These samples provide an indicative format and content for some specification notes to be provided to the Cost Planner to help with preparing a Sketch (or Schematic) Design Stage Cost Plan Report for typical residential projects – both New, and also Alterations & Additions.

These samples, of course, don’t cover all items required or all possible circumstances that may be encountered (… the design at this stage is far from complete) but it will help the Cost Planner with the preparation of a cost report for you.

If other items, works or potential costs are required (i.e. difficult access or close proximities to neighbours; specific major repairs… or the like), then notes should be included to acknowledge them.

Note also: Indicative $/unit allowances (such as, “Stove supply: $2,000”) are more helpful at this early stage than are brand names (or model numbers – as this, in my opinion, really is more Design Development or Tender Stage information rather than Sketch stage) as all brands have an assortment of models for any item and generally have a wide range of possible costs.

And also, comments like ‘medium range’ or ‘high quality’ will occasionally also not be a very helpful description, as one designer’s idea of ‘high quality’ may be another designer’s opinion of ‘low range’ … the indicative $ figures are more helpful.

If you have any questions let me know… but feel free to take these templates and use them yourself if needed.