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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.


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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 – 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.

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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, 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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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 (for example, shadow diagrams and streetscapes) for the application

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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, 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 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, at Step 6 PlaceMate is available to act as your agent during the construction period.

Step 6 includes delivery of the following documents:

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

Step 6 also includes:

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