In today’s competitive real estate market, homeowners and investors always seek the best ways to increase property value. One of the most effective strategies is to invest in good building design, which improves aesthetics and increases functionality and overall appeal. There is a significant correlation between property value, how building designers can significantly impact it, …
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Approval for building construction is serious business. Builders must only start building works after knowing all the approval requirements in NSW. As with everything relative to construction and building design, taking the proper steps to ensure your house is compliant and safe is essential. If not done correctly, it can be a very costly exercise. …
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If you’re about to embark on a renovation project or thinking of building a new home, you must be aware of any development approvals you need to submit before you start. Most minor developments won’t need development approval in Sydney. For example, if you are adding a deck or a carport to your home that …
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In NSW, most minor developments won’t need approval. For example, if you are adding a deck or a carport to your home that is no greater than 25 square metres, there is no need to get council approval. However, if your renovation or build is a little larger but still straightforward, you will be required …
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If you are building a new home or doing a major renovation, building development approvals are essential to any construction in NSW. Planning regulations constantly evolve, so it’s always best to research and know precisely what to do before starting any planning or construction work. When you know what you are dealing with, there are …
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Retrospective council approval for building works can be a long and complicated process. However, working with a professional building designer can avoid the need for retrospective approval altogether. What is retrospective council approval, and why do you need it? Before starting your building works, including dual occupancies, it is essential to ensure that your building …
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NSW planning regulations are constantly evolving. Understanding them is essential if you want to begin work on your dream home within the state.
If you are planning on building or renovating a property in Sydney NSW, then you will need to obtain DA approval from your local Council.
Dual occupancy homes offer a unique opportunity to own or rent two separate dwellings on the same block of land. This type of development is becoming increasingly popular in Sydney due to its multiple benefits for owners, renters and builders alike. Explore why two is better than one for your upcoming home design.
Are you starting on the home building journey? There are many things to consider before you start. Failing to do so can end up being a costly mistake.
As cities become denser, and housing becomes more costly, dual occupancy has become an increasingly popular option for both homeowners and investors.
Your dual occupancy home may be perfect for now, but what if things change and you need to sell? Here are some important tips to note.
When it comes to compliance in your building project, residential property designers play an important role. Here’s what you need to know.
A complying development certificate is a smart way to fast-track the approval and construction of your project. How much does a CDC cost?
Are you building or renovating a property under CDC? Here’s everything you need to know about notifying your neighbours in NSW.
You may have to submit a DA if you’re building or renovating your home. Here’s what you need to know to make the process easier.
Want to maximise your return on investment? Find out how you could streamline the approval of your next dual occupancy development with us.
Covid impacted residential building trends. Residential design had to evolve & suit changing needs. Know what’s to come. Follow ES Design.
At ES Design, our priority is to ensure that the process of building is a smooth, hassle-free and pleasant experience. In saying this, a few hurdles may arise when participating in a new build, depending on the land or property where construction is set to take place. One of these main hurdles is concerning approvals. …
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Looking for a way to maximise your space through interior design? Here are our top 4 tips from ES Design for residential design.
Whether you’re looking for financial security or a place for family to call home, dual occupancy home designs open more doors.
Owning and designing a home is a big deal, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed. While it can give you creative freedom, it is better left in the hands of ES Design.
“The city’s dream home has changed in a year. It’s now all about statements in bold, head turning architecture.” Adam Devine, Real Estate Editor—The Daily Telegraph This year’s most popular properties are not based solely on location, harbour views or size, but are based on “risky” designs. Across Sydney suburbs, architects and builders alike are …
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We’ve put together our pick of the top 5 modern residential designs for the perfect Sydney home.
Luxury interior design doesn’t have to mean high costs – it all comes down to the finer details, and embracing your individual style.
