Building Designers…….. who are we?

Building Designers … who are we?

I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked ‘What is a Building Designer’. So here you go – here’s our answer.

They are the people who design most of the residential and other work in Australia, but no one has ever heard of them. The Building Designers of Australia estimates that 75-80% of residential work is currently designed by Building Designers in Australia.

Most people have heard of drafting services, and this is the heritage that building designers come from. They are qualified designers who have gained a reputation and experience of providing buildable designs. They design buildings and do all the drawings and detail so you can get them through council and so a builder can accurately quote on your building project.

  • It’s about design
    • It’s about shaping your ideas and taking it to a final concept that captures your needs & ideas.
    • Something that represents what you want, that works on your land and is buildable
    • We know how to stretch you and your ideas to incorporate different design elements and finishes … whilst still maintaining an eye to your budget and showing you something that a builder can take and build.
  • It’s about the building
    • Buildable
    • Detailed design brief so that a builder can cost this accurately
    • Detailed building drawings including basic 3D so you can ‘see’ the building
    • Detailed specifications that talks to the quality of the materials and workmanship so that the final product looks and feels like what you imagine.
    • Knowledge of council and VCAT so your designs have a great chance of getting approvals and greater chance of winning if challenged.

Builders tell us they love working with Designers because they can quote more easily and more accurately and they know that the finished product will represent the drawings and be what the client wants.

So in summary, we would say that we are more design focused than a drafty and focus more on the buildability than an architect (3D drawings + detailed specifications on finishes and workmanship), making the building job easier and more inclined to build to your budget and get the outcome you have been dreaming of.