Monthly Archives: April 2014


Testimonial – Melissa Pease

Thanks for helping us with our submission to council for our extension. We are happy to say it was approved in less than 5 weeks and all complied thanks to your knowledge & guidance as we did not understand the process. It was a pleasure dealing with you. I particularly […]


Testimonial – Michael

I am currently assessing a DA to which you prepared the plans at Oliver Street, Freshwater. I just wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a pleasure it is to assess your designs. Your plans are clear to read and I really appreciate your use of colour […]


Testimonial – Kerry and Des Cleary

We just want to say a big thank you to you for your professional approach, your attention to detail and your “can do” attitude in putting the plans together for our new house in Newport. It has been a real pleasure dealing with you throughout this process. We have and […]


Glossary – A

Absorption Pit: A pit or trench dug into permeable ground, filled with broken stone, bricks or large granular material, usually covered with earth, where liquid may soak away into the ground. Acid sulphate Soils: Are actual or potential acid sulphate soils, as defined in the “Acid Sulphate Soils Assessment and […]


Glossary – B

Balcony: An external platform usually accessed from an upper floor level. Baluster: One of the vertical pieces of a stair or porch railing. Balustrade: Railing fixed from stair treads, landing, balcony or bridge. BASIX: The Building Sustainability Index which ensures homes are designed to use less potable water and be […]


Glossary – C

C.C ( Construction Certificate): Your green light to commence works. Provided by Council or Private Certifier. Cathedral ceiling:  Where the ceiling is pitched to follow the line of the roof support timbers. These support timbers may be lined or left exposed. Cavity:  The space between the internal and external skin […]


Glossary – D

D.A. (Development Application):  The plans submitted to the relevant municipal Council to seek approval for a development . Usually approved with a number of conditions attached, all of which must be met by the builder and/or the owner. D.A.R:  Dressed all round – timber that has been planed on all […]


Glossary – E

Eaves Gutter: A preformed gutter fixed to the fascia board or the face of rafters Entablature: The part of a structure above a column, including the architrave, frieze and cornice Established Building Line: A building line that is established by map or a de facto building line Expansion Joints: Definite […]


Glossary – F

Facade:  The external face of a structure Fanlight: A semicircular transom window over a door or window Fascia Board: A wide horizontal board, which is fixed to the lower ends of the roof rafters and usually supports the guttering as well as the outside edge of boxed eaves Fascia Gutter: […]