Concept Design

Investigations, Schematic Design & Design Development

  • Discussing requirements with Client in order to obtain Client’s Brief.  This generally involves a two hour meeting where we ask pertinent questions in relation to the number, function, size, layout and location of each room in your future home.
  • Please find attached a copy of our new home brief, which we go through with you to ensure that all your wishes are taken into account.
  • We invite you to provide photographs of your preferred home style which assists in minimising ambiguity and a more likely preferred design outcome.
  • In order to ensure that our design takes into account current regulations, easements, services, etc and to save you time and frustration we will obtain the following information:

Dial before you Dig, Council Property Information, Property Services Plan, Storm Water Connection Point Information and other services information from relevant Authorities.
You may not be aware for instance that if your new dwelling is located over the concrete sewer point, it could cost $15,000 to relocate.  Accordingly a conscientious and experienced designer would design the dwelling to miss the sewer point and save his client the $15,000.

We will also obtain the legal point of discharge to try and do anything in our power to ensure that you are not forced to have a costly dual pump system to discharge your storm water

  • We will visit the property, take photos, study the site and neighbouring area to ensure that your site’s uniqueness, opportunities and possible constraints are taken into account in our design.
  • For home additions and renovations, existing condition measurements will be taken so that that an existing conditions plan is prepared.  This becomes the foundation for all the exciting design work that will follow.
  • Being architects we have the expertise to assist in utilising the sun’s power to reduce the ever increasing power costs and to make your home environment more comfortable.
  • In order to make the most of the corner frontages and those that can be seen from the sides, we will pay specific attention to their elevation treatment so that the design flows harmoniously from the front to the sides.
  • As it is likely that you will be building on a boundary we will obtain on your behalf quotations from a licensed land surveyor to establish your site’s boundaries and to plot the slope of your site.  This is paramount in ensuring that you do not inadvertently build on your neighbour’s property and to assist in ensuring that the cost ramifications of the proposed floor levels are minimised.
  • Once we have all this information we are ready to turn your dreams into a reality.  We will investigate alternatives to guarantee that the design is functional, attractive and meets all your needs and expectations.  If we feel that some aspect of your brief is not attainable, we will inform you and discuss our reasons prior to doing any more work.  Once you are happy with our suggestions we will provide you with a preliminary concept plan which includes a preliminary site plan, proposed ground floor plan and proposed first floor plan to confirm that we are on the right track.
  • Upon approval of the concept plans, we will make any changes suggested and  prepare developed design drawings which includes the following:

Site Plan drawn to a scale of 1:100 showing the entire site and your proposed home and locating the usable outdoor entertaining space.

Schematic floor plan(s) drawn to a scale of 1:100 showing internal dimensions, fixtures, furniture, fittings and appliances of every room.

Schematic front elevation drawn to scale showing the magnificent look of your new home.

Table of areas indicating the size of the Site, Dwelling, (downstairs and upstairs) Porches, Verandahs and Garage.  The area will be such that it will be within your stated brief.

  • Our designs will show the location of furniture thus guaranteeing that the design works.  We are constantly surprised to find out when asked to take over another designer’s job, that for instance, the bedroom does not have sufficient wall space to accommodate the master bed and 2 bedside tables.
  • When designing attic spaces it is important that head height regulations are observed as many times a reduced height on site can make a major difference to the usability and function of the space.
  • The above information combined with our explanations will ensure that you have all of the information necessary to assess the design.  You are now free to take the design away to compare room sizes and layouts etc and to check that we have complied with your brief.
  • You may then bring the design back and ask us to make changes etc to ensure that the home is exactly as you like it.  We will then make these amendments and draw the remaining three elevations.
  • We will then present the amended final designs to you.

This brings to the end this stage of our work.  You may now take the design to a builder to obtain an opinion of cost.