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Board of Architects Award - Most Outstanding Student across academia & projects. Lisa Strudwick UTS 2013 Lower Hunter Urban Design Awards Commendation - Residential Dwelling - 'Zelda' Hunter HIA Award - Best Reno/Addition
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31 Reviews for Zugai Strudwick Architects
We are disappointed to hear that you were unhappy with the process. Renovations can be both exciting and daunting. There are many important steps and decisions that need to be made and taking sufficient time and care to attend to the details generally results in a better outcome.
Scheduling: The DA was lodged mid-October and the approval was obtained late January – just over 3 months. Regardless, the length of time it takes for an application to be approved by Council is beyond our control. As discussed with you before lodging with Council, the decision to push into the front setback to improve your ocean views at the expense of the neighbour was a complicating factor. This resulted in an objection which understandably added time to the process.
Closures over the Christmas break; a building boom which resulted in Council receiving an increased volume of applications and the impact of COVID on work practices at this time, were also factors which influenced the time required to process applications.
While we understand that any delay when you are keen to proceed with a project can be frustrating, to receive approval in 3 months under these circumstances was well within the expected time frame.
Construction time frames are the responsibility of the builder which is why we suggested you speak directly with them. As a result of these discussions, we understood that the builder had added your project to their schedule and that while they would do their best to get you in for Christmas, they certainly could not promise that, in part due to supply issues caused by COVID.
Budgeting: On all projects, budget is a very important consideration. One of our biggest challenges as Architects is to maximise the results for our clients within their budget. The starting point is usually a wish list which is refined as various options are explored. Ideas are often expanded or altered as we make clients aware of what is possible. This is an important part of the design process as it assists clients to prioritise the features that are most important to them and in some cases decide what they can live without. As budgets need to be managed, we provide our clients with an option to obtain a cost estimate before proceeding to the approval stage. While we strongly advise that this approach be taken if it is looking as if the budget will be substantially exceeded, sometimes as in this instance, this option was declined to save time.
If projects come in over budget, we are happy to work out where savings can be made in conjunction with the client and the builder and/or seek additional quotes. In this instance these possibilities were not explored as you advised you were purchasing a house in a different area.
We set a high standard for ourselves and strive to conduct our business professionally and with empathy for our clients’ requirements.
We wish you well in your new home. Mel & Lisa
Cheers Lisa + Mel
Zugai Strudwick Architects