Building Designers

If you’re looking for someone to design a home specifically catered to your needs, or to help with house plans for your renovation, consider hiring a building designer. A residential building designer will take care of your house design or home improvement, in some cases, from the initial consultation to the final inspection. More
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Dr Retro is the Mid-Century Specialist. Since 2010 Secret Design Studio has been helping clients in... Read More
Building Designer in Mt Waverley, VIC, AU
  • 0448 579 707
  • Mt Waverley, Victoria, 3149
Tempus Design Studio is a Mackay based Building Design firm with extensive experience in the Mackay and... Read More
Building Designer in South Mackay, QLD, AU
  • (07) 3186 0218
  • South Mackay, Queensland, 4740
Lifestyle Home Designs is a dynamic Architectural Design & Project Management company based in Sydney. We provide... Read More
Building Designer in Belrose, NSW, AU
  • (02) 6190 0359
  • Belrose, New South Wales, 2085
Benedict Design is a small practice that focuses primarily on residential design, including new homes and... Read More
Building Designer in Waterloo, NSW, AU
  • 0414 313 609
  • Waterloo, New South Wales, 2017
At Dalecki Design, we aren't your average Perth Building Designer. We understand that you are the one who has to... Read More
Building Designer in Perth, WA, AU
  • 0410 100 096
  • Perth, Western Australia, 6000
Established in 2007, Big House Little House is a Brisbane based design studio focusing on the design and... Read More
Building Designer in New Farm, QLD, AU
  • 0401 207 187
  • New Farm, Queensland, 4005
Jdesign Group is a building design, drafting and construction company based in Gippsland but services all of... Read More
Building Designer in Inverloch, VIC, AU
  • (03) 4014 9022
  • Inverloch, Victoria, 3996
Multi Award Winning Building Designer After being employed for 15 years designing and drafting for boutique... Read More
Building Designer in Stirling, WA, AU
  • (08) 7228 0479
  • Stirling, Western Australia, 6021
DCM are a building design & drafting company with extensive experience in working alongside Builders, Developers,... Read More
Building Designer in MAROOCHYDORE, QLD, AU
  • (07) 4243 4893
  • MAROOCHYDORE, Queensland, 4558
As a boutique residential building design and documentation consultancy, we specialize in taking the stress out... Read More
Building Designer in Melbourne, VIC, AU
  • (03) 6169 1576
  • Melbourne, Victoria, 3185
At Stuart Osman's we offer professional design and documentation services. We pride ourselves on delivering... Read More
Building Designer in Gold Coast, QLD, AU
  • (07) 5515 0407
  • Gold Coast, Queensland, 4220
www.pauldistefanodesign.com With over 20 years in the industry, Paul Di Stefano Design specialises in... Read More
Building Designer in Highton, VIC, AU
  • 0407 812 042
  • Highton, Victoria, 3216
The Aboda Design Group is a building and interior design consultancy based in Coolum Beach, Queensland. Read More
Building Designer in Noosa Heads, QLD, AU
  • 0424 620 247
  • Noosa Heads, Queensland, 4567
Urban Design Solutions is a Brisbane based building design studio specialising in the residential market. You are... Read More
Building Designer in Hawthorne, QLD, AU
  • (07) 4085 9053
  • Hawthorne, Queensland, 4171
Tascone Design is an all-encompassing Building Design and Interior Design Firm located in Perth, Western... Read More
Building Designer in West Perth, WA, AU
  • (08) 6361 3253
  • West Perth, Western Australia, 6005
Featured Reviews for Building Designers
Dr Retro House Calls
Building Designers
"We highly recommend Alistair from Secret Design Studio for any mid-century modern project. Alistair's knowledge and enthusiasm for MCM design is apparent in the amazing on-line resources that he provides and he has the skill to create great MCM spaces that are compatible with contemporary lifestyles."
- Genus Landscape Architects
Tempus Design Studio Pty Ltd
Building Designers
"Tamica from Tempus Design took our vision and made it reality. We had every confidence that all aspects of our design and drawings were to the highest standards and personalised to suit our needs. Tamica thought of all the extras that go to making a home energy efficient, attractive and enjoyable and provided the expertise needed to create our dream home."
- Sally Richards
Lifestyle Home Designs
Building Designers
"Jeremy and his team provide great service & flair for alterations, additions & new home design. We have been working with Jeremy on major projects around the Northern Beaches and we have always found his plans accurate & well suited to our clients needs."
- Sydney Beach Homes
Benedict Design
Building Designers
"Ben helped produced photo montage images for my house and proposed driveway at Dellview Street, Tamarama. Not only is Ben a talented designer he is also very approachable and easy to work with. The quality of his work helped us visualise the floor plans and driveway landscape. I can not look at a floor plan now without wanting to see Ben's photo montage perspective to bring the plan to life."
- Craig Hewett
Dalecki Design
Building Designers
"A pleasure working with Janik on The Sorrento project - a new 4 bed, 2 bath two storey home. Janik's attention to detail and to the client brief always ensures a challenging yet fulfilling build. Keep up the good work!!"
- Nineteen 12 Pty Ltd
Big House Little House
Building Designers
"Luisa Interior Design has collaborated on a few projects with Big House Little House & has referred clients as well for new builds & renovations. We love Chris Brumby's professionalism, style, on-trend design & unique features throughout his homes. We highly recommend Big House Little House."
- Luisa Interior Design
Jdesign Group
Building Designers
"Incredibly professional team who respected every decision made by us (clients) and provided expert knowledge and expertise in all areas of design and drafting. We are very happy customers indeed and cannot wait to build our new home. We are thrilled with our final plans! Thanks JDesign Group!!"
- casey_kamphuis
Neil Salvia Building Designs
Building Designers
"I am currently working with Neil on a multi development site. We want him to design a dream exec rental which would accommodate 5 of us as well if we decide to live in it. Neil has the vision we lack and the creativity to incorporate all of our demands that make sense and the tactfulness to handle the demands that don't. Would I recommend him - without a second thought if you want professionalism, design expertise, a good listener and arbitrator when as a couple you need to make a decision and cannot agree:-)"
- silvanamacri
DCM Building Design & Drafting
Building Designers
"Hi my name is Daryl Potter of Potter &Sons Constructions . I have known Chris McCabe on a professional level for a number of years. Chris has always been a total professional in every way . From initial design ideas to the completion of all plans .I would recommend Chris to anyone needing a really good draughtsmen as I have already done to many of my fellow builders and friends yours faithfully Daryl Potter"
- potter64
Sketch Building Design
Building Designers
"We engaged Darrin Albert from Sketch Building Design to design our family home renovation. Darrin came highly recommended and we were certainly not disappointed. Our vision was to develop a contemporary two storey addition to our Edwardian home. The design delivered and service provided exceeded our expectations. Darrin and the team were professional, enthusiastic, responsive and focused on our needs and budget. They were a pleasure to deal with and we would happily recommend."
- melindahogan12
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As with all other professional services for home design and renovation, the best way to choose a building designer is to asses their past work against the style and requirements you have for your individual project.

