Design Process

Step 1

Ensure preliminaries are in order

Before beginning any sort of building project, you need to confirm the following:

1. Site secured – unfortunately, we cannot commence a design contract without a site that is owned by the client.

2. Site survey obtained – we can provide you with the details of our recommended surveyor. If you’re hoping to build a duplex, it’s helpful to note whether your property falls to the front or rear, whether there are any easements and the approximate site area.

3. Preliminary assessment for a duplex – if considering a duplex, it’s helpful to call Council to ask whether you could build a duplex on your site and if there may be any zoning issues.

4. Budget agreed – you’re clear on your total budget for the project and are on the same page as your project partners (if applicable).

Step 2

Initial phone call

A member of our sales team will give you a call to find out a bit more about your project. They’ll ask a range of questions like:

• Do you have a site survey?
• What’s the approximate area and frontage of your site?
• Does your property fall to the front or rear?
• Are there any easements on your property?
• When would you like to commence the project?
• What’s the approximate budget you have in mind?

Step 3

Initial meeting and sign design contract

You’ll meet with Neil and a member of the design team to discuss the following:

• Desired floorplan and layout
• Desired facades
• Desired level of finishes
• Desired timings
• Desired budget
• Site conditions (neighbours and adjoining properties, easements local Council controls, street access, sewer and stormwater issues)

It’s also a great chance for you to raise any questions you may have regarding the build or design and to get a feel for Futureflip as your designer and builder.

Before or during this meeting, we also ask that you sign our design contract so that we can begin work on your plans right away.

Step 4

Design concepts

Working to maximise the best aspects of your block and conversations from the initial meeting, we’ll draft a recommended path forward.

Typically it can take from 2-4 weeks to finalise your first concept.

Once you’ve approved the first design concept, we will send it to our external consultants for feedback. Our external consultants include: hydraulic engineer, BASIX consultant, landscape architect, town planner.

Once we’ve received feedback from our consultants and incorporated their feedback, we allow for one additional round of changes as requested to ensure that your design meets all of your needs.

Step 5

Finalisation and submission of plans

From here, we can take one of 2 routes.

DA approvals mean that we submit the plans on your behalf to your local Council. DAs can take from 3-6 months for approval. These are typically held to a series of conditions.

CDC approvals mean that we submit the plans on your behalf to your local Council. These can take from 2-4 weeks for approval, however only certain types of developments are applicable to be lodged as a CDC.

We will discuss the best option for your project during your intial meeting.

Step 6

Construction certificate plans

This stage involves creating a set of plans that will alot more detail in terms of materials and finishes, and will allow us to provide an accurate quote for your project and minimise the amounts of questions throughout the project.

Some considerations before we begin…

1. Do you prefer a contemporary style facade or a more traditional facade (e.g. Hamptons style)?
2. How many bedrooms are required?
3. How many bathrooms are required?
4. How many living spaces are required?
5. Do you wish to include a study room or media room?
6. Do you wish to include a butlers’ pantry in addition to
the kitchen?
7. Critical priorities – what is non-negotiable?
8. Desirable priorities – what would you really like to include?
9. How will you define this project as a success?

For more information, please get in touch.