Frequently Asked Questions

Posted 11/05/2016

How do I know if I should renovate or knock down and rebuild?

There is never a simple and certain answer to this question and it depends largely on what

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How do I know if I should renovate or knock down and rebuild?

There is never a simple and certain answer to this question and it depends largely on what you want and what your budget is, but here at TM architecture we can familiarise you with the advantages and disadvantages of each option so you can decide with a better understanding of the potentials of your house.

How do I know what specialists I need for constructing a house?

If you already know professionals in the building industry and you very much like to use their services, that’s fine. Otherwise we can introduce you the consultants and builders that we have worked with, so you don’t need to look for any professionals other than the architect!

How much do you charge?

Our fees are on a lump sum basis and depend on the size and complexity of the project. After evaluating the project we will send you a fee proposal showing the fee for each stage of the project.

What contract do you use?

We use a standard Client and architect agreement published by Australian Institute of Architects and it is for the benefit of both architects and their clients.

How do I know what my new house is going to look like?

At TM architecture we are highly skilled in producing 3d presentations of the buildings. From rough sketches for concept design to computerised realistic presentations of your house, our perspectives and 3d renders will help you visualise what the new building will look like.

How does design process work?

Design involves proposing options, based on your brief, site constraints, regulations, etc. This process can be repeated a number of times as the design is further developed. The first concept usually needs to be refined to satisfy client needs.

Who is a registered architect?

A person who has an accredited degree in architecture and has passed architectural practice examination can become registered in the relevant State or Territory. All registered architects are bound by “Architect Code of Professional Conduct” which is a statement of the standards required for providing architectural services. Registered architects not only have proven years of academic and work experience behind them, but they also belong to a professional body that helps to bring more peace of mind to the client.

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Complying Development & DA

Posted 10/05/2016

One of the questions every client faces, is whether the development needs formal approval or not There are usually 3 categories for residential developments:

Exempt developments: No formal approval

Complying development:

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One of the questions every client faces, is whether the development needs formal approval or not. There are usually 3 categories for residential developments:

Exempt developments: No formal approval

Complying development: Fast track formal approval

Development approval: Formal approval

If you are doing minor works such as adding a deck or bathroom renovation, your proposal might be exempt. With more major renovation works such as adding an extension or a carport or building a new house you might be able to apply for a complying development approval.

The advantage of a complying development is that it is much faster and does not require neighbour’s approval. However the regulations are more restrictive and sometimes it is difficult to achieve the best design option within these regulations. Also a complying development might not be applicable for some developments for sites located in heritage conservation areas or lands located in some bush fire prone zones.

If your development is not exempt or if it can not be approved with a complying development you will need to submit a development application to Council which is referred to as a DA approval.

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