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Elements of Home is a boutique residential design practice.

We are specialists in residential renovations.

Renovating a home allows our clients to maximise the potential of their existing home without the expense of buying new or building from scratch.

Other aspects of our practice include:

We prepare and arrange:

We work closely with our clients and always exceed their expectations.

Our process is as follows:

Initial meeting to discuss the project. No fee. No obligation.

We prepare a detailed fee proposal to outline not only the architectural costs but other consultants that may be required. 

The fee proposal is broken down into stages. Depending on the project one or more of the following stages may be required: 

  1. Concept Design
  2. Pre-Application meeting with Council
  3. Town Planning Application
  4. Building Permit Application
  5. Tender Process
  6. Contract Administration

We are happy to be involved in one or all of these stages. Each stage will have a fixed fee. 

With each stage we note the other consultants or costs that may be incurred. Construction projects usually require the services of an engineer, a geo-technician (soil report), a certified energy rater (for the 6-star energy rating requirements), a site surveyor and a building surveyor. There may be other consultants or costs and if there are we advise in the proposal. Knowing your costs before you start helps you budget accordingly.

How can we be sure that you are the architect we want to use?

The best way to decide is to meet. Then review our testimonials and speak to past and current clients. We supply these details in our fee proposal as well as provide them on this website.

You will meet with Rob, the owner and Director of Elements of Home.

A review of our services:

Architect

An architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design and construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.  Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e., chief builder.

Draftsman

A person who prepares technical drawings and plans under the direction of an architect or engineer.

Building Designer

All building projects require the services of a building designer, typically a licensed architect or structural engineer. Smaller, less complicated projects often do not require a licensed professional, and the design of such projects is often undertaken by building designers, a draftsperson, interior designers (for interior fit-outs or renovations), or contractors. Larger, more complex building projects require the services of many professionals trained in specialist disciplines, usually coordinated by an architect.

Interior Design

Describes a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an "effective setting for the range of human activities" that are to take place there. An interior designer is someone who conducts such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, liaising with the clients of a project and the management and execution of the design.

Renovation

Renovation (also called remodeling) is the process of improving a structure. Renovations are typically either commercial or residential.

Town Planning Permit

There are various controls and overlays that trigger the need for a Planning Permit. We will advise you if one is required.

Building Permit

There are very few building permit exceptions. Fences, decks, pergolas, verandahs, garages, carports, demolition of buildings, swimming pools, retaining walls, single wall removals etc all require a building permit. Predominantly for your own safety.

For more information send through an email, we would be happy to answer any queries you may have.