I haven’t posted for a while, because I’ve been a bit depressed about the time it’s taken to get to this point. In this post, I outlined a projected timeline for how long the rest of the planning process would take.
This was the original (rough) timeline given to us by the architectural company:
- Decide on builder ~ 1 week (after we decide, we sign some papers to proceed with process)
- Design Development ~ 4-6 weeks (submissions to shire planning start here)
- Review and check costings ~ 4 weeks (should have a mostly accurate costing by this point)
- Final costing adjustments ~ 2 weeks
- Building contract drafted ~ 2 weeks
We estimated about 15 weeks of planning before demolishing in roughly late January.
Oh, how naive we were! It’s now late July and there seems to be no end in sight. We’ll be lucky to start construction by Christmas at this rate.
Based on City of Stirling planning processes, I’m now estimating that we should be ready for construction by October. However, that’s assuming all will go smoothly. And really there’s no reason it shouldn’t, except that we’ve been having a devil of a time trying to get information out of our architect. We’ve also just found out that he will be leaving the company and is in the process of transitioning our project to someone else (but will stay on board as a touch point since he has built an understanding of our project that would be difficult to pass on).
I’m trying to stay positive and keep doing research, but really I’m kind of sick of it all and just want it to be done already!