I can provide designs for any detached single, double or triple story home, grouped townhouse/unit developments, attached/duplex style developments.
No design is worth anything unless it is articulated in an accurate and detailed set of construction drawings. I place a great deal of importance in the quality of the construction drawings I produce - something that builders appreciate.
As part of the overall design and documentation service, I can organize the other services that are required to complete any additional documentation. These services are subject to quoting by the consultant at the time. These consultants commonly include, structural engineer, energy rater, site surveyor, geotechnical engineer.
I can handle the application for your project if needed or, if you prefer, help you complete the appropriate council forms. Naturally all council consultations and negotiations that are required will be carried out in a timely manner to make the (often long and frustrating) planning process as quick as possible.
I use the industry leading Archicad software to 'build' a digital model of the proposed building which can be seen from all angles, 'walked through' and turned into near-photorealistic 'rendered' images. Modelling is an invaluable tool for structural design and seeing how the final project will look. Using a 3D model also allows sun-studies to be carried out to see the shading and lighting effects of natural sunlight on the exterior and interior of the building for any time of the year. This is particularly useful for designing shading elements and windows to achieve good solar passive design.
Colours and finishes matching. For example external paint or Colorbond colours and brick selections etc can be applied to the model to help in colour scheme decision making.
Photorealistic 'rendered' images to include fencing, landscaping, paving, lighting etc to provide an in-context, image of the building.
If you place a great deal of importance in energy efficiency in your new home I can provide all the necessary tips and tricks to achieve a good "star" rating on your home. The minimum star rating required by national building legislation (except NSW which uses the BASIX system of certification) is 6 stars. This is a relatively easy score to achieve in most cases and there are many ways of improving the design of a home to achieve much higher. I would consider 7+ stars a good design goal and higher scores are feasible.
And remember that most of the features that go into a sustainable home are not simply 'greenie' add-ons that will make your home look different but simply a result of good design, effective use of space and the right materials. A great website for more information is www.yourhome.gov.au.
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