Choosing a Building Design Professional in Sydney

Home design is one of the most important elements in the construction of a new home. Most homeowners would agree that creating a design for a new home can be both rewarding and stressful. That’s where building designers can help. You may already have several design ideas for your home, but the execution should be entrusted to skilled professionals who specialise in the design of custom homes in Sydney.


How to choose a building designer for your Sydney home?

Picking out a designer is an undeniably important decision that you need to make before the start of a construction project. The building designer that you decide to work with, as well as the decisions that you make along the way, will clearly reflect the outcome of your home and the overall cost of building your dream house.


Why should house design be handled by professional building designers?

House design is a complex endeavour as it includes several procedures. Building custom designed homes is not only limited to drawings and drafts, but also involves  an outstanding amount of documentation just in the securing of approvals and liaison with multiple consultants.


New houses, homes and building design services in Sydney from a reputable company includes, but are not limited to the following:

  • Guiding homeowners and developers through the design process
  • Helping homeowners in choosing the best consultants to work with
  • Assist in the application and submission of development approvals 
  • Make the necessary arrangements and prepare documentation needed by your council or certifier

How to choose a professional Building Designer in Sydney?

It’s best to do your own research for a home designer based in Sydney. Ask family and friends who may know home designers or may have obtained their services recently. Precision Planning offers a free initial consultation. When choosing a design professional, you need to consider the following factors:

  • Budget
  • Your brief (what do you want to do?)
  • Identify all elements that are important for your home such as:
    • Materials used
    • Heating and air conditioning needs
    • Sunlight and ventilation
    • Sustainability features (usually undertaken under the BASIX Assessment)
    • Functionality and versatility of your home
    • Privacy and ventilation features


Precision Planning are a boutique building design company with experienced, skilled and competent home design professionals in Sydney. Click here to view our other services or call us on 02 8937 3199 to request a fee proposal.

Draftsman: Building Designer vs. Architect

In Sydney, before any construction, you must start with a design idea and prepare professionally drawn plans for submission to an Approval Authority (Council or Certifier). For additions or renovations to your existing residential property, a DIY sketch simply isn’t enough. You will need to hire a skilled designer or draftsperson to get the job done right. How important are building designers in the planning and construction of your home? Are drafting services really worth the cost?  


Why is architectural drafting important in Sydney residential projects?

Before any construction work can commence, homeowners are required to secure an approval form their local city council. In order to get a building or development approval, there needs to be professionally drawn plans that your builder or contractors will follow. The main function of professional draftsmen is to create and draw plans for homeowners that are legible and concise.

Draftsmen and building designers, such as our team at Precision Planning, are professionals with in depth design and drafting knowledge, skills, and qualifications. They are focused on the creation of building and design plans for residential projects (big and small!). Technologies such as Computer Aided Design [or CAD]are commonly utilised to render drawings that are not just aesthetically attractive but adhere to building codes, controls and standards set by all of Sydney’s local councils. Whether you’re in Inner West Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Northern Beaches Council, Willoughby Council, City of Ryde Council, City of Canada Bay Council, Sydney Council — ANY of the Sydney metropolitan councils — Precision Planning has you covered!


What is the difference between an architect and a building designer?

The main difference between architects and draftsmen is educational background. Architects have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and are duly licensed to practice their field. On the other hand, draftsmen are professionals who underwent an undergraduate or diploma course with a focus on technical drafting and building design. Building Designers can be just as qualified as an architect with membership and accreditation from the Building Designers Association (BDA) of Australia.


Why should you hire a draftsman for your Sydney residential project?

It is a requirement to hire a qualified designer and draftsman if you are about to embark on a major construction project. Even small home additions and renovations will require professional drafting services to be obtained by homeowners.  Contractors will not proceed with building your home without a professionally drawn plan in place – and approved. A well designed and prepared plan also ensures that the home your are about to build conforms with existing Australian building codes and standards.

Obtaining the services of a designer and draftsman from a reputable Sydney based drafting company in will save you money. By presenting your builder with a precise plan, delays and unnecessary costs can be avoided altogether.


