Pre-design services

Lifestyle Design Services

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Pre-Design Services

We begin your architecturally designed project with one of our Pre-Design Services: contact dion seminara architecture to begin your design process today.

Needs and options review

Design Options Assessment

At dion seminara architecture we have perfected a process of architectural services which can guide you, step by step, through a renovation project, the design of a custom new home, any boutique end-user commercial and/or multi-residential building. Our process commences with our Step 1 Pre-Design Service – Design Options Assessment – where we investigate your specific project needs and consider design solutions to cater for current and future lifestyle choices.

The reason we always begin our architectural design process with a Low Cost Consultation, Needs and Options Review (Design Options Assessment or Pre-Purchase Design Advice) is to reduce the risk of changes being required further along in the design process by removing all assumptions and having a clear direction.

When considering renovating or building, this Design Options Assessment with dion seminara architecture is the first step. Here is why you should seriously be considering this service:

  • To receive a registered architect’s verbal opinion on the feasibility of the project. Dion Seminara has 30 years of experience in architecture, and so, he will know the feasibility of your ideas.
  • To discuss room details, sizes, orientation etc.
  • To discuss the indoor outdoor connection and possible external works and landscape design
  • To discuss potential solutions at a high-level that encourages on-going testing of ideas – “Design Thinking”
  • To discuss the ‘look and feel’ of potential schemes with an architect
  • To discuss the functional viability of the project and your ideas
  • To discuss the planning and legal viability of your ideas, as well as any building regulation requirements
  • To verbally get an idea of building costs and budgetary needs
  • The cost of this needs and options review is put towards the total design fees when you progress to the next stage in our 6 Step Process.

A medical professional wouldn’t perform an operation on a patient without a proper diagnosis; this Design Options Assessment works in the same way. This initial low commitment consultation begins the strategy to precisely understand your project’s requirements, so that we can provide you with our findings, recommendations, and an idea of how to move forward with a timeline and budget.

Written Report

For the Design Options Assessment, we also offer an optional written report based on the above points. Our Pre-Purchase Design Advice is an orally presented service only.


Pre-Design Services Benefits

Our pre-design advice consultations are conducted within your home or on your block of land (or at your proposed home or block of land). During these services, you will receive professional, qualified guidance – you will benefit from over 30 years of design and project management experience in residential design, lifestyle design, construction, planning and project management. When you move to the next stage, Step 2 – Sketch Design, at the conclusion of your pre-design consultation, we will advance your investment in our pre-design consultation services towards your unique architectural design as we put ‘pen to paper.’

Make the right choice

Needs & Options Considerations

In this Design Options Assessment we will investigate all options and provide clarity on what is possible, and give you an idea of where to go. We will provide answers to the following questions:

  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • How to minimise disruption during the build?
  • Does my site have legal restrictions?
  • What is the process/what’s my next step?
  • Who can help me assess my options?
  • Are my project ideas feasible?
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