When it comes to designing a home, it is likely you’ve considered the differences between dual occupancy and townhouse options. Here at ES Design, we’re advocates of both, seeing as each has their own benefits depending on various factors, from council requirements to making the best use of the land. The truth is, both developments …
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In our articles, we’ve touched on two extremely important and necessary elements for your development – the Complying Development Certificate and Development Approval. However, we haven’t explored another integral piece of documentation needed to begin construction, the Construction Certificate (CC). In this article, we’ll expand on everything you need to know about the CC, including …
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When deciding on the design for the upcoming construction of your property, you will have to determine the type of development that you want. Within residential developments, several types of design can impact the functionality and comfort of your home. Considering your needs, future goals and your family’s lifestyle is important when designing your home …
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How long do Construction Certificate (CC), Complying Development Certificate (CDC) and Developing Application (DA) approvals last? This is a question that is integral to the construction timeframe of any type of project. It’s well-known that construction on projects that require approvals cannot begin until approval has been granted. However, approvals also have a time limit. …
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As designers, we’re well aware of how difficult designing a home can be. There are many factors to take into account and a lot of conceptualisation behind designing the perfect home. For luxury homes, professional designers and architects at ES design often recommend that homeowners practise restraint as it can be incredibly easy to go …
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When designing a home for investment, there are two popular options that people have in mind: a dual occupancy home and a granny flat. Naturally, our clients ask themselves and us, “Should I build a dual occupancy home or a granny flat?” While we usually attempt to answer as straightforwardly as possible, like our responses …
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Most construction projects in Australia require some form of development approval, whether it be a Complying Development Certificate, construction certificate or development consent. Very rarely would a project be considered as an exempt development and not require any form of approval. These varying approval requirements are based on the development’s impact on the environment and …
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Building development approvals are an essential part of any type of construction in Sydney. However, newcomers to the industry as well as first time home builders are unaware of who requires building development approvals in addition to what building development approvals constitute. It’s expected that those unfamiliar with our industry are none the wiser, however, …
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When people build homes, they build for a purpose. That purpose may be for investment, comfort or design versatility. Regardless of what their purpose is, different houses can achieve different goals which is why the design of your home is crucial for achieving what you want. Some home designs are self-explanatory, such as a single …
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Townhouses can be small spaces that have a lot of potential. A townhouse is a multi-floor home that shares one wall with another property, essentially making it half the size of a single family home in some cases. Though townhouses have this decreased space, our ES Design team can cleverly develop your floor plan to …
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Dual occupancy homes are excellent properties to invest in, whether you are purchasing or building. If you are building, then you are at an advantage because you can customise your property according to your intention. With dual occupancy homes, the design potential is huge and can repay your investment in our services by producing impressive …
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Hiring a building designer is a novel idea to many homeowners, however, designers like those hired at ES Design, have a wealth of knowledge about residential architecture and interior design for homes in Sydney. Building your new home is a massive construction project that requires more than just a little conceptualisation and financing. Whether you’re …
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Luxury homes are sights to behold. Impeccable craftsmanship and thoughtful designs are just some of the elements that make luxury homes visually appealing and a joy to live in. Developing an effective luxury home requires restraint from the designer. At ES Design, we understand why clients want as much as possible from their luxury home …
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In 2021, we’re seeing a great shift in home design trends that have forced architect firms in Sydney, as well as draftsmen, to reconsider their approach. According to realestate.com.au, the top five features in new homes and renovations which are of greater importance now include allowing for more natural lighting; larger living spaces; greater outdoor …
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When it comes to a home’s functionality and aesthetic, a large portion of the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the designers and architects on the project. A duplex house contains two residences, either on top of each like apartments or next to each other like townhouses. This unique layout makes the design and architecture …
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Luxury homes in Sydney are sights to behold. They have impressive designs and are finished with high-end materials that make it immensely impressive. Luxury homes differ from country to country because architects realise the needs, wants and climates of their communities and design luxury homes according to their clients and their surroundings. While you may …
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Dual occupancy designs are two homes on one block of land. While it may be perplexing to some, dual occupancy designs are becoming increasingly popular among investors and young couples who view it as a cost-efficient method of owning a home while also earning income (through the rental of one home). The main advantage of …
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Everyone wants to achieve a cost-effective building design, but not every client understands what this entails or means. Having a small budget or reducing the cost of construction as much as possible is not the only way to be cost-effective with your building design. Instead of just maintaining low-costs throughout the building design, a comprehensive …
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Designing and building a luxury home is exciting but complex. A luxury home design is full of potential, but what makes a residential property’s design luxurious? Luxury home design may not be what you think. It doesn’t just involve gaudy furnishings or extravagant architecture, although they may be included as well. Instead, luxury home designers …
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The way you design your home’s floor plan and layout affect your home’s potential, in a number of ways. It is an essential part of the building process and is one of the key features you must consider for your home to be accommodating to your lifestyle and suitable to your family. Because building a …
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Complying development approval is needed for a number of different residential, commercial and industrial projects and is necessary to begin construction. Read more below.
