Welcome to Korden Design

Korden Design...The story so far...

Korden Design has been in Berwick for over 15 years. We have over 50 years combined experience within our office and have the ability to provide you with simple 2d designs or detailed 3d representations of your project. Our service can be provided at drawing capacity only or we can organise everything from concept to building permit stage depending on your requirements.

The bulk of our work is residential, most of which are custom designs be it single/double storey, period, contemporary or modern styles. We have designed and documented homes for people throughout Melbourne and it's surrounding suburbs, although the bulk of our projects are located in the South East.

We pride ourselves on our ability to meet client expectation in service and design and by producing accurate, detailed and concise construction drawings. A large amount of our project homes come about through word of mouth and customer satisfaction which is the focus of our company as a whole.

...Getting Started on your new project...

As you may have discovered, it can be very difficult to get started when building new or extending your existing residence. As with all aspects of building or extending, it is also beneficial to understand what it is you are getting in regards to house plans. As we always say to people "time spent planning is money saved in building", so it is prudent to ask the right questions in achieving the best result.

Things to look out for when selecting  a Building Designer;

- Are they a registered practitioner?

- Are they a member of a recognised industry association? e.g.. HIA (Housing Industry Association) or BDAV (Building Designers Association of Victoria)

- Where does the bulk of their experience lie e.g.. Residential, Commercial, Industrial.

- What level of service can they provide you with?

All of the above are questions needed to be considered at this point. The first three are simple yes or no, the level of service it the main variable from practice to practice. The most common elements required to achieve a building permit besides the construction drawings include;

- Property information (sewer, stormwater, planning etc..)

- Soil report

- Wind Classification report

- B.A.L. (Bushfire Attack Level) report

- Structural Engineering

- Energy rating report

There are many other elements that you may required such as Framing/ Bracing plans, Landscape Designs, Town Planning submissions etc. These elements are site specific so until further information is available they are an indeterminable.

As with any industry, the level of service and professionalism will vary between Building Designers. It is important to do your homework and select an accredited firm who will provide you with the level of service and quality required to make your project run smoothly. It is also important to stick to a budget. It isn't uncommon to receive quotations based purely on basic plans without any associated documentation and consultants fees required. Ask your practitioner what the total cost will be to achieve a Building permit for your project as this is your ultimate goal.

At Korden Design, we have the experience, design flair and technical expertise to bring your project to life, whatever your budget may be.