Typical Site Analysis:

We look at noise, views, sunlight, shadows, wind and storms using the compass template we have developed over the years for the General Sydney Area. 

Paragrid Wind Rose & Sun path diagram

The Wind Rose

The wind rose shown corresponds with the 12 months in the year. The lines are read in a clockwise direction.
The length of the line is proportionate to the frequency (% of time) of the wind from that direction in that month.
9am shown in black & 1pm shown in red.
From 'Climatic Data & It's Use in Design' S.V. Szokolay

Shadow Angle Compass

The sun path diagram shown in the centre of the wind rose indicates the path scribed by the sun during different periods of the year. The hours of the day are shown in blue.
The months of the year are indicated using the red lines.
The concentric circles indicate the angles of the sun.
The Compass is based upon 'True North', from the Map Grid Australia (MGA) 
From 'Sunshine and Shade in Australasia', Phillips, R. O. Australia: CSIRO, 1992. 

Le Corb Modulor Dimensions



What we base the size of your design on: 
We base our design on functionality and your design ‘likes and preferences’.




Modulor by Le Corbusier

The actual sizes start with various minimum functional templates we overlay onto your initial floor plan or site area.
We use Le Corbusier’s “Modular” which we have found to be a reasonable set of positions for bench heights and other vertical dimensions.


Kitchen Layout Design

Functional Area Templates:

These templates are based on standard kitchen
cupboards dimensions with 600 x 600 appliances

Typical Building Costs

What happens when we start? We need as much information about the site and what you want from the project.

Your contract when you bought the property will have details about the title and site. We need these so we can work out what is possible on the site. We can arrange or you can organise a proper survey of the site. This will take some weeks and cost $2,000 to $3,000. Sydney Water can provide details of the sewer connection and water connections.

We come out to your site and measure up the interior of the premises. You may have a Real estate plan, however these are notoriously inaccurate and misleading, you may have some hilarious examples to show us.

We meet with you with a initial sketch and determine what scope of work is needed and what ‘boundaries’ there are and how we can deal with them. We usually layout your existing building with templates of typical functional areas such as kitchens, to make sure everything fits to the standard you expect.

Once we have a sketch you are happy with, we normally take this to the local council and get an opinion of the ‘duty planner’. We sometimes recommend having a pre DA submission though sometimes the advice is too ‘fuzzy’ to be helpful and in the past has been contradicted by councils final decision. We then get into the process of preparing all Drawings & Documentation required for council and/or Complying Development. This takes some time as we coordinate the various elements into a single package. The Inner West Council Development Application Checklist is very detailed, and runs to 11 pages!


Much of this is done by specialist consultants, though in small work we can do simple submissions ourselves. To ensure success its better to engage these specialists though the cost can be prohibitive. 

Council will normally require, the surveyor already mentioned, if the project is close to the flight path or noise; an acoustic consultant, in a heritage area or listed building; a heritage consultant, Structural work; a structural engineer, a civil engineer to deal with stormwater, Trees on the site or next door; Arborist, tight carparking; Traffic Engineer, waste management, environmental engineer, etc and the list goes on. 

Council and other government bodies also charge fees, around 2-3% of what the overall building costs are.