our process

What does it mean to design for the person?

We start from the human element and work outward to the natural element. What’s at the core of you, and how can we pair that with land, light and space to create an exceptional, tailored building solution.

Each person is inherently unique. There is no one the same, and for that reason alone, every piece we design should be different. It should be a direct reflection of the person or energy we are designing for. That’s what makes us elemental.

The individual is the starting point.

Our design process is guided by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Plan of Work which organises the process of briefing, designing and delivering a building into 8 stages. Each of these steps helps to ensure that the final product is well-designed, fulfilling regulatory requirements and meeting the needs of the client.

We engage with our clients from start to finish.

Stage 1

Inception & Feasibility

The early stages (Stage 1 & 2) are devoted to getting acquainted with you and your project. We will discuss:

– the proposed site(s)
– your preferences – traditional, contemporary, modern, any other inspirations
– materials, finishes and textures
– layout & design
– coordination & implementation


Stage 2

Concept Design

Concept design is an iterative process that requires ongoing communication to ensure we get the design just right. At the close of this stage, you will be able to review the design, see the massing of the house, how it could look and where it would sit on the site.

Stage 3

Statutory Submissions Stage

At this point preparation of the relevant applications for submission to the Planning & Development Office will be completed. If you have a Statutory Planning Consultant we will work with them at this stage. Additionally, if required, we would prepare the submissions for estates such as Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland and Apes Hill.

Submission of applications to the relevant statutory authorities can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks depending on the complexity of the project. The timing of the responses from these statutory authorities can not be predicted nor is permission guaranteed. However while we await their feedback, and subject to your agreement, we can progress to the next stage – Spatial Coordination.


Stage 4 & 5

Spatial Coordination & Technical Design

Stages 4 & 5 are where the details truly come to light. At this point, we are focused on refining your design. Spatial Coordination & Technical Design are when you truly begin to see how the elements of your design come together. It’s all in the details!

Stage 6 & 7

The Tender Process & Works on Site

The final stages are preparation for construction and include securing your preferred contractor and any other matters that will required to go out for tender.
Then it’s time to break ground!

Stage 8

Handover & Defects and Liability Period

Once construction has been completed, a careful inspection is completed by the full project team before the property is handed over to you. A defects and liability period takes effect and is customarily 1 year from the date of handover. 

For commercial clients, a similar process would be followed. 
We believe commercial spaces should be a destination, an interplay between functionality and aesthetic appeal.


Working Together.
Frequently Asked Questions

Architect are both the artistic and functional minds for the design of structures. They balance the aesthetics of design with regulatory requirements bringing a building to life. They will work with you from design to construction, providing oversight during the latter phase.

An architect is responsible for the overall design of a building, while a designer focuses on specific aspects such as the interior or landscape.

The architectural design process involves a series of iterative steps that help to create a successful building. This can include concept development, feasibility studies, programming, and site analysis.

People chose architects for a multitude of reasons. Key areas to investigate prior to selection would include reviewing their portfolio, examining their experience and confirming licensure. Additionally, it is always beneficial to schedule an initial meeting to determine if they are able to connect with both you and your project.

Working with an architect can help to ensure that your building is well-designed and meets your specific needs. They can also provide valuable insights during the construction process.

The best way to know if an architect is right for your project is to schedule an initial meeting to get acquainted. It is the perfect time to ask questions on all aspects of your project and understand their design methodology.

Initial meetings are usually to flesh out the project scope, design style and budget. It is great to come armed with as much details about your project to guide the conceptualisation of the design. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions you have about our experience and process.

he length of time for any project cannot be defined as it is largely dependent on the size and complexity of the project. Projects can take anywhere from months to years transitioning from the design phase to a completed structure.

The average cost of working with an architect can vary depending on the scope of your project. Typically, fees would be a percentage of the total project construction cost.

If you are seeking a specific answer to a question that is not listed here, feel free to send us your question and we shall respond as soon as possible.