Answers To A Few Frequently Asked Questions:
Architects create a framework for people’s lives, through the design of the buildings that people live and work in.
When we’re designing we are:
- giving options
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- To make the most of your land
- To have a creative partner to help in the negotiations with your builder
- So it is right first time
- So you will have a great home for you and your family, not something that is just good enough
We always start with a Needs & Options Review.
First of all, depending on where you are and what you want to do you might not need a DA – we can help you work out what you need. For an outline of the development application process see here.
Going straight to a builder means you miss out on an architect’s design, which is nearly always going to be a better solution; see here for a more thorough explanation.
We tailor our fees to suit your project. The fee is usually structured in one of three ways:
- as a percentage of the total construction cost;
- as a fixed fee with a stipulated sum; or
- as a reflection of the number of hours needed to do the work.
We sometimes propose a hybrid arrangement, with an hourly rate for some stages – for example at the beginning, when the scope of the project may need to be explored – and a fixed fee for others – when the scope of work is clear and is not likely to change. For more, see here.
There is no single answer to this question – it is like asking how much does a car cost: it depends. The cost of a project depends on quality, complexity, size, scope, time and site conditions. As the expected standard of quality and finishes increases, so does the cost: ‘faster, cheaper, better – choose any two’.
The best answer is to look at our portfolio of projects. All the houses are comfortable and modern, but we do not follow or promote particular styles or trends, as each project and every client is different. We believe in designing buildings that will last for a long time, that are environmentally efficient and as sustainable as possible. We believe that your home should be a robust container for your life, something that will change with you as your circumstances change.
A lot of people make these renovating mistakes. They are in no particular order, but they are all to be avoided.
- Don’t start renovating too early – make sure you have a master plan
- Don’t confuse fiction with reality
- Don’t forget to do your homework
- Don’t avoid design work to save money
- Don’t be impatient – building takes time, and so does design
- Don’t use council drawings for getting prices and building
- Don’t just think for the short term – design for the future
- Don’t undervalue your property or your future happiness
When we talk of sustainable design we look at a building’s impact on the environment from a ‘whole building’ point of view. To assess a building’s full impact we must look at the cost of constructing the building – capital cost – as well as the ongoing costs – operational cost – associated with operating the building, of running the necessary machinery, over its lifetime. The built fabric is critical to lowering the resource use of the building for years, but over time the greater contribution to overall energy use will be the operating cost.
Sustainable design must be flexible to change and contribute positively to the built environment. See here for more.
What we can bring to your project:
Some of our Projects:
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