- A tour of the house or space to familiarise the designer with the layout, as well as, give the designer an insight in to their clients personality, likes, dislikes and way of life.
- Discuss the clients ideas, needs and wants – this is where a scrapbook of ideas or a Pinterest page is really useful to show the Designer.
- Discuss budget – clear communication of budget is extremely important so that the designer can work accordingly.
- Discuss timelines and any deadlines the client may have.
- Take any measurements of rooms or spaces if it’s a smaller project.
What does The Designory actually do? Can they help me with the whole process including architectural plans and approvals processing?
- Structural changes and designs including approvals process lodgment DA/CC, CDC & ED
- Detailed planning
- Sourcing and selections
- Project management
Is it necessary to have the designer project manage the construction phase? Can’t I just manage the builder and trades myself?
CC – Construction Certificate A Construction Certificate (CC) is a certificate that is issued by an accredited private certifier or a consent authority. The Certificate allows for building work to commence on a project.
PCA – Private Certifying Authority It is the responsibility of the PCA to ensure that any required Compliance Certificates are provided and that an Occupation Certificate is issued prior to the development/building being occupied. Statutory building requirements state you must appoint a PCA to inspect each stage or component of a development.
ED – Exempt Development Many types of minor home renovations and small building projects such as the erection of a carport, balcony, deck or garden shed don’t need a planning or building approval. These types of projects are called exempt development.
OC – Occupation Certificate An Occupation Certificate verifies that either the Council or a Private Certifier as the Principal Certifying Authority is satisfied that the building is suitable to occupy and/or satisfies the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
DCP – Development Control Plan A development control plan provides detailed planning and design guidelines to support the planning controls in the LEP for your local council.
LEP – Local Environment Plan Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) guide planning decisions for local government areas. They do this through zoning and development controls, which provide a framework for the way land can be used.
SEPP – State Environmental Planning Policy State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) deal with matters of State or regional environmental planning significance. They are made by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning and may be exhibited in draft form for public comment before being published as a legal document.
SOEE – Statement of Environmental Effects A Statement of Environmental Effects is a document detailing a proposed development and its potential impacts. All Development Applications must be accompanied by a Statement of Environmental Effects.
BCA – Building Code of Australia The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. The BCA is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), and given legal effect through the Building Act 1975.
BASIX – BASIX stands for Building Sustainability Index. BASIX is an initiative that was introduced by the NSW Government to ensure homes are designed to be more energy and water efficient. Every development application or compliant development certificate for renovations or new builds above $50,000 must be submitted to Council or the PCA with a BASIX Certificate.