The Process

Scroll below to learn more about the way we work with clients. The steps below provide a simplified overview of the process we’ll walk through together, and what you can expect at each stage. A note! While there are some common stages in the process, every Dravitzki Brown build is unique. Good design, is as much about understanding the client’s goals for the property, as it is about a knowledge of light, space and form, so it’s always best to contact us for a personalised discussion about your project, your requirements and our solutions.

Step 1:

Brief & Sketch Design

After the initial meet & greet, along with a site visit, we’ll compile an extensive architectural brief. This will document everything you want, and don’t want, your priorities and preferences, and your overall goals for the outcome of the project. We’ve found it can help if you have a few images showing examples of what you admire in other builds. However, we also understand that every client and every property is distinct, and affords a fresh design perspective. Some people are very detailed with what they want, while other times they’ll prefer to leave it a bit open. It’ll be up to you as to how specific, or open to inspiration you choose to be. Next, we usually require the section to be surveyed, especially where the land is sloping. This allows us to understand, not only the contours in 3D, but also enables us to check, and investigate any applicable planning regulations. After a number of weeks we come back to you with a ‘Sketch Design Concept.’ You’ll be able to preview images of the design in 2D, and can also see your project in 3D supplied as a Google ‘SketchUp’model, available for free download. Once you’ve had a chance to review the design, we’ll invite your thoughts, comments and overall feedback. We’ll encourage you to tell us what you like/don’t like and we talk through what materials and features should be included.

We’ll encourage you to tell us what you like/don’t like and we talk through what materials and features should be included.

Step 2:

Developed Design

With the floor plan established, it’ll then be mapped out in our 3D digital software using CAD technology, and you’ll receive a ‘Developed Design.’ These are photo-realistic computer renderings of what the building will look like both inside and out. Throughout this stage we’ll work with you to continue to alter and enhance the design, discussing colours, materials and clarifying a number of significant aspects. While the computer renderings may appear as a nice aesthetic, they are really more than “pretty pictures.” During this stage we work out key design details that form the basis of the construction documentation. If your project requires a review board application, or resource consent application, this is will be the right time to start the applications.

Step 3:

Construction Documentation & Procurement

After the ‘Developed Design’ stage, we move on to the ‘Construction Drawings,’ often referred to as ‘Working Drawings.’ It is at this stage, when we would usually bring a structural engineer on board. During this phase we’ll be working to complete the detailed drawings for the construction of the building, as well as finalising important aspects, such as heating design, lighting design, kitchen design, joinery design and any home automation required. Once these drawings are completed you will be able to obtain an accurate fixed price from a builder. As there is a range of ways this can be done, we will talk through the options fully with you. We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each option and will advise what we think will work best for you on your project. To provide a rough guide, the majority of our projects featured on our website range between $4000-6500 per square metre. This includes everything required to build the house, from the kitchen, to the carpet, lighting, appliances and blinds, to the excavation and builder’s margin etc. In collaboration with you, we’ll help you to ascertain the right solution for your tastes, budget and lifestyle. As a rule of thumb the two key components that will have the highest impact on cost, are quality and complexity. The client will always be the driver on the calibre of materials and craftsmanship required, and we’ll provide timely advice on where and how the build’s complexity will impact the overall budget. Sometimes a seemingly simple design, can be quite complex! Time spent on site can also be a cost driver. Whether you would like us to be on site regularly throughout the construction phase is also something we will discuss with you. Once the design, budget and construction solution have been finalised you’ll be well on your way into the construction phase.

And ready to witness the final transition from an idea, to a place where you can live, work and play.