The three things that consistently emerge when working with prospective clients and what they want in the design process are:
When customers enter into a design agreement process with our business, we do three things simultaneously when designing:
The stage of where your project might be at the moment are:
There is a critical difference between development approval (DA) and building approval (BA). DA means that the local government approves it. Once you have development approval, you must also obtain a BA from a private building certifier. The biggest misconception is that because you have DA, you have sufficient plans and detailed documents to obtain a BA from the certifier. Certifiers ensure that residential building projects meet national construction codes and standards.
In simple terms, all projects require BA, and about half require DA. The volume of projects requiring DAs will increase due to the changes to the Australian Capital Territories' new Planning and Development ACT 2023 - which will come into play on the 27th of November 2023. When prospective clients ask us to quote or price other designers' work, the main problem we face is that we generally need to fix many practical issues, like the absence of detailed information required to provide a fixed price agreement and obtain BA.
If you would like to meet to discuss your plans, we will happily do that. An initial Zoom or MSTEAMS chat is recommended. You can provide your details below, and we will accommodate your availability.
In that meeting, we will discuss the suite of plans and documents required to provide you with the certainty or pricing you need and details about the inclusions and materials.
If your project has approved DA and BA plans, we would ask you to merge them and upload them here or email them to email@example.com and include your residential address in the subject line.
Before committing to the meeting, here is the critical information that you will need to know:
Answer: If you have a contours survey from a registered surveyor, then between $1500-$2000 for detailed plans that include renovations and extensions.
Answer: We need the DWG file; this is the design file to calculate all the quantities, such as the volume of materials. It would be impossible for any builder to price a job without a quantity list, and the customer would be exposed to price changes/variations after they started building as the builder "got it wrong."
Answer: You will receive a fixed price proposal with a list of all the inclusions and an itemised breakdown of all the component values. You will also receive a site proposal that outlines all the costs to move services, demolish structures or undertake site work.
Answer: The main factors impacting timelines to get a detailed project proposal are:
If the site survey has been implemented and the complexity of structural changes are not significant then we could have a priced proposal back in less than 4 weeks. If we need to undertake and implement a site survey and there is complex engineering, then this could mean that the design takes about 5 weeks.
Answer: If planning an extension, you must have accurate building heights and ground levels.
This is what a survey provides including sea levels of the block's contours, powerline heights, accurate boundaries, and eave and roof heights.
Many building designers do not get the site survey at the beginning of the design process as some customers resist investing in the site survey in the concept stage. The design takes life and then time is not considered to double back and get the site survey undertaken and implemented, this creates obvious risks when construction starts onsite!
Answer: It will depend on what planning approvals stage your plans are in. If your design has BA then changes might trigger an amendment to the approvals.
The general, the answer is yes, if the footprint does not change and it is subject to you being aware of the implications of each change, and impact of that change on other aspects of the floor/roof layouts.
Answer: We can set up a meeting with one of our Inclusions coordinators.
Answer: You will own the plans but not the DWG as this unique to our business and the file has no value except to our business.
Answers: Yes, we can. Once we have fantasied the plans and complete proposal and the site scope report we can provide this fixed price quality agreement. In the meeting we will be providing a likley start date subject to approvals.
What best describes your situation: