Our Process

We only take on design projects that are sure to get a building consent. Our easy to follow four-step process takes you through from feasibility to council consent.
We take on your headache and risks, listen to you and give you the space and freedom to dream.

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The first step is to do a feasibility study based on your requirements, to make sure it is worth
investing your money in the project.
If we see that the project appears to be feasible, we give you a proposal. On your approval, we can
get cracking with the concepts.
Drawings and recommendations are given to you for your approval at the concept completion stage.
Once you are happy with the concepts, we begin preparing plans and getting the necessary
documents for building consent.
We then lodge the consent and coordinate with the council providing whatever extra information
they require.
Finally, we get council consent and celebrate. Now the work on your project can begin.

Step One – Feasibility


Our detailed questionnaire helps to understand your needs and assess the project feasibility, in consultation with the local Council and Consultants. We only give you a proposal if the intended work seems very likely to get a consent.
The time we spend during this crucial part of the process ensures that the design and documentation we undertake are guaranteed to get you Building Consent. This ensures that there are no costly surprises for you later on in the project. With minimal investment, we remove risk and give you peace of mind.
If,however,a consent cannot be issued after lodgement, we will give you a 100% refund for the design fees – meaning there’s absolutely no risk to your investment.

Step Two – Design Process

We have a two-stage design process. The first stage is concept design, where we look at various options and give you the best design solution for your renovation or new house. Once you finalise it, we pass the designs onto a builder to give you an indicative pricing. We also recommend using a quantity surveyor.This gives you the confidence and assurance that the design suits your budget.
We don’t want to waste your money on a design that does not fit your budget. We are always willing and ready to modify the design or details to make sure it is affordable for you.

Step Three – Consent Documentation

Once you are happy with the concept design and the indicative costing from the builder, we proceed with the second stage of design – detailed working drawings. With your approval, we engage other consultants as required, like structural engineers and roof truss designers. They are a part of our network of experts.
We have a team of over twenty consultants who are recommended by us, but engaged by you directly. This keeps everything transparent and simple for you.
Once their feedback is received, we complete the final drawings and documentation.
At this stage, the drawings are sent to the builder again for a closer look and a realistic pricing.
Before consent lodgement, we highly recommend a three-party meeting with yourselves, us and the builder present. This is extremely beneficial, and can save time and extra costs during construction.
Once you are happy with all of the feedback, you instruct us to lodge the consent with Council.

Step Four – Coordinate with Council


Once the Building Consent is lodged, within a few weeks we might receive requests from Council for more information concerning our drawings. We organise all of this for you until you get consent. We do not charge extra for this liaison service, even if it relates to new regulations. We also follow up with Council as required.