Architectural Design & Documentation Process
1. CONCEPT DESIGN
After the brief and budget are established, existing buildings or structures to be retained are measured and documented and site opportunities and constraints are assessed. All this information is then collated and sketches and other drawings presented to illustrate the initial architectural design concept.
2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
More often than not, two or more design options are presented during the Concept Design stage. This next stage is the time we work together to refine the design – perhaps combining ideas from the different concepts initially presented, or modifying them to further advance the architectural design.
Not all projects are required to go through the Town Planning process at Council. Some will only require a Building Permit application. During this stage, the architectural design and documentation is further developed as necessary for submission to the Council and/or to the Building Surveyor for approval.
4. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
In this stage, more details are added to the documentation – that may include the preparation of a building specification, as well as design & documentation of your kitchen, laundry, study, bathroom, living room and other joinery. All other critical construction details are documented on large scale drawings, ready for pricing and construction.
5. BUILDER SELECTION
Once all the design and documentation is complete, it is time to select a builder – if you have not already selected one during the course of the project. All the architectural documentation is packaged together with documents prepared by other consultants such as structural engineers, land surveyors and others, and then provided to builders for pricing.
6. CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
In this stage, your Architect will prepare and explain the building contract, make site visits during construction and assess the builder’s progress claims, variations and time extensions. The Architect’s role during this stage is not to tell the builder how to do their job, but rather to ensure that their work is done in line with design documentation and intent.