Working closely together is the best way to build trust – a critical ingredient in any successful architectural project. Our shared goal is to get you your perfect home on time, on budget and true to design. By collaborating throughout the process, we will get to know and trust each other and build a relationship that is open and honest, with clear lines of communication.
Your home needs to align with your personality, lifestyle and goals. Tell us your ideas, your likes and dislikes, and your wish list for your new home. If you have examples of places and features you like, show us. If not, we’ll suggest things we think will work. When we’re confident that we have a strong sense of your vision, we’ll document everything in an architectural brief.
It is impossible not to fall in love with Central Otago’s stark beauty and dramatic landscape. This is why we design homes that enhance it. We are well-versed in the architectural design challenges presented by the rugged surrounds and extreme climates of Queenstown, Wānaka and the wider Central Otago area. Your home will be designed to maximise the best aspects of the location and minimise the harshest aspects of the weather.
This is our foundation document. It is a detailed record of everything we’ve discussed with you about what you want and don’t want in your new home.
This is a 2D and 3D sketch design concept. It incorporates information from the brief, details from a site survey regarding land contours and potential planning requirements, and the design features and proposed materials for your new home. We’ll talk through it with you, get your feedback and use it to create the next phase of the design.
This stage is where the design is brought to life. We’ll present photorealistic renderings of the design exterior and interior, giving you your first real glimpse at your future home. This level of realism lets us better discuss and refine the overall design, heating, lighting, kitchen and joinery, and any home automation. We will recommend options that align with your tastes, budget and lifestyle and make sure everything is as you want it.
This is the phase for all the necessary administrative aspects of the project to ensure it runs smoothly. We will complete and submit your planning application, consult with local authorities and utility providers and begin to discuss procurement options.
Building Consent Application
We can apply for building consent once we have detailed designs. This process can sometimes result in design revisions, and we’ll have to coordinate the workload for external consultants.
This is where it all starts to feel very real. We work out the building contract, prepare specifications and schedules for tender documentation and compile a description of work. There are various options for building contracts, and we’ll map out the ones that we feel would best suit your needs and the project.
This is the final stage before the build commences. We will put the work out to tender, report on proposals, appoint a contractor and put all the checks and balances in place. We’ll assemble tender documentation and compile shortlists of contractors. Our experience gives us good judgement when it comes to selecting the right contractors, but your input and thoughts remain crucial to the selection process.
Progressing the Build
This is what all our preparation and hard work together has been for: the build. We will have regular progress meetings and provide you with regular progress reports. We will report on every aspect of the build, make any small adjustments as we go and manage things every step of the way.
Time to celebrate your new home.