FAQs

+ What makes ARKit’s approach different?

ARKit is a design led practice. We pride ourselves on delivering the high quality architecturally designed residential buildings.

We value and enjoy the collaboration between architect and client that results in new homes and additions that create extra space for families, new places to co-exist and provide a lifestyle change.

Our integrated design and construction service enables us to fully translate design requirements to built form with no surprises. We love prefabrication, timber and all things environmentally friendly. We embrace these values with our clients in all aspects of our services.

We are excited by opportunities to test the boundaries for applications of prefabricated design and construction. Through innovation we seek to contribute to the development of industry and locally based manufacturing.


+ What is modular construction?

Modular, volumetric, unitised and pods are all prefab terminologies referring to buildings constructed offsite. In ARKit’s case this means that we build modules in our workshop to a stage that is as complete as possible. This includes installation of all cabinetry, fittings, fixtures, floor and wall finishes and even furnishings if desired. Larger buildings are designed to ensure that they seamlessly join together with minimal onsite time to complete to complete the project.


+ What is panelised construction?

Panelised construction consists of smaller manageable elements that arrive to site ready for assembly. This construction methodology is often used for projects with site access constraints or for designs that do not suit a modular approach. We deliver floor, wall and roof panels that are as complete as possible for expedient onsite assembly.


+ Are all of ARKit’s projects fully custom designed?

Yes. ARKit is an architectural practice. For each of our projects we provide a full architectural design service. This means we work with you from initial brief stage through to completion of construction to ensure design requirements are fully translated to the built form.


+ Are there design limitations are associated with prefabrication?

No. ARKit offers two building systems, panelised and modular construction. Our panelised building system can accommodate any design and is best suited for sites with access constraints or where the desired design cannot be accommodated by our modular buidling system. Our modular building system is generally more cost effective and involves less time on site. With this system we design buildings in a series of transportable sized modules.


+ How long will it take to design my project?

Each project is unique and therefore the amount of time to collaborate with our clients to reach the optimum design outcome can vary. As a guide we suggest that working toward a preferred concept design may take between three and four weeks.


+ What authority approvals will be required for my project?

ARKit designs and builds throughout Australia and overseas. The approval requirements for your site will be subject to local authority requirements. As a first step in the design process we will establish the specific requirements applicable to your property. Through the design process we will manage the approval process on your behalf.


+ What is meant by handcrafted?

Each of our buildings is individually hand built in our Melbourne workshop using traditional carpentry methods, modern production facilities and high quality standard residential construction materials. Through this approach we are able to achieve higher tolerances and construction quality than traditional site based building. We do not use steel studs or insulated panels or other materials and/or construction methods generally associated with relocatable or portable buildings.


+ Do ARKit’s buildings satisfy all regulatory requirements applicable to conventionally built projects?

Yes. ARKit buildings are built to all codes and regulations applicable to standard residential construction. Our buildings are designed and built to fully comply with the National Construction Code (NCC), relevant bushfire regulations, cyclone building codes, and to exceed the environmental performance requirements of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).


+ Does ARKit manage all aspects of construction?

Yes. ARKit is a building company. We comprehensively manage and deliver all aspects of construction required for the completion of your project.


+ How long will it take to build my project?

Our projects are custom designed and therefore build times vary. As an example a new three bedroom house constructed using our modular system may take 10 - 14 weeks in the factory and 2 - 4 weeks on site to complete.


+ What are the environmental credentials of ARKit’s projects?

ARKit offers a highly considered response to the built environment. Our building system has been developed to surpass the performance of traditional construction. For each building we carefully address; embodied energy – through the selection of natural materials, operation energy – through efficient design and an understanding of the local conditions, thermal performance – by providing insulation that exceeds the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) and through the construction process – by reducing waste and noise pollution.


+ What are the specific design features of ARKit’s buildings?

As architects our primary focus is the architectural response. We enjoy embarking on an individual design process for each project whilst getting to know our clients. The design features inherent to each of ARKit's projects include high quality finishes and construction detailing and a design response that provides the optimum outcome to meet our client's individual needs.