Architecturally designed saves time and money according to builder

Architecturally designed saves time and money according to builder

Renovations, Tips and Advice, New Homes

I’ve written previously about some builders preferring their customers work with the builders own draftsperson so the job can be kept basic and easy to build. But not all builders are looking for the easy way out. The very best builders actually prefer to work off plans that have been architecturally designed.

I was recently communicating with a builder who made exactly this point. Often customers would come to him with no design, just a project in mind. Anything from small jobs to new home designs. It would then be up to him to refer them through to the appropriate person/organisation.

His personal preference is to refer to architects. And the reason?

Well it’s actually reason’s because there are a number. But the main ones are that our architecturally designed plans are far easier to price and to build due to the level of detail that we provide. Everything is laid out and specified with nothing left to guesswork or interpretation.

Another reason is that there were less changes required during the construction phase. A design created by a draftsperson lacks the high level of detail that we provide resulting in variations being required which in turn can result in a blow out in costs and construction time.

Better builders prefer architecturally designed

So it stands to reason that it actually makes it easier to build projects or renovations that we have architecturally designed. We offer a high level of design documentation with everything specified and laid out so the builder knows exactly what they’re quoting on and exactly what needs to be done.

Yes our designs are often more complex than the basic boxes that some builder prefer to focus on, but this is more than offset by the detail and planning that goes into each of our designs. So if you find your builder recommending a draftsperson then chances are they don’t specialise in high quality work.

Draftspeople have their place

Now you might think that I’m saying you should never use a draftsperson but that isn’t the case. Customers with a small budget or basic needs tend to lean towards draftspeople rather than architects. And this is sometimes justified as it’s not great use of our expertise to design things like carports for example. However, I would suggest that even small internal renovations can benefit from our input at times. It always pays to call us first as we will be upfront with you if we think your project doesn’t warrant our high level of input.

As the builder I was talking to mentioned, the moment a project is more detailed, slightly complex or needs expert input they refer them to an architect. It’s cheaper, easier and produces a better long-term outcome for both builder and client alike to have someone with our expertise creating a detailed design that works with the rest of the home. A design created around your lifestyle that will perfectly suit your needs.

Save yourself time and money by coming to us first

Going to a builder without a detailed design – whether it’s a renovation or new home – is really putting the cart before the horse. The builder themselves are exactly that, they are someone who builds not someone who designs.

By coming to us first you can get the perfect design to suit your needs. A design that adds real value to your home and enhances your lifestyle. But importantly, it will have the level of detail that the best builders prefer allowing them to quote more accurately and build your home faster, with less alterations, variations and hold-ups.

So if you want your project to adhere to budget, be completed in the prescribed timeframes and be built to the very highest quality you need to contact us first and let us create your ultimate design.

Let us know a number that we can reach you on and a time that suits and we will give you a FREE 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your project goals.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dion Seminara Architect


Hi, I am Dion Seminara, practicing architect and licensed general builder for 20 years as well as an environmental sustainable design (ESD) expert. I graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with honours, QLD in 1989. Registered as an architect in 1991 and registered as a builder in 1992, I am also a fellow member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Having received 12 ArCHdes Residential Architecture Awards, LJ Hooker Flood Free Home Design Award and the 2016 AIA Regional Commendation for Public Architecture, my expertise with both residential renovation (to all types of houses, especially Queenslanders, 50s/60s/80s), new contemporary homes and luxury residences has earned me a reputation as one of Brisbane's architectural specialists in lifestyle design architecture, interior design and landscape design.