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Recommendation for architect or building designer

By funkylovebunny - 24 January 2013 21

Hi Rioacters

We’re looking to whack an extension onto our house built in the 1960s on a sizeable block.

We’d like to talk to an architect or building designer about our project.

We’d really appreciate some recommendations for good people to contact in the ACT.

Thanks!

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Recommendation for architect or building designer
Holden Caulfield 9:53 am 13 Jan 14

liability said :

…$2,000 – $4,000…

Don’t forget the per square metre bit!

liability 7:59 am 13 Jan 14

PorkChops said :

Can anyone give me a rough figure of how much it would cost to get a design done for a possible extension. I say ‘possible’ because I haven’t been given the go ahead but I’d like a design done to show what could be done.

How long is a piece of strong? As rough ball park figure you will be looking at around $2,000 – $4,000 depending on size, nature, etc of the extension.

JC 6:55 am 13 Jan 14

Sandman said :

We’re in the middle of the same thing, extension and some remodeling of a 60’s duplex. All the design and selections are done, building starts in a couple of weeks.

We’ve gone through Build Proffesional (Matt Hall). They have everything in house right from the design stage and so far we couldn’t be happier. We had a lot of ideas of what we wanted, but they wanted to start with a clear mind and did a session to find out what our goals were. Then they came up with ideas that we’d never even considered and we tweaked the ideas from there.

Sometimes the builders themselves are a good place to start for ideas and the like. I spoke with ABC Constructions about some work I am interested in doing and got positive vibes. From just looking at the house from Goggle earth or some other aerial photography site they were able to give some very basic advice about what may be possible, specifically related to sighting, shaddowing etc. The next step was to get them the existing plans for some rough layout ideas.

As for build professional, haven’t spoken to them (but will soon), but they have just finished doing a double story extension on a house in Archdall Street Macgregor. If the extension was their ‘design’ then they have done a very good job indeed. It has really transformed the exterior of the house from a simple 70’s house to something a lot more modern, but doesn’t look like an extension/reno job, it looks like it was built that way from the beginning. No idea what they did inside though.

PorkChops 12:08 am 13 Jan 14

Can anyone give me a rough figure of how much it would cost to get a design done for a possible extension. I say ‘possible’ because I haven’t been given the go ahead but I’d like a design done to show what could be done.

smacg 9:31 pm 30 Jan 13

+ 1 for Adam Hobill. After a bad experience with a draftsman we went to see Adam. He listened to what we wanted, was practical and designed something within our budget. The end result is a great extension with a plan that flows and has addressed all our requirements.

Sandman 10:04 am 27 Jan 13

We’re in the middle of the same thing, extension and some remodeling of a 60’s duplex. All the design and selections are done, building starts in a couple of weeks.

We’ve gone through Build Proffesional (Matt Hall). They have everything in house right from the design stage and so far we couldn’t be happier. We had a lot of ideas of what we wanted, but they wanted to start with a clear mind and did a session to find out what our goals were. Then they came up with ideas that we’d never even considered and we tweaked the ideas from there.

They’ve been extremely efficient so far, and a major benefit of dealing with the Builder is that they know what your budget is and what things cost. An architect will come up with ideas that could have a broad cost range so you end up doing a lot of changes ( more money each time) to get down to budget and the architect and builder may not see eye to eye on some things that will end up costing you money as well. Our quote was extremely comprehensive and the allowances so far have been pretty spot on.
Build schedule looks nice and tight and they have a builder who works full time only on your job so you don’t have days where you’re living in a bomb site with nothing going on waiting for some other contractor.

I’ve heard lots of horror stories about Reno and extension work but these guys had a fantastic reputation and gave off a good vibe. I was extremely wary about the wife’s plan to do this job but Build professional have put me at ease with the whole thing. I doubt there are many out there that could do that.

JimCharles 9:27 am 27 Jan 13

Another thing. I know two people who’ve moved into new houses here and the external design has been dreadful. ie…flooding across gardens into/from next door. One guy’s new garden has virtually been washed away, plus he’s now working with his neighbour to sort out the mess. It’s going to cost thousands, and he bought a finished property ready to move into.
Who controls drainage design? If you have lots of independent architects / builders building alongside each other, do they not work to an overall estate plan to get water drained out to the highway, or do they genuinely just look at their own building and ignore the plot it’s sitting on, plus any impacts that are going to befall them, or they’re going to cause to others?
It seems like a huge gap that nobody cares about, but pretty common,

JimCharles 9:22 am 27 Jan 13

So how much (roughly) are you looking at for a design package for a 4 bed? Are they fixed cost for the design and project management, then a time charge rate for changes and no fault delays?

kloggie 9:48 pm 26 Jan 13

We are designing our home with Adam Hobill from Hobill designs. We are very happy with the process so far. He has listened to what we want and doesn’t rush you to make a decision. Is happy to make as many alterations as necessary.
I think we would have paid a fraction of the cost of designing our place compared to our neighbours who used TT.

gannet 9:39 pm 25 Jan 13

+1 for TT, they are good.
Candida Griffiths does good cost effective extensions.
http://candidagriffithsarchitect.com.au/
Andrew Verri and the team at Jigsaw also very (pardon the pun) good.
http://jigsawhousing.com.au/team/
All are top notch on energy efficiency and such.

Onceler 1:12 pm 24 Jan 13

TT Architecture do some good work IMO.

dtc 12:16 pm 24 Jan 13

I used to live in a house with an extension designed by Nino Bellantonio, which was a v impressive and v admired part of the house. I spoke to him about some further extensions and he did a great design, but we ended up moving rather than have 2 stories. So I dont know how good he is at project management, but he was a nice guy and produced a good design.

You will find that most architects tend to have a particular ‘style’ and even if you brief them to design something different it will often come back to something like their usual style. So have a good look at the portfolios

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:21 am 24 Jan 13

plus 1 for Tim Zuber @ Quatro. He did our plans for a large extension in Duffy and could not have been more helpful.

He really thinks outside the box and managed to fit in more than what we expected without making anything feel squashed in, infact its all still impresivly large.

also very professional and a real nice guy.

Madam Cholet 10:01 am 24 Jan 13

We used Ryall Design. Young and look outside of the square. We haven’t implemented what they drew up for us yet but were happy with it. They do have a bit of a sustainable bent as well. I believe they have done a lot of work up north as well, however they are located down south.

I think it’s ryalldesign.com.au – if not just google Ryall Design.

mmillercfp 9:55 am 24 Jan 13

Tim Zuber @ Quattro Architecture, tim@quattrodesign.com.au or (02) 6285 3829
Eike Theden-Ringl @ Yerrabi Dwellings, eike@yerrabidwellings.com.au or 0439 431 301

Tim & Eike are both guys that care a lot about their work, reliable and good people. Well worth a call.

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