New House Plans

The appetite for smart, sustainable and small houses is growing, but not everyone wants to – or can afford to – build a customised architect-designed home.

We’ve created a series of New House Plans for people of all ages and stages of life – from young families to empty-nesters and downsizers – who value great design, and want to reduce their home’s impact on the planet.

The Long House yard in the MDC architects new house floor plan

Long House

The short house exterior garden in MDC architects new house plan

Short House

The tall house exterior garden in the MDC architects new house plans

Tall House 3

The exterior and garden of MDC Archictects' Tall House 4 New House Plan

Tall House 4

Our New House Plans make it easier for people to enjoy the many benefits of a well-designed home because:

  • They are specifically designed to make the most of infill and smaller sites, so you can take advantage of smaller land sizes and lower entry costs to the property market
  • The homes use simple construction methods – familiar to Perth-based residential builders – so you can take control of the project without the need for an architect to oversee the build
  • They are deliberately modest in size, resulting in lower construction costs, and lower mortgage costs over the life of your loan
  • The homes have a high energy efficiency rating of approx. 8.5 stars (using NatHERS, and dependent on actual orientation and the unique characteristics of your site)
  • The careful planning of interior spaces and generous gardens means these homes feel more spacious than their compact footprint suggests, thanks to great indoor-outdoor flow and connections to greenery and landscape.

If you have a vacant site or plan to knockdown and rebuild, and want a sustainable and affordable architect-designed home, our New House Plan packages provide a roadmap to help you assemble your documents for Development Application, and then engage a builder to commence construction of your new home.

They are designed to suit sites with a minimum size of 300sqm and construction budgets of $360k-$520k (depending on your preferred house size, your chosen materials and finishes).

Courtyard of MDC Architect's new house plan home

Features

MDC Architect’s New House Plans

The short house floor plan in the MDC architects new house floor plan

• 3 bedroom + study designs, and a 4 bedroom version of Tall House ranging from 110-140sqm, providing flexibility to suit your changing needs in future;

• Single-storey and two-storey options to suit various block sizes and ideal orientations to north

• Small efficient footprints and carports to maximise gardens and liveable outdoor spaces

• Passive solar design principles, including thermal mass, cross ventilation and ample insulation, to maintain comfortable temperatures all year round while reducing your ongoing heating and cooling costs 

• All-electric appliances to give you the option to achieve carbon neutral status in operational energy with the installation of photo-voltaic panels

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MDC Architects Website Terms Of Use

MDC ARCHITECTS

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE AND ANY OF OUR SERVICES.

Welcome to our Website and online architectural plan services. If you continue to browse and use this Website and our services you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use (“Terms“), which together with our privacy policy, govern our relationship with you in relation to your use of our Website and our services.

We offer architectural plan package services through our Website where you can also engage our custom services to amend or alter the designs, to prepare development applications and other project management services. If you choose these custom services, we would then be engaged with you directly with you under the terms of our Architectural Services Engagement Agreement.

By using this Website and our services, you signify your acceptance of these Terms and conditions of use. For the purposes of these Terms, “us”, “our” and “we” refers to MDC Architects and “you” and “your” refers to you, the client, visitor, website user or person using our Website.

In these Terms:

Architectural Plan Packages’ or ‘Plans’ means the pre-designed plans for homes that are published on the Website.

Architectural Services Engagement Agreement’ means the agreement that may be entered into between a client and MDC Architects for making changes to any Architectural Plan Package or for the custom design for the construction of a dwelling, commercial building or other structure.

Consequential Loss’ means any indirect or consequential loss or damage; delayed, postponed, interrupted or deferred use of a dwelling, commercial building or other structure; loss of use a dwelling, commercial building or other structure; increased building costs; increased rent and costs of alternative accommodation through delays in completion of a dwelling, commercial building or other structure; loss of profit, revenue or anticipated revenue; loss of bargain, contract, expectation or opportunity; punitive or exemplary damages; in each case arising from or in connection with the performance of the Services or supply of any Architectural Plan Packages and whether or not foreseeable at the time of entering into the agreement set out in these Terms.

‘copyright’ means:

(a)        any copyright under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth);

(b)        any copyright under the law of a country other than Australia; and

(c)        rights in the nature of or analogous to the rights in (a) and (b) under the law of Australia or any other country (including future copyright and rights in the nature of or analogous to copyright).

