We are usually asked about:

Architect vs. Draftsman

Almost all building projects, whether residential or commercial, need a design plan done by either a Draftsman or Architect….the question is, which one do you need for your project?

 

Draftsmen

An architectural draftsman is a trained professional at producing scaled plans that meet the local council’s requirements. Draftsman generally have a good wealth of knowledge when it comes to construction details and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.

 

Architect

Architects can also draw plans for your building project, however they get more involved with your project, especially with the design. The qualifications an Architect requires include completing a University degree in architecture, at least 4 years of practical experience, and passing all the requirements of the Architect Accreditation Council of Australia. It is required by law that any building over 3 stories must be signed off by a Registered Architect and certain Commercial and Government Buildings also require an Architect to be involved.

 

How Superdraft can Help?

Superdraft is not only a Registered Architect company, we also have a team of experienced Building Designers and Draftsman.

If you already have a good idea of the design you are after and just want to ensure it gets drafted up properly and approved by council as efficiently and cost effectively as possible we can assign one of our Draftsman.

If you have a rough idea of what you are after for your home renovation or new home project but would like some quality design input and creative ideas to save you money on construction then request for one of our Building Designers.

If you are willing to invest in having one of our Registered Architects to be heavily involved with the design of your project to optimize the outcome of your project, or you are planning a new Development or Large Commercial Project, one of our Registered Architects will be delighted to work with you to make your project come to life.

How much will my drawings cost?

The cost of your drawings is dependent on a few factors.

  • Size of the Project
  • Whether you need a Draftsman, Building Designer or Architect
  • Urgency of the project

As a rough guide pricing ranges between 1% of construction cost with a budget draftsman all the way through to around 16% of construction costs with a high-end architectural company.

 

How Superdraft Compares?

Superdraft provides the best Value for Money service available in the Design and Drafting industry. Due to economy of scale and the amount of projects that Superdraft completes every year, they can offer a premium service for a very cost effective price ranging from 1-5% of Construction Costs.

All fees are fixed quote so you will know exactly how much you will be spending up front.

Superdraft will tailor a package to suit your requirements and provide you what you need within your budget. This can vary from engaging one of our Draftsman just to produce the bare minimum for council approval, or engaging one of our Registered Architects to come up with a well thought out design and hold your hand through the entire process including lodgement to council.

We believe it is not worth risking your project in the hands of a budget, back-yard draftsman who will end up costing you more overall on your project.

What else do I need to organize to build my project?

Depending on what you are proposing to construct, the required consultants may vary.

If you are planning to construct just a basic deck or carport you will need a draftsman/architect, structural engineer, land surveyor and private certifier.

If you are planning to do a home extension or new home you will need a draftsman/architect, structural engineer, land surveyor, energy report and private certifier.

If you are planning a large residential or commercial development you will need a few more consultants including a draftsman/architect, structural engineer, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, town planner, land surveyor, energy report and private certifier.

 

How Superdraft can Help?

Superdraft provides a one-stop-shop service for their clients. We understand that doing any construction work can be a daunting task for those who are not in the industry so we will be glad to hold your hand and walk you through the entire process and organise all of the consultants that you require for your project – this comes complimentary to our clients.

Do I go to a Builder or Draftsman/Architect first?

This is one of those chicken and egg predicaments that a lot of people find themselves in when they opt to commence a new project.

If you go down the path of engaging a builder first they often will have a relationship with a drafting/architect company and will factor the design and drafting cost within their fee (sometimes will put a mark-up on this fee). This can be seen as a simple and cost effective solution however it locks the client into using that builder. If there is a falling out then you are forced to have to start again and the plans are unable to be used with any other builder. As the construction cost of a project far outweigh the cost of the design and drawings, you really want to try and get the best value for money on the construction cost. By locking yourself into using one builder at the start of a project without any plans you will end of paying thousands of dollars more.

