The design process.
Every design process is unique, and within that, each client requires more or less from their designer. This step-by-step guide to the design process is indicative only. The number of steps varies depending on the complexity of the project and whether you are building a new home, renovating or simply making a few small home improvements.
Preliminary research/ pre-design/ site meeting.
Good design is a smart investment and it is important to get it right. An initial no obligation on-site meeting to gather project specific information, discuss project expectations, budget and get an overall feel for the project.
This is where your initial dreams are put on paper to be brought to life. At this stage plans can be reworked and several concept designs can be prepared to allow you to assess the different ideas against your brief to ensure your dreams become a reality.
Once your concept plans have been finalised and you are happy with the design these plans are then developed to include more detail for structural elements to be sized for costing purposes. This important stage includes preliminary room arrangements, window openings and orientation, and a choice of construction systems. 3-D walk-through renders, and all elevations can help with these last decisions. Later solutions or changes may be expensive.
This stage is the single largest portion of work which includes preparing the working drawings and written specifications for tendering, pricing, building consent and construction. This includes calculations to show compliance with the building code and co-ordinating with other consultants such as engineers, geotechs, etc.
Plans are submitted to your local council for sign off to commence the building.
Craig is a licensed building practitioner.