What are the steps involved in designing my new home?
You've spent hours researching your ideal home, visited countless display homes, and probably now feel completely overwhelmed by the options available. At Gordon Bourke Constructions, we offer an in-house design service to help you create the best possible home for your investment.
Usually, the process involves four basic steps:
1. Initial Consultation and Site Analysis
At our first meeting, we'll be asking lots of questions. What style of house appeals to you? What are the 'essential' features of your new home, and what features would you 'like to have'? How do you want to furnish and use the spaces? Don't forget the space outside the house - how do you want to landscape around the home? Do you need side access for a trailer, caravan or boat?
Usually, our first meeting is conducted on-site, so that our design team can assess site slope, orientation, and existing services and features. This is crucial to developing a solution that takes advantage of the best aspects of your site, and minimises the negative. We also recommend getting a soil test early in the process, so that the foundations can be costed accurately at the quotation stage.
After consideration of all these factors, we may have a 'standard' design that will suit your needs perfectly, or we can customise a design specifically for you. More challenging sites often require a totally unique design solution...and our design team loves a challenge!
2. Preliminary Design
After our first meeting, our design team will research all council requirements pertaining to your development. We'll then develop a preliminary design and produce presentation drawings of our concept. These drawings typically show a site plan, floor plan, and front elevation.
This is your chance to review the design, and make any changes necessary. We suggest you spend some time thinking through the details of your home - will your existing furniture fit where you want it? Do you have enough storage? Is the house sited to allow for a future pool or garden shed?
Start thinking about the fixtures and finishes you would like in your home. Our standard inclusions are all high quality items, but there might be a specific look you want to achieve that needs a different shape of basin or a particular entry door to really give that wow factor. Just like our designs, our inclusions can also be customised to suit your needs.
3. Developed Design and Quotation
Once the preliminary concept has been accepted, we will cost your plan accurately. Your quotation will accompany a detailed list of inclusions, so you know exactly what will be in your new home. We can amend the drawings and/or inclusions at this stage if necessary, and are happy to work with you to ensure the design suits both your lifestyle and budget.
If you have quotes from other builders, we strongly recommend you spend time comparing inclusions - you'll notice a lot of items in our inclusions that others often consider to be 'extras'. Is the rainwater tank included as standard? Do overhead cupboards in the kitchen cost extra? Is a dishwasher included? The roofed alfresco on the plan looks great, but do I have to pay extra for it to have a floor slab?
4. Working Drawings and Contract Preparation
Once the quote has been accepted, we will prepare the working drawings, specification and contract documentation. The working drawings are fully detailed plans, containing all the details required for Building Approval, and for construction. The specification is a detailed list of inclusions for your home. Engineering drawings will also be prepared at this stage.
Once the contract has been signed, your building approval will be lodged, and your new home is under way!