Pre-construction

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All the important design decisions are made and the designer develops the final set of construction drawings, which incorporates input from builders and the council building consent process.

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What you need to do

  • Avoid changes to the design (unless they are small details). At this point the drawings are comprehensive and fully co-ordinated, and any design changes can result in major time and cost overruns. These will be expensive.
  • Attend design meetings and provide clear and timely feedback on finishes and fittings e.g. carpet, tiles, vinyl, paint colours, kitchen design, bathroom design and light fittings.
  • If you are doing the interior design yourself, a fixed sum can be specified in the contract for these items so that the contract can get underway and the final details follow later.
  • Sign off construction drawings and specifications.
  • Review builder’s quotes and agree on the form of contract.

What your designer will do

  • Review builder’s quotes and construction programme, discuss with you and make recommendations.
  • Complete any component drawings required that had a provisional sum in the tender documents e.g. kitchen or lighting design.
  • Finish all drawings and documents, incorporate any changes required by the council or the selected builder, and issue the construction set – a complete set of drawings that can be built from.
  • Prepare contract documents for you and the builder to sign. 

By the end of this phase you should have a preferred option agreed, know roughly how much it will cost to build, and know if you need to apply for resource consent.

Winsomere House - our first project

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