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Once resource consent is approved, your project will progress to the detailed design phase. This means your architect will advance your design to the level of detail that allows a construction contractor to assess the full scope of the project. This will include construction details, materials, components, systems and finishes. Be sure to revisit the Agreement for Architects Services to make sure all aspects of the contract are included in the detailed design.
An architect is trained to understand the building consent process – they know the jargon and technical issues which you may not fully grasp. Often an architect will communicate with the Building Consent Authority and foster understanding of your project from an early stage. Your architect will have an in-depth understanding of the current state of the construction industry and can be an invaluable guide in choosing a quality builder and other contractors to execute your design. Your architect can help with the tendering process, if that is the procurement method, and can take your particular needs into consideration when choosing a contractor.
by Marc Williams
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