services

Concept designs

All designs start with a concept; a simple sketch plan that outlines how we might approach the design of your project based on your initial design brief. You can start with this service only, to explore some of the options and their costs available to you before committing to further architectural services.

We present you with several possible floor plans which meet your brief, an elevation of what your project may look like, and an opinion of probable cost.

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Town planning applications

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Town Planning Permits are often required for projects such as multi-dwelling developments, some commercial developments, and residential projects where the council deems it necessary because of the size of the site, a planning overlay on the site, a heritage listing etc.

A Town Planning application would typically include a site plan, floor plans, elevations, a section, a site analysis, a schedule of proposed materials and external finishes, a design response report which describes how the works complement the existing streetscape, and possibly shadow diagrams.

We liaise closely with Council’s Town Planners and any other Authorities relevant to this stage, to obtain the current Town Planning requirements and assist the smooth passage of the project through Town Planning.

Town Planning documents are submitted to the local Council, along with any applicable fees, and may, if the council requires, be advertised to the general public for comment. Council then assesses the proposal against their Town Planning requirements.

Should there be any issues which Council identify as not complying with their Planning scheme, or if there are any valid objections to the proposal from the general public, then council may issue a directive to amend the proposal. If you disagree with Council’s directive , you can contest their decision by going through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). It is your decision.

Once a Town Planning Permit has been received, design documentation can proceed.

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Design documentation up to building permit stage

If you wish, we can prepare architectural drawings up to a stage which, whilst not full documentation, provide enough information for a builder to quote and begin building from. These drawings would not include any construction details (see below), electrical plans or custom-designed joinery drawings, and because of their nature, may leave some issues open to interpretation

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Detailed Documentation (“working / construction drawings”)

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Architectural construction drawings are prepared to detail all aspects of the building where particular construction methods and configurations are required. This process gives the builder all the information he/she may require in order to accurately quote on and construct the building. Feedback we have had from builders and clients confirms the benefits of their having this full package of information; it allows the builder to prepare accurate costings, help prevent costly variations, and assist in the construction of the final product which everyone is expecting. Construction drawings also include individually designed joinery components and electrical plans to complement the architectural and interior design of the home.

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Construction superintendence and contract accounting

Construction superintendence involves us in calling for tenders from suitably experienced builders and the subsequent superintendence of the construction process. We liaise with the builders through the tendering stage, answer any questions and provide additional information if required, and compare quotes when submitted to assist you in selecting your builder. We prepare and explain the building contract to be used so that that all parties are clear on their obligations under the contract. During construction, we assess works at strategic times, liaise with and attend to any queries from the builder, and assess the builder’s claims for payment, including variations. This stage assists in the architectural integrity of the design being met and the construction process proceeding according to the drawings, specifications, quotes and contract conditions.

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Interior design

We are able to assist you in the selection of interior fixtures and finishes, including custom-made joinery, the selection of lighting and other electrical fittings, interior and exterior colours and finishes, window coverings and more.

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Also

Registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, Reg No, C50837