Services

In terms of the design process, we take an open-minded approach and keep the clients involved every step of the way. We do things a little differently from other firms, so we are all about focusing on the task at hand (the design!) and keeping things efficient.

We like to call ourselves current, so we work using modern technologies, practices and modelling software that help keep things as seamless as possible.

This is only a summary of what we do. To learn more about what we offer and what it all means, please contact us for a PDF detailing the stages summarised below.

 

Pre-design
  • Research, research and more research.
  • We send you a detailed questionnaire to help develop a brief that outlines the way you live and any special requests (yes, we will always consider, and encourgae, go-kart tracks or other crazy ideas!)
  • Consider easements and restrictive covenants, council planning policies, town-planning schemes and other relevant requirements from authorities.
  • Attend the site and visually assess site conditions and constraints.
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Pre-design

  • Research, research and more research.
  • We send you a detailed questionnaire to help develop a brief that outlines the way you live and any special requests (yes, we will always consider, and encourgae, go-kart tracks or other crazy ideas!)
  • Consider easements and restrictive covenants, council planning policies, town-planning schemes and other relevant requirements from authorities.
  • Attend the site and visually assess site conditions and constraints.

Concept Design

  • Prepare sketches, 3D SketchUp models and elevations to develop a design concept.
  • Develop floor plans, approximate room size and 3D perspective images that will show things like finishes, materials and colour palette.
  • Coordinate a preliminary forecast of the cost of works.
  • Consider and implement feedback or any requests.

Design Development

  • Present you with the documents and any other information to explain the developed design (exciting!)
  • Build the design into our computer modelling software, where we can navigate and walk through a 3D render of the proposed structure.
  • Lock in details, finishes and consider natural lighting.
  • Plan and coordinate the work of any other specialist consultants.
  • Review the developed design against the budget and coordinate the preparation of an updated forecast of the cost of works.

Development Application

  • This is the first major milestone in making real progress (It usually takes around three to four months to get here.)
  • Prepare the application including plans, diagrams, analyses, studies, reports and other information.
  • Lodge the planning/development application to the local council on your behalf.
  • The time it takes for the local council to assess the application varies a lot, but we usually recommend allowing a minimum of three months for this process.

Tendering and pricing

  • While we are waiting for council approval, we get started on things like interior design and selecting builders.
  • Assist you in determining the preferred tender process: a negotiated contract or a tender process.
  • Prepare tender documents and issue them to all tenders, respond to enquiries and re-assess the tenders.
  • Prepare reports on tenders and chat with you to determine the best option, including any negotiations with the preferred tenderer.

Construction Documentation

  • Once we have Development Approval (yay!) we will get stuck into the more detailed documentation.
  • Prepare drawings, including plans, elevations and sections together with specifications, with enough detail to allow for pricing and scheduling construction.
  • Submit detailed documentation for statutory approval to construct the project.
  • Design what we haven’t already designed, like the electrical layout, landscaping structural items, paved areas, stair details, ceiling plans, wet areas and cabinetry layouts.
  • Coordinate a host of other required consultants.
  • Meet up with you to finalise our architectural specification (usually in the order of 40 or 50 pages) detailing every finish and selection in the building, along with instructions on their installation or treatment.
  • Lodge the final drawing and document package with the local council for a certificate of design compliance (CDC) which is a building permit we need for construction to start (almost there!)

Contract Administration

  • Assess, sign and execute the builder’s contract documents and final price submission.
  • Negotiate any final items to achieve a given budget and review sub-contractor quotations.
  • Construction begins!
  • During this time, our main job is to administer the building contract under its terms. This means regularly heading over to the site to meet with the builder, answering questions or resolving any issues.
  • Assess progress payment claims submitted by the builder and report back to you regarding time, cost and progress of the project.
  • Assess and determine the EOTs, VOs and building contractor’s progress claims and issue progress certificates.
  • Issue the notice of practical completion! This day is also known as handover day, or in other words, the day to pop the champagne; it’s the date when the builder finishes and you can check out your new home.

Interior Design & Fitouts

  • This stage usually runs at the same time as the construction documentation stage.
  • We will need another brief from you. We want to know things like how many clothes you have and if you have an obsession with ceramic mugs, among other things.
  • Design in-built cabinetry and all built-in furniture, including selecting the materials and finishes.
  • Present options for lighting, tapware and plumbing fixtures, floor and wall tiling and paint colours.
  • Provide detailed drawings and basic 3D imagery.
  • Provide a schedule of all relevant fittings, fixtures, materials and selections, as well as a sample kit/board of materials as required.

Additional services

  • Feasibility studies
  • Document recording
  • Planning negotiations
  • Illustrations and marketing imagery
  • Trade packages
  • Tribunal hearings