Contact Blue Planet Design for a no obligation initial consultation to discuss your project from conception to completion. As your residential building design Brisbane specialist, we are passionate about turning your dreams into reality.

About Us


Blue Planet Design is a small residential building design Brisbane business. We strive to achieve client satisfaction through creative, innovative, practical as well as providing cost effective design solutions. Blue Planet Design are renowned design specialists of all types of residential projects whether it is a design of a new home or the extension to an existing one. Blue Planet Design will ultimately go over and above to meet your requirements.

Blue Planet Design has extensive experience with building sites ranging from house designs on small lots through to steeply sloping sites plus everything in between. We also prepare design drawings and house plans for the purpose of tendering, building approval and also construction. In addition, we ensure all requirements are met accordingly throughout the entirety of each project.

Blue Planet Design offers a complete service from initial concept right through to obtaining building approval. Also, if you don't know any builders, well we can help with that too.

We can't wait to start your project and bring it to life!

Our Services

Blue Planet Design are residential building design Brisbane specialists, which provide design as well as documentation covering all types of residential building projects.


Sustainable Housing

Blue Planet Design designs, plans and builds dwellings which make them not only more socially and environmentally responsible, but more economical.


New Homes

Blue Planet Design specialises in the design and documentation of all types of new homes. Designs include Single Story, Multi-Storey, Split Level and...


Small Lot Homes

Our extensive experience in designing Small Lot homes will ensure that the limited area of your site is developed to maximise it’s possibilities.


Extensions and Renovations

Blue Planet Design are specialists in designing home renovations and extensions. Deck, Carport, Living Room, Master Bedroom, Granny Flats...


House Raising and Build-in-Under

Lifting and building-in-under is a great way to double your floor area without sacrificing yard space. Whether a traditional Queenslander or post war... 


Sloping and Difficult Sites

When it comes to homes and extensions on sloping and difficult sites, Blue Planet Design are the expert building designers.

Your design specialists

Blue Planet Design - creative, innovative and practical designs

Clients Testimonials

Testimonials and Media Highlights

Clients, builders and consultants alike frequently sing the praises of the residential building design Brisbane business Blue Planet Design. 


“We used Blue Planet Design for our recent renovation. Scott was a pleasure to work with, always on time and”...

David and Maxine

Wavell Heights

….”thanks very much for all the work you’ve done on the house. We’re extremely happy with the plans and"…

Catherine and Mark

Petrie Terrace

“We recently put in a pool, a deck and a new carport in our front yard and contracted Blue Planet Design to draft”...

Chris and Tracy


Cutting Edge Technology

To ensure we are at the forefront of the building design industry, we eagerly keep up with the current advances in building design technology. When it comes to communicating our house designs with clients, we utilise the latest in architectural 3D modelling software. This unique, interactive 3D virtual environment enables our client to explore and view our new home designs or extensions in its truest form.

Blue Planet Design are residential building design Brisbane specialists that continue to provide the highest quality professional service at a significantly reasonable price. No matter how big or small the project is, Blue Planet Design's reputation for quality design and documentation is well regarded.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who uses a Building Designer?

Did you know that Building Designers design 75% of residential and 40% of commercial and industrial buildings?

Building designers are frequently used to design buildings and prepare all the necessary working drawings and documentation required for council approval and construction. Builders, construction companies, mums and dads and even architect’s are amoung the group of people who use these specific services from building designers.

What will a Building Designer do for me?

Building Designers design a building that is energy efficient, comfortable all year round, value for money and also suitable for your specific needs. Furthermore your lifestyle, budget, site, potential resale and long term maintenance issues and costs are taken into account.

Your Building Designer not only designs buildings, but also works with a team of other closely aligned professionals. This expert team will ensure that the foundation and structural elements of the building combine well with the aesthetics. Thus the building produced will not only look good but also last for many years to come.

Your Building Designer is also responsible for the preparation of working drawings and other documentation required for building approval and construction.

Building Designer verses Architect?

Building Designers provide “build-able” practical, innovative and also creative building solutions. And in many cases, Building Designers provide the same service as those carried out by architects.

Builders generally regard Building Designers’ working drawings as a more user friendly option. In fact many Architects use Building Designers to produce their working drawings.

Why use a Building Designer?

A Building Designer can design your project to maximise it’s liveability without sacrificing its visual appeal and blowing your budget.

Whether you are planning a new building, extensions, renovations or simply raising your house, a Building Designer will assist from concept to completion.

Building designers work with you to determine the most cost effective, user friendly and practical building solutions, that not only look good, but also meet your requirements.

Why the BDAQ?

The Building Designers’ Association of Queensland (BDAQ) is a dynamic, innovative, progressive group of professionals. BDAQ is always looking for new products and opportunities to learn and keep up to date with the latest in building design, construction and materials.

As a result of the BDAQ your project will incorporate the very latest technology and also meet all building code requirements.

How much does design and documentation cost?

Note: Blue Planet Design generally charge less than than the “Typical Fee Schedule” published by the Building Designers Association of Queensland Inc. Please feel free to contact Blue Planet Design to discuss your future building project or arrange an initial consultation.

Download the “Typical fees charged by building designers” published by the Building Designers Association of Queensland Inc

The fees shown in these charts are not recommended fees or fees which building design practices could be expected to charge for your project. They are simply an average of fees over a range of projects by a range of building design practices surveyed during 2008.

In reality every project is different and every practice has its own fee policy. Ultimately these schedules are provided as a guide to assist members of the public to plan for the design and documentation of their projects.

What is QBCC Insurance?

When you use a QBCC (Queensland Building and Construction Commission) licensed contractor for the construction of a new home you are protected under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme. This scheme applies also for alterations and additions to an existing home. 

The Scheme provides protection against defective construction work, non-compliance of work covered by a contract, as well as subsidence or settlement of a building constructed under a contract in Queensland.

QBCC insurance is paid to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, by the builder when undertaking work exceeding a value of $3,300. The “Confirmation of Insurance” document needs to be forwarded to your building certifier before your building approval can be issued.

For more information on the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme visit:

What is QLeave?

The Queensland Government provides portable long service leave benefits for the building and construction industry. QLeave is the trading name for the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority, administered by QLeave. Portable long service leave is the paid leave given to workers for service to the building and also construction industry rather than continuous service to one employer.

QLeave levy is collected on all building and construction work in Queensland where the total cost of the work, whether direct or indirect, is $80,000 or more inclusive of GST. QLeave is usually paid by the project owner and therefore must be paid prior to issue of your building approval. The Levy can be paid at any Australia Post office or agency, or directly to QLeave.

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When is a siting variation required?

A siting variation is required when a building or structure needs to be built within the boundary setbacks defined under the building laws. Siting variations are also known as boundary relaxations or building relaxations.