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You can engage Kathy Barnsley Architect for any of the following stages of services, or any part thereof. Our fees are charged on a lump sum basis, and calculated once the details of the project, the scope of work and the services required are known.  We commit to fixed fees to enable you to include them in your budget. We continue to work on the design until you are delighted with it, and regardless of how long it takes, you pay no additional fees.* This is an example of the services that can be provided for a residential project. Please contact us for a fee proposal tailored to your project.


Stage One
Schematic Design

  • Formation of the brief through discussions with you, our observations of the site and our analysis of the ideas you have provided.
  • Preparation of design sketches to satisfy the brief.
  • Attendance at meetings with you to discuss the sketches.
  • Development of the sketch design with your input to fully develop the design to your satisfaction ready for documentation.
  • Coordination with consultants should they be required for the project; ie. structural engineer, surveyor, geotechnical engineer, etc.


Stage Two
Council Documentation

  • Preparation of computer drawings to satisfy Council requirements including basic finishes and materials selections (ie floor coverings & external finishes) as well as full dimensions and notes, to a scale of 1:100.
  • Preparation of a written specification and statement of environmental effects detailing the project satisfactory for Council submission.
  • Preparation of a Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) certificate, or coordination with a consultant to prepare the certificate in the case of a new residence.
  • Further coordination with consultants required on the project.
  • Submission of the project to Council and coordination to obtain approval.


Stage Three
Tender Documentation

  • Completion of documentation suitable for construction, including large scale details of the wet areas (bathrooms, kitchen, laundry etc.), electrical & lighting layouts, construction details as needed and a detailed written specification of the works.
  • Detailed coordination with consultants on the project as required.
  • Calling of competitive tenders from builders, from a list compiled with the client, by distributing a tender package and fielding queries during the tender process.
  • Receiving of tenders and negotiating on behalf of the client.
  • Commenting on the tenders received and advice on the choice of a builder.
  • Preparation of contract documents and witnessing of the contract signing.
  • Advice on the choice of a builder.


Stage Four
Contract Administration

  • Attendance at regular site meetings for the duration of the construction period, acting as the client’s agent in administering the contract to ensure adherence to the contract documents.
  • Certification of progress claims to the builder for work completed to ensure that payment by the client is made only for work that is complete.
  • Processing of statements, architect’s instructions, extension of time claims, and all other paperwork associated with the contract.
  • Calling of practical completion at the end of the project and administration of the defects liability period (6 months beyond the completion of the project) during which the builder must rectify any defects.

* Providing the details of the project, the scope of work and the services required do not change from the time of quoting the fees.