture your wish list. These initial sketches will be in the form of site plan, showing how the project is located in relation to lot boundaries, options on floor plan & some basic elevation views.
We are happy to have discuss these options & further develop the sketches as need be… We will only proceed when you are happy with your preferred option. This means we will have several meetings during this phase to make your decision and give us the go ahead to proceed to phase # 3.
As we near the end of this phase, we will present to you the following (typical in most projects) design drawings:
A preliminary cost estimate at this point will determine should the current design proceed to the next phase… or re-visit the design to meet your budget. We generally allow for 2 revisions, however should a total re-design be needed, we are happy to negotiate a fixed fee for this re-design.
THE DESIGN THAT NEEDS FINALISING
We are in Phase # 3, and we are moving forward in getting the design finalised. The refining process is applied to the whole design, including all rooms & their functions, all spaces are re-visited to ensure that they are functional & fit for purpose. We will be having several meeting to achieve this result, so that we all are happy to move into the detailed design phase.
DESIGN DOCUMENTATION – READY FOR APPROVAL
Once we have a finalised design, we start preparing design documentation for Building Permit/Approvals. Typically this would comprise of the following:
CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & DOCUMENTS (the blue prints)
We cannot stress enough the importance of this phase. Many clients feel that Phase # 3 (documentation for Building Permit/Approvals) is adequate to get started with the building process.
WHY IS THIS (PHASE # 4) CRITICAL (the blue prints)?
A Simple answer is that there is just not enough detailed information to carry out the construction to your liking/wish list. Phase # 3 documentation for Building Permit/Approvals has enough information to satisfy the LGA planning regulations, Detailed design is not required to obtaining Building Permit/Approvals.
Phase # 4 involves adding a high level of detail & technical information to the design documentation so the the builder/contractor can price the project more accurately and so be able to build the project according to your design & speculations
CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS & DOCUMENTS (the blue prints), Typically this would comprise of the following:
Phase # 3 + Phase # 4 documents should form part of your BUILDING CONTRACT
Not having the RIGHT Drawings & DOCUMENTATION can having SIGNIFICANT impact on YOUR BUDGET.
FINDING THE “RIGHT’ BUILDER/CONTRACTOR
Typically, we would like to compare at least 3 or more quotes from builders/contractors. We would also talk to builders/contractors who were involved in the early design phase and compare with the others.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
If you have a Builder/Contractor you would prefer, we would be happy to include them in the tender/bidding process
WE LOOK AFTER YOUR INTEREST
This Phase is as important as the others 5 phases; As we have spent a lot of time & effort preparing detailed design documentation, it is vital that this information is relayed to the builder/contractor.
We will work with the builder/contractor to answer questions & resolve any design issues that may arise during construction. Likewise, we will do the same for you – our valued client.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU