Developed design

By now the sketch design is signed off – the size, location, form and probably external materials are all agreed. Your designer can now develop the secondary elements of the design and begin co-ordinating the work of sub-consultants. At the end of this phase, all aspects of the project should be defined for your Developed design.

What you need to do for a Developed design

  • Attend design meetings and provide clear and timely feedback on material selections and design details for things like balustrades, pergolas, kitchen and bathroom layouts.
  • Review the revised cost estimate.
  • Approve sub-consultants and pay their fees.
  • Sign off on developed design drawings.
  • Pay the designer’s developed design fee.

What your designer will do

  • Develop the drawings and documentation to send to sub- consultants such as the structural engineer.
  • Integrate and co-ordinate sub-consultant designs into the architectural drawings.
  • Develop door and window details, cladding and roof design, interior details, and timber and steel sizes. This allows a more accurate cost analysis.
  • Start designing services: electricity, gas and phone locations; plumbing and drainage; preliminary lighting and electrical plans.
  • Write the draft specification.
  • Review design development with you at key stages.
  • If a Resource Consent has been submitted, answer any queries from the council.
  • A Building Consent can be applied for at this point.
  • Tenders prepared and sought from builders.
  • If some elements are not fully detailed due to time constraints (e.g. kitchen cabinetry or lighting selection), your designer will allow a provisional sum in the tender documents.