Our residential projects are designed with a high level of stakeholder engagement. Whether we’re serving an owner occupier or investor, the level of amenity of the development is of great importance. We believe that a healthy home that takes in northern light, and summer breezes, opens to the local landscapes and views need not be expensive.
We are able to provide pre-purchase advice to developers, as well as quick feasibility studies that assist in making the right design at the beginning. This approach sees most of our projects being built.
There are many types of fees that architects can charge, including percentage, lump sum, area rates, hourly rates or a combination of the aforementioned for different stages of your project. Speak to us about which type of fee arrangement is suitable for your specific project.
Before we jump into the sketch design, it is important to have a clear understanding of your needs from which we can best proceed. Our sketch plans typically take a 3D form, which allows real-time fly-through and walk-through presentations early on. These plans look to hit the mark early, but invariably requires further honing in the subsequent stages to meet fully.
We often recommend providing a couple of options if for example, the brief isn’t clear, or we foresee strong alternative solutions.
Based on the feedback from the previous stage, we look to refine the plans further. This may be as a response to planning layouts, budget or dialogue, ideas and options previously explored.
We may allow for further design revisions in the scope however, typically, here we prepare the plans for development approval, including engaging consultants required for ABSA certification and stormwater designs.
By this stage, the consultant’s documentation would have been completed. Here we review them and do any minor adjustments to our plans and reports to prepare the full package as required for approval.
At this point we arrange to print required copies of the submission package, complete forms and submit in person. The approval process may require assistance, feedback or design changes required during the approval process.
Once the development is approved or if a CDC is applicable, then we’ll need cover two key areas; attainment of the CC or CDC, and providing sufficient documentation for tendering out to builders.
These documents may include expanded detail plans, selection and assistance with finishes and fixtures, service plans (e.g. lighting, switching), joinery and wet area elevations and detail and a written specification comprising of the above and more.
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At this stage we offer assistance with selecting a builder, preparation of contracts, observe building progress, provide supplementary sketches, maintain record or variations, issue of certificate and assess defects.
Whether you’re a working parent, investor, builder or business, 8 SQUARED can assist with your property development ventures. Our experience ranges from providing feasibility studies and strategic advice, concept design and detail documentation and masterplanning, for projects from alterations and additions to multi-housing sub-divisions.
The balanced experience within our directorship and the proximity with builders equips us to provide up-to-date advice and complete project management.
We have particular expertise in providing developers with new house and land design packages architecturally tailored to the site, offering owners an architectural solution with consideration of solar and breeze access, planning based on orientation and a vibrant range of streetscape presentations; not your typical off-the-shelf project home.
We're currently working with a top tier developer to deliver over 50 house and land packages within western and north-western Sydney.
8 SQUARED has substantial depth of experience in access consulting and a tried and tested methodology to achieve access remediation with realistic budget estimates and planning.
With an architectural background, we are able to provide solutions to DDA and BCA compliance issues, rather than simply highlighting problems. Our approach to access is pragmatic, and is based on first principles rather than direct compliance.
8 SQUARED is currently working with the University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW, and has been recently added to the panel for the University of Wollongong.
We also provide expert access related advice and certifications to fellow Architects.
The 8 SQUARED team has been extremely fortunate to have had a long history with community focused developments spanning across Sydney and greater NSW. We have worked extensively with both local government and private sectors.
We have always designed warm and accessible community buildings, and we continue it with the recently completed the Camden Tigers Club Building at Ron Dine Reserve for Camden Council.
Josh’s experience, spanning more than 20 years in the Architectural profession, has included procurement, design, documentation and management of medium to large residential, institutional and commercial projects. With degrees from both University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and University of New-South Wales (UNSW), he brings a refreshing balance of creativity, pragmatism and technical knowledge to all projects.
Pravi has enjoyed an array of experience during his 15 years in the industry. Combining technical skill with contemporary project management, he has experience in all aspects of delivery in the areas of education, commercial, government and residential. Pravi holds degrees in both Architecture and Project Management, which has helped mould the firm into a creative design studio, balanced with a presence to deliver to multi-stakeholder expectations. Pravi is currently heading a strategic approach to fill the gap between site specific architectural projects and off-the-shelf buildings.
Julien Sauca was recently appointed Associate of 8 SQUARED Architects, shortly after graduating with his Masters in Architecture from the University of Sydney. In his short time with the firm, Julien has not only honed his multi-faceted skill base, but has re-conceptualised how the firm uses innovation and technology to deliver documentation to stakeholders. Now, Julien allows 8 SQUARED to communicate with vivid documents in 2D, 3D as well as Virtual Reality (VR). He's a great designer to boot!