The Design Process
In order to design, draft and construct a residential house it is very important to make sure that from the beginning we are able to start off on the right foot. At the beginning of your project we spend as much time as necessary with you during your initial consultation to ascertain your desired outcomes. Our goal is to ensure that we gather all necessary information and have a clear view of what you want to achieve and how we can best achieve it. The House Designers take pride in delivering your customised plans that transform your dream into a reality.
We discuss your ideas, peruse sketches, specifications, budget, site details and location, time frames and services required. It is also imperative that we have the relevant site information so we can ensure we design within the guidelines of your local council and/or developers covenants. In most cases all we require to get started is a disclosure plan of your lot; however a further site survey may need to be carried out to allow us to accurately design and later ‘site’ your home.
We prepare your obligation free quotation.
The project starts to come to life as we begin creating your first round of CAD drawings. At this stage we are able to work together to massage and manipulate the design until it accurately represents your vision.
At this stage we are able to document further details on the plans and provide you with four detailed elevations, and a detailed floor plan and site plan for your review. It is important to ensure at the conclusion of preliminary stage that you are satisfied with the design and the nominated specifications as these form the basis of the working drawings.
At this stage we take over the reins almost entirely as the rest of the drawings are of a technical nature. These can include:
o section and details
o bracing and tie down plans
o slab plan
o electrical plan
o internal elevations
o timber schedules/construction notes
o landscape plan
o sub floor layout
o roof plan
o reflected ceiling plan
Other important professionals usually required
• Private Certifier: For building approval and lodgement with local council.
• Engineers: For footing, slab and other structural design elements.
• Soil Test: The classification of the soil is required so the engineer can specify the correct design for the footing and slab.
• Energy Rating Compliance: All new residential dwellings are required to achieve a minimum 6 star rating as part of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme. (NatHERS).
Our level of involvement can be as little or as much as you desire when liaising with external consultants.