Design Process

Building or renovation can be very complicated…

BP Architects explain the process that sets the framework for you to have a straight forward path to your green healthy eco home

The Right Architect for Your New Home project

It’s important that you choose the right architect to design your new home or home renovation.

You have to know that your dreams and thoughts are understood and that you will end up with a home that will greatly enhance your lifestyle. Investing in your future home is a big commitment and you want to make sure that you will get the best for yourself, your family and your future home.

BP Architects specialize in designing green healthy eco homes and we take pride in our excellent customer service.

“We commissioned Bridget to design a home for us. She first visited the site and sat with us to get an understanding of exactly what was important to us in designing a house that would specifically suit US.” Brian Gosley, Owner Cheltenham Home

Cheltenham Home, existing house removed intact to make way for the new home to be built
Existing house removed and relocated from site.  This saved my Clients demolition costs, provided additional money for their new home and cleared their site ready for the new home to be built

 

The architectural design of a green healthy eco home follows a process.  We bring our skills and expertise to shape your home design starting with your Brief, and the design opportunities presented from your home site.  We work closely with our clients, in a step-by-step process, that lets them see their new home taking shape.

The following steps show how we collaborate with our Clients, using our skills, in designing their green healthy eco homes.

Your Home Design Options Review

Each green healthy eco home designed by BP Architects is unique, and considers a number of different options for the best design solution, taking into consideration all the different design parameters.

Before you decide to proceed with an architect, you might have a number of questions about different design options that are available to you, that may influence your own green healthy eco home design.  BP Architects provides a service called ‘Your Home Design Options Review’, where we meet with you before you start, to discuss your home project.

This is a potential first step and allows you to discuss matters important to you with an experienced and knowledgeable architect, without committing to a full architectural service.  It will provide you with information for the best way to proceed with your home project.  This could be how to renovate your home in the best sustainable way for you. Or if you are building a new home, it could be specifically on how to get the best outcomes for your new home design.

This Review allows you to make informed decisions to move forward to the next stage, closer to achieving your dream home.  Contact BP Architects to book Your Home Design Options Review.

Site Visit & Client Brief

The first step in your new home design process is for your architect to visit your home site and to be briefed by you for what you want for your new home. This allows you to discuss with your architect what is most important to you in your future home.  These are aspects of your future home that you want incorporated into your home design such as, allowing for the sun to come into the morning breakfast area, night sky views, a sense of openness in your home, or free flowing spaces. Qualities that you want to enjoy in your future home.

At this site visit your architect will inspect your home site and look for opportunities that present on site.  These aspects of your home site could be vistas, wind paths, the topography of your home site, the sun path.  They are used to enhance the qualities of your future home design.

Contact BP Architects to discuss what we can do for you in designing your future home.

Concept Design

Your Brief, priorities and the design opportunities observed from your site form the basis in the preparation of your concept plan.   We try and incorporate all of your specific features that you’ve requested.

 “Bridget took our ideas and made them so much better”.  Client, ecoHome, Sunbury

Cheltenham Home, North facing clerestory windows
Cheltenham Home, North facing clerestory windows

Architectural design and the technical aspects of passive solar design, healthy building materials and eco home design, are incorporated early in the design process so to be integral to your green healthy eco Home.  These aspects of your home design often enhance the quality of living in a green healthy eco home.

Sketch Design

Once you approve your Concept Design, your sketch design is prepared to show details of your floor plans and elevations of your future home. We collaborate closely with you to bring your ideas to life. Your beautiful green healthy eco home is now well on its way to becoming real.

“We have been very impressed with Bridget’s design – from her first draft to the final product. She has always listened carefully to our suggestions, either amending drafts or providing a better alternative. During the process, we felt that we had “ownership” of the house and its design. At no stage did we feel as though it was the product of an architect’s whim & fancy.” Brian Gosley, Owner Cheltenham Home

Cheltenham Home, Sketch drawing of north street elevation
Cheltenham Home, Sketch drawing of street elevation

Construction Costs Estimation

Your budget is important and is considered in the design of your future home.  Construction costs for your home project can be estimated by a quantity surveyor.  This can be at the end of the sketch design or after documentation.

Often construction costs are higher than anticipated. There a number of external factors that influence the price the builder will charge to construct your home. Your architect can provide an indication of construction costs but it is often at the end of the Tendering stage that you find out what is the real cost of constructing your new home.

Your construction costs estimation provides you with information so you can make informed decisions about the scope of works for your builder to construct your home.

“The approximate cost she detailed was very close to some of the quotes we received from builders.  We have successfully managed to find a builder of good repute who is able to build our house within our budget. Our dream is now becoming a reality! We have a design that suits us personally & are looking forward to seeing it completed this coming year.”  Brian Gosley, Owner Cheltenham Home

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Cheltenham Home, Sketch drawing of north elevation

Town Planning

If your Home Project requires Town Planning Approval, we can help you through these complex procedures by providing the necessary advice and required documents.

The documents required for Town Planning are different to the Building Permit documents.  They show information for the Town Planner, such as neighborhood character and design approach.  Overlooking and overshadowing neighboring private open spaces are some of the aspects of Town Planning.  Your home may have a Heritage Overlay or Special Building Overlay, which may require a particular approach to Town Planning.

Documentation

We provide detailed drawings and specifications for your Building Permit Application and the construction of your home. The documents we prepare for our clients are detailed and comprehensive.  They form the basis of the contract between you and your builder and provide the builder with the information he or she needs to build your home.

It is important to include as much information on these documents to reduce the number of cost variations that can occur during construction.   We know this process well and we are happy to answer any questions or handle any challenges that may occur.

“When approaching builders with the plans and specs provided by Bridget, the builders were impressed with the quality and level of detail in the plans Bridget provided.” Brian Gosley, Owner Cheltenham Home

Cheltenham Home, lead light window made by the Clients installed in a prominent location
Cheltenham Home, lead light window made by the Clients installed in a prominent location

Tendering and Negotiating Your Construction Costs

Several builders can be contacted on your behalf to provide a tender price for the construction of your home or specific project.  These can be your preferred builders or we’d be happy to recommend some builders for you.

If the Tenders come in and you find that you are over budget, there are a number of options available.  Your architect can negotiate with your preferred builder to remove or amend some of the work to reduce the tender price.  We’re here to protect your interest during this process of negotiation.

During Construction

On site, and during construction of your new home, we can act as your representative, ensuring your home is constructed according to your documents, providing advice and on-site inspections.

BP Architects are dedicated to helping you create the home of your dreams – from the initial idea to the final touches.

We want your journey with us to be seamless, stress-free and 100% satisfactory.

Contact BP Architects today and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Cheltenham Home, Clerestory windows act as solar chimney drawing hot air up to be exhausted
Cheltenham Home, Clerestory windows act as solar chimney drawing hot air up to be exhausted

 

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