We undertake projects of varying size, complexity and cost and are currently working on a range of project typologies including commercial, retail, hospitality, government, industrial, heritage and residential including new houses and renovations/extensions.
We tailor our fees to suit the project and as such our fees differ significantly between residential, commercial, public and education projects. We are more than happy to chat about how our fees are calculated and how they relate to the relevant architectural stages.
Every project is unique and is subject to their own timelines. We work closely with our clients, no matter the industry they represent, to ensure that their projects can be delivered within their time constraints.
The size and complexity of each project will affect the overall timing. Time should also be allocated for clients to make changes to the brief and consider the design.
For a residential project, either a new house or a new build, we advise our clients to allow between 18 months to 2 years to complete a project from design to the end of construction.
1. Engaging our services
The path to engaging Nest for your project varies for every client, but in every case, prior to our engagement we make sure that what .....
The first thing to do is to get in touch so we can have a quick chat about your project. We can then set up a time to meet and give you an overall understanding of what a project requires, who is involved, how much things cost and how long the process can take.
After that meeting we may well have further discussions about your brief and your budget and try and understand whether those two critical pieces of the puzzle align. When we understand the scope and the complexity of the project we present a fee proposal for your review.
We understand that the project is not ours, we're just the tool to make it happen.
Once we have been engaged we embark on what we call a pre-design stage. During this initial feasibility stage, we resolve the following and often competing interests: what our clients want, what they can afford, and what can be done on the site. This stage is a way of arriving at design options that steer the project in the right direction when the design work starts in earnest.
We then undertake a Sketch Design stage where we use the tactics identified in the preceding stage to guide the design. This is when the design really starts to take shape and we start to resolve layouts, form and materials.
The interior of any project is just as important as the exterior, and in some ways informs what the outside looks like. For both the inside and the outside, simple shapes are prioritised over grand gestures to ensure that the project is imbued with a timeless quality.
3. Council Approval
In some cases, before construction can begin, a permit issued by a local council may be required.
In some cases, before construction can begin, a permit issued by a local council may be required. This need can be triggered by a host of issues such as a Heritage Overlay, a Significant Vegetation Overlay or a Special Building Overlay.
As part of the pre-design stage, we identify if your project requires a local council permit and what constraints may be imposed on your property as a result of these local council rules and regulations.
We pride ourselves on producing beautiful drawings at every stage of the project.
During the initial design stages, we produce diagrams, sketches, perspectives as well as architectural plans to help you understand how the design looks and feels. During subsequent stages, we produce technical drawings that describe to the builder, in every detail, how to build the design.
These drawings form part of the building contract between the client and the builder and therefore include every detail right down to the location of power points.
Typically we like to be engaged for the entire project, including the construction stage.
During the construction stage, we are engaged to administer the contract agreed between the client and the builder. We ensure that the terms of the lump price contract is adhered to. We don’t project-manage, that’s the builder’s job. What we do is make sure that the design documents we produced are being followed, that any changes to the contract are fair and reasonable, and finally, we check and then certify all the payments to the builder.