Design Process

Your Dream home.  Best Architect Designed home for you

 

a home that reflects who you are and who you want to be

 

The Right Architect for Your dream Home project

It’s important that you choose the right architect to design your new home or home renovation.  You want to feel understood.  That your architect listens to your dreams and thoughts for your new home.  Most importantly that you are all on the same page when it comes to your Dream Home.

Investing in your future home is a big commitment.  Therefore you want to make sure that you will have the best home for yourself and your family.  So that you will end up with a home that enhances your lifestyle.  A home that can make you proud.

We understand that what is important to one person in their home may not be so important to another person.  That is to say everyone’s idea of home is unique and special to them.  Therefore we listen to our Clients.  Above all we want to know what makes a house a home for them.  What is important to them in their home.

Brian & Julie’s Cheltenham Home

Brian & Julie asked BP Architects to design their Cheltenham Home.  This was after they had looked at many project homes.  And other architect designed homes.  They said they didn’t see any homes that interested them.  Until they visited the eco-home, designed by BP Architects, in Sunbury.  This is what Brian said about our architectural design services:

“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, Cheltenham Home

Brian and Julie felt that their home in Cheltenham exactly suited them.  Their home is an unique and original sustainable home.  In short their home allows them to live the sustainable lifestyle that is so important for them.

Your home can be transformed to your dream home
Your Home can be Transformed into Your Dream Home

 

The architectural design of our Client’s healthy sustainable homes follows a step-by-step process.  Our skills and expertise in residential design help shape their Dream Homes. Firstly, starting with our Client’s Brief.   Moreover what is most important to them in their dream home.  incorporating design opportunities presented by our Client’s homesite.  Our step-by-step design process lets our Clients see their new home taking shape along the way.

The following explains the steps in designing our Client’s Dream Homes.

Your Home Design Options Review

You may have questions about what is the best home for you.  And how do you go about getting the right home built for you?  You may have some ideas for what your Dream Home looks like.  But you don’t know anything about building.  And you haven’t built or renovated a home before.

This is why we introduced Your Home Design Options Review.  Where a qualified Architect visits you in your home.  And discusses the different design options available to you.  The purpose of the Review is to find out what is the best design solution for you.  And how you can achieve the right home that suits you and your family.

After Your Home Design Options Review, you will have a good idea on how you can proceed with your home project.  And you will have your Dream Home strategy in place.

The Review is the first step towards your Dream Home.  You can discuss matters important to you with an experienced knowledgeable architect.  Whether you are renovating your home or if you are building a new home.

It provides you with information on how you can get the best outcome for your new home design.  So that you can make informed decisions to move forward in achieving your Dream Home.

Contact Bridget at BP Architects for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation with an experienced Architect.   Or to book Your Home Design Otpions Review.

Site Visit & Client Brief

Your home doesn’t sit in isolation.  Even on a large rural property, the landscape is the context or background for your home.  So rather than ignore your immediate environment you want to look for opportunities.  Opportunities that can enhance the quality of your home design and living experience.  A site visit is a must if you want to get the best home designed for you.  It may only be the first initial site visit.  Or it may need a follow-up site visit to get your home design right.

Alongside this is the Client Brief.  The clear instructions on what is important in your home. And what is essential.  These two steps are the flagstones for every good home design.

Along with good communications with your Architect.  So that you can convey your dreams and aspirations for your home design.  Incorporating all the design aspects that you want. Whether it is the sun streaming into your breakfast area.  Night sky views from your bedroom.  Having a sense of openness in your home.  Or free-flowing spaces that meander throughout your home.  Qualities that you can enjoy for years to come.

Contact BP Architects to find out how we would design your future home.

Concept Design

What your Brief does is priorities the important aspects of your Dream Home.  Your architect uses your Brief as the basis of design opportunities.  Whether that is with your existing home or on your homesite.  The Concept Plan demonstrates the design aspects of your home.  Making sure that the design foundations are in place so that your Dream Home design can build from this.

Our skills and experience in residential sustainable design facilitate the design.  As Jan from the Sunbury eco home said

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

Solar Chimney, Cheltenham Home

 

Passive Solar Design works.  It is an effective and economical way to reduce your energy bills.  Your home will be more comfortable to live in.  Because you will have more even indoor air temperatures all year round.

Base your home design on Passive Solar Design Principles and you know that it will work.  So you want to start with your Concept home design with these principles in place.  Modifying these Principles to best suit your home design.

It is difficult if you design your home first and then try to apply these Principles.  This way you don’t get the best outcome for your Passive Solar Home Design.

