Drafting Concepts - What is the Building Process?

The Building Process

There are many levels to the building process depending on the size, zoning & complexity.

Sometimes even a basic building application can trigger move complex requirements

At times people will ask a Builder or Building Certifier what it is they need to do.

Your first port of call needs to be a Building Designer or Architect.

If you ask a builder to design & price the building you will be stuck with that builder’s pricing & not be able to use another builder due to copyright issues. This will mean you may have to start from scratch again.

It may of cost you many hundreds if not thousands of dollars to that point. (more…)

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You need to be independent

A Building Certifier will pass you on to a Building Designer, Architect or Draftsperson.

If we take a basic example where a building application is required under a self-assessable application relating directly to a residential house, which does not trigger any development issues then the process will be the following.

A Building Designer or Architect will evaluate the site; the house design & the zoning to establish what can be built on the site.

The house is then design & plans drawn hopefully to reflect the client’s budget.

At this point they may need to use consultants like Surveyors or Engineers

Once the plans have being drawn for Construction Issue, they are then forwarded to relative consultants, these being

Engineers for footing, slab & other structure design elements.

Soil test: to evaluate the soil structure so that the engineers can design the footings accordingly. Usually Engineers provide this service but can be independent.

Energy Efficiency Compliance: some times done by the Building Designer Or Building Certifier.

This information is then passed on to the Building Certifier. These guys require multiple copies of everything & in time I will post these on my web site. Generally they will provide you with a list of items they require before they even take the plans over the desk. (more…)

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After all that the fun starts

If you were building a new house I would recommend you do the following:

Engage a Quantity Surveyor to establish what the house should be costing to build (with in reason).


  1. Have the quote put out for tender.
  2. You can then pass this on to builders you know & restrict how many builders you want to quote by picking ones you have researched, stick with 4 to 6 builders.

    By doing the quantity survey you will know which builders are pricing to much or not enough & you should be able to establish why this is the case if you have a tender report carried out once the quotes have been received.

    This process could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

  3. Have the builder use a Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA) contract for best client protection
  4. Once you have chosen the builder & signed the contract life should be a little better knowing you have done the best you can do to protect yourself. Which by the way is more than probably 99% of the rest of the population does.

    The services that we provide can take you through these services with minium stress.

This again is a simplified look at the process, there are a lot of other factors that you will be required to work through, like the type of fit out you require in the house to the colour section but at least we can remove the most important part of the process leaving you more time to create the home you will be happy with.

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If you would like Drafting Concepts to help you begin the building process with a free drafting services quote, please contact us on 0403 829 376 or via our online contact form.

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Siting the Building

There are a number of critical issues that should be considered before a building design can be completed. Some blocks of land may seem ideal when considering the size and layout of the house. However, there is a process called “Siting the House”

Other areas need to be considered:

  • How much of the block needs to be cut & how much is fill. Importing fill costs money. Exporting fill costs money.
  • How high the retaining walls will be & whether it complies with Local Council Regulations.
  • What drainage is required?
  • Is the blocking sloping to the back & if so has the sewer & stormwater got fall to these areas.

Generally new estates cater for services to the rear of these blocks but older areas do not always.

A builder can provide a price to the last cent on the actual construction of the house except the siting & footing requirements. Always there are causes should unforseen events happen (like rock). If proper soil tests are carried out then some items can be addressed.

If you are going to be hit with a variation it will generally be in this area.

You could blow your budget before the building is out of the ground.

Generally the flatter the block is, the cheaper it is to build on provided the land is not fill or toxic waste.

Be wherry of so called budget plans (which are over priced anyway) where the siting is considered as a free token give away.

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