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Architectural Services

We aim for Hindley & Co’s architecture to sit alongside the very best of Australian design. We want to create a positive architectural legacy, to forge an enduring bond between you and your home, and to repay your emotional and financial investment emphatically.

We research each project to ensure we specify only the very best products and construction materials for your needs. We forge a strong working relationship with each builder to make sure your project is built to high standards.

Each project is designed with environmental consideration: drawing in natural light and warmth; shading through summer, and fully insulated and gap-sealed. We can help you select appropriate thermal mass, solar power, home battery storage, rainwater tanks and other high and low tech environmental solutions.

We use light as an expressive tool through the architecture: to articulate features; to light textures in the dwelling and landscape; to create ambience, and to provide accessible and task-focused lighting. We can integrate the latest home automation or keep homes low-tech and simple to use. 

 

​We have experience designing homes with heritage overlays, accessibility requirements for aging in place and special needs, bush fire rating (BAL) requirements, non-sewered environments, and off-grid areas. We’ve worked successfully with over 16 councils throughout Melbourne, regional Victoria, and Tasmania, and have guided many projects through the planning process smoothly with minimum delay.

OUR PROCESS 

We use a three-step process with each stage evolving your design requirements until we have detailed plans ready to start the build. We also provide full contract administration services during and after construction.

Step 1 - Introduction
15-minute phone or zoom consultation
This stage is designed to allow you to discuss your goals and answer any questions you might have. This allows you to know us a little before committing to any work with us. 

 


Step 2 - Design
Choose between a Pre Design Study,  Feasibility Study or Concept Design
When you are ready to get to work, we start with the right level of preparatory work for you and your project.  We will help you choose between:

  • A Pre-Design Report:
    This is a quick and lightweight report to provide you with a realistic idea of what is possible for your site or home.
     

  •  This report is focused on helping you understand restrictions that need to be considered in the context of the home and design you'd like to achieve on the site. You will also get advice on likely permits, consultants and timing and process for your project.

  • A Feasibility Study:
    The feasibility study extends the investigation to cover considerations of the site such as orientation, slope and other conditions of the site. You will get clarity on all restrictions from a planning and permit perspective, including setbacks, height restrictions. This study also provides a bubble diagram of the floor plan and massing study to give you an idea of the interior space and dimensions. 

  • A Concept Design: 
    Concept Design is where the fun begins with creative design. It incorporates all the work done in pre-design and feasibility and delivers schematic floor plans, conceptual 3D model and flythrough, mood boards of style and materials, coordination of professional cost plan. 

When you are happy with the Concept Design we arrange for you to have it estimated by a cost expert. If necessary we work with you to modify the design to fit your budget by helping you prioritise your requirements. When you are happy with the cost we proceed to the next stage, Design Development.

Compare the options for getting started 

Design Development
At this point, it’s time to develop the design in more detail, with the input of other consultants. We have a series of meetings about the interiors of each room, and start making decisions with you about joinery, materials, finishes, fixtures and fittings, lighting, power, windows and doors,  heating and cooling,  services. We then help you seek an updated estimate to make sure the project is still on budget, and then proceed to the intensive documentation stage.

 

Step 3 - Project Delivery 
Hindley & Co are experienced project managers. Our process minimises the risk of time, quality and budget overruns. 


Contract Documentation, Contractor Selection and Construction


Once design decisions have largely been made, we set about preparing a set of documents that are as detailed and unambiguous as possible, in order to control quality and minimise cost changes during construction. These documents include Drawings, specifications and schedules. 


Once the set is complete, we give it to the selected builder or builders to price.


Finding the right contractor is critical. We tender to contractors with the right experience and skills for your project so you don’t have to worry about dealing with the detail on the worksite. 


During construction, we inspect the site monthly or more. We are in constant contact with you and the builder: advising on the contract, answering questions and resolving the problems that arise. We seek your approval for and document any changes. We issue instructions, check compliance, certify the work for monthly payments and keep everybody up to date with the latest information.

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