What  type  of  designer  will  you choose ?

A home designed by a Designer often has a perceived value-added factor. If it stands out as being individual, it will typically attract a higher resale price than others of the same size and age.

Many architects and architectural designers prefer to carry out a substantial role in the management of the project, as they will have a keen interest in seeing their designs faithfully followed by the builder and subcontractors.

This ‘management’ role is known as contract administration. It involves monitoring the construction to ensure the building develops consistent with the design, handling builder and client queries during construction, discussing and approving variations to the contract, and assessing and approving progress payments and inspection upon completion. Some designers may not be able to offer comprehensive contract administration, However at ADSstudio we do offer contract administration.

The choice of designer will probably come down to how much money you want to spend. But it can be a mistake to stint on the design phase. Opting for a less experienced or qualified person may cost you in the long run. If money is really tight, a skilled designer should be able to explore ways to make your budget and ideas fit.

You need to be confident the person you choose understands the Building Code requirements and the need for good materials and construction methods to avoid problems like leaky buildings. A good designer will be able to advise you on the type of design and materials most suited for your new home and the site you have chosen. You may have to re-think or discuss the design to avoid high-risk weathertightness features in the design.

It is advisable to use a member of a design profession experienced in working on the design and detailings of buildings. They should be able to provide you with an appropriate design, a detailed contract and guide you through the consent process.



The advantages of good house design include:

Making best use of space within the home.

Making best use of the section.

Making sure the right materials are selected (for function and style).

Saving money by providing a home that is energy efficient and maintenance-friendly.

Having a home that is harmonious to live in, comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing.

Having a home that will provide a secure investment and be free from weathertight problems or other serious defects.

Having a home that will be easier to sell.


The critical point in the design process is preparing the brief to give to the Designer. You should be able to offer the following information:

How many rooms you want (consider the possibility of more children, or perhaps elderly relatives coming to live with you).

What sort of living spaces you want. Do you entertain regularly? Do you want separate space for the children to hang out? Do you need an office or hobby room? What about decks and outdoor living spaces?

What you want in the way of bathrooms and kitchen. Do you want ensuites? An industrial-sized kitchen?

The size of the house. If it is too large to fit comfortably on your section you might have to consider whether you need to build upwards.

Your garaging requirements.

The importance of sun, particularly in the winter.

To avoid features that will put the house at risk of leaking.

To identify materials, especially claddings that will require lots of on-going maintenance.

To make provision in the design to allow for on-going maintenance.