FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Q WHY CHOOSE JMH DESIGN?

At JMH Design, we believe that strong designer-client working relationships are key to successful design outcomes. Specifically, our philosophy centres on a customer-focused, ground-up process which is environmentally and economically sustainable. JMH Design values professionalism, creativity and attention to detail throughout each individual design. JMH Design prides itself on the quality of our work and assures customers will gain satisfaction from every design, plan and construction produced.


Q WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

What makes JMH Design different is the way in which we interact with our builders, certifiers engineers, town planners and most importantly our clients. At JMH design not only do we pride ourselves on our design flair, building knowledge and attention to detail more importantly the way in which we communicate with our clients from the initial consult to the approval of the job. Our clients will always know where they are positioned and when they can expect to see their plans.


Q WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BUILDING DESIGNER & AN ARCHITECT?

There is little difference between a building designer and an architect. The BDAQ (Building Designers Association Queensland) state “In Queensland there is no difference in the work that can be done by a building designer as opposed to an architect. There are some differences in education and regulation between the professions but these make little difference to their work output.” JMH Design is a fully licensed (low rise) building design company under the QBCC (Queensland Building & Construction Commission). Whilst we maintain the same level of professionalism and design capability as architects, we as a team of building designers at JMH Design pride ourselves on structural knowledge, communication with other building professionals and most importantly provide a service that is cost effective.


Q WHEN DO I NEED BUILDING PLANS DRAWN?

New homes, townhouse developments, renovations, extensions, alterations and additions (minor or major), house raise and build in under, patios, decks & gazebos, carports, garage or sheds, retaining walls and structural landscaping.


Q WHAT IS A PRIVATE CERTIFIER?

A private certifier is a building certifier who is licensed under the QBCC (Queensland Building & Construction Commission) to approve building works within their license grade. The QBCC states “Licensed Building Certifiers can work for local government or in a private practice. They inspect a project before, during and at completion to ensure it complies with the approved building plans (approval of development permit for building works), and appropriate building standards”.


Q HOW LONG DOES MY BUILDING APPROVAL LAST?

The building work must be completed, inspected and finalised within two years of the date issue on the Decision Notice document, unless noted otherwise by the appointed Building Certifier.


Q WHY ARE WORKING DRAWINGS NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PACKAGES?

At JMH Design we understand that budgets are an important part of the design process. Therefore by having Working Drawings as a separate stage clients have the ability to review budgets with builders or quantity surveyors to ensure that budgets are being met. Upon completion of the Working Drawing stage JMH Design will send the plans off to other professionals for quoting e.g. building certifiers and engineers etc, if the client’s budget is not being met then this stage of the process is to be put on hold.

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