Now we are in the line up for drafting!
This can be the most frustrating part of the process...waiting for your turn!
We had some concept plans drawn beforehand by the architect so we have an idea of how our home will look.To have concept plans drawn it is around $1000-$1500 this is normally an out of pocket expense but is a great idea if you have your own plan in mind,a tricky block of land or want to change a few things with the builders standard plans. Having a concise Concept plan of your home gives the builder an exact idea of what you are after and he can price it accordingly.
When our plans are in front of the architect he will draw the "Working Drawing" or
"Pre Construction" plans.These plans are around 10-15 pages long and have exact details for example... they show cross sections of the bathrooms and the kitchen, have a landscaping plan showing the position of retaining walls and plants and an electrical plan that shows exactly where all the powerpoints and downlights will be.
The architect will also look at the heating and cooling of the home in relation to how the house is positioned on the block and will submit a Basix and Nathers thermal report.
All this takes time and normally the plans are ready to look at in 4-6 weeks.
So patience is the key for us at the moment!!
After we have signed off on the plans they will then be submitted to the certifier who guides the plans through Council....the next exciting stage!!