Working with a Quality Building Designer
When starting out with your building project, it is important to engage the services of a quality building designer. Working with a consultant with high standards means the small details of your project won’t be overlooked, and as we all know, the small details count.
There are many small scale projects which seem like they may not require design skills or knowledge of relevant legislation, however our industry is such a large and complex one, that we always recommend discussing your project with a designer before making important decisions.
A building designer can guide you through design briefing, choosing finishes, creating a functional and practical home layout that works well for you and your family. Don’t skimp on the home of your dreams when selecting the professional that designs your home.
Do we need an Architect, or a Building Designer?
The answer to this question is not a straight-forward one. Architects and Building Designers alike offer very similar, if not identical services. One difference between the two is the higher level of qualification an Architect has (which is a Degree and Master’s from an Australian University), whereas a Building Designer receives their qualification from a TAFE Diploma, and can further their qualifications through further studies with qualifications or accreditation through Australia-wide associations.
Nonetheless, many impressive designs are being created by Building Designers, which are also estimated to be preparing 75-80% of residential work, according to the Building Designers Associaton of Australia.
In short, working with a professional that you feel comfortable with, that also has a proven track record of successful and similar projects is one of the most logical ways to pick the most suitable person to work with.
Our team work with you,
from a simple idea, to a finished building.
Sustainability in the design of your project
Many factors are considered when planning and providing design work to a project, one being sustainability. With environmental concerns on the rise, such as climate change, it is important that energy consumed by your home is kept to a minimum, not by brute force but by calculated, sustainable design efforts.
Passive design is a key part of sustainable building design, using techniques to efficiently collect solar energy to heat your home and cool it through intelligently placed ventilation and the right insulation, which is stipulated with the BASIX® Certificate we provide you with.
Orientation is another critical consideration when arranging your layout. We aim at using the western side of the building to contain all non-habitable spaces such as wet areas, garages and storage areas. The eastern side contains bedroom areas, which can enjoy the morning sunlight in winter, and block it out in summer with the use of shading devices or eaves calculated to suit.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail
Although there are many hurdles to jump through when having your project legally approved, it is definitely worthwhile. By having a Building Designer assist with your project, you’ll be able to have a professional opinion on many aspects that you may not have previously considered. Further, a draftsman will be able to provide neat, accurate and clear plans for any tradesmen or building contractors engaged to do your works.
When preparing design and documentation services, our team offer a thorough investigation of local and state planning legislation, along with a strict design parameter check, where all sizes of rooms and orientations are considered and checked to be adequate, sufficient and compliant.
Further to the above, many creative ideas are shared and viewed daily by professional Building Designers. This means you’ll have a first hand insight into feasible and possible options to consider and even add into your project, that may not have even crossed your mind. Remember, failing to plan, is planning to fail!
Dealing with Council, Certifiers and Planning Controls
We deal with Council, Certifiers and legislation relevant to building projects daily. This means that we can skip the hassles involved in a building project for you, by dealing with them ourselves. Planning controls can be tricky and even ambiguous, but we are constantly checking for updates and furthering our
understanding in the way the system works.
With new and innovative requirements being updated constantly, why tire yourself in trying to grasp and understand all the concepts applied in a building project? We handle all this for you! Save time and the headaches and let a professional Draftsman or Building Designer handle this for you.
Understanding the process and approval pathways
We have prepared flow charts which outline our process for Development Applications, Complying-Development Certificates and Construction Certificates. This means that you can conveniently track and gauge the process, along with the requirements along the way, and see exactly what we are doing for you. Enquire today and ask about our “flow charts” and we’ll be more than happy to send one through!
Typical Development Applications to Council can be avoided if you comply with State-wide Legislation, allowing your project to be approved through a fast-tracked system known as Complying Development. Speak to us today and find out if our team can have your project approved in a short, two week period!
Work with a team that provides a seamless service
Tailored to suit first-home buyers to busy developers, our business model includes a full service catering to the majority of clients seeking building design services. If you are looking for a hassle-free experience, get in touch with us today and let us explain what we can do for you.
From surveying, to design and documentation, engineering and even Private Certification, we’ve got you covered. To make it even better, we assign one of our trusted partner-builders to give you a quote and sit down with you to talk through your specifications and requirements, time frame and budget and all the small details.
Get started today with our comprehensive building designer service and experience the quality we provide. Simply call us or send an email and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.