Drafting - The Experience Counts
DESIGN – DOCUMENTATION – APPROVAL
Many clients are mistaken in thinking that the building process is where all the important decisions are made and the hard work is done.
It is actually the design, documentation and approval process where this really happens.
At Absolute Attic, Lovesway Constructions Pty Ltd and Absolute Drafting our goal is to design an attic conversion, upper floor addition or major renovation, that suits your needs and budget and that Council will allow us to build for you.
We do not sub-contract out to outside designers or drafters.
All the design, drafting and documentation for your project is carried out by our own team within our office.
We use industry leading design and 3D modelling CAD software to model and draw your project from the concept stage to the final plans.
This program also allows you to view interactive 3D models and plans of your project on your computer as the design develops from the concept stage to the final design.
This will allow you to give us instant feedback at every stage in the design process.
In fulfilling your individual design brief we will also consider the following -
- Local Council planning controls known as Local Environment Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs).
- All new external walls, roof and ceiling thermal insulation is provided to exceed the requirements of BASIX.
- The regulations within the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia.
- The acoustic properties of your project may need to be upgraded to comply with Aircraft Noise Intrusion requirements if your home is in the Sydney airport flight path zone.
- If your project is an attic above a home unit then the regulations within the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia governing building classification and fire rating will be investigated and included in your design.
What are LEPs and DCPs ?
- LEPs – Local Environment Plans are State Government approved planning regulations drawn up and administered by each Local Council and approved by the State Minister for Planning. LEPs cover broad planning strategies for each local government area.
- DCPs - Development Control Plans are planning regulations drawn up and administered by each Local Council within the framework of their LEP. DCPs are more specifically focused on individual planning issues than LEPs.
What is BASIX ?
- BASIX is a State Government initiative regulating the Sustainability measures to be included in new buildings in NSW.
- BASIX for your project will give ratings for the type of insulation, roof colour, glazing, light fittings and tap ware to be included.
- For more information about BASIX go to www.basix.nsw.gov.au
What is the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia (NCC/BCA) ?
- The NCC/BCA is the regulations controlling the methods of construction of all buildings in Australia.
- If your home is a Semi or Terrace then the party wall sections of your attic will be checked with the NCC/BCA for compliance.
- If you live in a home unit then the Classification of the building, fire rating of external walls and the party wall sections of your attic will be checked with the NCC/BCA for compliance.
No secrets -
As a team we will constantly involve you in the entire design and documentation process of your project. We consider you as the focal point in the design process from concept to approval.
3/Steps to designing a successful outcome -
We divide the design and approval process into 3/Steps to allow your project to evolve in a controlled and structured way.
- Step 1 – is when we develop the first concept designs to determine the feasibility for your design brief and the size constraints of your attic space or property.
- Step 2 - is when the proven design in Step 1 is fully developed and together with the required supporting documentation and reports is submitted to Council for Development Application (DA) approval.
- Step 3 – is when the DA approved design is further developed with the Structural Engineers. Step 3 is also the time when the final finishes and fittings are confirmed with you, for example the electrical layouts and staircase finishes.
- At the completion of Step 3 we will submit the plans to the Private Certifiers and apply for the Construction Certificate (CC) ready to build your project.