We can help you with any scale or scope of renovation or new build.
Our full architectural service - which is our preferred project delivery method - may seem excessive on a "small" residential project, but time and again it has proved the best way for clients to achieve the home and level of finishes they want at the most competitive price.
During this process we will guide you through different design decisions and selections at each stage - from the roof colour right down to the kitchen sink! Along the way we will make suggestions but are also happy to work with your preferences - you can choose to be as involved as you want to be.
We will then compile a full set of 25+ architectural plans (including detailed joinery, wet area, electrical, lighting, heating and cooling, wall details etc) along with a 20+ page long specification document, and request 3 trusted builders provide competitive tenders on your project. This ensures all elements in the project are fully included and costed and is the surest way to minimise budget blowouts during construction.
First step: Contact us and let's chat and arrange an obligation free initial meeting at your home!
We will then prepare a custom fee proposal based on your project and scope of work for your consideration.
Stage 1 – Fee proposal acceptance and deposit:
Deposit to officially kick of the process - time to lock your project into our pipeline and get the ball rolling!
Gather your ideas and inspiration, we will do some background site opportunities and constraints research, then we can meet for stage 2 to start chatting in more detail and pulling it all together.
Stage 2 – Feasibility Assessment:
It is time to really get to know the project – You, your house, your block… your needs and your wants.
Let’s start brainstorming together how and where it might all come together to a beautiful, simple, functional but cost effective design.
This presentation will be a site plan showing opportunities and constraints. On site we will then sketch together as we discuss overlooking neighbours, views, trees, and any other considerations as we move into the next stage.
Stage 3 – Concept Design:
We will then go away and work our magic – really brainstorming, sketching and 3D modelling the best way to achieve your brief. We will also model your existing home and our proposal in thermal performance software so you can see the difference!
This presentation will be conceptual sketches, sections and hand drawn plans showing room relationships and focusing on the ideas behind and the intention for the feel of the home.
Stage 4 – Developed Design:
Time to delve into the form and materials - once we get your feedback and thoughts on the concept, we will start to develop more detail into our 3D model, thinking about materials, colours and finessing the form. We will also review the thermal performance and start looking at solar access in our 3D model.
This presentation will be a set of Architectural plans – site plan, floor plan, perspectives, solar studies, elevations, sections. We will also have suggested external material samples for discussion.
Stage 5 – Final Design: (Complying development assessment, external works + entity approvals)
Things are starting to look very real – We will make any final adjustments to the external form and overall layout, then prepare the project for submission to authorities and consultants. We will submit on your behalf to utility providers to ensure they are happy with access provided but also to structural engineer, certifier, EPD (if required) and landscape designer to commence draft documentation and ensure any feedback or adjustments can be incorporated into the design in the following stages and prevent any delays at the end of the project.
But, this meeting is also more fun than that - as we start to discuss the interiors of your home in more detail – your style, your ideas and how to tie the existing and new together… or make them work apart!
This presentation is detailed, technical Architectural plans – as above but now fully notated and dimensioned, with driveway, tree management, site management, verge dilapidation and class 10 structures documented.
If you want to work with a particular builder, or have time pressures, it is at this point we can get a builder on board for an initial costing. This will help book you into their pipeline for a start time (in 3+months) and give a more accurate indication of the likely construction budget.
Stage 6 – Kitchen Design and Interior Finishes:
Now the fun begins – The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, so we start there as we develop the interior design finishes and selections. We will also start compiling your building specification – the itemised document to support the architectural plans and outlining all the details and finishes for the project.
At this meeting we will also brainstorm your wet areas – tiles, fittings and fixtures – ready for the next meeting.
This presentation is exciting – think material samples, paint samples, 3D perspectives, joinery plans and elevations.
You will also get homework here: to check out our suggestions or select your own kitchen appliances.
Stage 7 – Joinery Design and Wet Area Fittings and Fixtures:
Now we are on a roll – Working from the kitchen design and your feedback there, we will move through all the other joinery items in your project. We will also work up initial concepts for the wet areas in your home.
This presentation is also fun – think tile samples, tap images, 3D perspectives, joinery and wet area plans and elevations.
Once again, you get homework here: to check out our suggested fixtures and fittings or select your own.
Stage 8 – Services Design:
Last but not least – lighting and electrical, heating and cooling. We will prepare plans showing every existing and new powerpoint and light fitting. This ensures an accurate electrical quote and allows you to nominate any specific electrical or lighting requirements such as data hubs, security systems etc.
This meeting is also a good chance to chase up any other loose ends or undecided items together, and chat through any updates or adjustments required following consultant feedback.
This presentation will be a final review of all of the interior plans, along with the lighting plan and electrical plan.
Stage 9 – Building Approval and Tendering:
Final documentation and specification review – we will pull all of the above together into one complete set of plans and specifications. We will co-ordinate with the consultant documents and get you to do a final review (while we review as well!) before sending out to tender.
We will request tenders from up to 3 builders that we have worked with before or that you have requested. We will also request quotes for windows and joinery from our suggested suppliers, so all the builders include our suggested provisional cost into their tender. We will also submit and co-ordinate all of the required documents for building approval, so once you select a preferred tenderer the project is ready to hit the ground running with no further delays.
This meeting is on site, with each builder for half an hour so they can inspect the home and so you can meet with them.
Stage 10 – Construction Liaison:
Time to make it real! We will assist you through the contract negotiations stage, witness the contract signing and support you during the construction process.
Note: We do not provide contract administration services. This service assumes a HIA or MBA contract between the client and builder, and we act as an advisor to both parties during construction should questions arise. We can also help keep communication flowing between both parties to ensure a smooth build process, and we love being there with you to see your project come to life!
This stage includes approx. 10 meetings throughout construction with builder and client at key stages.
Building Design (or partial Architectural service):
If you have already signed up with a builder, or just are not sure about the full architectural service option, we also offer a building design service. We will apply the same level of design and planning expertise to the initial stages of your project, but our service ends with a quality set of 12+ architectural plans as required for development and building approval.
This option is also suitable for builders or developers wanting high performance, considered designs for their clients but wishing to use their own pre-prepared inclusions.