This is one of the two important questions that I get asked by clients. So let me explain what needs to be considered when putting together a timeline for your project.

So take a look at the process page on the website if you need to, as this is the process that we put time frames against.

The first thing is to get a Design Advice Consultation. This is a quick process, usually a couple of weeks from booking it with a phone call, to having a meeting, which is up to an hour in length, to putting together a report which is emailed out to you capturing the discussions and breaking down your budget. Here we can get a sense of the size and complexity of your project, any additional steps that may be required, like a measure up for an alteration, Resource Consent Application or an Elemental Estimate.

Now before we move into the “what does this look like stage” which is namely Concept and Developed Design, you may need some time to get your head around the information in the Design advice report.

The scope of your project determines my time frames, but what we want to allow for, is time for you to become involved in this process.

You are juggling everyday life, children, jobs, other commitments and time for you, so we need to be realistic, that you are going to need time to digest information and give feedback. If you rush this process and don’t budget in time for this, you are going to end up feeling overwhelmed, out of control and stressed out. That simply doesn’t need to be the case.

Some people make decisions easily, some need more time. We talk about this at the Design Advice Consultation and I get an idea of what kind of feedback timeframes you need so that you can have the best possible experience and most involvement that you wish to on your process, of dreaming of your home to being in your dream home.

You want to be sure before we head into the “How does this go together” Building Consent Documentation stage and beyond, that you are still in alignment with your aspirations and budget.

Changes later down the track add time to your project and cost to your budget, so the time you take now to get it right may well be a big saving later.

To learn some tips on how to make time for your project click HERE

To learn more about the Design Advice Consultation service that I offer click HERE


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