Steps in the design process
1. Initiation and briefing
We compile the design brief from your stated needs and dreams, and it is informed by the budget. We gather information about the site and any buildings and produce drawings in a 3D model for your review.
2. Design phase
We analyse the design brief, site condition and orientation and any constraints. We develop ideas through concept sketches, initially as rough hand sketches which are translated into 3D outline concepts; and sometimes we make simple cardboard models. Your feedback and preferences usually result in several iterations that investigate planning, aesthetic and resource management requirements. We recommend a rough order of cost estimate at this stage of the design.
3. Design development
This includes developing technical documentation in consultation with you and co-ordination with other consultants such as structural and geotechnical engineers. We prepare detailed drawings and specifications to enable builders to price the project and obtain local authority building and resource consents.
The construction contract and price may be procured by tender or by negotiation. We are authorised to use the NZIA suite of contract documents.
We are generally involved in managing contracts and overseeing the build, answering queries from issues that inevitably arise on site, and coordinating any needed changes.