Although the construction process is not without its challenges, the important decisions are made at the design, drafting and approval stages. Making the right decisions at this stage will allow for the best design outcome of your attic, extension or renovation.
At Addspace Building and Renovations our goal is to design an attic conversion, first floor addition or renovation that suits your needs and budget, and that will be passed at council with ease within reasonable time.
All the design, drafting and documentation for your project is carried out by our own team of experienced draftspeople who have designed hundreds of attic conversions from the inner west to the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
We use industry leading design and 3D modelling CAD software to model and draw your project from the concept stage to the final plans. You will have the freedom to make changes and add your own personality to the project as the plans develop.
In fulfilling your individual design brief we will also consider the following:
> Local Council planning controls known as Local Environment Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs).
> All new external walls, roof and ceiling thermal insulation is provided to exceed the requirements of BASIX.
> The regulations within the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia.
> The acoustic properties of your project may need to be upgraded to comply with Aircraft Noise Intrusion requirements if your home is in the
Sydney airport flight path zone.
> If your project is an attic above a home unit then the regulations within the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia governing building classification and fire rating will be investigated and included in your design.
What are LEPs and DCPs ?
> LEPs – Local Environment Plans are State Government approved planning regulations drawn up and administered by each Local Council and approved by the State Minister for Planning. LEPs cover broad planning strategies for each local government area.
> DCPs - Development Control Plans are planning regulations drawn up and administered by each Local Council within the framework of their LEP. DCPs are more specifically focused on individual planning issues than LEPs.
What is BASIX ?
> BASIX is a State Government initiative regulating the Sustainability measures to be included in new buildings in NSW.
> BASIX for your project will give ratings for the type of insulation, roof colour, glazing, light fittings and tap ware to be included.
> For more information about BASIX go to www.basix.nsw.gov.au
What is the National Construction Code / Building Code of Australia (NCC/BCA) ?
> The NCC/BCA is the regulations controlling the methods of construction of all buildings in Australia.
> If your home is a Semi or Terrace then the party wall sections of your attic will be checked with the NCC/BCA for compliance.
> If you live in a home unit then the Classification of the building, fire rating of external walls and the party wall sections of your attic will be checked with the NCC/BCA for compliance.
We pride ourselves on communication with our clients and will strive to fulfill your dreams especially at the cruicial design & drafting stage. We will keep you informed along the way and ask for your opinion in all matters.
Attic conversions is a very specialised trade and it is very rare to see the everyday draftsman or architect design an attic conversion to its full potential.
With 20 plus years in the design business we will provide you with a set of plans that will maximise every inch of your wasted space ensuring you get the most out of your investment.
Contact us today to organise a free site consultation!