Answers to frequently asked questions about architecturally designed homes and working with an architect.
Do I want an architect or a draftsperson/building designer for my home project?
‘Do I want an architect or a draftsperson/building designer for my home project?‘ discusses the difference between an architect and a draftsperson/building designer. Find answers to your frequently asked questions about the qualifications of an architect and that of a draftsperson/building designer.
How You can save money on Your Home Project
Prepare a Wish-List for your future Home.
First, your wish-list is a good place to start. This is important not only if you plan to build a new home but also if you plan to renovate. Your Wish-List would include the functional aspects of your new home. Including the number of bedrooms, living areas and other rooms and spaces you want. As well as these, you might consider the aesthetic qualities that you appreciate in a home. Such as, garden views and vistas from your living room might be important to you. You may want the morning light flooding into your kitchen; qualities of a home that you value and appreciate.
Contact your local Council
Your local Council Town Planning Department can advise you if your home site has any Building Overlays. For example, a Special Building Overlay if you are in a flood-prone area. You can ask the Town Planner if you require a town planning permit for your project. These requirements will have an impact on your future home design.
Check Your Title
Check Your Title for Caveats or Property Covenants. If you have any easements on your Title then this will be shown on your Title plan.
Have you home site Surveyed
Have your Home site surveyed by a land surveyor. Surveying your home site establishes the correct location of existing fences and Title boundaries. This is particularly important if you are building on your boundary. The survey will provide site levels to show the topography of your home site.
What to bring to your first meeting with your Architect
- Your wish-list for your future home
- Your budget for your future home
- A copy of your Title
- Any other information that you may have about your Home site
It is important that you choose the right architect for your Home project. This is why we have introduced some special promotional offers to help you decide who would be the right architect for your home project.
BP Architects have a special promotional offer of a 20-minute telephone consultation without charge. This allows you to discuss your home project with a qualified architect. You may have particular questions about your home project that are stopping you. Speaking with a qualified architect may allow you to proceed to the next stage of your Home project, more informed.
To book your consultation send BP Architects an email with the words ‘Architectural Consult’ in the subject line. Include your contact details and some information about your home project, We will contact you to arrange a time that suits you for your architectural consultation.
10% Discount on Your Home Energy Report
Book your 10% Discount Special Offer on Your Home Energy Report send BP Architects an email including the words ‘10% OFF Energy’ and we will contact you about your home energy report.
10% Discount on Your Home Design Options Review
To book your 10% Discount Special Offer on Your Home Design Options Review send BP Architects an email. Including the words ‘10% OFF Review’ in the subject line. And we will contact you to arrange a time that suits you Your Home Design Options Review.
What questions You should ask an Architect
- How do you work with your Clients?
- And how do you incorporate feedback from your Clients in their Home Project?
- Do you have Clients’ Testimonials?
- What area of architectural design do you specialize in?
Should I sell and build new or should I renovate my existing home?
This is an important question to ask before you move forward in achieving your future dream home. Renovating is more expensive than building a new home. There are a lot of unknowns. These may only become apparent when the Builder starts to demolish, or partially demolish, a house.
This could lead to variations in the work required by the builder. The builder might claim extra costs resulting in construction budget blowouts.
Besides the monetary considerations, it is worthwhile considering your community and the location of your existing home, These aspects of your home are important. If your existing house feels like home, then you might renovate your existing home.
Before you demolish your home, you would want to investigate if you canto be paid to have your home removed. This will save you on your demolition costs and provide some extra capital for your new home. Email BP Architects on our Contact page to discuss the possibility of ‘on-selling’ your home.
How to choose the right architect for my home project?
You want to be sure that you have chosen the right architect for your home project. It is important that your architect understands what you want in your future home. And that their skills and design abilities will enhance your home.
A Client once said to me that ‘I took their ideas and made them so much better’. Your architect adds great value to your future home. This will be with their technical and design skills and their expertise in architectural design and sustainable design.