An Occupation Certificate is a mandatory part of the DA and CDC approval processes. It should be sought to ensure the health and safety of a building and its occupants, but beyond that, there are many other legal and financial reasons to obtain an Occupation Certificate before moving into or using a new building. What …
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To receive your home or building design plan, our design team goes through a design process that allows them to present a comprehensive design plan that is functional, includes all of your requirements and is compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Australian Standards and Building Fire Safety regulations. Our design process also allows …
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Designing, building and renovating your home is no easy task. It can be exhausting, overwhelming and put pressure on your pocket. For developers, a tight budget is usually the most difficult constraint to overcome. However, in a world of new and innovative materials, finishes and furnishings for the construction and building industry, the possibilities have …
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If you’re planning to construct or renovate a manor house, we expect that you’re probably a bit confused about the process of its construction. Manor houses are regal, beautiful and a coveted mix of country and city, making it the envy of any homeowner. However, in Australia, manor homes remain a mystery, with many Aussies …
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If you’ve made the exciting decision to construct a dual occupancy home, then you most definitely will want to ensure that the large investment you are about to make pays off. But, just how do you guarantee that your dual occupancy home will be designed and constructed in both aesthetically pleasing and valuable ways? You …
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Luxury home designs usually require careful attention and planning in both its design, construction and fit-out. When it comes to luxury, restraint with colours, accessories and textures is usually thrown out the window to exude a lavish and rich aesthetic. While 2020 is no different with its flexible and individualistic trends, they seemed to have …
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A residential design service consultation is a great way to explore your options and discover what you need from your future property. At ES Design, we aim to help you find what you need and want so that you can start building faster. Part of beginning the residential design process is filtering through trends, needs, …
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Building or renovating a new home or your commercial business can be thrilling, however, getting the approval to develop can be overwhelming. If you are interested in renovating or constructing your property, whether commercial or residential, you will have to acquire a building development approval. To receive development approval, there are three standard methods in …
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A complying development certificate (CDC) is issued for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial developments. Of course, ‘straight forward’ is determined via several factors, but generally they are less complex buildings than those that require development approval. A CDC can be approved more quickly than a Development Application (DA) but is used for buildings or constructions larger than exempt development. …
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Examples of multiple dwellings include dual occupancies, townhouses, villas and any secondary dwellings on one block of land, such as granny flats. In higher density areas, multiple dwellings boast abundant opportunities for living and investment. Through clever architecture, properties on one piece of land can be maximised, ensuring areas are used to their full potential. …
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The scope of work of a draftsman and an architect can overlap in many ways. Architectural draftsmen produce drawings for construction developments. These can range from brand new homes to alterations and additions of existing homes, and even extend to commercial and industrial developments. A draftsman is responsible for preparing technical drawings as well as …
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Designing your dream home is a thrilling, yet overwhelming experience. Besides the aesthetic features, it is important to consider elements that will contribute to the timelessness of your home. Dream homes are built for the long-term, so it is important that you work with architectural designers to consider long-standing, but appealing trends. Top 5 trends …
Before you can begin your Development Application (DA), you must understand what constitutes a ‘development’.
A Development Application refers to the development, construction, extension, alteration or substantial upgrading of any new or existing building. This usually involves changing the footprint of a building (internal or external) from its existing condition to a more usable state.
What is a Development Approval?
A DA is a formal application for development that requires consent under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). This application is generally submitted to your local council and consists of standard application forms, to scale architectural plans, owners consent form and technical reports.
What needs developmental approval?
Developments are generally divided into two sections, each with its own set of rules; one set deals with residential buildings and one with commercial. A DA is generally required for the following types of developments:
- Alterations and addition to existing dwellings (less than 3 storeys)
- Single new dwellings (less than 3 storeys)
- Dual occupancy dwellings
- Granny flats
- Garages and carports
- Ancillary outbuildings (swimming pools and garden sheds)
Developments that include a block of units, apartments or villas require a ‘multiple dwelling’ DA to be submitted.
- Commercial office fit-outs
- Commercial shop front renovations
- Signage and advertising structures
- If building work is required for the opening of a small bar, pub, club, cafe, restaurant or takeaway shop
- The removal or pruning of trees above 5m in height, a canopy spread over 5m or trunk diameter of more than 300mmm, at ground level.
- Child Care Centres
Building Developments often require plumbing, a stormwater system or a sewage disposal system.
DA Approvals can be a time consuming and difficult task, our in-house personnel and resources ensure a rapid and effortless start to finish. We have the expertise and experience to handle residential and commercial DA processes effectively and efficiently.
ES Design stands for DA solutions: Why choose us?
With over 25 years of experience, ES Design can help you maximise the chances of your Development Application succeeding with our streamlined process and team of experts.
|Tailored Design||Open and Ongoing Communication||Maximised Development Potential|
|Our in-house personnel and resources take the time to understand your vision and overcome any limitations to the build.||We are 100% transparent to ensure no surprises and that you are kept informed on progress.||Our designs are set up for approval and a prompt start to finish—all to capitalise on the development’s potential.|
ES Design works with the council and all relevant certifiers to create a design that aligns directly with your specifications and all planning requirements for a smoother DA process. Applying our vast industry knowledge and network, we use a collaborative approach to overcome time restraints and provide a unique solution to your project.
Our award-winning comprehensive approach has positioned us as trusted leaders in the industry, dedicated to ensuring all questions are addressed throughout the process.
How does the Development Application process work with ES Design?
- Confirmation and acceptance: We agree upon a defined scope of work after an initial consultation with our design experts. Once you’re happy, you accept our proposal, and we begin design services.
- Initial design approval: For review and approval, floor plans and front elevations are issued to you; the perfect opportunity to provide feedback or address any concerns.
- Final stage design: The remaining architectural plans are issued for final review and approval.
- Pre-submission: A completed design package is submitted to the relevant certifying authority for review and determination.
Our expert service doesn’t end here. We also act as the applicant on behalf to your relevant local government authorities to ensure the process continues as effectively as possible.
We’re happy to answer questions your council may have regarding your development or the application itself, and we will assist in helping the process move along without hindrance.
Our lines of communication are always open
We are a dedicated and transparent team of industry professionals that are always available to answer your questions.
Head to www.es.au to learn more or call 0460 000 000 to speak to one of our experts for advice, information or to book an appointment.