Superdraft guide: How to work with a building designer

Teaming up with a building designer can be the smartest thing to do when designing or renovating a home. But, do you know how to establish a good working relationship with them?
How to Work with a building designer

Teaming up with an architect or a building designer can be the smartest thing to do for your home improvement project. These trained professionals can give you the best home design that suits the location, your lifestyle, your tastes, and your budget.

Having one of the country’s largest networks of architects and building designers, we are here to help you establish a good working relationship with these professionals. These tips will help you and your chosen designer become partners in your project. 

Here are some tips on how to work with them: 

1. The project is time-bound, but give the planning some time. 

Renovating or building a new home is a huge investment, and it is crucial to get things done the right way. 

To get it right, it must be planned carefully

There are many factors that affect the length of the planning and design phase, all of them were discussed in depth in this blog. 

Another important factor that you need to consider is the length of the council approval, development approval, and building approval processes. Here, we discussed the differences of each one and how to work around the council approval phase

Planning your new home with an architect or building designer

The process involves design consultations. This is when you discuss your requests with the architect and assess their proposals. Make time for these meetings because these are the key to a well-designed home. 

Also, prepare your ideas before meeting your architect or building designer. Your vision of the project will give them direction. It paints a clear picture of what you want and what you don't want to have. 

When you don’t have a vision yet, we recommend collecting inspiration online. It’s so easy now that information is right at our fingertips. Search and save images from our inspiration gallery. Your Superdraft designer automatically has access to the photos you have collated, helping them grasp your style even before the initial meeting.

3. Write a design brief

Share your vision with your designer in detail. Write a design brief to set a record of your wants and needs. Outline all the spatial requirements you have for your project. Include everything that you would like to see incorporated into your design. Be honest, straightforward, and transparent with the details. It can lead to great outcomes.

4. Trust your architect or building designer

In an ideal scenario, your chosen designer discusses everything in your brief with you while sketching. This schematic design will be their guide when they go home to work on the final drawings.

While sketching, it is natural to discuss the feasibility of several design features that you want, especially when these things greatly concern the budget and the structural integrity of the entire house. It is highly recommended to focus on coming up with optimal solutions instead of arguing. Work together and trust that they will deliver a great home design that suits the location, your lifestyle, your tastes, and your budget.

5. Don’t hesitate to ask questions

Of course, it is okay to ask your building designer or architect to explain the terms, jargon, or symbols that are new to you. 

Here are a few guides that we have written to help you out: 

Also, don’t be afraid to speak up if there’s anything that bothers you. Address the problem right away to avoid future problems. 


Working with an architect or a building designer can be a rewarding experience that gives you a home that will be a joy to live in for years. It’s a shot to great design — a house that is energy-efficient, beautiful, personal. It’s money well spent.  

With that, it is imperative to have the right people in the project. 

Here at Superdraft, we help our clients find the most suited designer for their project. Our designer match technology ensures that you are getting the right people on board. Give us a call at 1800 057 491 or go here to get a free quote.

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