Step 1: Initial Consultation

Call us to arrange an onsite, no obligation free consultation, where we can discuss your project and create a brief. From this brief we can provide you with a quote for our services.

Step 2: Pre design & analysis

Once the quote has been accepted we will collect any information that is relevant to the site, this may include locating existing plans, survey plans and council information. We will then undertake a site measure of existing dwelling and perform soil test if required.

Step 3: Concept design

Based on the brief and pre-design information we will provide you with an original concept designs for discussion. During this stage we will identify any resource consent issues and the requirements of other consultants such as engineers.

To help you visualise the design, the concept will include 3D images and/or sketch renders that clearly show our vision for your project.

Step 4: Developed design

Based on the review of the concept design changes are made to develop the design.

We will refine the layout, specify materials, identify structural elements and any special client selected items that were not included in the concept design.

Step 5a: Building consent documentation

Based on the approved developed design we are now ready to start the building consent documentation.

We will incorporate all the information required from other consultants and collaborate with them to ensure it is the best possible solution for your project. We produce documents to meet all the current code requirements and detail the project to the latest standards.

An example of what might be produced on a typical project is:

  • Site plan
  • Foundation, floor and roof plans
  • Plumbing, electrical and bracing plans
  • Sections
  • Elevations
  • Construction details
  • Windows and door schedules
  • Specifications and product information
  • Calculations for bracing, energy efficiency and weather-tightness

The documentation is then submitted to the council with all the necessary completed application forms.The council can take up to 20 working days to complete their assessment, this can involve requests for additional information. We will respond to any such request in a timely fashion and work with the council to obtain the building consent approval on your behalf.

Step 5b: Resource consent documentation

If your project requires a resource consent due to breaches of the district plan we produce this application concurrently with building consent documentation.

A set of drawings will be produced which show any District Plan breaches . We will also provide a report on the effects on the environment due to the breaches on the neighbouring properties.

We provide copies of these plans, forms and report for you to take to any affected parties to obtain their written approval.

It is a good idea to approach your neighbours at concept stage to gauge the likelihood of them giving their approval to the proposal. It is a much smoother process to obtain a resource consent if your neighbour is happy to sign off.

Once all written approvals are obtained we submit the application to the council on your behalf and answer any queries the council may have.

Step 6: Construction

Your contractor or project manager, in combination with the building consent authority, will work through the construction and inspection process through to a Code Compliance Certificate being issued.

Often issues on site can change what is required of the build. If your contractor or the council requires further information during this period we are contactable by phone and email, and more than happy to provide this.