Plan Ahead Designs guide you through each step
To enable you to confidentially plan ahead, first and foremost you must be self-assured and gain an understanding of the processes. Secondly, you must have trust in your architectural designer’s abilities to realise your ideas. Thirdly, you should be confident that your chosen designer’s experience is recognised and their architectural knowledge well regarded by your local planning authority. Finally, you must be comfortable with the cost estimates and the plan’s ability to deliver the finish you aspire to within your finite budget and within an agreed time frame.
Whether it is a new build, renovation, residential extension or commercial building conversion, without a plan, your aspirations for an enriched lifestyle or an improved working environment will remain an unfulfilled dream. Planning ahead defines a sequence of practical milestones that will make certain you appreciate and understand the design process.
Following your preliminary contact, Plan Ahead Designs’ projects generally follow six fundamental steps to their completion.
Experience has shown that whilst there are exceptions to every rule, there remains merit in embracing some as a means to achieving your objective. Each step in the architectural design process empowers you to influence and take full ownership of your building design project. The results of your collaboration with Plan Ahead Designs will provide a predictable and structured process that will reflect your individual style and resolve your business or domestic aspirations.
FIRST STEP – Initial consultation
At our introductory session, we visit your site, discuss your desires and ideas, take detailed notes, and get to know one another, review your information and give you a design estimate.
SECOND STEP – Preliminary design process
Following a thorough review of all of the information at your disposal, we begin the design process. A site plan will be laid out with a building outline to determine the best size and shape. Design ideas with basic floor plans and elevations will be drafted based on the information collected at our initial consultation.
THIRD STEP – Re-examine and revise
At this third stage, we will have prepared sketches to present our interpretation of your ideas for discussion. Any new ideas or improvements will be discussed, and additional sketches may be drawn as a result.
FOURTH STEP – Revisions review
Resolving the design and integration of previous new ideas and any modifications will be the topic of this consultation. Building elevations will also be provided and discussed. This fourth step may be repeated several times, to make sure you are satisfied that everything that you have requested is included.
FIFTH STEP – Submission of plans
When all of your requirements have been incorporated into the plans and exterior elevations, you will receive copies of the drawings and the site plan to enable you to obtain a price from your builder and bank appraisal.
SIXTH STEP – Finalise design drawings
This is when you instruct us to complete all final working drawings for your new home, extension or office fit out. All the architectural drawings, shadow diagrams and builder’s details necessary to finish your project will be drawn, checked, and updated, prior to providing copy sets to submit with your development application (DA).
You can confidently rely upon Plan Ahead Designs’ expertise in all aspects of your local authority’s zoning and development codes, building legislation and low energy standards. After completing over 1000 successful architectural building designs during the last three decades, council planning departments appreciate Plan Ahead Designs’ detailed adherence to heritage protection guidelines and their environmental requirements for housing additions, commercial alterations and extensions all across Sydney.
Plan Ahead Designs deliver architectural plans, structural designs, 3D computer models and builders specifications make council development applications (DA’s) easier and ensure your renovation or extension transforms your home or office into the perfect place to live or work in comfort.
To create a plan to address your changing needs contact Rocco Raso at Plan Ahead Designs on the links below.