If you engage a draftsman/architect first you then have the option to tender the drawings out to multiple builders and can compare your options to get the best price. This method will generally save you thousands.

 

How Superdraft can Help?

Superdraft provides clients with independent plans that the client owns and can use freely as they will. Superdraft will not only assist with organising all the other consultants you require for your project, but also provide a Complimentary Building Tender Service and get quotes from their network of builders. Due to the number of projects Superdraft provides to their network of builders they can guarantee that they can beat any comparison building quote by a minimum of 10%. Some clients have saved up to 20%. On a $500,000 new build project that equates to $100,000 in savings.

How long will it take before I can start building?

This all varies on the size of your project and which council your project is in.

Below are a few typical timeframes for certain projects.

 

Patio/Carport

Preliminary Design – 1 week

Planning Approval – 1 week + 4 weeks in council

Building Approval – 1 week + 1 week with certifier

 

Home Extension

Preliminary Design – 2-3 week

Planning Approval – 2 week + 4 weeks in council

Building Approval – 2 week + 1 week with certifier

 

New Home

Preliminary Design – 4 week

Planning Approval – 2 week + 4 weeks in council

Building Approval – 2 week + 1 week with certifier

 

Commercial Fit-Out

Preliminary Design – 2 week

Planning Approval – 1 week + 4 weeks in council

Building Approval – 1 week + 1 week with certifier

 

Unit Development

Preliminary Design – 4 week

Planning Approval – 4 week + 8 weeks in council

Building Approval – 2 week + 1 week with certifier

Owner Builder vs. Engaging a Qualified Builder?

With all building projects you will have to decide whether you will be Owner Building or engaging a Qualified Builder.

Owner Building is a great way to potential save yourself some money. To become an Owner Builder you will have to apply and sit a short online course and you will be provided with an Owner Builder License Number. As a builder generally charges 10%-20% of the build cost, you can potentially save this by going down this route. The issues are that you will have to be the one who organises all of the sub-trades along the way and their individual quotes can all add up and end up costing you more. It is also a very time intensive process and not an ideal solution for those who are time poor.

Engaging a builder is generally a safer option as you get a fixed quote for your project at the start and they take care of the building process.

 

How can Superdraft help?

Superdraft provides a service for clients who choose either option.

If you go down the Owner Builder route we highly recommend taking advantage of Superdraft’s Building Cost Estimation service. This will provide you with a full cost breakdown/itemisation of all your estimated building costs right down to your skirting board costs and labour costs. This will give you a good guide to know how much you should be paying each sub-trade.

If you are planning to engage a builder Superdraft can help as we provide all clients with a Free Building Quote Service. As Superdraft works on around 1000 projects per year and have created a great network of quality and reliable builders, we are able to get the best building quotes for our clients.

We encourage our clients to get their own builder quotes to compare and we offer a guarantee that we will beat any comparable building quote by a minimum of 10%. On a project worth $500,000, this can be a saving of over $50,000 by choosing Superdraft.

What is the best way to get Builder Quotes?

Superdraft provide all clients with a Free Building Quote Service. As Superdraft works on around 1000 projects per year and have created a great network of quality and reliable builders, we are able to get the best building quotes for our clients.

We encourage our clients to get their own builder quotes to compare and we offer a guarantee that we will beat any comparable building quote by a minimum of 10%. On a project worth $500,000, this can be a saving of over $50,000 by choosing Superdraft.

How do I know what I want will be within my budget?

Superdraft can design to your budget. We work with building cost estimators and can provide you with a full building cost breakdown of your project based on your Preliminary Design. This way you will know your project is on budget at the start of the project, rather than waiting until you have all your approvals and send your drawings off to builders and realising you can not afford it.

Superdraft’s Preliminary Cost Estimation service is a great option to give you peace of mind and ensure your project comes in on budget.

What is the best way to finance my project?

