Building your forever home

You need your dream home to be as functional as it is beautiful, an extension of you as a person. At every step in the process we are there to make that happen. From our very first meeting to those first steps you take into your brand new home, we are beside you with a panel of designers and experts. We are more than architects. We are the guardians who will take your dream home and make it a reality.

1.Feasibility & Design Concept

1. Feasibility & Design

What does your dream home look like? How do you want it to make you feel? How do you want your home to work for you?

It is our job to uncover this… and then start to bring your dream to life. We will listen as you talk about the details such as where the kids will hang their bags or where the drying room will be.

This ensures we build a home that matches your lifestyle.

We also take care of assessing your vision within the bounds of your land and council regulations. At this stage we look at:

  • particular zoning requirements for your land, such as heritage or bushfire requirements
  • identifying any risks associated with your design vision
  • meeting with council for a pre-DA if we have any concerns.

And because we know how important budgets are, we do a robust cost analysis to ensure your dream can be achieved within your budget. This market analysis also ensures the future saleability of your home to protect your investment.

And then – what you have been dreaming of – we present you with the pencil sketch concepts so you can interact with the elements to create your own revolving puzzle.

Remember – there is no single answer to designing your dream home! You can rest assured that the sketches we show you in this initial stage will spring to life throughout the process.

Schematic design of the outdoor and living room of a home

2. Schematic Design

You love the concept and we know we can make it work! Next, we proceed to the 3D modelling.

We will show you fly-throughs of your home on the screen so you can envisage what it will be like to open the front door of your home and walk into a space that is designed specifically for your needs.

We refine as we go, reinforcing your vision for a home that brings ease and flow into your life. With our 3D modelling we can delve into the finer details such as:

  • the materials you plan to use in your home, from kitchen benchtops to interior panelling
  • the size of your wardrobes
  • the fixtures and fittings you will use throughout your home.

Throughout this process, we continue with cost analysis to ensure any changes to materials and fittings won’t blow the budget. We don’t like hidden surprises and this is especially true when it comes to cost.

DA and CDC Compliance

3. Council Compliance

This part of the process can be a drag… so that’s why we take care of it for you. We have built relationships with council key players and know the process extremely well, so that you don’t have to break a sweat trying to figure it out.

At this stage we take care of:

  • commissioning a consultant team of landscape architects, stormwater engineers, arborists, bushfire consultants, heritage consultants, planners and the rest
  • attending council meetings to answer any concerns or misrepresentations
  • responding to any concerns from your neighbours about your home and build.
4. Interior Architecture

4. Interior Architecture

Up until now, we have been designing the shell of your home – now we start to transform the concept. We will design your kitchen, bathrooms, lighting, stairs and all of the functional elements that will make your home truly work for you.

It is about creating a coherent and consistent home. This will happen concurrently to the DA process, so you don’t lose any time in the journey.

This isn’t about cushions and curtains; we can find someone to help you with that later. This is about protecting the integrity of your home design concept.

We have listened to your lifestyle requirements and built a solid understanding of who you are. It is about maintaining the flow of your home from the front steps through to the placement of the taps above the bath. It all matters.

5. Contract Tender

It’s almost ‘go time’ on your dream home build… you just need to find the right builder. We will bring together a panel of builders so you can select the right one for you.

We will manage:

5. Contract Tender
  • the contract and inclusions, so nothing is missed
  • ensuring the pricing is matched to the specs to avoid surprises along the way
  • technical drawings so the builder can get the job done.

The choice of builder will be up to you – because it is your home – but you will have our expertise to lean on to make that process a simple one.

Playoust Churcher - Castlecrag Project

6. Design Management

Do you remember the drawings you fell in love with at the beginning of this process?

This final stage ensures that the house you build is every bit as much your dream home as it was then.

We stay on top of every detail with the builders so you can rest assured that every element we have agreed, from tile placement to the position of the lighting, is correct.

We will be on site regularly with the builders to provide you with progress updates. In playing such a hands on role, we are able to protect your interests in administering the contract between you and the builder.

We call it design management. To you it is simply fewer headaches, now and in the long run. Our work doesn’t stop until you have turned the key to your front door and the champagne cork has popped.

View of the outdoor of the house and inside view of the house

7. Home Maintenance

Your dream home is finally yours. You’ve partnered with the right team of architects to create a beautiful, functional space for you and your family – a space that fits perfectly with your lifestyle and is an extension of your personality.

Now is the start of the next important phase of your new home build: ongoing home maintenance. We can assist by offering a robust home maintenance solution that fits your needs.

Christine Maple is deeply committed to offering you custom fit maintenance options so that you never have to worry about maintenance tasks again.

The range of building and maintenance services includes everything from window cleaning, gutter cleaning, house washing, carpet cleaning, oven cleaning, pest control services, bathroom renovations, painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and more.

Christine can also assist with project managing upgrades to investment properties to get them ready for sale and/or leasing.

Contact us to discuss your comprehensive, proactive and preventative home maintenance plan today.


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