Design Consultation Service

Design Consultation Service.

Design Consultation Service. The service is intended for homeowner renovators (or building a new home) wishing to obtain professional advice on options before committing to design work, detailed plans or construction contracts. Our present pre paid fee for the service is $660.00 incl. GST.   Following confirmation of my appointment, we would make an appointment for me to conduct a site visit  then sit down and in an interactive way discuss the options for maximizing the potential value of the renovation or new home and lifestyle requirements.

 The consultation is an introduction for many people who are new to the renovation process, or building new, the roles of architects, builders and the planning and building permit system. The consultation provides you with the opportunity to discuss planning, design and construction issues with the architect without having to commit to the cost of design documents at this early stage.

 The Design Consultation is an important step for you to take, as it will enable issues to be discussed which may include:

Optional forms for the building including planning, aesthetic and construction options.

  • 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 blow outs 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,

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

 I will issue notes generated from the site visit in the form of a short written report, supported by hand drafted explanatory sketches if considered useful. I can provide an opinion of the further concept sketch required and fee so that you may make an informed decision whether or not to proceed further with a Design Feasibility Concept in the future.

 The way forward would be for you to contact the office when ready and discuss more fully your requirements after which I will issue an Engagement Agreement for a Design Consultation Service.


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