‘GST’ means the goods and services tax as defined in the A New Tax System (Goods and Services) Act 1999 (Cth).

intellectual property rights’ means all rights in relation to copyright, trade secrets, confidential information, designs, patents, trade marks and service marks, whether registered or unregistered.

Materials’ means and includes artistic works, conceptual drawings, specifications, architectural plans, workbooks, reports, written documents, videos, computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) works, building information modelling (BIM) works, 3D architectural models or other material which may be included in any Architectural Plan Packages or developed during the Services and/or required to assist and enable the Services to be performed.

MDC Architects’ means MDC Architects Pty Ltd (ACN: 624 192 605).

Personnel’ means any director, officer, employee, independent contractor, agent or other representative.

Services’ means the architectural services outlined on the Website and any other building project management services that may be supplied by MDC Architects from time to time.

Website’ means https://www.mdcarchitects.com.au

  1. REGISTRATION AND SELECTION OF SUBSCRIPTION PLAN
    1. To download Architectural Plan Packages, you need to register through the registration page on the Website. This requires submission of information about yourself via the Website registration form. 
    1. You must be over 18 years of age to use this website and to purchase any Architectural Plan Packages.
    1. You warrant that all information you provide is true, correct, up-to-date and accurate personal information and contact details. By providing your contact details, you agree to be contacted by our administrative team.
  1. OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHT MATERIAL AND TRADEMARKS 
    1. MDC Architects retains all copyright in all Architectural Plan Packages, which may only be used and reproduced in accordance with the licence set out in these Terms.
    1. The Architectural Plan Packages are protected by the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and the copyright law of other countries and except as authorise by the licence set out in these Terms, you may not reproduce, publish, or otherwise use or deal with the Plans, including but not limited to distributing or communicating the Plans to any person.
    1. All logos, icons, brand names or service names that identify MDC Architects on this Website or on Architectural Plan Packages are our copyright property or our trade marks or service marks.
    1. Any unauthorized use of Architectural Plan Packages may violate copyright, trade mark and other property rights or legal protections and could result in criminal or civil penalties.
  1. LICENCE OF ARCHITECTURAL PLAN PACKAGES
    1. Your purchase of any Architectural Plan Package grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, licence to build the dwelling, or other structure depicted in the Plans.
    1. The Architectural Plan Packages are supplied in electronic format so you may print as many copies of the Plans as you wish to supply to planning authorities, builders, engineers or other people or organisations that may need to receive a copy of the Plans, however you may only use your purchased Plans to construct one single dwelling, or other structure using the Plans unless agreed otherwise in writing by MDC Architects. 
    1. Should you wish to construct more than one dwelling, or other structure using the same Plans or any adaptation or modification of the Plans, please contact us first. Subject to our written permission and your payment of re-use fees as determined by us, we may grant you permission to build the dwelling, or other structure depicted in the Plans more than one time.
    1. You may only adapt or modify the Plans for the purpose of obtaining planning consent for the dwelling, or other structure or otherwise to meet the requirements of the site on which the dwelling, or other structure is to be constructed. 
    1. MDC Architects is available to assist you to adapt or modify the Plans, which services will be carried out in accordance with an Architectural Services Engagement Agreement that you may agree to sign.
    1. You may not sell or transfer the plans to any other person or legal entity without our express written consent, including but not limited to, where you sell the property on which the dwelling, or other structure is intended to be built before commencing construction of the dwelling, or other structure.
  1. RESPONSIBILITIES AND WARRANTIES
    1. It is your responsibility to assure that all construction work is carried out in accordance with the most up-to-date applicable building codes and construction standards. You may need to obtain building permits or inspections from local governments before, and in the course of, any construction.
    1. Because of the differences in geography and climate, each state and territory or local government area has its own building codes, zone requirements, ordinances, and building regulations and you must comply with all local building codes, zoning requirements, and other applicable construction laws, regulations, ordinances, and requirements for the area and site where you wish to construct. 
    1. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the proper professional assistance from builders, engineers, and building trade services, (including but not limited to plumbers and electricians), to provide standard construction materials, details and practices, which will result in a structurally sound and weatherproof finished product.
    1. MDC Architects warrants the following:
      1. 4.4.1.In providing the Architectural Plan Packages, the MDC Architects will comply with general law and the professional standards of the architectural profession of Australia; and
      2. 4.4.2.The work performed to design the Architectural Plan Packages will be done to a high standard in accordance with best architectural design industry practice.
  1. DELIVERY OF SERVICES AND ACCEPTANCE OF PROJECTS
