Design & Build Process

Understanding How and Why I Do What I Do

The Process

I truly believe that knowledge is power; and while you don’t need to know the intricacies of everything I do, a basic understanding of the design and build process is important. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to ask important questions and have more input in the process itself. Read below and shoot me an email if you’d like a more in-depth explanation of anything here.

Initial Consultation

This is a time to get to know you, what your project is, what your needs are, and how I’m best able to help. It can be a time to discuss alternative options for your project. Understand your budget limitations. To define the outcome you are looking for. And confirm what we can both bring to the team.

Feasibility Study

This is not always required but in some cases it can be a good idea if cost is an issue and that might out weigh the benefits of the proposal.

Concept Design

This is the exciting bit, for you and me. I will visit your site, review any covenants and restrictions, any council planning requirements, understand your wants and needs, review any design imagery you may have, and come up with a floor plan, elevations and 3D views, based on what we have discussed previously. Now is also the best time to have discussions with builders.

Developed Design

At this stage we have nearly got a final concept. There may be minor tweaks but now its discussion around materials etc. Final cladding selection, feature claddings, kitchen design, bathroom design. We can use these plans, at this point to make application for any resource consent and/or PIM application necessary. Also, it is a good idea to have a builder selected by now so they can start looking at costs, to ensure we are still within budget.

Detailed Design

Once the final plan is confirmed and build cost is understood, I will complete the drawings and consent documentation required to make application for a building consent with the council. I can also make any changes to these drawings if anything changes happen during the build.

Building Consent Compliance

Lodge building consent with the council. Answer any queries from council.

Contract Observation

This is where I can follow the build, along with you. It doesn’t cost much but it can influence the outcome of the build, answer any questions the builder has of details etc and we can discuss any design changes that may arise. There is not generally a great deal of time involved but it can be worth it in the end.

Frequently Asked Questions

Knowledge, most certainly, is power. The more you know about what I do, the better informed you’ll be to make great decisions during the whole design and build process. Read my FAQ’s or ask your own.

Get To Know Warren

I’ve been in the Architecture game for over 20 years, and in that time I’ve become very passionate about home design in New Zealand. These are ideals that can vastly improve your quality of living in many ways.