EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN & DRAFTING
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BEFORE BUILDING STARTS
Usually, you are here because you already own land and want to build on it, or add to it.
But you we can also assist with Building Design steps before land is purchased.
Typical Steps before building can start are below.
Step 1. Land Surveys.

Repeg or Cadastral Survey.
If the land does not clearly show defined boundary markers that can be used for building setout, like pegs or plates, we recommend
having this completed. Fences are not always straight and are not a boundary. Clearly defined boundaries are especially important if
you plan to build close to boundaries or close to Planning boundary set backs.

Site Feature Contour Survey.
For new vacant lots that have not been surveyed before, this is required.
For additions to buildings, some Council's allow a previous site plan showing a site feature survey to be redrawn.
This is dependant on the land not changed significantly from the original survey. If you don't know the land heights, then how can
someone deliver the right amount of bricks for example?
Do I need a Surveyor?
Step 2. Previous Plans.

Previous Site Plans.
If you are planning on using a previous site plan to be redrawn versus a new site site feature survey, you will a previous site showing
a previous site feature contour survey. When redrawing this we need to show all structures on the lot. If you have added things like
patios, you will need these also.

Previous Floor Plans, Elevations, Sections.
If you are planning to attach structures to existing buildings, the previous buildings need to be redrawn to show all rooms, doors,
windows, stairs, roofs, floor levels, smoke detectors to show that the existing building will still comply with Planning and Building
standards when the new structure is built, depending on what you are planning, the exterior of the existing buildings may need to be
upgraded to match the new structure.

Previous Engineers Drawings.
Footings for new structures are designed according to the land they sit in. The previous engineers drawings will hopefully show what
the original soil classification test was, so that you will not require another soil classification test.
Step 3. Building Design.
Once we have the information relating to the land and other buildings if applicable, we can then start designing new structures.

What needs to be designed?
Overall building sizes, Heights, Widths, Lengths, Setbacks, Room sizes, Footings, Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Roofs, Plumbing,
Electrical, Air conditioning, Paving, Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Fixtures, Drainage, etc.

All of these things need to meet your objectives, Planning standards, Building standards, Utility Supplier standards, Material sizes,
etc.
Step 4. Architectural Plan Drafting.
This step typically includes, site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections, electrical, room plans, other detailing.
Step 5. Planning Development Approval if required.
Do I need Planning Approval?
Step 6. Energy Efficiency Assessment.
Step 7. Structural Engineer's drawings.
Do I need a Structural Engineer?
Step 8. Building Permit Approval.
Do I need a Building Permit?
Step 9. Watercorporation Approval.