At Co-lab, we provide full architectural services, including interior and landscape design. Every project begins with our collaborative concept design workshop, where we draw on the collective talent of a large designer network to create unique design solutions.
Our core team of architects are experienced at managing projects through every architectural stage including design development, town planning, construction documentation, contractor selection and contract administration. More information on each of the architectural stages can be found below.
2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Once concept design has been completed and the design direction approved, we develop a set of drawings that reflect what the final building will look like. These drawings take into account measurements, council overlays and client feedback. We ensure the level of detail within the plans is sufficient to acquire town planning permits. At the end of Design Development, plans are submitted to the town planning department of your local council, if required in your council area.
3. TOWN PLANNING
If a planning permit is needed we act on behalf of the client to liaise with the local council. We check council obligations and ensure the planning information is detailed as per requirements.
We liaise with the assigned town planner and provide additional information or amendments to manage objections and queries.
4. CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION
Once a planning permit has been obtained, we develop detailed working drawings in order to apply for a building permit. The working drawings outline in minute detail exactly how the structure should be built.
5. CONTRACTOR SELECTION
After developing the working drawings, we work on the client’s behalf to source 3-4 construction quotes. We check and compare the inclusions and exclusions to help our client choose their builder and negotiate a contract that works for both parties.
6. CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Throughout the construction process, Co-lab acts as an impartial mediator between the builder and the property owner. We carry out site inspections to review progress and we ensure that both parties are meeting the stipulations of the signed contract. This includes ensuring the building is being constructed as per the working drawings and assessing whether or not any variations or additional construction costs are fair.