The Architectural Alternative: Quaama House

The story of this Intermode house began in mid 2014 when a professional couple bought a block of land in Quaama, a small town just north of Bega, NSW. The couple was after a tree change; a place where they could reside permanently. The home had to accommodate separate spaces for visiting guests and also offer an office where they could run their business from home.

The timing was perfect. With The Southern Highlands house under construction, the clients were able to regularly visit the project, giving them a complete understanding of what Intermode could deliver.

Intermode offered an efficient and streamlined version of a traditional architectural service. The first stage was a detailed meeting between the clients and the architects to discuss their brief. During this phase, Intermode developed an understanding of the client’s priorities and budget.

The concept design and cost plan phase began with a meeting on site. This gave the architect an opportunity to do their own site analysis and assess its opportunities and constraints. Any particular requirements of the client were also discussed on site.

Intermode then prepared a concept design package, which included site analysis, preliminary assessment of the planning policies and overlays relating to the site, floor plans, and a selection of 3D perspective views. At this meeting, the architects explained the design response and the layout of the home. Once the client approved the concept plan, Intermode’s construction team prepared a preliminary cost plan. In the case of the Quaama home, the preliminary cost plan was in line with the budget and the clients engaged Intermode to proceed straight to the Construction Drawings and Approvals stage.

The first step of this stage was to prepare and submit the Town Planning application and drawings. Following approval, Intermode proceeded to the documentation phase, where the detail of the exterior and interior were refined, and the materials and fittings confirmed. Secondary consultants were also integrated into the architectural package which gave a complete picture of the home for pricing and building permit purposes.

With Intermode’s standardised modular design, this documentation process is efficient and clear, saving our Quaama clients time and money. With the Intermode Quaama residence, the tender price was returned just two months after it was lodged. It reflected the preliminary cost plan plus the later additions the client had made during the documentation phase and additional site works. Contracts were signed and construction commenced just two weeks later on the 1st June.

Like all Intermode homes, the Quaama house will be constructed on site. There is no need for prefabrication of large modules of the house in a factory some thousands of kilometers away. The homes are built by skilled trademans which gives Intermode their high quality finish for a competitive price within a short construction time frame.

The Intermode Quaama 
residence only has a 24-week building program, so the clients will move 
into their beautiful new home by Christmas. It's exceptional, made simple.