Or as we commonly call in the office the “I know Boats Syndrome“.
The family are moving to a new home!! We’ve decided to build a new home. We’ve purchased the perfect block of land and this will be our dream home. everything we always wanted. It will have everything we ever wanted.
OK so we’ve got ?? $$ to spend and the ads in the paper show we can build a house for $750 per square meter. Wow we can have a really big house!! The builder we talked to wants us to give him some plans so he can work out a price. Well we had better start designing…………..
We ‘ll save heaps of money by doing the design ourselves and not waste money on and Architect or Designer. We know what we want and we’ll just get a draftsman to draw it up..After all we KNOW what we want!! ” Those designers charge a fortune!!! And how do they know more than me about what I want?”
Armed with their sketch plan drawn on graph paper the family rings around a few drafting offices to get the plans drawn up. Often looking for the cheapest price possible to “save some money”. Adamant that they don’t want to pay extra for any design work they just want the plans drawn up a draftsperson. Too often we hear the family say “we’re not very good at drawing , we’ve never done this before”. And “if you have any better ideas we’d like your input.”
“Oh we didn’t know that you had to be 6m from the front”…..”What does it mean when there is an easement on the land?”…….. “How do we make the home energy efficient?”……..”Can we just get a relaxation?”……..”Just put a retaining wall in there”………”What’s the QRDG??” ……. “the driveway won’t work and we didn’t know it had to be like that?”………………and so the design needs some changes. Often a change such as raising the driveway has a major impact on another aspect and therefore changes keep going on and on. All e costing time and money. In the end the house doesn’t really look like what the family had imagined their dream home to look like. It’s just a box.
The builder who has looked at the original sketch starts to price the drawing sand it comes back nearly $100 000 more than they expected. “But why is it so expensive?? Well there is a lot of wasted space in hallways, traffic areas, the retaining walls needed are $40 000 and the scaffolding required etc…. “Oh we hadn’t thought of that. Looks like we’ll have to change it again” sigh.
Designing a home is not just drawing a plan… There is a minefield of regulations, standards, planning schemes, Building Codes et that must be adhered to and mot of all considered while designing the home. If your like our family above and have spent years in industries not related to the building industry then these regulations will probably be like a foreign language to them.
Our second family has written a list of all their inclusions, ideas, and must halves in their new home. They’ve taken some pictures and what they like and have worked out their budget and how much they want to spend at the end. They want to be sure they don’t over spend. They’ve also decided to make their home as energy-efficient and want to have their home designed to be sustainable for their family as it grows and changes.
One thing we ask is that our clients not to try to draw the plans themselves. Our qualified, trained and very experienced designers and architects are EXPERTS in design and will incorporate EVERYTHING that is on that wish list into the design while taking into account all the other criteria such as regulations, site geography, passive solar design, future use, materials, and the list goes on.
The most common comment we here when our clients are presented with their first sketch design is……...”Oh I would never have thought of that!!”
We’re often asked what type of CAD (Computer Aided Design) package we use…………”A pencil” !!
While it is virtually impossible to take into account all the costs involved at this stage your design SHOULD be within 10% of your budget. We in fact guarantee it!!
At this stage there may be a few changes required. This is easy at this point as these changes, often being minor, can be incorporated into the preliminary CAD drawings. This is where the plans are then sent to our Architectural Technicians. They’re the team members who all the technical and construction issues are nutted out. From here we can generate some true and lifelike Rendered Images.
Now we can start to get a good look at what your new home is going to look like and some choices in materials and colours can be made.
the final stage is to produce the technical drawings for Building Approval. Or Working Drawings. These are documents that will form part of the Building Contract and will be the Approved Plans.
So our family has now a comprehensive set of drawings and may now obtain quotations from their selected Building Contractors. As they have pid for their design and all the documents they are free to use these. (many companies who advertise “free plans” or at severely reduced rates often retain copyright so as to not have competitors give quotes on the same plans) …..Apples for apples we say.
The quotes have come back and there is a $60 000 variation in the prices. From now can work out just exactly where the costs vary and which builders provide the best VALUE with their inclusions etc. Ultimately a builder is chosen who can start immediately and our family has saved themselves around $10 000 on what they had budgeted. They have a home that is energy-efficient and now sell power back to the grid and is water efficient. It’s cool in Summer and warm as toast in Winter. So they have decided not to put in those air conditioners.
Conclusion: Your new home is the biggest monitary investment you’ll ever make. Why woulkd you want to “save money” by spending the least on the most important stage of the process. Architects, Building designers, and Drafting Technicians are all trained professionals and really know how to Would you really want the cheapest, least experienced mechanic working on your new Mercedes?. Or would you even contemplate servicing your new Mercedes yourself to save a few dollars.
An investment in the Design of your new home isn’t a cost but a massive saving in the medium and long-term, and every successful project starts with the right advice.
Call us today for an obligation free assessment of your project and lets start saving money from the very beginning!!