BUILDING DESIGN

As a fully qualified Building Designer I can create new homes, extensions, renovations, unit developments, shop fit outs and warehouse conversions.

In recent years I have focused on domestic renovations and extensions, as they offer fantastic opportunities to connect with people and develop their ideal home. It also provides the chance to create something new and exciting from an existing building that may have served its original purpose and would otherwise be demolished.

I enjoy working with people who love where they live and want to improve their home to suit their changing lifestyle and community.

I WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH YOU TO CREATE A DESIGN FROM YOUR INITIAL IDEAS, SKETCHES OR PHOTOS THAT TAKES YOU FROM HOW YOU'RE LIVING NOW, TO HOW YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE.

Exploring the details and possibilities with you through this process is an amazing experience.

 

Concept Plans

Useful for forward planning or a cost effective way to see what is possible for your site without entering into too much detail.

Planning Permits

A planning permit is required when the lot size is under 300m2 or within a planning overlay (Heritage Overlay for example). Not all building works require planning permits.

Typically planning permit documentation includes:

  • neighbourhood and site description plan
  • design response plan
  • shadow diagrams
  • floor plans
  • elevations

Essentially these drawings show the layout of the new building and how it affects the surrounding properties and neighbourhood.

Written reports, schedules of materials and finishes and pre-application sketch plans can also form part of the application.

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Building Permits

Most residential construction work requires a building permit, please read this practice note on the Building Commission website for further information.

Building permit documentation follows a similar layout to a planning permit but is more detailed and technical in nature as it is used for construction of the building.

Typically building permit documentation includes:

  • neighbourhood and site description plan
  • design response plan
  • shadow diagrams
  • floor plans
  • demolition plans
  • elevations
  • cross sections
  • details
  • artificial lighting plan

Electrical plans, surface finish plans and joinery plans can also form part of the application.

Building permits also involve the use of consultants for structural engineering, energy rating, land surveying, geotechnical investigation (soil report) and the application itself; which can be run through any Relevant Building Surveyor (council or private).