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Blue Planet Design - your specialist residential building designer servicing Brisbane and the surrounding area.
Contact Blue Planet Design for a no obligation initial consultation to discuss your project from concept to completion.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Building projects can be complex with many different aspects that need to be considered. As a result, complying with local council requirements, organising consultants, getting the right approvals and sourcing quality builders can be a tricky business. Blue Planet Design with their expertise and team of professional consultants can take all the hard work and confusion out of the process.

Who uses a Building Designer?

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

Builders, construction companies, mums and dads, even architect’s use building designers to design their buildings and prepare all the necessary working drawings and documentation required for council approval and construction.

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 suitable for your specific needs taking into account your lifestyle, budget, site, potential resale and long term maintenance issues and costs.

Your Building Designer not only provides building design and drafting services, but also works with a team of other professionals to ensure that the foundation and structural elements of the building combine with the aesthetics to produce a building which will not only looks good but also last for many years to come.

The working drawings and other documentation required for building approval and construction are also prepared by your building designer.

Building Designer verses Architect?

Building Designers provide “buildable” practical, innovative and creative building solutions. In many cases, they can provide the same service provided by architects.

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

Why use a Building Designer?

Whether you are planning a new building, extensions, renovations or simply raising your house, a building designer can design your project to maximise it’s liveability without sacrificing its visual appeal and blowing your budget.

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

Why the BDAQ?

The Building Designers’ Association of Queensland (BDAQ) has a dynamic, innovative, progressive group of members who are always looking for new products and opportunities to learn. This means that your project will incorporate the very latest technology and meet all building code requirements.

What is QBCC Insurance?

When you use a QBCC licenced contractor for the construction of a new home or alterations and additions to an existing home, you are protected under the Queensland Home Warranty Scheme. The Scheme provides protection against defective construction work, non-compliance of work covered by a contract, and 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.

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What is QLeave?

The Queensland Government provides portable long service leave benefits for the building and construction industry. QLeave is a 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 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 $150,000 or more excluding GST. QLeave is usually paid by the project owner and 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.

Consultants, who are they and what is their role?

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Feel free to get in touch with any other questions you may have or to arrange an no obligation initial consultation with Blue Planet Design's principal building designer, Scott Dawson.

Building Designer Brisbane

Contact Blue Planet Design, your specialist residential building designer to arrange an initial consultation. We will discuss ideas for your project, the services we offer and the processes involved in getting your future building project off the ground.