How we work with you

Process  This brief overview of our process introduces how we work with you to create the best possible design. From knowing how to get started and how to create a well considered design brief, to what you need to know to enable you to ask the right questions and make the correct early decisions before you start and during the design process. We give advice on assembling your dream team, who’s best to talk to, the best consultants, how to get the best builder on board, and the right type of building contract through the entire process of creating and constructing your dream home until the awesome day you move in.

How to get started

Book a face to face or online consultation to discuss your ideas  Contact Us >  or otherwise call 0800 002 674. If you are still in the early stages and not ready to kick off your project but keen to do your research,  you could attend one of Bobs free seminars or Superhome tours and workshops. You will get notification of forthcoming events if you subscribe to the BBA and Superhome Movement Newsletters. There are also active and informative facebook pages for BBA and Superhome Movement that you can like or follow to receive a heads-up on these popular, free events and the latest information about state of the art architecture and low carbon building methods.

Design Brief

The Design Brief is a very important document to create before you embark on your new project and will be referred to throughout the design process helping to guide you towards the perfect home with the best possible living environment to exactly suit your needs and how you want to live. Our knowledge and 30 years experience means we know the right questions to help you prepare an appropriate and meaningful initial brief. We can help with creation of your brief, if required, rather than trying to do this on your own. One helpful option could be to engage us to prepare a pre-design feasibility study to access your needs and options and remove assumptions and potential risks. A new home project is exciting and liberating, but it is also complex so if you want to get it right and get the perfect new dream home design you are best to talk to the experts.

Concept Design

Design concept creation starts with research & analysis of the site and contraints, local planning rules & requirements etc. Then its time to filter your ideas and apply our creative expertise, energy and big ideas. This could sometimes involve various design options. After further consultation with you, any necessary amendments are made until you are happy before proceed to the next stage. We will work with you to produce a design that reflects your ideas, while adding our creativity and expertise. .

Developed Design

Exterior 3D visuals are produced and technical details applied. After a cost estimate is prepared by a Quantity Surveyor or contractor adjustments can be made if required to suit the budget before proceeding to the next stage. How eco do you want to go? Do you know about Homestar and ANZ Healthy Home loan package, which allows up to 1% off your mortgage interest rate? If interested in Homestar…do you know what’s involved & your target 7,8,9 or 10 Star and what that means. Do you know what passive house standard is about? These things need to be considered early as possible as its to late once your further along in the process.


The most work intensive stage, which involves preparation of detailed working drawings which will be used to obtain a building consent and later to obtain accurate building prices or tenders and for construction.
Written specifications are also prepared which may include conditions of contract. Documentation is sometimes split into two stages with minimum drawings for consent purposes followed by supplementary drawings providing the added required for pricing or tendering and construction.

Site Observation

Site Observation involves site visits for progress checks and checking that the building work is carried out in accordance with the documentation. Clarification is provided where there are any questions the builder may have. If there are any changes at this stage they need to be documented to enable a code compliance certificate to be issued at satisfactory completion of the project.


At the end of the project a Home User Guide (HUG) is provided which includes all documents and manuals and warrantees, maintenance schedule and information on monitoring of the homes performance in use. “Good architecture should be beautiful and in harmony with nature, while performing as a highly functional, thermally efficient, low energy, safe, healthy and comfortable environment.”