    1. You can download digital versions of the Architectural Plan Package from our Website. Please be aware there are inherent risks associated with downloading any software and digital goods. Should you have any technical problems downloading any of our goods, please contact us so we may try to assist you.
    1. You are responsible for the secure storage and back-up of all Architectural Plan Packages and digital goods that you download from our Website and MDC Architects has no liability or responsibility for the loss, damage or corruption of electronic files following downloading of digital goods by you.
    1. You can request the delivery of physical copies of the Architectural Plan Packages from us, which will require you to pay our reproduction and delivery charges.
    1. Physical copies of the Architectural Plan Packages may be delivered by Australia Post and/or other reputable courier companies. Deliveries are processed promptly upon receipt of full payment. Delivery may take between 2 and 14 days, depending on the delivery option. Damaged or lost orders should be resolved with Australia Post or the courier company directly and we are not responsible for goods that are damaged in transit or not received. Replacement of damaged or lost items is made at the discretion of mdcarchitects.com.au.
  1. PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY
    1. We do not process any payments on the Website or store credit card information on the Website, in the event payment transactions occur on the Website, we pass credit card information to PayPal or Stripe (third-party payment processors) using secure payment technology and PayPal or Stripe processes the transaction and send us the confirmation of payment: For further information about PayPal or Stripe visit their individual websites.
    2. As we have provided our digital products to you on purchase, we do not offer any refunds.
    3. We manage all other refunds for Architectural Plan Packages in accordance with the Australian Consumer Law. Should you have any issues with any downloads or other technical problems, please contact us directly so we may assist.
  1. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
    1. MDC Architects cannot control where and how any Plans used to construct the dwelling, including but not limited to the circumstances in which the Plans may be adapted, modified or otherwise used by you or the builder you engage and for this reason, you agree that MDC Architects is not responsible for the use by you or your builder of any part or all of the Plans.
    2. It is your own responsibility to ensure that any Plans, products, services or information available through this Website meet your specific, personal requirements. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    3. Whilst we, at all times endeavour to have the most accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on our Website, we do not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the result of the use of any Plans, document, product, service, link or information in our Website or as to their correctness, suitability, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.
    4. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you agree and accept that MDC Architects is not legally responsible for any loss or damage you might suffer related to your use of this Website and Services, whether from errors or from omissions in our Plans, documents or information, any goods or services we may offer or from any other use of this Website. This includes your use or reliance on any third-party content, links, comments or advertisements. Your use of, or reliance on, any information or materials on this Website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable.
    5. Subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), MDC Architects absolutely disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. MDC Architects gives no warranty that the Plans and any documents, goods or services will be free of errors, or that defects will be corrected, or that our Website or its server is free of viruses or any other harmful components.
    6. You agree and acknowledge that we are not liable for any direct, indirect, consequential or incidental loss or damage which may result from your use of the Services, our Website and any content or any information contained on the Website or linked to it. For the sake of clarity, in no event will we be liable for any consequential, indirect, incidental or special damages of any kind including any damages for loss of revenue, profits, interruption of business, loss or use of data even if the possibility of such loss was made known to us.
    7. Certain legislation including the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) in the Consumer and Competition Act 2010 (Cth), and similar consumer protection laws and regulations may confer you with rights, warranties, guarantees and remedies relating to the provision of Services by us to you which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified (“Statutory Rights“).
    8. Our liability is governed solely by the ACL and these Terms.  We exclude all conditions and warranties implied by custom, law or statute except for your Statutory Rights.
    9. Except for your Statutory Rights, all goods and services are provided to you without warranties of any kind, either express or implied; and we expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
    10. For the purposes of Schedule 2 of the ACL, in particular Sections 51 to 53, 64 and 64A of Part 3-2, Division 1, Subdivision A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), our liability is limited to: the supplying of the goods or services to you again; the replacement of the goods; or the payment of the cost of having the goods or services supplied to you again.
