The brief will define your ideas and aspirations for your new home. The brief should be flexible so as to allow new ideas to be introduced as the design progresses. Not only will you will need to consider the physical aspects of your home, such as the number of rooms, the view and the sun, but also how you will use the house - do you entertain, have guests to stay, how long do intend to live there. We will also need to look at a budget. All of these issues will be discussed as part of the brief.
Fees for services will vary depending on the project. Fees and terms will be discussed and agreed upon before engagement.
The next stage is to gather all the necessary information to start designing your new home. This may involve obtaining a certificate of title, LIM report, zoning information and drainage plans from the local authority, engaging consultants such as surveyors to provide contour plans or engineers to assess soil conditions. You may already have some of this information.
Once the required information has been obtained it is then possible start the sketch design for your new home. The initial concept plans will take into account the ideas discussed in the brief and may introduce alternative ideas for you to consider. Typically the sketches will show the floor layout, 1 or 2 views of the exterior of the house and how the house will sit on the site. Then we discuss the sketch plans and you will need to think about the design and how well it suits your needs.
After thinking about and discussing the design, the developed design will start. This is where the design is fine tuned for your final approval before the working drawings commence. If resource consent is required it is usually a good idea to do so at this stage.
These are the drawings and specifications that will be submitted to the local authority for the building consent and the plans the builder will use to build the house. The drawings will show what materials are to be used and where they will be used. The extent of the working drawings will depend on the complexity of the project and may include the site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, elevations, cross sections, floor & roof framing plans, details, schedules, bracing calculations and a written specification. Engineers and other consultants may be required to provide additional information at this stage. It is very important to have a comprehensive set of working drawings. A well-drawn and detailed set of plans will solve any problems before the project starts.