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The Design Process

Designing your new home is not always a straight forward or linear process, but there is a process that is followed for most projects.

What is the brief?

Initially we need to establish what it is you are looking to do and what the desired outcome is. Simple things like how many bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces need to be established, but in addition to this, at this stage we take some time to understand your tastes and dreams for your home.

The context, site and surroundings

Here we look at where you are building. Every site brings with it unique challenges and opportunities. Things that need to be maximised and things we need to play down are identified at this stage. For example, you may have a view that needs to be captured and neighbours we need to block out as much as possible. We will also look at prevailing breezes, sun paths during the course of the year, site levels and also all the council requirements and standards we will need to meet.

Sketch design

This is where the fun starts. We start to look at how your house may work. The planning is critical during the early stages and will impact how the house flows, how you move through it and how you live in it. The form and shape of the building follows closely behind, but is always driven by the plan.
At sketch design stage, 3 – 5 options will typically be produced that provide different alternatives to meeting your brief. We can then sit down together and discuss the pros and cons of each option with the hope of refining the design to something that you are extremely happy with.
At this stage we will produce a cost estimate of each option based on square metres of floor space, decking and any external works. This allows the options to be considered in the context of their financial implications as well as their design merit.

Design Development

Design development involves taking your sketch design and refining it into a build-able building. Here we look at developing the structural configuration, materials and finishes and also architectural details.
This stage is generally where the final design outcome is reached

Council Approval

With the design finalised, the project can be submitted to council for approval.
A number of reports and additional drawings are required at this stage and we will produce a Development Application drawing package and obtain any external reports that may be required such as bush fire assessments or soil reports (geotechnical assessments)

Contract documentation

With the design approved, documentation is produced for the construction of your project. This typically involves taking the existing drawings and updating them with all the required information for a builder to tender (quote) the project.

This stage can be as much or as little as you would like.

As a minimum a detailed floor plan,elevations, schedule of windows and electrical plans are required. In addition we can also assist with bathroom and kitchen design and detailing, internal finishes and materials, colours and detailing.

Build it!

Osmond Mcleod Architects have strong working relationships with a number of builders on the central coast and we can assist you in tendering your project and selecting the most suitable builder for your home. We can also help with overseeing the construction process and with your communications with your builder.
If you have made it this far and have any further questions, please dont hesitate to contact me.

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