WHY CHOOSE US
Abela Design & Drafting is a boutique design studio with a focus on residential design for new homes. Our diversity flows into designs for multiple dwellings, alterations and additions to existing dwellings & light commercial buildings. Since it’s inception in 2002, Paul Abela and team has acquired a strong reputation for design that approaches each project with a uniquely creative response, sensitivity to client’s vision, and a commitment to detail.
We take the time to understand your needs and your budget. An initial meeting is held to establish a design brief and scope of work. Following this meeting a fee proposal is generated for your review. If you’d like to discuss your project, please contact us for an obligation free consultation.
THE APPROVAL PROCESS
It is important before you start your project that you are aware of the approvals that will be needed from the local authority for Planning and Building Regulations. With years of experience and developed relationships Abela Design & Drafting take care of all necessary submissions for approvals and handle negotiations with the relevant organisations. We liaise with engineers, surveyors and industry professionals to ensure approval is granted.
Our aim will be to follow your brief closely and reflect the aspirations it contains. We will work with you to develop designs that will interpret your ideas imaginatively, whilst keeping it on track and on budget. We will come up with a range of ideas for you to discuss, develop and refine together. Thereby creating a built form that is physically beautiful and enriches the lives of its occupants.
A great design is the first step, however it must be articulated in an accurate and detailed set of construction drawings. We place a great deal of importance in the quality of the construction drawings we produce – something that builders and suppliers appreciate. Applying a deep understanding of the practical and technical expertise which has evolved over numerous years contribute to well resolved and buildable projects.
TENDER PROCESS & CONSTRUCTION PHASE
It is not uncommon for building contracts to contain hidden surprises that can have an impact on the design and the building cost. We guide you through the building phase by helping you select suitable builders, obtain appropriate prices for construction, monitor progress and standards, liaise with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful completion.
FEE’S & CHARGES
Our fee will reflect the degree of personal service and bespoke design that your project involves, and will be affected by the complexity of the project. Our quotes consist of fixed fees and hourly rate charges with an estimate of time required.
some nice things our clients have to say
After purchasing an irregular shaped, steep block of land, it was soon apparent that a run of the mill "off the plan" house design would not be suitable for our purposes. After interviewing a few potential designers, it was clear that Abela Design had the slopey site experience that we were after. Our initial consultation with Abela Design consisted of handing over a survey plan of the site and a half page of dot points with some basic requirements. A few weeks later we received the initial concept plans and were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. In a word they nailed it! The layout worked well given the constraints of the site, the design had several interesting features and was very much to our personal tastes. From that point forward only minimal changes were required and we were able to progress the design through the further stages of gaining Council Development Approval and preparation of certified construction drawings. Abela Design & Drafting handled all liaison with the encumbrance manager, council, structural engineers, energy rating assessors and private certifiers which was a bonus. Throughout the whole process they were very professional and pleasant to deal with and even answered some questions during the construction phase well after their engagement was over. I would have no hesitation recommending their services to others.
I interviewed several architects when building our new house! When I talked to Paul I knew straight away that he 'got' what I was trying to achieve! He was unbelievably astute and added many great ideas whilst keeping within the theme. Everyone else I talked to told me what I couldn't have! The result is my dream home! I have happily recommended Abela Design & Drafting to others who have and will be using their services.
When you first walk into Paul's office, you get a sense of who he is; a professional, particular and very approachable gentleman. We first used Paul's service in 2002 when as owner/builders, he designed our large and modern family home. Not only were we highly satisfied with his service at the time - but every trade we used was impressed by the attention to detail and specifics of our drawings. 13 years later and we wouldn't change a thing! More recently, we returned to Abela Design & Drafting to design a smaller home in a heritage residential area for my mother - where Paul's design was exactly what we desired. He had good knowledge and complied all council requirements into the design of the home; working around complications and making them possible. As we had used a builder this time; their exact words after reviewing the drawings were "this design will make our company look great" - and too were highly impressed by the attention to detail in the plans. We would highly recommend Paul's services and will, without a doubt work with him again in future.
Being our first building project, we considered it important to engage an experienced and reputable designer. Paul Abela provided helpful advice on our initial concept design, and delivered our working drawings with impeccable attention to detail. He communicated well, and kept us informed each step of the way with council applications and building approval. Engaging Paul and his team at Abela Design brought peace of mind, knowing our project was in safe hands from beginning to end. We would have no hesitation in recommending Paul and would use his professional services again in future.