Superdraft can organise finance for your new project as a free service. Superdraft Financial Services have reputable brokers who transact over $2Billion worth of home loans per year giving them great access to the best deals through various banks.

Even if you already have an existing home loan through a bank, our brokers can often get you a better interest rate and bigger borrowing power through your existing bank.

Please enquire about this free service so we can show you how you can save thousands!

What is the process from Start to Finish?

For someone who is not in the industry it can get very confusing to know what is involved. Thankfully at Superdraft we act as a One-Stop-Shop and will walk you through the entire process from Start to Finish. Below gives you a rough rundown of the process on a typical project.

Step 1 – Initial Consultation

When you first engage Superdraft we will take your brief of what you are planning to do and provide you with a Complimentary Quote and Assessment within 24 hours. We can also help answer any of your questions and give you advice.

Step 2 – Site Visit

Once you have engaged our services we will come out to your site/property and carry out a measure up of your existing property (renovations only). If it is a new build we will still come out to site and carry out a site assessment to work out how to achieve the best design and orientation.

Step 3 – Preliminary Design

One of our experienced and qualified Architects or Building Designers will then produce a Preliminary Design for your project based on your design brief. If you would like us to produce the Preliminary Design in 3D please advise us prior to starting.

Step 4 – Design Development

We will then send through our Preliminary Design for your review and make changes according to your feedback/comments.

Step 5 – Planning Approval/Development Approval

Once you are happy with the design, our draftsman will then work the design up to lodge with your local council for Planning/Development Approval.

Step 6 – Building Approval/Construction Certificate

Once we receive the council approvals our draftsman will then produce the Building/Construction Documentation which will include sections, construction details and window schedules to enable you to get your building approval through a Private Certifier.

Step 7 – Getting Builder Quotes

Superdraft provide all clients with a Free Building Quote Service. As Superdraft works on around 1000 projects per year and have created a great network of quality and reliable builders, we are able to get the best building quotes for our clients.

We encourage our clients to get their own builder quotes to compare and we offer a guarantee that we will beat any comparable building quote by a minimum of 10%. On a project worth $500,000, this can be a saving of over $50,000 by choosing Superdraft.

How do I know what I want will get approved by council?

All proposed new building works need Architectural drawings submitted into your local council for approvals. Each council have a different set of regulations that need to be adhered to. These covenants dictate the building setbacks, site coverage, aesthetics etc. of your building.

If your proposed project complies to these regulations they can often bypass a DA application and go straight to a certifier for a Building Approval.

If you are wishing to push the boundaries, it can still get approved but will need to get lodged through council and the local authorities need to access it against the performance criteria.

 

Does Superdraft guarantee my project will get passed?

Superdraft has a team of experienced and qualified Architects and Building Designers who will guarantee your project will get approved by council. If after their initial assessment they believe there will be any complications with your proposal they will advise you and give you the option to adjust the design so it will comply and get approved or proceed with your original plans at your own risk.

If we guarantee it will get approved and council come back with any issues, Superdraft will either adjust the drawings free of charge to comply or provide you with a refund.

Does my Architect/Draftsman need to be registered & licensed?

Yes. For the local authorities to accept the architectural drawings submitted they will require either an Architectural Registration number or Building Practitioner Number.

To obtain these number you have to be a qualified Architect or Building Designer and show you have active Insurances, show evidence of your qualifications and pay an Annual Fee.

There are a lot of backyard draftsman out there that do not hold these registration numbers (either because it is not feasible to pay the fees or they do not have the full qualifications). They may be able to still draft your drawings up, however you will become unstuck at time of lodgement as the council will reject the application and you will be forced to get the drawings either redrawn or signed off by a registered Architect or Building Practitioner who will charge you a hefty fee to take on this risk.

 

Is Superdraft Registered & Licensed?

Yes. Superdraft holds all up to date Architectural Registrations across Australia as well as all the relevant Insurances required. This means that they take the risk and liability of your project and prevent you being caught out.

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