New Builds

Cook Costello will walk you through the various stages of a new build design through consenting and onto procurement and project management of the the build itself.  We listen and help you develop the build of your dreams.

Our Design Process includes:

STAGE 1: INITIAL CONSULTATION

The first step is to set up a time for us to meet to talk through your project, what you wish and want to achieve.  The is a FREE consultation where we can get to know more about your requirements.

STAGE 2: PROPOSAL AND BRIEF ESTABLISHMENT

Working closely with you we gather all the information so we can help define the goals and direction for the project from the outset.   We will look at District Plan regulations and rules, Certificate of Title, and consent notices relevant to the site while confirming the project scope, objectives, and budget.  It is a good time to discuss future proofing and sustainability.

STAGE 3: PRE-DESIGN

Once you have confirmed our proposal we will undertake a site inspection, assess conditions and constraints including a site measure.  We would also co-ordinate for a topographical survey and geotechnical testing and reporting. 

STAGE 4: CONCEPT DESIGN

A concept will be developed based upon the brief and site analysis. We will refine this concept based on your feedback. Once you have approved the concept, we can involve consultation with our Cook Costello structural engineers so they can assess their requirements and provide fees for the structural components.   This stage can include feasibility studies for your development.  We can provide a computer generated 3D model of the design to provide you greater clarification of the design including a 3D flythrough and fly around images.

STAGE 5: DEVELOPED DESIGN

After you have spent time reviewing your initial design, we will meet to talk through and changes you would like to make.  The approved concept design is further developed to enable a Quantity Surveyor to provide an estimate to ensure we are on target for the agreed investment level. Co-ordination will or may be required with structural engineers, mechanical engineers, storm-water and sewer and electrical engineers. Should a resource consent be required at this stage, this can be undertaken.  A resource consent as required, if the design breaches one or more of the district plan rules.

Detailing of the house can include interior detailing which may not be a requirement of the building consent.

STAGE 5: DETAILED DESIGN

The approved developed design is further developed to provide a comprehensive set of documents as required for Building Consent application. This includes the co-ordination of all the elements of the building, building services, calculations, materials and finishes and co-ordination with other consultants documentation.

STAGE 6: WORKING WITH COUNCIL

We submit the building consent and become the initial point of contact with the council for any questions they may have.  We will respond to any requests for further information and work with council to obtain the consent approval on your behalf.

STAGE 7: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

Our objective is for the drawing package to be able to be built off but we are excited to see your project become a reality and can work with you and your builder if and where assistance is needed. 

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