our design process

our 5-step design process

step 1: initial consultation

We offer an initial, no obligation, on-site consultation within the greater Dunedin area to discuss your needs and gain an understanding of your project.  We then send you a ‘preliminary offer of service’ for the concept design phase, outlining the proposal, the expected timeframes and estimated design fees so you know roughly what our costs will be at the earliest possible time.

step 2: concept design and development

We come back to measure your house or building, or to investigate your site in order to prepare preliminary design drawings.  Together we will review the scheme and make some changes before settling on a concept design.  We recommend seeking estimates from a nominated builder or independent quantity surveyor at this stage to give you an indication of likely construction costs.  We can then revise the design to fit the budget as required.

step 3: final drawings and specifications

Our final drawings and specifications are thorough and sufficiently detailed to meet building consent requirements and for the calling of competitive tenders.  At this stage we often need to engage a consulting engineer for structural design of foundations, beams and bracing.  We’re also happy to work with other advisers of your own choosing such as interior designers and landscape architects to complement the design team.

step 4: consents and tendering

We will take care of the building consent application and associated compliance paperwork so you don’t have to.  By maintaining direct contact with the Council we can minimise the processing time and avert unnecessary delays caused by requests for more information.  We can also prepare and submit simple land use resource consent applications.

If required, we can also seek competitive tenders from our database of trusted contractors, removing the risk of poor quality workmanship.  Alternatively, you are free to negotiate with your own preferred contractors.  Either way, we will help you with the contract documentation and steer you through the tender process to make it as easy as possible.

step 5: construction management

Construction monitoring is crucial to a successful project.  As a minimum we will liaise directly with the builder and conduct periodic on-site quality assurance inspections during construction.  Having us involved at this stage can help nip potential problems in the bud, resolve complex issues and coordinate owner supplied items.  We will also check compliance with the plans and specifications so you know you are getting what you are paying for.

We also offer the option of a more comprehensive construction management service where we run site meetings, certify the builder’s accounts (sometimes required by your bank) and process variations.

Our management service is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs and budget.

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