Turning Ideas into Design: The Drafting Process
No matter what your dream home may look like on paper, getting your initial ideas off the ground can be a confusing and stressful process, especially if you’ve never renovated or designed a home project. Residential drafting services can be the key difference between a house and a home by smoothing out the finer details to bring your dream home to life.
1. Start with an Idea
To start, it’s best to have a concrete idea of what you’d like to achieve for your home and if those designs are attainable. A good place to start is to consider how many people will live in the home, changes to important working features such as plumbing and if any larger alterations will need council permits and approval. This is where a draftsman or designer steps in to help create a home design brief that is both realistic and tailored to your needs. This includes a breakdown of the project into smaller manageable pieces, so you'll find the most efficient way to construct your dream design. The ideas phase then leads to a detailed plan, placing your project on paper.
2. Review Your Design Plan
A blueprint or working drawing is at the heart of residential drafting, ensuring the technical details of your home meet building standards while creating your dream vision. Working from the ideas phase, your home blueprint is an essential guide not only for you but for builders, interior designers and anyone else who will be working on the project. This will include a floor plan and detailed breakdown of the structural components, roofing, elevation and other electrical requirements. Getting to the technical aspects can be a little confusing but with the right help from the best professional drafting services, your project can be made easy.
3. Get Development Approval
The approval stage of residential home projects is where things can get complicated depending on the type of additions or changes made to your home. To get building approval from your local council, site plans and other planning materials will be required so it’s essential to have a professional draftsman to have these completed and ready. A Development Application (DA) is how the local council ensures building projects adhere to planning and legislative requirements and is the first stage in the approval process. A Complying Development Checklist can also be used with combined planning and construction sent for approval, depending on council restrictions. Receiving approval can sometimes take up to three months so it’s best to consult a residential drafting professional to fast-track your project’s success.
Go Design Solutions has an easy five-step process from idea to the final product, ensuring the design and approval of your project is easy and manageable. To bring your dream home to life, contact our residential drafting services in Penshurst or call us on (02) 8091 0588.