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What will a building designer do?

As the name suggests, a building designer designs buildings which can range from a family home to a multi-storey commercial complex.

BSA licensed building designers are recognised by the Queensland Government as professionals in this field.

As part of the Queensland Government’s program to protect consumers in the construction industry, building designers are licensed by the Building Services Authority (BSA).

Depending on their experience and licence classification, building designers can assist with the following:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Restoration
  • Residential
  • Renovation
  • Extension Work
  • Unit Development
  • In fact, any type of building project

Building designers can design you a building that is energy efficient and comfortable, provides value for money and is suitable for your specific needs. The design will take into account your lifestyle, budget, site conditions, potential resale and long term maintenance costs.

Your building designer not only designs your building but also can work with a team of other professionals to ensure that structural elements and other specialist matters combine with the aesthetics to produce a building which will look good but also will serve you well for years to come.

Your building designer will prepare your working drawings and can assemble all the other documents required for the necessary approvals and construction.

Your building designer can provide advice and assistance on town planning or other regulations relevant to your project. Some building designers will manage all your required approvals.

When engaging your building designer, you should always request a written contract which clearly explains the scope of work for your particular project.

Reference: www.bdaq.com.au

What is the Difference?

At BDAQ we are often asked, “What’s the difference between a building designer and an architect?”

In Queensland there is no difference in the work that can be done by a building designer as opposed to an architect.

There are some differences in education and regulation between the professions but these make little difference to their work output.

A building designer must be licensed by the Queensland Building Services Authority at a level suitable for the type of work to be undertaken.

For design and/or documentation you should only contract with a BSA licensed building designer or a Board Registered architect or engineer. It’s your choice.

Others who offer to do design or documentation work are working illegally and this may jeopardise the chance of your project gaining the required approvals.

Reference: www.bdaq.com.au

Small Lot Home – Victoria Street, Balmoral

Project

Small Lot Home – Victoria Street, Balmoral

2010 Regional Winner of Building Designers Association of Queensland Award for new homes over 450msq.

A contemporary home on a small lot with big City views. The brief was to design a home with the adult children in mind. Separate entertaining areas and innovative features make this home work for the whole family.

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Small Lot Home – Rosalie Street, Bardon

Project

Small Lot Home – Rosalie Street, Bardon

This contemporary style new home on a small lot features multiple living areas and focuses on entertaining. The design brief was to make the most of the significantly sloping block and the leafy City and Government House views.

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Small Lot Home – Illidge Street, Coorparoo

Project

Small Lot Home – Illidge Street, Coorparoo

A steeply sloping block with expansive city views. Designed over three levels with four separate living spaces on the middle floor, and four double bedrooms and kids rumpus on the top floor.

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Small Lot Home – Ashby Road, Fairfield

Project

Small Lot Home – Ashby Road, Fairfield

These two new homes are side by side on small lots. The aspects of both houses were deliberately designed to focus on different areas to ensure privacy between these close neighbours.

The first house features downstairs living with the focus on the back yard and pool areas. A two-story entry leads you past the study, through to the open plan kitchen, dining and living space. Sliding glass doors across the entire rear wall optomises indoor/outdoor entertaining. On the second level there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open rumpus room at the top of the stairs.

The second house features a huge deck at the front on the second level to take in the distant City views. The kitchen, living and dining are all on this floor to make the most of the outlook and are accessed through the double-height entry. Three bedrooms are set to the rear of this level. Downstairs features a guest bedroom, bathrooms, laundry and rumpus room.

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