Planning, Design & Documentation

Before you engage a builder the following steps need to be taken.
  • Engaging an architect or draftsman to prepare plans for council.
  • Obtaining a planning permit from council.
  • Obtaining soil tests
  • Obtaining structural engineering drawings
  • Preparing of construction drawings & other documentation
After completing the above you are ready to engage a builder to tender or quote for your project.

It is important to ensure that the construction drawings include the following detail:
  • Window & Door schedules
  • Electrical plans
  • Demolition plans
  • Joinery plans & details
  • Bathroom details
  • Kitchen details
  • Existing drainage plans
If not included in the plans, the following items should also be decided upon:
  • Floor coverings or finishes
  • Appliances
  • Bathroom fittings
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Tiles
  • Kitchen fittings
  • Door furniture
  • Lighting
  • Stairs
Many of the above items can be decided at a later date. However, early selection avoids any unexpected cost escalations or delays in the project.

Jonas Construction advises in most cases to engage an architect to perform the initial drawing up of plans. Skimping on the initial planning and design work by using a draftsman instead of an architect can cost you more money in the long run and leave you with an inferior final product.

The savings from using a draftsman instead of an architect may be appealing at the time of the cost savings but be regretted long afterwards due to poor design.

Architects are trained to utilise existing space and structures effectively.A good competent architect should also be able to prepare a design to your desired budget.