Covid Design Response

And we pivot… COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and socialise. As building designers, we are responsible for rethinking spaces to adapt to evolving needs as they respond to factors such as changing technologies and the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes in both residential and commercial design settings are already [...]

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Aging in place: How to design your parent’s home

Whether we accept it or not we are always aging, it is an inevitable part of life.
 Although the aging process is a constant, our needs throughout our lifetime are not. Design Plan Document think that our homes should be able to change with us, giving spaces flexibility to accommodate [...]

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Planning Permits: Report and Consent

As an owner planning your dream renovation or extension on your single dwelling and are told that you don’t require a planning permit. Great! However, while you’ve managed to avoid one piece of red tape, your design trips over another piece of red tape, known as Report and Consent. What [...]

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Building Permits and Change of Use

Particularly for commercial clients, a Building’s Use can be confusing.  You find the perfect site or building to operate your new venture from, only to realise that it has been permitted for a use that is not what you had in mind. Planning Use Here lies the confusion for many.  [...]

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Building Confidence

The building and construction industry has been in the news frequently over recent times for shoddy workmanship, leaks, cracks, and illegal cladding to name just a few exposés. The construction industry is a mainstay of our economy, the fourth biggest employer[1] in our state alone and a temperature gauge on [...]

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Avoiding Regulation nightmares

Establishing a business from scratch or taking over a new premises is a daunting process.  All keen with energy, and dreams of starting up your own business can be quickly extinguished when presented with the many steps needed to be taken. AS1428 Compliance Footpath Trading Liquor [...]

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