Renovation ideas, do’s & don’ts

Building Permit or Planning Permit – What’s the Difference?

By |2017-02-01T14:05:38+11:00July 26th, 2015|

The location of your project, the type of project and the scale of the project are all factors that combine to determine whether your project will need both a planning permit and building permit, or just a building permit alone. So what is the difference between the two? And how do you know when you [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 4

By |2017-02-01T14:05:38+11:00July 26th, 2015|

“I already know what I don’t know…don’t I?”There are so many elements that go into what may at first seem a simple residential project that you will need to consider. Below is a list of 20 questions to get you started…and each of those could probably lead 20 more! What does [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 3

By |2017-02-01T14:05:38+11:00July 26th, 2015|

“It costs so much to make design changes – I’ll just have to go with what they say”Most architects include a bit of “wriggle-room” in their fees to allow for design changes – it would be a miracle if every design were perfect from the first draft! But none of us have a crystal ball [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 2

By |2017-02-01T14:05:38+11:00July 16th, 2015|

“But what if I don’t like what the architect designs?”If your architect has truly listened to you during those first discussions about your design brief, then they should be able to deliver a house design that you love and that you are proud to call your home. But we are not all perfect – sometimes [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 1

By |2017-02-01T14:05:38+11:00July 15th, 2015|

“I don’t really need an architect, I know what I want. I just need someone to draw up the plans.” You may be surprised how often I hear this from people enquiring at my practice. Those people rarely go on to become my clients because, while they may think they know what they want and [...]