Our Services

Residential and Commercial Building Design

At Design Smart Living, we provide professional design services starting from the preliminary design phase, through to the Construction Certificate documentation stage.

Our Services

Residential and Commercial Building Design

At Design Smart Living, we provide professional design services starting from the preliminary design phase, through to the Construction Certificate documentation stage.

We work closely with various consultants of which offer professional services such as town planning, interior design and colour selections, 3D render visualisation, landscape design, bushfire assessment reports, engineering disciplines, etc.

We can engage and liaise with all consultants that are required to be commissioned for each project, so as to ensure smooth co-ordination process. We co-ordinate and project manage the entire design phase and obtain all necessary approvals so your project can commence construction with your selected builder.

Our design services

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Alterations and Additions
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new homes
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secondary dwellings
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dual occupancy and multi dwelling housing
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small commercial projects

Building Approvals

Design Smart Living prepare all required architectural plan documentation and associated documentation with the assistance of third party consultants as required to obtain your building approval.  The approval process can be approached in one of two ways:

  1. DA/CC (Development Application and then further more Construction Certificate Application)
  2. CDC (Complying Development Certificate)

View your designs anywhere

The evolution of technology is constantly changing and improving. The same goes with the way building designers produce plans for documentation purposes. We use the latest Archicad modelling software on all projects. All designs are created with BIM (Building Information Modelling) drawing software technology.

From the preliminary design phase, we issue the BIMx model to our clients which allow’s you to view and navigate through your project, by using their smart phone, tablet or desktop viewer. This is a great way for our clients to engage in the project and visualise exactly what the design intent is.

The Design Process

After your initial enquiry, we will arrange a free no obligation site inspection to discuss with you your requirements and goals for the project. At this stage you may wish to supply a ‘wish list’ and any information that will assist with us to create the ideal design that will suit your lifestyle e.g existing plans, existing surveys, photos and magazine clippings etc.

We will provide a fee proposal to carry out the works, which confirms all costs to prepare all design documentation and associated reports for Council submission and for construction.

Generally the scope of works is as follows:

1. Initial brief

Initial brief from client and site inspection taking photographs of proposed site and neighboring buildings.

2. Measure

Measure up existing residence and prepare CAD drawings. (Alterations only)

3. concept drawings

Prepare concept design drawings. Drawings will be issued in PDF format as well as a BIMx (Building Information Model) electronic file.

4. Review

Client to review and make comments on concept drawing issue. Once concept design is finalised, development of drawings into working drawing format for combined Development Application /Construction Certificate submission.

5. additional plans

Plans to include Cover page, Site plan, Site Analysis, Floor plans, Elevations, Cross Sections, Roof Plan, 3D Views (additional information and plans such as shadow diagrams, window and door schedules, electrical layouts, internal elevations, and generic construction details can be provided if required and are subject to additional fees).

6. Statement of Environmental Effects

7. Character Statements

8. Basix Certificate

9. Waste Management Plan

10. Construction Specification

11. Allow for liaison with consultants.

12. Completion of DA forms

Once our clients have submitted plans to the Council – generally development approval is granted approximately 4-6 weeks. We are able to assist during the assessment period if any issues may arise.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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