The Building Design Process

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Everyone sees homes, buildings and other structures being built all of the time. It is probably near every day that you leave your home and see a building in the process of being built. This may get you thinking about the building design process, and what, exactly, it entails?

While the process is mostly straight forward, there are some special circumstances depending on where you are looking to build, and the specific rules surrounding that area.




The following are the basic steps of the building design process:

Your Idea: Plot out our ideas, and not just the design, but with as many specifications as you can nail down based on your needs and your desires (which are not always closely linked, as you will find.)

Begin Planning: If there is no covenant on the land you would like to build on, you need to provide one to your designer. If the land you are looking to build on is not within an estate you need to follow your local councils building planning policies which include strict restrictions and regulations that must be followed.

Assess Your Land: Often times you only need to take into consideration the size of your land, however the shape, and slope of it may also be crucial to your design, depending on their severity. There are other constraints you may need to take into consideration, as well, and they include easements, stormwater, flooding and sewer lines. All of these issues should be noted before meeting with your designer, as they are issues that need to be addressed within the actual design itself.

Meet Your Designer: Here you can work through the ideas you have planned, while taking into account the size of your land, as well as the other restrictions or issues that might be involved with the design.

Design Concept: Based on your meeting with the designer you will be provided with a conceptual design. This includes floor plans, elevation levels and general details about your home.

Initial Costs: Once you have a conceptual design that works for you, you will be provided with an initial estimated cost.

Drawings: The construction drawings are what the builders will be working off of and are required to be submitted to council for approval.

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