How we work

PlaceMate works to suit your purpose not ours. We can help with any, or all stages of your new home project.

It costs nothing to take the first step to meet us. After that, you decide how much – or how little – you’d like PlaceMate to take care of. Not everything needs to be done in one go. It’s entirely up to you how many steps you’d like to take and at what level of detail.

Here’s an outline of PlaceMate’s steps and their cost estimates.

FREE On-site consultation

Call 0439 495 333 or email us at to arrange a free one-hour, no obligation consultation at your home or building site. There are no drawings at this stage – we just want to meet you and for you to meet us. We want to hear your likes and dislikes and share your ideas. We’ll talk budgets, the site, your neighbourhood and what PlaceMate can do to extract the maximum potential from all three. It can be as simple as “Should I stay or should I go?” – we’ll tell you if you’re dreaming.

Full project outline

(Fee: $660)

If, after Step 1, you decide to proceed with Step 2, PlaceMate will deliver these documents:

  • A written brief describing your existing site or home, a wish list of what you’d like to achieve and how PlaceMate will go about delivering it.
  • A full list of town planning and building approvals necessary to get your project off the ground, an estimate of how long it will take to get them and how much it will cost.

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Preparation for concept design

(Fee: As quoted within Step 2 – see Breakdown of your PlaceMate architect’s fees)

At this stage, PlaceMate may need to create accurate measured drawings of your existing home and, depending on the scope of the project, it may also be necessary to commission a plan by a surveyor of your intended site, unless either of these are already available.

The survey plan will show your intended site’s boundaries, contours and features, which will be referenced in the finished design. It will also be required

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Concept design

(Fee: from $1650 for a carport to $6000 for a full home)

At Step 4, PlaceMate will deliver drawings of our proposed design solution, showing the finished look you can expect and including enough detail for a builder to give you a “ball park estimate” of their costs.

Step 4 includes delivery of the following documents:

  • Floor & roof plans
  • Elevations (side views)
  • Sections (cut through)

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Development applications for
town planning (if necessary)

Fee will be quoted within Step 4

At Step 5, PlaceMate will:

  • Recommend a professional town planner – who will charge their own fee – to prepare the written report required by councils in all town planning applications
  • Provide supporting drawings (for example, shadow diagrams and streetscapes) for the application

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Contract documents for
building application (compulsory)

Fee will be quoted within Step 4

At Step 6, PlaceMate will deliver documentation of the proposed design, showing the required level of accurate technical information necessary to comply with the Building Code of Australia and for a licensed certifier to approve the building for construction.

Step 6 includes delivery of the following documents:

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Contract documents for detailed construction / interiors (depending on the scope of your project)

Fee will be quoted within Step 4 PlaceMate will also liaise between you and the builder in the lead up to signing the building contract and will take care of compiling all the necessary documents and approvals required for construction to begin. Depending on your preference or the scope of your project, Step 7 may include delivery of the following documents:

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Contractor selection

At Step 8, PlaceMate will organise quotes from two or three builders.

Contract administration (on request)

To save you time and stress, at Step 9 PlaceMate is available to act as your agent during the construction period.

Step 9 includes delivery of the following documents:

  • Documentation of any details that may arise during the build (for example, final colour schemes or finishes).

Step 9 also includes:

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