1. Initial Client Meeting
At your initial meeting we will discuss your project so that we have a good idea what you are hoping to achieve. We will listen to your ideas and give you some ideas of our own. We will discuss your budget because we really want your project to be a success and that means being able to afford to build it! After your consultation we will email you a written fixed price quote and provide information about other costs you should expect as part of the process. At this point we will also give you an indication of the permits you may require. In the majority of cases you will need a Building Permit and in some cases a Planning Permit will also apply.
2. Measure up
If you are extending or renovating we will make a time to measure your existing house so we have an accurate starting point.
3. Preliminary floor plan for client review
Whether you are extending, renovating or building we will provide floor plan options for you to consider. It is important at this stage to think carefully about the flow of your house and how you will use each space. You should spend some time making sure it meets all your needs and making changes if required.
4. Soil test and site survey
Most projects will need a soil test and new homes will require a site survey to be completed.
5. Complete your working drawings
Completing ‘working drawings’means we will produce the blueprint for how your house is built. Everything from slab details, window type and size and building materials are specified. It is at this stage that the experience of the building designer is critical. A good designer will save you thousands of dollars if your working drawings are good quality and well considered. At this stage you will need to have an idea of the types of products you want to use in your project including external cladding, plumbing products, kitchen appliances and windows.
6. Structural engineering and energy rating
Once the working drawings are complete they will need to be reviewed by an engineer and energy rater. All building projects will require some input from engineers. This ensures your home will be built safely but not over engineered, which will save you money in the long run. All projects need to be assessed by an energy rater as meeting a 6 Star Energy Rating in order to get a building permit. We are happy to get quotes for these services for you. Once you approve the quote they will complete the required work and send their reports and we will add their detail to your drawings.
7. Plans are then ready to be submitted to a building surveyor to get a building permit.
Unless you are an owner builder, you will need to nominate a builder on the building permit application so it pays to get a few quotes as soon as your plans are completed. You can then submit your application directly to your building surveyor. Once you have your building permit you can start your project!