ARE YOU ARCHITECTS?
Not quite, we are similar but not the same. As building designers
our team have completed a relevant TAFE or tertiary qualification in
building design and our business is licenced under the Queensland
Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) the same as builders and
building contractors. In Queensland a building designer and architect
can undertake the same type of work be it residential, commercial or
unit development, in fact any type of building project (excluding hirise
developments). An architect however has undergone a university
qualification to obtain their degree in Architecture as opposed to a
building designer's course through TAFE for example, and so will often
charge more for the same end result, be it more space for the family
to grow into or that forever home you've been working so hard for.
As is the case with art, design is always subjective and so the outcome
achieved by both a building designer and architecture whilst similar in
nature will always be determined by the client.
HOW MUCH WILL MY PLANS COST?
At Lockhart Drafting & Design we offer a free initial consultation
and no obligation quote for your specific project. You will always
know how much your drafting fee is prior to the commencement of
your plans. The cost of your project will depend on what you wish to
achieve from your project. Prices will vary based on the project type
i.e. residential new build, residential renovation /extension project
as well as the unique characteristics of your site. To find out how
much your plans will cost call the office to discuss your project today.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECIEVE MY PLANS?
In general, you will receive your concept and/or preliminary plans
within 10 working days. For more complex projects this timeframe
may vary. Your building designer will be able to confirm the turnaround
time upon acceptance of your quote based on their workload
at the time.
WILL MY PLANS COMPLY WITH LEGISLATION?
Absolutely! Our team of building designers are completely abreast
of the various national, state and local government legislation that
will impact your project.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE PLANS
At Lockhart Design we pride ourselves on excellence however,
if you are not happy with the initial concept and/or preliminary plans
we will work with you to achieve your desired outcome and ensure
we meet expectations.
CAN YOU PROVIDE 3D IMAGES SO I CAN VISUALISE
THE FINISHED PRODUCT?
Sure can! Using the latest software we can not only provide 3D renders
to give you a clearer idea of what your design will look like but
you can also do an online walk through of your design.
HOW LONG DOES THE BUILDING APPROVAL PROCESS
TAKE AND ARE THEIR EXTRA FEES INVOLVED?
Lockhart Drafting & Design can not only complete your plans but
also bring together all the required pre-construction documentation,
so your plans can be approved and construction can commence.
Additional fees will apply for items such as soil testing, engineering,
energy reports, certifier's fees etc however these fees are always
provided to you for approval to proceed prior to commencing any
works to alleviate price shocks along the way. Depending on your
project, timeframes can vary for the approval process. In general,
the completion of all required documentation and the finalising of
the building approval takes up to 4 weeks. If town planning and/or
additional council applications are required this timeframe will be
DO I NEED TO BUILD STRAIGHT AWAY ONCE MY PLANS
ARE STAMPED AND APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION?
No. Once your plans have been approved by the certifier you have
until the date noted on your decision notice to complete your construction.
This is generally anywhere from 12 to 24 months.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY BUILDERS?
Yes. Lockhart Drafting & Design works with a range of small to medium
builders who we trust to complete your project, just ask your
building designer for the details and we'll be sure to put you in touch
with a builder suited to your project.