How much does it cost to build?
The price of a build varies based on a number of factors; Location, design complexity, as well as the level of fit-out.
Generally, a new build will be cheaper than an addition or renovation. A simple single-storey building will generally start at $1400/m2 and a 2-storey building will start at about $1600/m2
More complex buildings and fitout will generally start at about $2000/m2 and can go over $5000/m2
What areas are included in the m2 cost?
Generally, if the build has a roof or a floor/deck it is included in the m2 cost i.e. garages under the main roof, verandas, al frescoes, decks, balconies are all included in the m2 rate for budget calculation
What additional costs are there on top of the building cost?
This depends on the building contract, but may include floor coverings, window furnishings, loose appliances e.g. dishwashers, fridge, microwave, washing machine, air-conditioning, solar etc.
Additional costs externally often include fencing, retaining, stormwater, rainwater tanks, sheds, paths, and landscaping.
For a basic build there may be additional costs between $20,000 – $50,000, for a high quality landscaping & external finish costs can easily reach $200,000 – and can be double that. It is important that you are transparent and realistic with your budget to create the best result.
How long does the design process take?
This depends on a number of things, however getting an initial concept together depends on our work load, but it will generally be between 4-6 weeks. From there-on it depends on how the responsiveness of the client and how much change is necessary from the initial design concept.
If there are not many changes required in the design, then time taken depends on third-parties such as engineers, council, energy assessment, builders quotes etc.
For the whole process from start to “on-site-commencement”, usually allow a minimum of 3 months for a simple design, but it may be as much as 12 months for complex designs and if there are a lot of adjustments.
What if I don’t like the initial design?
This happens occasionally, and it is unlikely that you will dislike the whole design. The process is to understand what works for you, so we ask you to be honest and mark up what you like and don’t like and send it back as part of the design review. Our philosophy is to build the building you want, not the building we want. Our aim it at all times to work with you and get the best solution for you!