> Questions

Q. How long will the process take?

Designing and building a house isn’t always a ‘one size fits all’ process and time frames can differ depending on the extent of your project brief. Generally, we expect to achieve the following timeframes:

  • Concept design and budget estimation – 4 to 6 weeks
  • Design Development – 6 to 7 months
  • Construction – 10 to 13 months

For a detailed process timeframe: Download PDF : Design and Construct Process

Q. How much will it cost?

The cost of your project will vary depending on your brief. During our concept design stage we provide you with a budget estimate, indicating all foreseeable costs associated with the documentation of your project, including; a complete architectural drawing set, structural engineering, energy assessment, Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) report (if required, Waste water treatment design and report (if required), council submissions for development application and building application.

When designing to a client’s budget, apply a square meter rate to construction. Depending on the scope of your project, this typically ranges between $2000 to $2500 / m2.

For an estimated building cost: Download PDF : Building Costs Guide V.7 (TAS) 

Q. When do I need to pay money?

We require no up-front deposit for our concept design stage. Once we have worked with you to produce the concept drawings, we ask for a design deposit to cover the cost of architectural documentation, sub-contracted documentation (engineering and reports) and council submissions. This price will be provided with the concept in spreadsheet format, detailing all foreseeable expenses.

During construction, payments will be required in 7 contractual stages throughout the build. These will be clearly indicated on a spreadsheet and graphic programme prior to commencement of any construction works. For a new house, payments are typically required in weeks 1, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18 and 20 of the construction process.

Q. Can I exit the design process if my circumstances change?

Of course you can. While we always prefer to work with you from beginning to end, we understand that this is not always the case. Our design development authorisation form explains that if you wish to withdraw from the documentation process, we are able to claim a further 5% of the design budget to recover and outstanding documentation fees.

Q. Can I use My Build for documentation only?

Definitely. We understand that some of you may already have a relationship with preferred builder. We are more than happy to document your project through stage 1-concept design and stage 2- design development, concluding our services once we have received building and plumbing approval for your project.

Q. What kind of building contract do you use?

We use the Housing Industry Association Limited : Plain Language Domestic Building Contract. In addition, we also include; a construction time-frame program, a progress payment schedule and a detailed letter of offer as a part of the contract.

Q. Can I be involved during the building process?

We hold pre-arranged meetings with you on the construction site every fortnight. During this meeting, we update you on the process as well as document meeting minutes detailing our discussion and any actions that emerge in the meeting.