Every successful project has defined stages, from setting out a project brief at the beginning of the project, to finalising finishing touches at the end of construction. As registered architects, Amy Hendry and Claire Paterson are trained to lead their client through every stage, helping to make the project as enjoyable and hassle-free for them as possible. In general, a building project can be split into three stages: design, documentation and construction.
After initial meetings, signing a contract to confirm your brief, the fee and our services, and gathering some site information, we put pen to paper and start sketching. This is a really exciting phase of the project, with lots of client input and discussion of ideas. Our 3D architectural software models your building and helps design decisions to be made. The design will pass through a few phases, from first sketch proposals to a developed design that confirms form, planning and materials. A Council Resource Consent will be obtained if required. Other consultants may be engaged to help with structure, other engineering issues, and project costs. At the end of this phase the design will be finalised and ready to be drawn in detail for construction.
Your design is transformed into a set of working drawings, to obtain building consents and enable to contractor to price and build it. Client input usually drops off a little at this stage, while we concentrate on drawing the building in detail. But in the background other important decisions need to be made, such as kitchen and cabinetry design and other fittings and fixtures. We can help with these designs and decisions, or do it all for you. We can also help you select a contractor. At the end of the documentation phase you’ll have a building consent and your contractor can start building.
Your building takes real shape, and at this critical moment our involvement continues. This exciting phase of the project is often the most complicated, as a builder translates our drawings into built form. Our services include observing the builder’s work, administering a contractor/client contract on your behalf, running site meetings, and settling any construction issues that arise. In short, we allay the traditional client headaches and worries that can come from a building project.
Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a Four Walls Architecture design. Enjoy!
“Talk to an architect” is a helpful resource produced by the New Zealand Institute of Architects that covers information about choosing an architect and understanding the architectural process