The Pre-Design research phase is where we collect the information we need to begin design work. We ask many, many questions about how you like to live, what you love and loathe, who will be living in the home, how you’d like to engage with the garden, sunlight, air, the street and each other… Whether you like being in a tree house, or a cave. What materials and colours you like. What are the intangibles you hold sacred, and your dreams for the spaces to be created. The more information the better.
We visit the site to get a feel for its peculiarities, its orientation, views, topography and vegetation. We measure up the existing structure, take loads of photographs and engage a land surveyor to capture the exterior features and levels, trees, fencing and neighbouring houses. We investigate the planning requirements for the site, developing an understanding for its specific zone and overlays. Armed with all this rich information about the project and site, we are now ready to begin design work.
We generally provide a few Concept Design Options for your consideration, on the way towards developing a master plan of development. We refine the initial floor plans based on your feedback into a comprehensive three-dimensional design that considers form, light and materials, along with construction, and regulations. At this stage we advise you to engage a Quantity Surveyor to prepare a Cost Plan Report, in order to check that the wish list and budget are aligned. At the end of this stage, client approval is obtained to proceed to town planning or to construction documentation (depending on the project requirements).