Design Process

It starts with a dream, a dream of the perfect house……

Design is a very important part of the whole building process, from the first meeting brief through to the concept design and the development of this design all the way to the tender and working drawings. Here we work it all out, together, we get it right, so that the actual build is smooth sailing with minimal to no changes at all.

This is the stage where we begin by meeting you and discussing your dreams, we get to know who you, and anyone else living in your home are, what you like and dislike, how you entertain etc. These are all important pieces of information to help us understand your family’s lifestyle and how we design your home to suit this. By now, you possibly have the site, have decided to build, and then started scouring through thousands of magazines, websites and photos and collected many different ideas of things you love.

We will discuss all these ideas and dreams with you and compile together a list of the “must haves” the “really wants” and the “if the budget allows it” criteria. The challenge clients face at this point is the meeting of their expectations and aspirations against their budget. Taylormade Residential will work with you to execute the best custom designed home your money can buy.  As we are a design and construct company we all work together to get the most out of each dollar.

Now we have a design brief, Taylormade Residential will then gather all your site information and development regulations. This will include a site visit, obtaining any Titles, sewer & drainage plans, Section 149 Certificate etc from you, and researching all Council and Government rules and regulations including the DCP and LEP’s and mapping relevant to your site. At this time, depending on your site, we may also need to enlist the services of external consultants on your behalf to survey the land and provide a geotechnical report, if this is required, we require a $3500 payment to cover these costs which come off the price of the home.

Next, our designer will consolidate all this information and present you with an initial floor plan design. Here you will provide your feedback and work together with the designer to tweak the layout to suit your wants and wishes and of course, your budget. We will help you understand the cost to your home and help you make informed decisions in the overall design process. Now, we don’t always get it right the first time, so after our initial concept and your feedback, we allow another concept design, free of charge, for you to compare if you have other ideas. By this time, we should be at a stage to move on to a more developed design including elevations, exterior materials, 3D if required etc. If, after the second concept, you still are wanting more ideas and designs put on paper, we request a deposit of $3000 to cover the cost of designer’s time. If you are happy with one of the first two concepts we will move on to the developed design stage still free of charge and will then present you with a tender for this design for your approval.

Once you have agreed on the final design and approved and signed the tender, we then ask for a deposit of $3500 (if you haven’t already paid this in stage 2) We then begin preparing all the final paperwork including working drawings, any more external consultants’ drawings ie. Engineer drawings, bushfire reports, Basix Report, building contract and all relevant paperwork for Development approval. We will present you with this package and go through and explain all the documents and once you are happy with everything, we are ready to lodge the Development Application.

Now it’s getting exciting… we will lodge your plans and paperwork to the relevant Council or Private Certifying Authority (PCA) for Development Application, obtain home owners warranty insurance, sort building insurance for your bank, and after the DA is approved, we will address the DA conditions (if any) and then lodge the Construction Certificate.

Once the CC is approved you will be asked pay your 5% deposit so we can go to site and begin the construction process.

Happy Clients

Dave Boorman

Once we had been introduced to Phil and the team at Taylormade Residential, our ideas came to life! From our first meeting, through to the drafting and contracts we had a great experience. We were building on a major slope, and despite the complications that added, our new home was built beautifully, to plan and importantly on budget. Their process gave us confidence as we went into some detail, took their advice along the way and that meant no surprises.
We were always kept up to date and the whole team from the office to the site, were always helpful and responsive.

Rob Mildenhall

I’m loving my Taylormade Residential built home! I took some time working through a number of prospective builders before deciding on Taylormade Residential. For me, an open, honest and transparent relationship was of prime importance, and then getting to discuss what I wanted incorporated in my build followed. Phil Taylor was the right choice, he listened, explained and guided me through the processes around my concepts and what could be achieved…..all with a budget in clear focus, every step of the way.


Christine and Gray Anderson

We have been so busy with moving in ,We haven't had the chance to say THANK YOU. We could not be happier. I know I was a bit stressed in at the start but you told me it would be ok and that it will all come together and it did.

The Johnsons

Taylor Made Residential have done an absolutely amazing job on our brand new home. We could not be happier with the service they provided. As a company they were polite and courteous as well as extremely knowledgeable.


Michael and Rita Di Rienzo

To Phil and the Taylormade Team we would like to formally thank you and congratulate you for delivering our dream home. From the whole process of knock down to design and rebuild a high level of service was provided. The initial design work provided by Sam was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble even though we kept changing our minds. She took our ideas and offered practical advise with professionalism and patience. The tradespeople were friendly, approachable and always eager to be of assistance whilst providing a high level of workmanship. Phil you always maintained a calm presence throughout the build and we valued your advice throughout. We are extremely happy with our home and have no hesitation in recommending Taylormade Residential to our family, friends or anyone who may be thinking of building.










Book In Your Free Consultation Here

Let Us Give You The Best Advice, Hints & Tips On Your Residential Project