Process

Working with us

The decision to undertake a new build or to renovate your home can be an extremely daunting process. Many specialist consultants are required and it’s often difficult to know where to begin – that’s where you need a great architect.

A great architect asks questions and is a great listener. Understanding you, your patterns, your budget and your requirements are critical to the whole process.

A great architect spends time on your site to understand it’s constraints, qualities and opportunities.

Working with us

The Brief

This is where we establish and refine your brief. What do you want to achieve?

What is important to you – better use of space, more natural light, connection with the garden or simply making it more functional?

What you love about the site or your existing house and what you’d like to change.

The brief will be an evolving discussion that allows us to achieve a highly tailored outcome.

The Brief

Concept Design

Early stages of the Concept Design phase will involve basic space planning exercises to test the relationship between brief and budget. During this stage, aspects of the Brief will be challenged and further refined to ensure it better relates to the budget and the critical design outcomes.

Now we will develop several design schemes that respond to the space planning exercises and will really define your preferred direction for the project.

Concept Design

Design Development

This is where we further refine the approved design and more resolved floor plans, sections and elevations are produced.

This is also where we turn our attention towards the interior of the project and further refine material choices and potential construction methods.

This process involves going room by room, and establishing specific requirements and preferences. Interior design will be resolved through sketches and further development of the 3D model of the project.

Design Development

Town Planning

This is where we re-confirm that all relevant aspects of the local authorities town planning requirements have been satisfied.

We will confirm that you are completely happy with the design direction before submitting all required documentation in order to obtain planning permission from council.

The length and complexity of this process is highly dependant on each specific project, and we can advise on engaging a specialist town planner where required.

We are experienced in navigating this process and will ensure it is as smooth as possible.

Town Planning

Documentation

The documentation stage is where we prepare the full set of drawings and specification required to accurately tender the project to several selected builders to establish the construction cost. The document set is also lodged with the building certifier to obtain Building Approval.

Detailed sections through the project are coordinated with the structural engineering, and combined with smaller construction details and a highly detailed interior drawing package.

All the great ideas and detail needs to be communicated through a complete set of documents that could be used by a builder to complete the project.

Documentation

Tendering

There are several different methods of tendering the project, but the end game is to select a builder that you want to work with, that commits to a fixed building price for the scope of the work defined in the documentation set.

This process is very important. Price is critical but so to is your ability to work closely with the builder on what is a very personal and often challenging construction process.

We will guide you through this process to the point where a building contract can be signed and work can begin on site.

Tendering

Construction

This is a very important stage of the project to have your architect working with you.

Great projects are more often than not delivered through a collaborative construction process involving the client, the builder and the architect. We will handle any tough construction questions which may arise and ensure that all details and great ideas we developed with you during the design process are actually implemented in your project as expected.

Construction

Photography

Getting your project photographed professionally is like the final stage of documentation.

For me, each project is a very personal journey with my clients.

The project has been designed with them, for them and I like to encourage them to be a big part of the photoshoot.

Photography