Brief

The preparation of a detailed brief is essential.

For residential projects this may involve a few initial meetings with potential clients.

For community projects this could include community consultation, where the public and community groups have a vested interest in particular projects.

The design process is much simpler when knowing what clients need and want. From this initial phase we start to think about ideas that will later underpin the design.

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The brief and an established budget help to determine scope of work and project size.


Site Analysis & Master Plan

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Our approach is to analyse the site and determine how its parameters might impact on the design.

These include site access, site aspect, slope, views, sun direction, wind direction and site boundaries.

We draw inspiration from these constraints allowing them to influence building form, outlook and detail.

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The preparation of a Master Plan is useful when considering a number of activities that need to be located in one particular area.

It is a good way to determine spatial hierarchy and paths of travel. A Master Plan should address site context, and rationalise how activities and/or buildings will fit, how the site will be accessed, transportation nodes and where to locate parking areas. It should also consider how the site fits within the broader context of its surrounding area.

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Concept

A concept represents an idea or flavour of how the design could work and look, and includes indicative floor layouts.

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It may start out as a very rough scribble gesture, which is a good way of quickly recording an idea before it’s forgotten.

The idea could be derived from the site context or the client’s individuality.

It may manifest as part of the subconscious thought process, fuelled by information collected about the project.


Schematic Design

Design resolution.

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At this stage the concept is massaged into scaled drawings, and detailed decisions about form and materials are made.

The drawings are intended to graphically communicate the design to our clients. In addition to these, we provide a computer generated model of the proposal so that they get a better sense of scale and a more realistic visual perspective.


Colours & Finishes

Selecting colours can be an emotional response to how we are conditioned to see things.

This is a natural phenomenon and therefore should not be dismissed. However it is also important to consider the psychological impact of colours, and what specific colours mean within different cultures.

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Corporate colours are often required to feature as part of the colour selection.

These can be used in combination with other colours to suit the building design, and complement the company’s profile.
When selecting finishes it is essential to choose the most appropriate materials for design and budget, which also enhance the form and function of an interior or exterior theme, creating an exciting and innovative design aesthetic.

In general terms our approach is to prepare a concept that we then discuss with our client, before developing the final selection to their satisfaction.


Sustainability

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Much of sustainable design can be addressed through a common sense approach. However the production of efficient energy can be complex and requires research.

We endeavour to keep abreast of the use of new materials and technological advances to reap the sustainable benefits for our clients.

In 2011 we became members of the Green Building Council of Australia, so that we could tap into a resource that is dedicated to sustainable research, education and government lobbying.

Passive climate control is best achieved when considering building orientation, shading, cross ventilation, insulation and materials that have good thermal mass.

Minimising carbon production is best achieved by recycling building materials, if not whole buildings, and using sustainable building products such as timber from “regrowth” forests.

Some manufacturers have actively sought to reduce formaldehydes and volatile organic compounds from their manufacturing process, and it is their products that we prefer to specify.

A vital consideration is the productive harvesting of rainwater both from overland flow as well as directly from buildings.

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Design Development & Detailed Documentation

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The detailed design is finalised during design development.

At the end of this phase, building and material set-out and coordination with engineering services should be complete. Furniture and joinery layouts help clients visualise where power points, phones and computers will be located, assisting in the conceptualisation of room usage.

The main construction elements should be resolved before starting the final detailed documentation.

Detailed documentation is the preparation of drawings and specification sufficiently described to enable a builder to prepare a quote.


Tender Process & Construction

Tendering the documents is a process of finding a builder, who is experienced, has good references and is cost effective.

This may be done through an Expression of Interest, common with Local Government projects, or by inviting selected builders to provide a quote. The tender process involves a period of time for costing, and then assessment of the tender prices, before awarding the contract.

During construction we can administer the contract to help clients through the construction process.

This involves regularly meeting with the builder on site to discuss progress.

While on site we inspect for defects and check that the construction is being carried out in accordance with the specifications. As the representative of our client, we provide site instruction where necessary, and assess builder’s claims in accordance with the contract.

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In summary we mould the client’s requirements into an attractive and cost-effective completed building.

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