Overall Project Management 

Throughout the process our team manage liaison, engagement and coordination of all consultants, including but not limited to: Principal Certifying Authority, Structural and Hydraulic Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Town Planner, Heritage Consultant. This makes the process seamless and easy from a client’s perspective and ensures all consultants are properly and thoroughly briefed such that there is no stone left unturned in our preparation for construction.

STAGE 1: EXISTING DRAWINGS

To commence the design process our team measure up the existing residence internally to enable the preparation of CAD drawings of the same to enable accurate planning from Initial Sketch Plans in Stage 3 and beyond. These plans (coordinated with the survey (Stage 2) to ensure accuracy around boundaries, ridge heights, neighbouring property details and so on. This ensures the accuracy of planning extends to the whole homes, including its external areas and facades.

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STAGE 2: SURVEY

A detailed survey is undertaken (coordinated by Modify and prepared by a Registered Surveyor) establish the extent of the existing structure amnd where the structure sits on the land. 

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STAGE 3: DESIGN BRIEF AND INITIAL SKETCH PLANS

At this stage our design team will meet and record our client’s brief to ensure we have a clear picture of what you envisage your renovated home to look and feel like, and how it should function to accommodate your needs. From this briefing discussion, initial concept plans are prepared in line with the client brief for review and approval before proceeding to the next stage.

If there are any areas in the initial concept plans we feel may be contentious with council, we may seek early feedback as to the feasibility. We then advise our client at this early stage of any planning risks and client expectations can then be managed accordingly.

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STAGE 4: CONSTRUCTION COST PLAN

Whilst often a daunting stage for clients, this is possibly the most critical stage in our process, deliberately included at this early stage in the overall process to ensure our clients have a clear picture as to the global costs and are comfortable with the same before progressing design.

Our team prepare a construction cost plan based on the initial concept plans prepared in Stage 3. Our detailed construction cost plan assists our clients in making informed decisions around the scope they wish to proceed with in design, and ultimately construction. Amendments to initial concept plans can then be actioned as we progress in to Design Development and/or Development Application Plans (Stages 5 and 6 respectively) if required to ensure affordability has been taken in to account.

Our clients are well informed of cost estimates from this early stage giving them the confidence to progress with design. The detailed construction cost plan is used as a benchmark through the interior design stage 9stage 8) o help guide the client to a quality of finish that reflects the cost plan. This means our clients are making informed decisions during Stage 8 as they understand the implications of their decisions referencing back to the allowances made. The costs are updated on an iterative basis as the design progresses through the stages.  

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STAGE 5: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

This stage will not be required for all projects, but is the stage where our team develops the building envelope and its architectural language. This relates to homes where more than just the rear elevation externally is being amended and can be viewed from neighbouring properties of public areas.

This stage produces CAD plans, elevations and sections to describe the envelope of the building for client review. In addition the team would prepare 1 or 2 external perspective sketches.

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STAGE 6: DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION (DA) DOCUMENTATION

During this stage our team develop the initial concept plans (and/or design development plans) to ensure they include appropriate detail required for your application to the council. Included will be all relevant supporting documents that the client’s council requires to assess the application. Our team is highly experienced in this sector ensuring a positive outcome for your DA approval.

As outlined in Stage 3 if we identify areas the team feel may be controversial or contentious with council, our clients will be fully briefed as to these considerations and, if necessary, the team will work through a position we could ‘adjust to’ if necessary during the process of assessment.

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STAGE 7: CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE DOCUMENTATION

Once development consent is received from council, our plans require refinement, incorporating necessary additional detailing for construction, any conditions of consent, and coordination with required consultants such as structural design & hydraulic design in this stage in readiness for construction.  These plans, along with other documentation require in the development consent, will be collated by our team and provided to the chosen Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) who we would assist in appointing. This PCA will then issue the construction certificate and oversee the project’s construction, in collaboration with our team.

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STAGE 8: INTERIOR DETAILING AND FINISHES/FITTINGS SPECIFICATION

An exciting and important stage that defines how our client’s home will look and feel. This stage is often commenced after Stage 5 and concurrent to the development application being assessed.  This ensures we can be as efficient as possible in preparing for the construction stage of your renovation. Our team present an initial idea of a range of finishes/fixtures, with a view to ensuring the choices reflect your aesthetic brief. Our team source all samples to present to you in our office, saving significant time in terms of sourcing and reviewing for our clients.  At the completion of this stage clients will have fully completed the documentation of their renovation with our design team and all finishes and fixtures will be scheduled. Our clients are now ready to build!

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STAGE 9: DESIGN ADVICE DURING CONSTRUCTION

During the construction stage our team remain actively involved and work closely with our construction team on our client’s project. Through the course of construction our design team will need to review final shop drawings for any joinery, attend to any queries from site and may attend some site meetings with our clients to discuss progression of our designs on site.