Our design process
We use the following steps to create beautiful and sustainable space unique to your vision, location, and budget:
Studying Your Site - Pre-Design
This is our chance to learn about your site. We look at the existing features on your property and take into account wind direction, sun angles, and other natural features to see how we can best incorporate permaculture design to create a comfortable and sustainable space.
Time to Draw - Concept & Preliminary Design
Your project starts to take shape. We use a creative design process and pencil sketches to start designing a plan for you space. We then create a basic 3D computer model and work with you to find design solutions that best match your vision.
Moving Forward - Developed Design
We work with you to find materials, finishes, and products that will best suit your space.
Details, Details, Details - Detailed Design
We create a full set of drawings and specifications that will be used when applying for a building consent, pricing your project, and in construction.
Getting Approval - Building Consent, Tendering, & Negotiation
We apply for a building consent before moving forward on your project. We can help you select a quality builder best suited for your project.
Construction Time – Contract Administration or Project Observation
It’s time to get building. You choose how much involvement on site you wish us to have.
The best part. It’s all about you—sit back and enjoy your new space!
“Gabrielle, Andrew and the team at Bell Stephenson Architects had the knowledge to cover all aspects of the resource consent process and documentation which helped save me costs by preparing well executed reports without the need to engage other expensive consultants. The documentation was accepted by TDC without protest and I was able to confirm my land purchase and continue with my business plan—all within the limited timeframe.” - Nature Kids Early Childhood Education Centre