Inbetween Architecture specialises in residential architecture. Our portfolio extends to renovations and new builds and our experience includes working closely with clients to give realistic options for their design and building projects.
We appreciate that deciding to undertake a renovation or new build project is a significant decision (both financially and emotionally) and know that no two projects are ever the same. Our experienced and flexible approach means we listen to your needs and we tailor a design and delivery solution that suits, with a complete assessment of all your available options so you can choose what suits you best. Whether you need the full scope of our experienced architectural services or the convenience of an hourly rate consultation, we advise on, design and deliver bespoke renovations that respect budget, are ‘made-to-measure’ and maximise the potential and enjoyment of your home.
We believe it’s important for us to know you and for you to know us; a solid client-architect relationship is essential to achieving the best possible outcome. Whether you are guided by a renovation budget, driven by a specific vision, or are not quite sure what might be possible, our Client Brief Questionnaire has been developed to help you focus on the information it’s important for us to know to allow us to find the design solutions that work for you.
We meet… We listen
Our initial consultation is your opportunity to tell us what’s on your mind, and we listen. What matters to you, matters to us. This initial consultation is about identifying the key drivers, opportunities and constraints behind your project and starting to uncover the special things that are unique to you and your lifestyle that will inform your unique design solution.
Whether your key issue is needing more room to move, accommodating a modern lifestyle or improving connections to your surroundings, we evaluate your scenario and provide verbal feedback on the spot to ensure we share a common vision and understanding. This consultation will inform a concept that will start us on the journey of your renovation or new build project. We will help you to determine what level of service you want from us, as is appropriate to the scope of your individual project.
We deliver a return brief that showcases our understanding of your renovation vision. This stage is critical, as it reflects our approach to exploring all the possibilities for your project. This includes spatial requirements, aesthetic direction, mood, aspirations, real and abstract and budget advice.
We take your wants, needs and ideas and combine them with our experience and expertise to come up with a considered design response, which may involve numerous options, giving you the freedom to choose what’s right for you. We re-imagine the everyday and think ‘outside the box’ to create clever and workable ways to transform your space and your ideas – and turn them into a place you’ll love to be.
After we’ve presented the options in concept design, we’ll help you to make your evaluation and from this a single direction will be selected. In design development we take the concept agreed upon and resolve the spatial aspects in detail.
This is the stage when we bring in other specialist consultants, as necessary for each project. These may include Interior Design, Engineering, Landscape Design, Specialist Lighting Design, Home Automation and Integrated Entertainment. We will discuss your priorities and needs in relation to the value these consultants can bring to your project.
Once the spatial aspects are fully resolved we work with you to select materials and finishes and to develop a schedule of fixtures, fittings and appliances. The outcome of Design Development is a resolved and documented design that reflects the full scope of the project intent.
Town Planning Application
We will advise whether a town planning application is required for your project when we assess your brief. If it is, we prepare all the documentation and any additional consultant reports required and submit to council on your behalf. Our careful management and administration reduces your paperwork and our honest, consistent communication keeps you informed of the progress.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION & BUILDING PERMIT
Once your design is finalised and the planning approvals are obtained, we prepare the drawings and accompanying specification documents with the necessary level of detail for fixed pricing and construction. With drawings that outline all the details your contractors need to price and build your project, we take the uncertainty out of your renovation. We will also lodge and manage the building permit approval process on your behalf.
We work with you to outline the different procurement methods suitable for your project (for example; open tender, invited tender or negotiation with a selected builder) and we make recommendations that are relevant and appropriate for your project. We manage the selected procurement process and handle any negotiations with the successful contractor. By explaining, preparing and executing the building contract between you and your chosen contractor, you are protected and can enjoy your property’s transformation.
CONSTRUCTION / CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
This is where the excitement and transformation really kicks in. Seeing your ideas come to life is a unique and exciting experience. We liaise with the builder to workshop and resolve any construction-related queries that may arise and keep you informed of site progress and all decision-making. If you wish, you are invited to attend regular site meetings to ensure you remain an integral part of the process. If you prefer, we can completely manage the construction phase on your behalf, delivering you a finished product.
With us taking care of your project, we ensure complete design quality and integrity in accordance with the documented design. Administration of the building contract, including assessment of progress claims, defects identification and thorough rectification, is managed with experience so you have confidence that your project will be capably delivered. Our experienced eye and attention to detail protects your investment and our open and honest communication means you know what’s happening with your renovation, at every stage.