Frequently asked questions

What costs are involved with getting plans done?

Costs will vary depending on what type of dwelling is being designed. Please contact us to discuss your needs

What is included in getting a design completed?

Concept Plans include:

  • Basic floor plan
  • Elevations
  • Site Plan
  • Perspective
Working Drawings suitable for DA/CC submissions include:
  • Floor plans
  • Elevations
  • Section
  • Slab and Fooring Plan
  • Drainage Plan
  • Site Plan
  • Site Analysis Plan
  • Perspectives
  • BASIX Certificate

What is a BASIX Certificate?

The Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) aims to deliver equitable, effective water and greenhouse gas reductions across the state. BASIX is one of the strongest sustainable planning measures to be undertaken in Australia.
An integrated part of the planning system, BASIX is implemented under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. BASIX applies to all residential dwelling types and is part of the development application process in NSW.
BASIX is assessed online using the BASIX assessment tool. The tool checks elements of a proposed design against sustainability targets. Overall, the BASIX Certificate is a NSW Government initiative that ensures new homes are designed and built to use less potable water and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, with the purpose of providing a sustainable future. For more information on BASIX® go to the NSW Government website.

What is involved in the design process?

After the initial consultation we will liaise with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied and we will assess your ideas to develop a client brief. This will include a design concept which will explore the use and layout for the building as well as fixing your budget and construction timescales. The concept sketches will be used to develop the Detailed Design which will be prepared in CAD for Council submissions.

When I engage an Architect/Designer to prepare a design for me, do I own the copyright?

Not automatically. The default position under the national Copyright Act says that typically whoever conceives of and creates the design, that person owns the copyright in the design. In nearly all cases, the architect will have combined your ideas with others and taken them to the stage where they amount to an ‘artistic work’ that is protect under the Copyright Act. You should also look at the specific terms of your client-architect agreement which might deal with copyright ownership.
An author of the ‘artistic work’ (the architect or designer in this case) will own the copyright, but the architect or designer as author can agree in writing to transfer the copyright to you or a third person, including a company.