FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

01. Is Hatz a registered practice?

The use of the title ‘architect’ and ‘architectural’ is protected by law, which means that only people or firms registered with the Architects Registration Board may use these titles.

Hatz is registered with the Architects’ Registration Board of Victoria ARBV (Registration no. C50873), accredited with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia AACA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects AIA.

02. What Range of Services Does Hatz Offer?

At Hatz, we offer the full range of building-related project management and design services including:

  1. Project Management

  2. Pre-Design & Feasibility Study

  3. Concept & Sketch Design

  4. Design Development & Planning applications

  5. Contract Drawings & Specifications

  6. Tendering, Appraisals & Contract Preparation

  7. Contract Administration & Superintendence

  8. Post Construction Management

We provide architectural, interior design, landscape design and urban design services for residential, commercial and institutional clients.  Each service can be tailored to suit your project requirements.

03. How Can I Obtain A Fee?

Call or email us to arrange a free-of-charge first meeting at our office or on-site.  We will discuss your requirements and provide you with a detailed fee submission of our services.

04. What Level Of Fees Can I Expect To Pay For Engaging Hatz?

Fees are calculated on the complexities associated with the site, client brief and regulatory constraints, as each of these has ramifications on the time and level of service that Hatz will provide in realizing your vision.

As a guide, Hatz charge fees within the range of 5-15% of the final construction cost.  These percentages are based on an inverse sliding scale and in general, the higher the  percentage, the lower the construction value and the higher the complexity.

We will provide you with a Terms of Engagement with a description of our Scope of Work and fee before we undertake any work for you.

05. Do I Have To Use The Full Range Of Services Or Can I Request Services Up To A Particular Stage?

Hatz can provide the full traditional service or a partial design or supervisory service.   Our services can be tailored to suit your individual project requirements.

We will make sure that we get a clear understanding of your project during the briefing meeting and work together to clarify your needs.

06. What size of project do you work with?

At Hatz, we are interested in working on projects of all scales, regardless of their size and complexity. For us, quality is more important than size.  We work with the same passion and commitment on all projects.

07. How long does the design process and construction usually take?

Both the design and construction phases duration depend on various elements, including the project nature, size, complexity, location, etc.   As project managers, we can assist you in the early stages by preparing critical-path programmes to assist in avoiding time-related risks.

After discussing with you the project requirements, we can provide you with a timeframe to give you a clear understanding of the duration for each stage of the project.

08. Can I Ask The Architect To Supervise The Construction Phase of my Project?

It is customary for a builder to supervise the project and Hatz to oversee the builder.  We will make sure that the builder is completing the project in accordance with the contract and the drawings.  We will organise regular site visits to inspect the works, check the quality and deal with the builder regarding any defects and their rectification.

The construction phase of a project is complex, and it will determine the quality of the final product. It also represents a critical stage of the project and requires professional management to make sure that the project is finished on time and on budget.

Contract Administration, Superintendence and Project Management are services that we offer at Hatz to help you through the Construction Phase.

09. What Is The Best Way To Get In Touch?

If you have a project in mind or if would like to get a better understanding of how we work, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You can get in touch with our office by:

Email: admin@hatz.co

Telephone: 03 9867 3444.

Hatz Architects