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OPEN PLAN OR INDIVIDUAL LIVING SPACES: WHICH SUITS YOU?

A great design considers the function of a space now AND over time. When it comes to designing a family home, for example, this may mean considering accommodating: future adult children, guests, ageing parents. With that in mind, when it comes to...

CONSTRUCTION PHASE: TO STAY OR GO?

When undertaking a renovation, you may consider whether to stay on site during the works, or to move out (temporarily). We weigh up the pros and cons of some of the key factors likely to influence your decision.   1. FINANCIAL COST:   For...

THE COST OF MAKING CHANGES TO A LIVE PROJECT

  It’s important to bear in mind that unexpected things may occur during a build. It’s vital that you have contingency for these: an amount of money set aside to cover the associated costs. Client-initiated changes during a build, on the...

5 Design Considerations When Buying a House

  You’ve decided you want to enter into the property market. So, how do you find your ideal home? We understand that this is a major decision, and one that is mainly driven by the money factor BUT there are also...

TENDER STAGE: THE FINAL STAGE BEFORE YOU BUILD

Much like finding the right Architect, it’s important to find a Builder that best-suits your project and personality   Q: WHAT IS THE TENDER STAGE? A: One of the last Architectural stages before a build commences. The Tender stage involves collating/issuing architectural construction documentation and other...

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION. WHAT IS IT?

CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION.  WHAT IS IT?   The Construction Documentation stage: an exciting step, it’s the last stage of documentation and means things are one step closer to being on site. Q:WHAT IS THE CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION STAGE?  A: Construction Documentation involves detailed drafting and specification of the...

TOWN PLANNING. WHAT IS IT?

TOWN PLANNING WHAT IS IT? Town Planning can often be frustrating, for both the Client and the Architect. An understanding of the processes involved can help and a little patience goes a long way.   Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS THE TOWN PLANNING STAGE? A: Town...

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT. WHAT IS IT?

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT. WHAT IS IT? Design Development. It’s not just about alliteration. Q: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?   A: Developing your preferred sketch design in further detail. Further detail during the Design Development stage includes: Refining the floorplan/layout and ensuring all RESCODE requirements are adhered...

SKETCH DESIGN

SKETCH DESIGN Sounds Fancy. What is it? You’ve engaged your Architect, firstly, congratulations! The formalities are out of the way and now it’s time to talk Design. Sketch Design. Q: SKETCH DESIGN. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?   A: Put simply, it’s a schematic or...