We believe every client and design process is unique, and by responding to the nuances of a project we enrich the design outcome. We love open minded clients and know that the best results are achieved where there is clear communication and a trusting relationship.
The below summary is an indicative guide to our typical approach to design. We look forward to discussing a more detailed overview of our process should you have any questions.
Stage 1: let's meet
Arranging a time to meet and chat gives us an opportunity to discuss your project aims and offer experienced advice on what's expected, who's involved, how long the process can take, and an opinion of probable cost for your project. Early on we seek to understand your site, brief and budget, to realise the best outcome possible. Once we understand the extent and complexity of the project we send through our fee proposal for your review.
Stage 2: Exploration
The starting point for our design process is based on research of the site, sites history and establishing your project needs. Analysing the sites opportunities and constraints allows us to identify siting strategies and capitalise on site strengths and weaknesses. We also begin developing your brief so that we can focus attention on the areas that fundamentally matter and affect how you live and work.
Stage 3: Conceptualisation
We begin with hand drawn conceptual sketches and diagrams at the earliest stages to establish an initial design direction. Once this is approved by you we proceed with computer generated 3D modelling to provide visualisation of the concept designs form, spatial arrangements, site levels, orientation and the effects of shadows at different times of the day. We seek to problem solve challenges and establish a shared vision for the project.
Stage 4: Documentation
Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) we coordinate with other consultants and builders to develop documentation while maintaining the shared project vision. We guide you through the decision making process on materials, doors, windows, furniture layouts and construction systems as we monitor costs against your budget. With many years of experience delivering projects through to construction we appreciate well executed construction documents play a large role in the success of a projects outcome.
Stage 5: Construction
We offer contract administration services under all contractual delivery methods. Our engagement during the construction stage ensures quality built outcomes and monitoring of work and performance against the contract documents. Our services during this stage include but are not limited to; certifying payments to the builder and assessing claims, responding to queries, attending site meetings and review shop drawings.