Sketch Design

After completing Concept Design, the next step is Sketch Design.  This involves sketch drawings of your floor plans and elevations.  You start to see you home taking shape and your Dream Home ideas come to life.  With Sketch Design drawings you can your beautiful green healthy eco home is 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

Sketch of Brian and Julie’s Cheltenham Home

 

Construction Costs Estimation

Do you worry about going over budget with your new home or home renovation?  Is this something that is actually stopping you from getting your dream home?  Are you concerned that you don’t know anything about how much building costs?  And this is actually keeping you up at night.  We understand how you feel.

Your budget is important.  Everyone needs a budget.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t have your dream home.  A budget means that you know how you are going to fund your home project.  And you want this to be a consideration in the design of your future home.

Before your builder starts building, you can have your construction costs estimated.  A Quantity Surveyor or Building Estimator can do this for you.  You can have an estimate of your home project at the end of the sketch design or after documentation.

Your construction costs estimation provides information so you can make informed decisions.  If you need to change the design.  Or if you need to reduce the builder’s Scope of Works.

 

what do you if the builder’s prices are over your budget?

 

Often construction costs are higher than anticipated.  Even the price of steel will affect construction costs.  So that is why a contingency sum of money is a good idea.  To pay for those unexpected costs that might arise during building your home.  It prepares you for the unexpected.  And takes the stress out of these situations.

From our experience in the industry, we have an idea of construction costs and materials. We provide our Clients with indicative construction costs.  But we are not building your home.  When the builder prices at Tendering stage they have a full set of contract documents.  That is when you find out how much that builder will charge to construct your new 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, Cheltenham Home

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Cheltenham Home, Sketch drawing of north elevation

Town Planning

Do you know if your Home Project requires Town Planning Approval?  Well, this is something you would want to find out.  Why?  One good reason is that you will not get your Building Permit approved if you need a Town Planning Permit.  And you have not got the approval from Town Planning to do what you want to do to your home.

The documents required for Town Planning are different from Building Permit documents. Town Planning documents show information for the Town Planner, not the builder.  The drawings show your neighbourhood character and the design approach for your home.  And other Town Planning issues.  Such as overlooking and overshadowing of your neighbouring private open spaces.

Town Planning Applications can be complex.  Furthermore, any Building Overlays on your Title can further complicate your Application.  Such as a Heritage Overlay or Special Building Overlay.  If your Title has Building Overlays your Application needs a particular approach.  So that you can have success with your Town Planning Approval.

Sometimes, gaining Town Planning Approval can be difficult.  Consequently Reports and documents with a strong argument will help in the Approval process.  Certainly drawings backed up with Town Planning precedences will help your application.

Speak to an Architect about your home project and Town Planning requirements.

Documentation

We can apply for your Building Permit Application for the construction of your home.  And produce the necessary and detailed Building Permit documents for your Building Permit. These documents are part of the contract documents that a builder signs with you.  They show the builder what needs to built.  Important, they also show you what you have paid the builder to build.

Certainly you want detailed and comprehensive documents.  As this will save you money in the long run.  Because the builder agrees to build what is shown on your documents when you sign a contract with them.  You may have heard about cost over-runs.  Also, project costs blow-outs.  As a result of having detailed drawings you can control those unwanted extra costs.

These extra costs are what a builder will call a variation to the contract.  So you want as much information on these documents as possible.  To reduce the number of cost variations that can occur during construction.  When the builder will say within reason that it is not on the drawings so it is a variation to the contract.  We know this process well.

For example, when Brian was getting the quotes for his home he found that

“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, Cheltenham Home

Brian and Julie kept this lead-light window for years. A special place was found for the window to feature in their new home

Tendering and Negotiating Your Construction Costs

When tendering your home project we can contact builders on your behalf.  Most importantly, you will know that the cost of building your home is competitively priced.  In the market place.  They can be your preferred builders.  Or we can source a local builder of good repute to quote on your project.

If the Builder quotes above your budget, there are many options available.  We help our Clients make the right decision for them. By providing them with the information that they need to make informed decisions.  In short we can negotiate with the Builder on your behalf.

During Construction

We can act as your representative, on-site, and during the construction of your new home. This way you know that you will get the home you paid for.  That the construction of your home is according to your documents.  And provide you with the necessary advice along the way.

Need some help to get the home of your dreams?  Our Clients get dedicated help from us in seeing their Dream Home come true.  Above all we help 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. Find out how you can have your Dream Home, the easy way.  Contact BP Architects today!
Brian and Julie’s Cheltenham Home

 

Watch this short video below, as it explains how BP Architects work with their Clients.  And find out how our Clients get their Healthy and Sustainable Dream Homes.

 

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