Arky Design Architectural, Building & Planning Blog

Latest entries about important issues from the architectural design, building and planning industries and how they influence building decisions across Melbourne

A recipe for demolition in Footscray: The retiree, the builder, his building inspector and their Victorian Building Authority

A recipe for demolition: the retiree, the builder, his building inspector and their Victorian Building Authority

Two Footscray townhouses were so badly built they will have to be demolished.
Despite recent overhauls in governance and regulation of the Victorian building industry, recent bad builds and disastrous outcomes highlight the need for property owners to be both diligent […]

November 27th, 2017|Building Plans, Government, Legal, New Homes, Town Planning|

Kingston Council forced to admit error and pay developer

Kingston Council forced to pay developer $17,500 after confusion around its own planning laws

A developer has been awarded $17,500 in legal costs by VCAT after successfully defending a case brought against him by the City of Kingston. In 2014 the council claimed the developer, Wayne Wilson, required a planning permit for the multi-storey development in […]

November 5th, 2017|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

Council Threatening Planning Enforcement Action

Council is threatening Planning enforcement action

If you have been contacted by your local council in any capacity and you are unsure of your legal position you should consider contacting Arky Design for advice on your planning circumstances.
With any enforcement proceeding it is unwise to ignore an initial approach from Council. Infringements against the local planning […]

November 5th, 2017|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

Call in the Planners: the tale of the Corkman Irish Hotel

The Corkman “Cowboys” and how ignoring planning regulations at a heritage listed hotel in Carlton caused a huge headache

By days end on Sunday the 16th of October 2016 the historic Corkman Irish Pub, in Melbourne’s inner north suburb of Carlton, ceased to exist. After standing for more than 150 years at the corner of Leicester […]

October 12th, 2017|Building Plans, Town Planning|

Building Permit for a Deck

A Building Permit must be granted prior to the commencement of any building works unless the work is exempt under Part 18 and Schedule 8 of the Building Regulations 2006.

To confirm if the building works you propose to carry out require a building permit, you should contact our building design department for a overview of […]

July 7th, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes|

WMO assessment

As many of you are aware, since Black Saturday, Local councils have initiated a new Town planning overlay called WMO, Wildfire Management Overlay. This is basically assessing your proposal against the local CFA and council recommendations for a wildfire management plan to avoid loss of life during a bushfire.

Obvioulsy this is just a new Town planning […]

June 21st, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

Why use a Tendering Process?

Developing the project with one Architectural services team then bringing on another to oversee the Melbourne builders works is a little like raising a child to six years of age and then handing him/her over to someone else to raise them thru school and beyond. Continued support throughout the lifecycle of the project will always yield better […]

June 9th, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes, Town Planning|

What is a Quantity Surveyor?

A Quantity Surveyor is a person or company that is used on medium to large builds and most commercial projects to estimate the approximate cost of the total project costs within 10%. This margin may vary depending on the information your builder in Melbourne supplies. The quantity surveyor uses a computer program that does a […]

May 16th, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes|

What is the Difference between an Owner Builder and a Melbourne Builder

What is the Difference between an Owner Builder and a Melbourne Builder?

Simpy – A Melbourne Builder is a registered builder with the Victorian Building Commission. This is the only legal registration board in Victoria, There are “associations” like Master Builder’s Associations, but these are just information and resource outlets which builders in Melbourne can become […]

May 3rd, 2014|Building Plans, New Homes|

What is the difference between a residential and commercial builder.

 Step 1

Apart from the obvious, that one builder does residential building and the other does commercial building work, I have outlined below the other differences.

Can a residential builder also build commercial buildings?
Are there different types of commercial builders in Melbourne?
Do residential and commercial builders need to be registered?
Are residential building contract […]

April 16th, 2014|Building Plans, Town Planning|