How much does it cost to build?

The price of a build varies based on a number of factors. Location and 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 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 it has a roof or a floor/deck it is included (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, landscaping

For a basic build it 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.

How long does the design process take?

This depends on a number of things, however getting an initial concept together depends on my work loads, usually say it will be between 4-6 weeks. From there it depends on how quickly you respond and how much change is necessary.

If there are not many changes it then depends on third-parties such as engineers, council, energy assessment, builders quotes etc.

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?

It is unlikely that you will hate the whole design. The process is to get what works for you, so please mark up what you like and don’t like & send it back as part of the design review. Our philosophy is to build the building you want, not the building we want. We aim at all times to work with you and get the best solution for you.