How does a building designer differ from an architect?



The role of building designers has evolved from traditional drafting services to building design that takes into account your lifestyle, budget and site condition. Building designers also often work with contractors to ensure that structural elements are in line with desired aesthetics.

It’s hard to draw a line between building designers and architects – both design homes and offer similar services. However, the main difference is that a building designer, in most states, isn’t required to register or licence with a regulatory figure.

The work of a building designer usually begins by interpreting your requirements into a sketched floor plan. Once agreed upon, the designer then moves on to the drafting and documentation stage, whereby drawings are submitted to council for approval. Some building designers also take care of contract management – that is, hiring builders, managing materials and labour costs, and advising you about any local council by-laws that may concern your project.

How do I find the right building designer for my home design project?



Most states don’t have specific registration processes for building designers, so it’s best that your search is based on past work and referrals. Some industry bodies or professional associations, such as the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV), offer a list of members, which you can check against bodies such as the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), to gauge their type of work and any registration numbers. For instance, the VBA will provide you with draftsmen or draftspersons options within building design work for architectural, interior or general design services.


Once you have a shortlist of building designers, engage in face-to-face talks about your brief, to ensure you’re on the same page. To get the most value for your money, you want someone who understands you, agrees with your ideas – in relation to sustainable design, space and function – and has the qualifications and enthusiasm to translate ideas to paper and into a reality.

Questions to ask prospective residential building designers:



  • Have you completed any projects similar to my brief?
  • May I see examples of your previous work?

  • Are you and your employees licensed and insured?

  • What license(s) do you have?

  • What other training and affiliations do you have?

  • How do you charge, and what does that include? How will I be charged for parts and materials?

  • Can you give me a written estimate?

  • What do your services include?

  • When can this job be completed?

  • What is your policy on change orders?

  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget? What about changes to materials or labour pricing?

  • What will I need to provide?

  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?


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