We then start to develop a project vision and strategy in collaboration with you.
We develop the brief even further with specific details from the initial meeting and further discussions with you. If the project is a renovation or alteration and addition we'll come out and do a detailed measure up of the existing conditions of the building and work from here with accurate drawings & measurements.
We then start to work through floor plan options with you which look at the opportunities of the site and how we can best respond to the design brief.
Once you confirm the preferred concept we proceed into further developing the design. We refine the floor plans, propose exterior elevations and materials to be used and start to explore interior details which are critical to the look and feel of the space.
The design is developed through 2D & 3D presentation methods and presented to you incrementally to obtain your feedback right through the process. Its very important to us that you the client know exactly how the design works and looks.
Depending on the overlays of the site, size of the block, planning restrictions in general, the design may require town planning approval from your local council. If so, we are required to produce additional documentation, reports etc.
Depending on the project, a town planning permit or development approval may be required by local council. This can be triggered by a number of factors; including the size of the site, planning overlays and other planning controls. de.arch provide services to prepare and lodge planning applications to council and represent you throughout the process. These can include, neighbourhood & site descriptions, shadow diagrams, Rescode reports, traffic management reports, landscaping plans, water authority approvals etc.
Generally speaking, this process can take between 3 - 6 months once the documentation has been lodged.
We pride ourselves on delivering clear and accurate documentation including construction plans & detail drawings, interiors, furniture layouts & selection, colours/materials, lighting plans, specifications and schedules to ensure the project can be understood and accurately priced by builders and then constructed. de.arch also cross references consultant documentation with architectural documentation to form the full package of information for the project.
Some of the additional consultants that may be required for your project include;
Once drawings and associated documentation are complete, we can organise for the project to be accurately priced. This involves issuing the tender package to typically 3 - 4 selected builders (depending on the size of the project) who we can recommend and are the right type of builder for your project.
This is the best way to achieve a fair and competitive price and to arrive at a construction cost that is in line with your budget. We can also negotiate and value manage the project with the builder where required.
This step starts once construction is underway.
During this stage the architect typically administers the building contract between you and the builder. de.arch can be the contact person on your behalf, any queries that the builder has on site, we can manage for you as well as keeping you informed of progress. This involves programming, site meetings, quality checks, instructions to the builder, assessing progress claims from the builder and overall ensuring design integrity is maintained.