FAQ’s

We understand you have questions.


Are you Architects?

Not quite, we are similar but not the same.  As building designers our team have completed a relevant TAFE or tertiary qualification in building design and our business is licenced under the Queensland Building & Construction Commission (QBCC) the same as builders and building contractors.  In Queensland a building designer and architect can undertake the same type of work be it residential, commercial or unit development, in fact any type of building project (excluding hi-rise developments).  An architect however has undergone a university qualification to obtain their degree in Architecture as opposed to a building designer’s course through TAFE for example, and so will often charge more for the same end result, be it more space for the family to grow into or that forever home you’ve been working so hard for.  As is the case with art, design is always subjective and so the outcome achieved by both a building designer and architecture whilst similar in nature will always be determined by the client.

 

How much will my plans cost?

At Cyber Drafting & Design we offer a free initial consultation and no obligation quote for your specific project.  You will always know how much your drafting fee is prior to the commencement of your plans.  The cost of your project will depend on what you wish to achieve from your project.  Prices will vary based on the project type i.e. residential new build, residential renovation or commercial project as well as the unique characteristics of your site.  To find out how much your plans will cost call the team in either our Brisbane or Gold Coast office to discuss your project today.

 

How long will it take to receive my plans?

In general, you will receive your concept and/or preliminary plans within 10 working days.  For more complex projects this timeframe may vary.  Your building designer will be able to confirm the turnaround time upon acceptance of your quote based on their workload at the time.

 

Will my plans comply with legislation?

Absolutely!  Our team of building designers are completely abreast of the various national, state and local government legislation that will impact your project.

 

What happens if I am not happy with the plans you provide?

At Cyber Drafting we pride ourselves on excellence however, if you are not happy with the initial concept and/or preliminary plans we will work with you to achieve your desired outcome and ensure we meet expectations.

 

Can you provide 3D images so I can visualise the finished product?

Sure can!  Using the latest software we can not only provide 3D renders to give you a clearer idea of what your design will look like but you can also do an online walk through of your design.

 

How long does the building approval process take and are there extra fees involved?

Cyber Drafting & Design can not only complete your plans but also bring together all the required pre-construction documentation, so your plans can be approved and construction can commence.  Additional fees will apply for items such as soil testing, engineering, energy reports, certifier’s fees etc however these fees are always provided to you for approval to proceed prior to commencing any works to alleviate price shocks along the way.  Depending on your project, timeframes can vary for the approval process.  In general, the completion of all required documentation and the finalising of the building approval takes up to 4 weeks.  If town planning and/or additional council applications are required this timeframe will be greater.

 

Do I have to build straight away once my plans are stamped and approved for construction?

No.  Once your plans have been approved by the certifier you have until the date noted on your decision notice to complete your construction.  This is generally anywhere from 12 to 24 months.

 

Can you recommend any builders?

Yes.  Cyber Drafting & Design works with a range of small to medium builders who we trust to complete your project, just ask your building designer for the details and we’ll be sure to put you in touch with a builder suited to your project.