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Lewis Architecture Services:

  • Building Consents
  • Feasibility Checks
  • Project Management
  • Renovations
  • New Homes
  • Additions and extensions
  • Eco Design and green architecture
  • Light Commercial design
  • Resource Consents
  • Planning
  • Minor alterations (New fires/bathrooms/moving walls/etc)
  • Decks
  • Design Sketches
  • Office and shop fit-outs
  • Executive new homes

Lewis Architecture will:

  • Discuss with you your objectives and how they should be best achieved.
  • Act competently, in a timely way, and in accordance with your instructions.
  • Provide you with clear information about the work to be done, who will do it and the services we will provide you.
  • Keep you informed about the progress of the your work.
  • Charge you a fee that is fair and reasonable protect your privacy and ensure appropriate confidentiality.
  • Treat you fairly, and respectfully

The typical design process:

The typical scope of work is broken into the following steps. Some clients /projects will require all, some only require one or two, of these services;

Initial consultation: outline of your brief, meeting on site, basic measure up.

Site feasibility checks: can you legally build where you want to, what you want to. This will require searching and retrieval of any existing drawings, Certificate of Title, and survey information. Initial discussions with the Territorial Authority (Council) to check any site/zone restraints, and that the project is feasible.

Preliminary Design Sketch: a basic sketch encapsulating your brief and site restraints. It is likely we will amend the Preliminary Design before moving to the next stage.

Developed Design: sketches and plans pulling together the requirements of your brief, any Territorial Authority restraints/requirements, and likely New Zealand Building Code issues. After your review of the Conceptual Design, it is likely we will amend it slightly.

Working Drawings: This is the bulk of the work for most projects. Lewis Architecture will prepare for you a set of technical documents (drawings and specification) that ensure your project is buildable and meets the requirements of the Territorial Authority, the New Zealand Building Code, and various applicable construction related New Zealand Standards. If necessary a structural engineer will be engaged at this stage. Once the working drawings are completed your project will be quantifiable, and ready to be submitted to the Territorial Authority (Council) for building consent.

Submission for Building Consent: it is usual that some technical questions or issues about your project will have to be dealt with during the consent application. Once lodged it can take up to 45 working days to process a building consent.

Extra Services:

Consent to build and construction: with consent to build, you now, and only now, can start work on site with contractors. Lewis Architecture strongly recommends that you employ a competent 'Certified Builder' that holds a Licence (LBP). The project will have to be built in accordance with the drawings and specifications, Lewis Architecture accepts no liability for any work outside of this. It's likely we will visit the site to check on construction and deal with any building issues. The Territorial Authority (Council) will make regular site inspections at specific stages of construction. During construction there maybe last minute changes to things or unexpected issues that arise that Lewis Architecture can deal with.

Project Management: on most small to medium projects, the builder (or sometimes the owner) takes the role of managing the project. Lewis Architecture can perform these services if you require. These involve; organising and coordinating the builder/sub-trades/council inspectors/ suppliers, also monitoring quality control, and keeping the project running on schedule, budget, and ensuring it is built to the consented plans and specifications.

Resource Consent: some projects, for various reasons, will require a Resource Consent Application. Lewis Architecture can perform this service if required. This involves; drafting a report and drawings outlining the District Plan Rules affected, by your proposal, and mitigating factors.

Significant Site Surveys: if no, or poor quality, drawings exist of the current structure, or topography of site.

Architectural Models: if requested.

Architectural Photography: if requested.

Royal Terrace Renovations, Dunedin - Lewis Architecture

Royal Terrace Renovations, Dunedin - Lewis Architecture