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Philosophy & Process 

5 Step Renovation Process

The first step in the process for Fairfax Design & Build is to understand exactly what you want to achieve in your home (including the reasons for your renovation). Fairfax Design &build has a thorough and professional briefing process that we take all customers through.

Our approach is to listen carefully to your requirements, and to ask questions to ensure we understand exactly what you are looking for, what is important to you and why.  We’ll also try to establish a budget that you’re happy to spend on your renovation.

We recommend that all decision-makers in the household are involved in the briefing stage. Often each person has different considerations and concerns, so these need to be discussed and agreed upon early on.


The next step is to translate your requirements into an architectural concept.

Fairfax  Design & Build provides concept drawings, so you can see exactly what will be built. If it’s not what you imagined, this is the time to make changes. It’s far more cost-effective to get the concept right than to decide to make changes during the construction phase.

During this concept stage, Fairfax Design & Build will provide estimates based on average costs. So you can start making decisions on what your budget can include.

Working Drawings and Contract

The next step is to develop working drawings, along with other specifications such as engineering calculations (if required).

Fairfax Design & Build brings together our  team of experts to cost up the exact work that is to be undertaken.

As part of any renovation, you need to be aware that structural issues can be uncovered unexpectedly during the course of the work. The quote will explain how these will be dealt with and costed for your renovation.

If required, the cost can be refined or brought down by making modifications to the design. Because Refresh has the best buying power, labour rates and building process efficiency, our quote will be very competitive based on the work required and the quality of finish expected.

During this stage, Fairfax Design & Build  also takes responsibility for obtaining all required building and resource consents. This can be a very complicated process, so it is important for time and cost management that this process is handled by experts.



Your Fairfax Design & Build project manager will brief the tradespeople on the project; and schedule and manage their activity. Renovating is a multi-layered process, and trades need to be carefully scheduled to keep the job moving forward smoothly.

It is very important that each trade has completed their work to the correct standard. It can also impact the next stage of the job (for example, if the walls aren’t gib-stopped properly, the paint job won’t look as good). Your project manager will ensure quality control at each stage, to eliminate any issues or disputes at the end of the project.

With Fairfax Design & Build end-to-end design and build renovation service, you can be assured of a hassle-free project.


Finished home:

The final stage is for Fairfax Design & Build  to ensure that all Council documentation is completed and you have the necessary Code of Compliance documentation. Congratulations – your renovation is complete!

In addition, Refresh provides all customers with a 10-year workmanship warranty to ensure you have total peace of mind to go with your new renovation.

If you would like a free, no obligation initial design and build consultation to discuss your renovation project.

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