Preliminary Design Feasibility Study

The Design Feasibility Study is an introduction for those who are new to the building process, the roles of architects, builders and the planning and building permit system. This consultation, conducted on site, will provide you with the opportunity to discuss planning, design and construction issues with an architect without having to commit to the cost of design documents at this early stage.


Deagon House Before

Deagon House After

The site visit will be tailored to suit the individual client’s circumstances. Services and topics of discussion may include but not be limited to the following:

  • Preliminary measured drawings of the existing building, as a basis of discussion of design ideas.

  • Preliminary design briefing by the client, to determine the scale of the project.

  • Workshop some  preliminary design ideas for the form of the building including planning, climatic response, architectural aesthetics and construction options. Note that this is not a property or pest inspection. It is an architectural design evaluation.

  • The required planning guidelines to deliver an appropriate quality of construction and suitable lifestyle.

  • The cost of professional management of the project to avoid cost overruns and to provide adequate design and tender preparation and assessment, quality of construction, timing schedules, use of specified materials, and quality of finish, appropriate permits and insurance is adhered to.

  • An environmental target for the project in relation to your  objectives for energy and water sustainability requirements to control the cost of water and energy use,

  • Scope of required architectural services, depending on the Clients’ requirements.

  • Establish required secondary consultants, eg. Building estimator, surveyor, town planning specialist consultant (if required), structural & services engineers, workplace health & safety consultant, Building Certification consultants, including energy efficiency consultant. Set budget figures for the consultants’ fees.

  • Australian Building Regulations. State Planning/Development Codes. Local government controls. Context in the neighbourhood. Current needs. Future needs. Current budget parameters. Site related constraints/opportunities.

  • Explanatory hand drawn diagrams to illustrate the ideas under discussion.

The importance and priority of issues will be tailored to suit each client’s circumstances.

Preparing for the consultation: Prior to the on site meeting, the Client may forward to our office: Any photos of the subject property, including any existing site structures; Any preliminary advices you may have already received from your council or other authority; An outline of your project/ accommodation requirements; Any initial sketches of what you have in mind, including personal architectural stylistic preferences; Projected floor area, Number of storeys; Estimated construction cost budget.

Also, I will conduct a preliminary investigation of the subject site, identifying any planning development codes and building regulations governing the site.

Feasibility Study Report: Following the on site meeting, the ideas discussed on site shall be turned into hand drafted, scaled floor plans. These will be submitted to an independent building estimator. From these preliminary sketches, the estimator will deliver a Preliminary Budget Estimate which comprises a detailed Trade Summary.

This Estimate will give the client an idea of the cost of works should the project go out to the tender market.The Feasibility Study report will enable the client to make further decisions about the direction that their project should take.

Prospective Clients are invited to make an appointment to discuss their project at the office, after which I can draft a short standard Engagement Agreement for a Preliminary Design Feasibility Study.

Should the Feasibility Study proceed at a later stage to a full architectural service, this would be included as the first stage of the full service.

Hawthorne House, Streetfront Before

Hawthorne House After

To arrange an initial appointment, please telephone 3269 3804, or 0415 060 056, or send an email at Otherwise refer to the Contact Us tab on our Home Page.

The next step: The Client/Architect Agreement

After review of the Minutes, you may wish to proceed to the next stage, for which I will draft a fee proposal. This will detail the scope of services required by the client, and the fees associated with each stage of those services.

Once the Scope of Services and the Fee is approved, we can sign a Client /Architect Agreement.

Architectural Services: This practice offers a full architectural service comprising Pre Design, Sketch Design, Design Development and Documentation to Building Approval. These core services may be expanded to tender documentation and contract administration stages, according to the client’s brief. Please refer to the Services Page for a complete list of all architectural services offered by this practice.

Consultants: I will brief those required consultants which were identified during the Design Workshop or Pre Design Stage. They will provide firm fee proposals for you to review.

With the agreements in place, we can proceed with the project.

Hawthorne House, Rear View Before

Hawthorne House, New Rear Courtyard

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