What is the process in designing my home? so that I know that I will be happy with the end result?
There are design processes and distinctive steps in the design of a home. You want to be fully informed from Concept design to final documentation for your new home. Including the design decisions for your future home.
BP Architects’ process of designing a home and collaborating with their clients can be found at Architectural design process. Real life example of a family home in Cheltenham is used to explain our design process. Our process in designing this family home is explained in a systematic way.
How long does it take to get a Town Planning Permit?
The Town Planning Permit process can be complex and complicated. We help our clients by producing comprehensive required documents and reports for obtaining your Town Planning Permit. As well as working with Town Planners towards obtaining approval for Your Home project.
Councils have a VicSmart Town Planning permit process. This process allows you to obtain a permit in 10 days if your building works fall under the following categories:
• minor subdivision
• minor and simple buildings and works
• tree removal and lopping
If your project does not qualify for the VicSmart process, there is also a Fast Track service. You can use this service to obtain Town Planning Permit Approval faster than usual if your project qualifies.
If you do not qualify for VicSmart or Fast Track processes you will have to submit an application through traditional channels. This process can take 6 months for Your Town Planning Permit to be assessed. Furthermore, if you want to make changes to your home project, there could be further delays in obtaining your Permit.
What do our Clients say about working with BP Architects
Our Clients are happy with our architectural services and with their homes designed by BP Architects. Their new Homes are specifically designed to suit their lifestyles and to fit in with the way that our Clients choose to live. Each Home designed is unique and original.
You can read more about what our Clients say about working with us on BP Architects’ Client Testimonials Page.
What makes BP Architects’ fees competitive?
With specialized skills and technical knowledge, we provide a professional architectural design service. The energy efficiency of our Client’s homes proves to be cost effective over the life of their homes. With reduced running costs and a comfortable home to live in. You save money in energy bills over the lifetime of your home.
How do you normally charge for your service?
The initial architectural consultation available for homeowners is ‘Your Home Design Options Review’. We visit you in your home to provide specific advice for Your Home project. For this consultation, a fixed fee is charged.
Concept and Sketch design architectural services, to design your future Home, is charged at an hourly fee.
A House Energy Star Rating Report for Your Home project is required for your building permit application. You require a minimum of 6-stars. This report is charged at a fixed fee.
You may or may not require a Town Planning Permit. Project Documentation is required for Your Town Planning application or for Your Building Permit application. A fixed fee is charged for this work.
If you require us to be your representative on site, our Project Administration architectural services are charged at an hourly fee.
To learn more about our architectural services you can visit BP Architects Services, page.
What area of architecture does BP Architects specialize in?
We specialize in Healthy Sustainable Homes with expertise in the architectural design of energy-efficient and low chemical buildings. We incorporate the technical aspects required for an energy-efficient building into all of our home designs.
The design aesthetic of your home is important. This can affect the way you feel as well as have an impact on your health. We design beautiful homes that connect to the beauty of the surrounding nature.
The Homes we design are contemporary and innovative sustainable Homes with small ecological footprints.
What experience, skills, qualifications and training does BP Architects have to make us the right architect to design Your Future Home?
BP Architects design energy-efficient sustainable and healthy green eco homes for their Clients. Established in 2000, you can see our house designs on BP Architects Projects Page.
Bridget Puszka is the principal design architect at BP Architects. Bridget has the following Qualifications:
- Registered Architect, Victoria
- Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant
- Masters of Science: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, University of East London, UK
- Bachelor Architecture, Melbourne University
- Accredited FirstRate House Energy Rater
- Certificate IV NatHers
Why would You choose BP Architects to design Your Future Home
Our Clients enjoy living in their new homes that we design. They have the benefits of a beautiful home with low energy bills. Their homes are comfortable to live in and they know they have a healthy home.
We work closely with our Clients to design their home and to fine tune their Home design. For this reason, our Clients know that they will have exactly the new Home they want.
If you have other questions other than these frequently asked questions, send your questions to BP Architects.