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How we work

THE ARCHITECTURAL PROCESS

 

PlaceMate Architects work to suit your needs. We can help with any stages of your new home project.

For Renovations, our free on-site consultation gives the opportunity for us to inspect your home and help you decide how much – or how little – you’d like PlaceMate to help with. It’s up to you how much change and what level of detail you’d like us to take.

Here’s an outline of PlaceMate’s architectural process – the steps we take to bring your dream home to life – and our cost estimates.

architectural process the steps we take and how we work
consult
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ONSITE CONSULTATION & FULL PROJECT OUTLINE

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 – it’s an opportunity for us to meet and discuss ideas. We want to hear your preferences, likes, dislikes and present new concepts you may not have considered. We will talk through budgets, the site, your neighbourhood, and what PlaceMate Architects 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.

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02
PREPARATION & 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, also 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. These will be referenced in the finished design. It will also be required for any town planning applications and be referenced by the builder throughout construction. All this data will be used in a REVIT computer drawing.

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D.A.
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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION

Fee will be quoted within Step 2 At Step 3, 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 (e.g.. shadow diagrams and streetscapes) for the application

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B.A.
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BUILDING APPLICATION & DETAILS

Fee will be quoted within Step 4 At Step 6, PlaceMate will deliver documentation of the proposed design. It will indicate 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 4 includes delivery of the following documents:

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CONTRACTOR SELECTION

At Step 5, PlaceMate will organise quotes from two or three builders.

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CONTRACT ADMIN – LIFT OFF!

To save you time and stress, PlaceMate is available to act as your agent during Step 6 – the construction period. Step 6 includes delivery of the following documents:

  • Documentation of any details that may arise during the build (eg. final colour schemes or finishes).
Step 6 also includes:

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