Services & The Design Process
Initial Consultation (Free)

I offer an obligation free consultation to all prospective clients. In this meeting we'll discuss the scope of your project and go over any ideas you may have for your new home. If you are interested in going ahead with starting the design phase, we can work together on a design brief to better understand what you want from your new home (see below).

I offer the following services. Each sequential stage can be purchased separately, depending on how far you'd like to take your project - from concept all the way through to working drawings.

Stage 1: Schematic Design (Concept)

The Schematic phase begins with a detailed brief of your requirements (Design Brief). Questions about how you'd like your house to look, function and feel are asked and this document is used as the guide for all future design work. After this, design work begins and the home starts to take shape. We work closely to your brief to create a working concept floor plan. There may be several iterations of the floor plan before it functions as per your requirements.

• Site visit & detailed analysis with review of council & developer requirements
• Design brief questionnaire / interview
• Discussions to understand project budget & feasibility
• Preliminary sketch floor plans
• Front elevation and basic 3D images
• Finalisation and acceptance of schematic design

Stage 2: Design Development

Further detailed work on your design commences. Room level functionality is enhanced and tailored to your specific requirements. This is generally the stage where builder(s) can also be approached for a preliminary quote.

• Detailing of individual room functionality - kitchen, bath, ensuite etc
• Consideration of necessary cooling, heating & other appliances integration
• Window & door placement & operation including glazing selection
• Developed drawings - Dimensioned floor plans, internal & external elevations, sections & 3D
• Budget review based on feedback from relevant trades and building professionals
• Begin work on preliminary specification sheet

Stage 3: Planning Approval (DA)

In this phase all the data needed to present your development application to council is collated. We work closely with developers and council to ensure the proposal is approved promptly.

• Assure development compliance with adherence to council & developer requirements
• Selection & documentation of external finishes & colours
• Site plan showing building shadows (2+ storeys only) & relationship to immediate environment
• Bushfire Risk Assessment & Environmental Impact Statement
• Detailed assessment of design for Basix Certificate
• Submission of development application to local council for approval (DA Fees Paid Separately)
• Full set of plans for approval purposes & 3D images of proposed building
• Landscaping plan as per required by developer and council
• Nominate Principal Certifying Authority (council or private)

Stage 4: Working Drawings

The main goal of this step is your Construction Certificate, which is required by council to commence building works. All information required to begin construction is consolidated. All working drawings required by your builder and other trades are produced. The preparation of these documents is concurrent with DA approval process.

• Liaise with and supply engineers detailed specifications for project (Paid Separately)
• Demonstrate compliance of project to BCA / NCC where required
• Full set of construction documents - Floor & Site Plans, Elevations, Sections & Details
• Full specification for all materials, fittings & fixtures for your builder
• Electrical plan - location and specification of lighting, switches, power points, data etc

Congratulations! Your home design is now ready for construction.