How much do you charge for your initial consultation?
Our initial consultation is obligations free and doesn’t cost a thing. We will meet with you to discuss your brief and how we can assist you. After our initial consultation, we will send through a tailored quote, specific to your needs, leaving the decision to proceed in your hands.
What other costs are involved in the project?
We have no additional or hidden costs, however depending on the planning requirements associated with your works, you may be required to pay for, structural engineers, council fee or private certifier fees, hydraulic engineer fees, Statements of environmental effects etc. Additional services specific to you will be discussed during your design process as we work through your project requirements.
Do you charge a percentage of the build cost or a fixed fee for your services?
Depending on your requirements we can charge a fixed fee or cost plus to complete your works. We do not charge a percentage of build cost and work closely with you to obtain the maximum impact in line with your build budget.
How do I get started?
Either submit a “contact us” form on our website, give us a call on 0400699850 or send an e-mail to email@example.com and we can arrange an obligation free, face to face meeting. Because the best relationships are always forged in person.
How long does the process take?
Every project is different, and we tailor our approach to suit your specific needs. On average our design process takes 2-3 months to complete allowing enough time to us to complete the design updates and for you to review and make informed decisions. Following this an average of 3-4 weeks to complete the required documentation ready for your council or the private certifier submission. Each project is different, and approvals can vary depending on submission type and council ect. A more specific timetable can be discussed at your initial consultation.
Do I get to deal with the same person from start to finish?
Yes you do. While we have a team to assist with the drafting, keeping your costs down and ensuring your plans are delivered on time, A qualified lead building designer will be you main point of contact throughout your design and planning journey with us
Is there any further communication after we finalized the plans?
Yes - We are available to answer any questions you have as you go through the building process.
What regions do you work in?
We work in all areas of Sydney and most of regional NSW. We have completed projects from Palm beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, to the Central Coast, South Coast and all the way out to Orange. If you’re unsure if we can help you, feel free to get in touch and chat about your location.
What's different about you compared to other building design services?
Many other companies simply provide you with floor plans and some 2d drawings so you can get a feel of your design options. We use the latest technology to ensure you can walk through your design options in 3D, not just 2D. This allows you to really get a feel for the space and assists you in deciding on the right design and finding the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Tell us about your Founder
Harmony Built her first house at the age of 21 and started renovating for Profit a few years later. After gaining from first hand experience what was involved in the design and build process, and developing a real passion for renovations, as he decided to make it a career. She is happiest engaging with clients or on site with Trades ensuring everything comes together smoothly. It is her passion and drive to ensure that every client could see their design in 3 dimensions and walk through their home, along with her belief that building your dream home should be a fun and engaging experience, not a stressful and daunting one, that led her to start designing for other people. Since Harmony completed a Diploma of Building Design she has been helping people achieve their dream homes.
What’s the difference between a CDC and a DA and which one do I need?
A CDC is a “Comply and Development Certificate” this means the Design can be approved by a Private Certifier in 2-3 Weeks. A DA is a “Development Application” and must be approved by your local council. Both CDC and a DA have different guidelines that must be adhered to. There are many factors that determine which is applicable to you, such as the size of your block, location and your requests during the design brief. After we have established your needs we can advise which process will be applicable to you and your property and the relevant costs involved.
I don’t know any builders, can you recommend one?
We have numerous builders that we work closely with, in many different areas around the Sydney region. We are happy to put you in touch with one of our recommended builders in your area. All our builders have been used by us personally, so we only recommend people we are happy to use ourselves.
I would like a granny flat but my block is sloping and I have no backyard space, can I still have a granny flat?
Yes it is still possible to place a granny flat on a sloping block, in the front yard or even on top of the garage. Each block and situation is different so get in touch today and we can let you know exactly what options are available to you and your property.
I’m in an apartment and don’t need council approval, do I still need a designer?
Having lived in many small apartments in our time, we are now experts in designing to maximise space and storage, whilst ensuring the space feels much larger than it actually is. We can also provide detailed plans required for Strata. You can most certainly just engage a builder or a kitchen and bathroom company, however the cost of the design is usually outweighed by the savings you make in having everything prepared and ready for the builder so he can work much faster and more efficiently.
I’m not sure I can afford to build and don’t want to spend money on getting an approval, if building my home is out of reach. Can you help?
We work with numerous builders and building quantifiers. We can provide simple preliminary plans and assist with getting some building estimates before you choose to go through the full planning process.