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Design and Approval Process

Posted by Elizabeth Meredith on 21 September 2022
Design and Approval Process

Step One

Designers order a section 10.7 (2 & 5), Sewer Diagram and a Land Survey of the property once the deposit is paid. It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for these documents to arrive, they are also notified if their job is CDC (private certifier) or DA (council). Once they have been received by our team, we notify the client that we will be starting the design and approval of their granny flat.

If the client has already chosen one of our drawn-out designs or has notified sales regarding their design ideas, this information is the base in which we use when formulating the layout.


Step Two

 Once the survey is received, we begin a preliminary draft of the building location and design. Ideally a design meeting with the client is preferred to ensure everything is confirmed and that we comply with the relevant regulations.

Variations to the design, if there are any, are quoted by sales and passed onto the design team to notify the clients of changes/prices. The client approves the layout and design of the build, we will then proceed with the architecture set, showing the elevations and sections of the design. Once the client confirms via email of the finalized architecture set, we begin approval process


Step Three

We then order the structural and stormwater plans from the engineers and obtain relevant documentation, E.g., BASIX, BPA, engineering drawings, DBYD, dilapidation report, building specifications, title search, home warranty, external colours/finishes schedule, arborist or Geotech report, Impact statement reports for Heritage or Aboriginal sites. The relevant documentation depends on the job. For Example, a Flood Zone requires flood advice from council, a flood management plan to see how affected the site is, Geotech report, flood certificate from engineers to be able to build on flood affected site.

 After receiving all the relevant documentation, they are uploaded for either the private certifier or council for initial assessment and preparation of approval. Generally, takes 2-3 weeks to be approved by the certifier. DA job approvals are subject to the local council.


Step Four

An email is sent to notify the client and construction team of the approval. Long service levy and insurances are obtained after approval. Since the design is approved, the client’s neighbours are notified of Works to Commence.

Council contribution fees need to be paid by the client to council to proceed with the construction of the design, without this the project manager cannot commence work.


Step Five

A construction set and electrical layout is completed by the designers and finalized with the project manager. Then the construction team and project manager get started on your granny flat.

Author:Elizabeth Meredith
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