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Building Design

If your project requires a licensed and registered building practitioner to complete drawings and engineering plans for a building permit we can provide you this service in-house. You will have the benefit of a team with a diversified background and experience in completing construction documentation for a large volume of building numbers and types including:

  • Residential construction documentation;
  • Commercial construction documentation;
  • Fit out and signage construction documentation;

By providing professional town planning, building design and engineering our clients benefit from the value of having a complete professional team working on their projects. Our service involves completing all the necesscary documentation required to get your building permit from your appointed building surveyor. 

Subject to the complexity of our client’s needs, our building design journey is a four stage process consisting of twelve steps - viewable by clicking the link below.  

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Wolai Avenue

The design for this project was commenced in March 2016 and initial consultation begun with Glen Eira Council at the same time. The planning application was lodged to council in July 2016 and ultimately approved by Council on the 15th December 2016. However as part of Glen Eira’s ‘minimal change’ area policy that affects this subdivisions in this part of Bentleigh east the council listed a number of unreasonable changes to the development as a condition on the approval. These included a reduction in the upper floors and deletion of all first floor balconies. CS lodged an appeal against these conditions at VCAT and on the 16th May 2017 the tribunal deleted all conditions requiring deletion of balconies and reduction of the upper floor. The key reasons that VCAT agreed to delete the conditions were because the balconies faced the street and not the neighbouring properties and also this was an area of east Bentleigh where the neighbourhood character was one of large modern style dwellings. Following the successful appeal, demolition of the existing home on the site was completed in January 2018 with construction beginning the following month. The project was completed in October 2018.

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Wolai Ave, Bentleigh East Wolai Ave, Bentleigh East
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Cannes Ave

This beachside duplex development was designed fully by the CS team and the planning team ran the planning application through Council. It was lodged to Kingston City Council for approval in August 2016 and the permit was issued by Council in November 2016. This was an investment project for our client but despite not being for his own use a strong emphasis was placed on designing a development fit for modern families. The CS design team are very experienced in designing family homes for modern use so the team incorporated a huge 165 square metre living/kitchen area for each home which flowed to a 20 square metre large alfresco at the rear of the house. Through careful design and engineering the team were able to achieve a consistent finish floor height between the alfresco and living area. This was critical to ensure the ‘flow’ between the two areas was not interrupted.  Each home also has a large 3.5 square metre walk in butler’s pantry, with a separate retreat at ground floor or first floor that allows adults to relax in a separate section of the house to where the kids might be. Construction commenced on the development in mid 2017 and concluded in February 2018.

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Cannes Ave, Bonbeach
Hotham Road

This three unit development is a contemporary design with strong architectural features. Each house is three bedroom with three bathrooms. The contemporary design features from outside are echoed throughout the interior of the building. The roof form was inspired by a church design with a large open window surrounded by a concrete framing. The garages for two of the houses were cleverly designed to sit at the rear of the site allowing the designers to provide a large opening and window at the ground floor for one of the houses that echoes the presentation of the first floor window of its neighbour. The colours and materials are sharp in contrast making this development a proud building in the neighbourhood. The site sits on a quiet suburban street with most of its neighbours being of older housing stock. This development was a bold design statement for the street and this was welcomed by Council.

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Hotham Road, NiddrieHotham Road, NiddrieHotham Road, NiddrieHotham Road, Niddrie
Glen Park Road

This was an architecturally designed second dwelling on a large property that was heavily treed with a steep slope in the City of Nillumbik. Our client was an owner occupier with a strong emphasis on design and a functional layout that took full advantage of the fantastic vista of views that surrounded the site. The development essentially ‘floats’ over the existing home on the property and was constructed over an existing building that sat in this section of the site. The existing building was retro fitted into the design to become an under croft garage for the client that spans the entire width and length of the house. This large storage area has space for up to four cars and was essential for the client. In the living area the large balcony flows through to the main living area. The glazing has been maximised in the home to take advantage of the views on offer and timber slats have been used as the finished material on the outside of the building to ensure this contemporary design sits in harmony with its treed settings.

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Glen Park Road, Eltham NorthGlen Park Road, Eltham NorthGlen Park Road, Eltham North
Maroondah Highway

This was a challenging building design brief of achieving two additional houses and retaining the existing home on this large block in the outer eastern suburbs. Although the property was large the block was irregularly shaped with a curved frontage and tapered towards the rear. The development was for a single storey home with three bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/meals area with a separate rumpus room, a separate study room and a formal lounge room at the front of the home. The double storey home consisted of three bedrooms, the master having a walk in robe and en suite. There is an upstairs and downstairs bathroom and a separate lounge room from the open plan meals and family area at ground floor. The curved frontage meant the designers had to be creative with the internal spaces to achieve two bathrooms and three bedrooms with a WIR and en suite for the master. The irregular shape of the block also threw up some challenges for the builder on site but the development was finished within budget in early 2018.

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Maroondah Highway, Chirnside ParkPrimaryMaroondah Highway, Chirnside ParkPrimaryMaroondah Highway, Chirnside ParkPrimary