The Process – Residential Architecture
We believe good design should be accessible for everyone. We endeavour to work with our clients to tailor our services to meet their needs and budget. We can manage your project from conception through to the final form to ensure you have the outcome you envisioned.
The Introduction Meeting
Enjoying an easy relationship with your architect is essential for success. This initial meeting is a vital chance for you to gain a feel for us and how we work. This meeting allows you to talk through your ideas, your brief, and your budget. You can select from two options:
1. Our Office
This is a one-hour consultation in our Kingston Studio. We will discuss your project, offering advice on design possibilities and restraints. You will also see how we work so you can decide whether we are compatible. We encourage you to bring along drawings and information for your home and block.
2. On Site
This is a one-hour assessment at your home. We will discuss your requirements and provide advice on design possibilities and constraints.
After our initial meeting, we will prepare a proposal for you. It will include a summary of your project brief, budget and a breakdown of the design stages with their associated fees.
To commence your design work, we require an accurate land survey of your block in Computer- aided design (CAD) form. We can either arrange this on your behalf or provide you with companies to assist you.
Once the land survey has been secured, we can begin the design concept. We start by assessing your brief and asking you questions to gain a thorough understanding of your desired outcomes. We can assist with prioritisation to ensure the best outcome for your budget.
Once we are confident with our understanding of your requirements, we will turn our attention to your site. With our passion for environmental design, it is paramount to our process that we obtain the most value from what is naturally available.
We will look for constraints and opportunities including:
· Solar access
· Air movement across the site
· Available shading
· Existing trees
· Surrounding buildings
Following this analysis, we will overlay the council requirements for your area, including: Setbacks, Easements, Building envelope, Heritage/precinct code.
Now we can begin to help you visualise the possibilities of your project with a series of conceptual designs, hand drafted and in plan form. These concepts focus on the plan form as the relationship between spaces is complicated and often difficult to get right. Once the relationship is established, the built form will follow with ease.
For a small additional fee, we can provide you with a 3D model of the concepts to grasp the nature of the proposals further. Our fee structure allows for two concepts for consideration. If you would like to explore more ideas, we will prepare you a quotation for further conceptual exploration. With your approval, we move into the next stage.
Now we can take the approved concept design sketches and transform them into computer based 3D modelling with floor plans, building elevations, and building sections. We model the terrain of your site and allow for accurate decisions on floor levels and site placement.
We can provide various options for the form of your building so you can gain an appreciation of what it will look like, inside and out.
The approval process differs based on various factors. These include your location, your site-specific requirements, and the type of project. Within the ACT, you can choose to follow a full Development Application process, or apply for a Development Approval Exempt Approval via a building certifier. We will explain these options, and help you to decide which is suitable for you.
A number of detailed drawings and specifications are needed to communicate the particulars of a design to a builder. This is known as ‘Construction Documentation.’ We will take you right through this process to the interior design in fine detail.
The documentation includes detailed floor plans, building elevations, detailed sections, wet areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, detailed plans, interior elevations, and landscape plans. We will also prepare written details about the design, including the building specifications, and interior and exterior fixtures and finishes schedules.
During this stage, we will coordinate consultants and their documentation for you, including structural/mechanical/civil engineering, tree management plans, and asbestos consultants.