How to Begin – Architecture Services For You

Commencing a relationship with an architect involves navigating a range of architecture services and choosing the right stage of the process which corresponds to where you are on your individual journey.

Our pre-design advice services are your first step.

Each option is tailored to suit your specific needs and the stage of your project. You will gain expert advice on your project as we offer you our professional opinion based on thirty years of architectural design experience and building construction knowledge.

To save you money, when you immediately progress from your advice stage to one of our ongoing design service packages the cost of your initial advice is deducted from the cost of your next service.

Welcoming and Approachable

We take pride in delivering design and building projects that enhance lifestyles and meet your needs. We will need to work in a collaborative partnership with you.

Our architectural process is comprised of a set of 6 Steps which ensures the outcomes reflect the lifestyle desires of our clients. The first step is creating a relationship with you and understanding your project and lifestyle needs through an onsite pre-design meeting.

At the completion of our pre-design service, we will offer you a checklist of your major design components, providing a summary of project requirements and an accurate fee scale for architectural services specific to your project. Our fee proposal will outline the three core service packages where we can bring your home design to life depending on your budgetary needs. Please review our design process for more details.


Are you thinking about undertaking a renovation of your home or a custom new home build?
Are you considering the purchase of property that may require renovating to suit your needs?
Have a look at our two pre-design services to decide which one suits your project best.

Lifestyle Design Advice
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Suitable for those looking to renovate or build a custom new home.

We will consider:

  • What you love about your current home
  • What doesn’t work
  • What outcome you hope to achieve
  • How you currently live within your home
  • Your longer term needs
  • Your building budget.

Duration: up to 3 hours.

Location: Your home or land.


Pre-Purchase Design Advice
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Suitable for those who are considering purchasing a home to renovate or a block of land for a new build.

We will consider:

  • If it suits your lifestyle needs
  • What is the potential
  • Design solutions
  • An indication of potential costs.

Duration: 3 hours.

Location: At the house or land you are proposing to purchase.


This advice is not a substitute for a pre-purchase building or pest inspection which you should undertake independently.


These assessments are verbally presented. No illustrations, drawings or plans are included in this stage.

What Our Pre-Design Services Include

The following list outlines the considerations we will discuss during your Pre-Design service. Both services are available for up to 3 hours, and will cover:

Current Lifestyle Requirements: Looking at your preferred lifestyle, your hobbies, interests and favourite pastimes. We consider how worthwhile your proposed renovations are with regard to maximising your lifestyle and the overall liveability of your home.

Future Lifestyle Requirements: Are you thinking about starting a family? Or perhaps you have school age children that will soon grow into teenagers? Or maybe you are approaching your retirement years? As part of this service, we will look at likely changes in the future and how to best manage these within the context of your design.

Design Solutions: Based on your specific needs and immediate requirements, we look at design options that will resolve your current needs. Based on your long term lifestyle needs we look at design solutions that will ensure that your home offers you the highest levels of comfort and overall liveability now and into the future.

Budget Assessments:  It is important to understand what you can achieve with the budget you have allocated. As part of your Pre-Design Advice service, we will look at your proposed project and give you some initial thoughts on how far your budget will stretch. We will also discuss building costs, consultants fees and our design service fees within this discussion.

Capitalisation: Will your project leave your property over or under capitalised? We are not financial advisors and recommend that you get professional, independent financial advice in relation to this question. However, feel free to ask us during your pre-design service if you would like our opinion on any potential capitalisation issues in relation to your project.

Honest Feedback: Years of experience has taught us that our clients value honest feedback. We will provide alternate solutions and assist you in developing your ideas if we don’t believe that a proposed change you are considering will be of benefit to you. You can rest assured that we will provide real direction to ensure that your project provides you with the lifestyle benefits you are looking for.



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