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  Design Process

Pre Design

Pre Design is the gathering of all relevant information necessary to design the project, whether it be residential or commercial.

This phase will take into account the function, character, climatic orientation, image and spaces and any other factors that will affect how the residence or commercial building will function for the client. In respect to residential projects, we inspect the site and take into consideration the best placement of the building to account for all physical and environmental attributes, such as topography, sunlight, views, egress and general surrounds of adjoining buildings.

During the pre design we also establish preliminary budget estimates.

A critical part of this phase is the liaison with Local Governing authorities to ensure what we propose to our client will comply with relevant planning and building requirements and guidelines.

Schematic Design

Schematic Design is the conceptual beginning of a project and the commencement of the concept diagrams following to a rough sketch plan. From this phase we establish the general layout, form and aesthetics of the residence or building and the site.

Sketch drawings are prepared to a standard such that a formal presentation can be delivered to the client with a view to evaluating our ideas and concepts and, in turn, to set the direction for refining the final design.

Design Development

This phase refines to a much more completed stage regarding the size, layout and character of the residence or building. This also includes site works and external features that may be required by the client. The inclusion of design features and elements such as cabinetwork, built in furniture, feature ceilings and wall recesses are also finalised.

At this phase, more concise Sketch drawings are prepared that outline some of the important design details. These plans included elevations of all four sides and sections if required to determine level changes.

If it is necessary, we may require perspective renderings or study models to be prepared to clarify areas that we may feel uncertain about.

At the completion of the Design Development stage approximately ninety percent of the design work has been completed.

Documentation

Construction and Detail documentation is where the final design is converted into technical detailed drawing and specifications for the purpose of construction.

These drawings are referred to as ‘working drawings’ and are accompanied by a comprehensive, detailed specification itemising finishes and standards that are needed to be adhered to and incorporated in the residence or building by the builder of the project.

Primarily, this phase is intended for the working out of the technical aspects of the project. Some ongoing work also continues to take place during the preparation of these documents.

This stage also requires that we liaise with external consultants who will be required to assess certain construction aspects of the project, for example, Structural Engineers, Interior Designers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Hydraulic Services etc.

At the completion of this stage, the final working drawings and specifications are submitted to the relevant authorities for the purposes of obtaining building licenses and all other statutory approvals.

Tender Process

From the working drawings and specifications that have been finalised the tendering and negotiation process commences. This entails the preparation of a list of selected, quality builders for the client to consider in order to obtain a competitive tender construction price.

We prepare and distribute sets of working drawings and specifications, answer builder questions and prepare an addenda of any tender documentation revisions that may arise during this stage.

Once all tender prices have been received from the builders, we analyse the quotes and help the client select the successful builder that will undertake the construction of the project.

The final phase of the process is the construction of the project. This entails reviewing, from time to time, the progress of the works on site, and also includes amendments that may be required. In addition, we are on hand to answer any questions that may arise, review any manufacturer’s details or specific elements that interior designers may require to be incorporated during the construction, and shop drawings and details that may be more relevant to commercial type buildings.

Upon completion, an inspection of the project is carried out to ensure that a high standard of quality has been adhered to.