Let us know what you want for that much-awaited dream home or major home addition project. Call Daniel now on 0416 110 281 for a fee proposal or to check the other services that we offer.

Planning And Design Development

Planning your dream home is both a fun and daunting task. You have the best design ideas for the rooms, including exterior spaces such as the patio and the garden pool area. You have everything perfectly laid out in your mind- from the floor plan layout to the construction materials, but you do not have the capability to put all these things together. This is where house planning for your Sydney home comes in! Professionals with a formidable background and excellent reputation among contractors and past clients are essential if you want your home plans to be smooth sailing from start to finish.


Where does house planning begin?

House planning usually starts with identifying the needs and the goals that you want to achieve. Before any home designs can be drafted for your Sydney home, you need to be certain of your brief, budget, design concepts, and basic home necessities. A reputable design & drafting company can help you understand the important elements of home design so you can make better decisions on materials, layout, designs, and construction elements to name a few.


What is an important house planning step prospective homeowners don’t know about?

Building application (approval) requirements, fees, permits, and procedural forms need to be filled out and submitted to various agencies in order for your home construction to push through. A home design agency operating in your local Council (whether Inner West, Hornsby Shire, Willoughby, Northern Beaches, and so on!) should be able to assist you with furnishing all these forms during the initial stages of house planning and design development.

Securing the approval is just as important as coming up with a new house design for your Sydney residential property. Without the legal paperwork, it will be impossible for you to start the project. Failure to obtain an approval will halt the construction. This will most likely lead to exceeding your projected budget and timeframes.

There may also be inspections and certifications that your project may need to pass before construction can begin. There are relevant Australian standards and building codes that need to be met to ensure your family’s safety and well-being. Structural integrity and the quality of amenities and materials are paramount to the success of your future home.

Precision Planning can assist with giving you relevant contacts that can assist with every step of your journey!


We offer a long list of home planning and design services to Sydney homeowners ranging from custom home design, floor plan layout, concept drafting, to providing assistance in completion and submission of development applications and other relevant requirements to government agencies, Councils and Certifying Authorities. Call Daniel on 0416 110 281 or click here to learn how we can help you build your very own dream house!

House Additions in Sydney – Residential Design

Making additions to any metropolitan Sydney home is a major project that need serious planning to ensure proper execution, resulting in the best outcomes. The process can be cumbersome especially for first-time homeowners who haven’t done major home renovations or remodelling in the past.

Precision Planning can assist in finding design solutions to common problems that homeowners typically encounter with Sydney home renovations and extensions in mind.


Home Additions in Sydney- What is the perfect design for you home?

Your decision to get that first floor (or 2d storey) addition for your home may have been inspired by your vision to create uniquely aesthetic and functional spaces for you and your loved ones. Your design ideas, including material recommendations and interior design inspirations will only be crystallised once all plans, design drawings, and perspectives are translated into paper. Whether in the Inner West, Hornsby Shire, Willoughby or Northern Beaches – Precision Planning provides building design and development application services to all of the Sydney based Councils; extending even to regional New South Wales!

Partnering with building consultants is helpful in that you get more inspired when planning the final draft design for your Sydney home extensions project.


What are the requirements for home extensions in Sydney?

There is a list of requirements that you need to fulfil before a first floor addition or home extensions project can be initiated. Besides a design plan, you also need to understand the process of building the additional structures to (or on!) your home. Furthermore, homeowners also need to consider the budget, building applications/permits, and prevailing legislation that need to be followed for all home additions and home extensions for Sydney residential properties.

Homeowners will need the assistance of planning and development consultants to make their Sydney home additions project a reality. Partnering with a company who has an in-depth understanding of planning legislations, expertise in the production of CAD 3D models and perspectives, and also a positive reputation in the residential construction industry will make any home renovation project a breeze.


Share your thoughts and ideas for your upcoming home extensions project with us! We will be more than happy to assist you throughout the entire process with utmost respect for your budget and time.  We will be there for you from start to finish! Call Daniel on 0416 110 281 to make an appointment or  check out our extensive portfolio.