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…from little things, big things grow…

You’re excited (but also a little apprehensive) about the prospect of renovating or building… it’s such a BIG thing!  The planning, designing and building of your home can be a long, complicated process. Talina Edwards Architecture is here to help guide you along the way. Let’s break it down into smaller steps and start at the beginning.

Before we can get stuck into the exciting Design Stage where you can start to see your dream-home come to life on paper, there are a few initial steps to begin with, in the Pre-design stage.

Regardless of whether you decide to engage an architect to help with your full project, or end up deciding it is more suitable in your circumstances for you to go elsewhere, you do need to take the following steps. Failing to do so could lead to misunderstandings of all parties concerned, and result in costly mistakes by going down the wrong track…”failing to plan is planning to fail”...



The seed is sown…

Site Review / Preliminary Consultation:

What do I get? This is a chance for you to meet with a design expert at your home/proposed site for an initial chat about what you’re hoping to achieve. The architect can look at initial site features, existing conditions, and to discuss briefly if your grand plans are compatible with the site/your budget/timeframe. There is no-obligation to commit to further architectural services.This first step includes:


- Checklist/Questionnaire will be sent to you prior “Seven questions to answer before talking with an architect"


+ 120 minute preliminary consultation at your site
+ Initial site review
+ Look at existing Site Conditions
+ Site opportunities/constraints
+ Sustainable design options
+ Discussion of your brief, budget and timeframe
+ Discussion of design/planning/building process
+ Suggestions for next steps specific for you (i.e. Full Architectural Services, or Pre-Design investigations/Feasibility Study and Design services.)
+ Information Package about architectural services/building process
+ Fee Proposal for next step if applicable (to follow)

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"Helping reduce your carbon footprint"

+ A tree will be planted to help offset carbon emissions (thanks to our friends at Fifteen Trees)

Talina Edwards Architecture will conduct your SITE REVIEW from just $900* +gst. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO.






"Your (Site Review) is exactly what I was hoping for, thank you!  You gave me such practical advice and you had ideas that I would never of thought of.  Most importantly I know the order in which I will start my renovations. It just goes to prove that everyone can benefit from an Architect knowledge, even if your budget is low."  Wendy (Ballarat)

"I found your information rich visit, questions and discussion very helpful."
Martin (Ballarat)

"Both (of us) were really impressed with the information you were able to provide us when you visited, you certainly know your stuff! and we really appreciate your knowledge and skills.
Thanks so much for your (follow-up) email, appreciate your thoughts and all the additional information. I am working my way through all the links, info and thoughts! really appreciate the detail you have provided!! thank you.”
Jayne (Ararat) 
And this feedback from a client who was looking at the Feasibility of a project (illustrating that a Site Review can help put things in perspective and organise priorities):
"Thank you so very much Talina.
We have deliberated long and hard about this and appreciate all your fantastic input, as well as this info you've provided - thank you!
We will certainly be in touch if we do decide to re-instate architectural services and will highly recommend you and your team to anyone searching.”
Ellie (Ballarat)


* Fee to be paid in full prior to Site Review (we will invoice you prior)
* Site to be within greater Ballarat region (Travel costs apply beyond 20km from Ballarat office of $1.00/km)
* Consultation to be scheduled during business hours - a surcharge may apply for evenings/weekends
* Consultation limited to 120 minutes (additional time charged on a time-basis hourly rate )
* Fees subject to change - current July 2022
* Preliminary advice only - further pre-design site-specific investigations and feasibility studies will be required prior to commencing any architectural design services