    11. The Client will defend, indemnify and hold MDC Architects and our Personnel harmless from and against any and all claims, charges, actions, liabilities, investigations, demands and similar, including but not limited to any costs, any direct, indirect, incidental loss or damage or Consequential Loss, and all legal fees, which may be brought against us or our Personnel (or both) by any third party in respect of any claimed loss or damage arising from: (i) your breach or alleged breach of these Terms; or (ii) unauthorised use of the Website or our Services by you or anyone using your user login name and password; or (iii) the use, construction, conversion, adaptation, modification, misinterpretation, misuse, or reuse by you or any third party of the Plans, electronic files, drawings and data provided by MDC Architects to you; (iv) or from any act or thing done by MDC Architects and our Personnel on your instructions or with your approval, including, but not limited to, the infringement of the intellectual property rights of any person in relation to anything that is included by us in the Plans following your directions or instructions.
    12. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.
  1. MODIFICATION OF CONTENT OF WEBSITE AND SERVICES
    1. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to remove, delete, alter or amend any Services or the content of the Website. We will not be liable to you or any third party for any modification when it is required.
    2. We make no representation that the operation of the Website will be uninterrupted or error-free, and we will not be liable for the consequences of any interruptions or errors.
  1. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ON THE WEBSITE 
    1. This Website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance, trademarks and graphics. You are not permitted to reproduce the documents, information or materials on our Website for the purposes of sale or the use by any third party. In particular you are not permitted to republish, upload, transmit electronically or otherwise or distribute any of the Plans, materials, documents or products that may be available for download from time to time on or through this Website.
    2. You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content of this Website or any products provided through this Website. Nor may you communicate the content of this Website to the public or store the content in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system unless under a licence provided by us.
    3. All custom graphics, icons, logos and service names used on this Website are our registered trademarks, copyright, trade or service marks.
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    5. Nothing in these Terms grants you any right to use any trademark, service mark, logo, and/or our name or anything you access through this Website.
    6. You agree and acknowledge that we retain all right, title and interest in this Website, including but not limited to the intellectual property rights contained or embodied within the Website.
    7. You are solely responsible for obtaining written permission before re-using any copyrighted Materials that is available on this Website.
    8. Any unauthorised use of the Materials appearing on this Website may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.
  1. DISPUTES 
    1. If a dispute arises, both parties agree that confidentiality is paramount to the reputation of both parties. At no time will any communications or discussions be made public; this includes but is not limited to any social media websites of either party. Any public discussion or comments about either party are considered defamatory, negative or otherwise damaging and will be the subject of compensation in any mediation or litigation claim.
    2. In the event of any dispute about the Services or Projects or any aspect of these Terms, both parties agree to obtain an independent professional arbitrator/dispute resolution specialist to make a determination on the dispute and each party agrees to pay their own costs.
  1. EXCLUSION OF COMPETITORS
    1. If you are in the business of creating similar documents, goods or services to the Plans for the purpose of providing them for a fee to users, whether they be business users or domestic users, then you are a competitor of MDC Architects.
    2. MDC Architects expressly excludes and does not permit you to use or access our Website, to download any Plans, documents or information from our Website or obtain any such Plans, documents or information through a third party.
    3. If you breach this provision, then MDC Architects will hold you fully responsible for any loss that we may sustain and further hold you accountable for all profits that you or any third party that you may have assisted, may make from such unauthorised use.
    4. MDC Architects reserves the right to exclude and deny any person access to our Website, services or information in our sole discretion.
  1. PRIVACY
    1. At MDC Architects, we are committed to protecting your privacy. We use the information we collect about you to maximize the services that we provide to you. 
    1. We comply at all times with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) which regulates how personal information is collected, stored and used. We respect the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information provided by you and adhere to the Australian Privacy Principles. Please read our separate Privacy Policy carefully.
    1. We only collect information required to operate our Website and to provide our Services and we keep this information in secure encrypted servers. This includes your personal information any business records for the purpose of administering our business and maintaining business records and financial accounts in the normal way.
    1. We do not and will not sell or deal in personal information or customer information. We may however use in a general sense without any reference to your name, your information to create marketing statistics, identify user demands and assist in meeting customer needs generally. In addition, we may use the information that you provide to improve our Website and Services but not for any other use.
    1. We reserve the right to disclose your name and any other personal details to any law enforcement authority or other competent authority or to any person for the purpose of legal proceedings, prosecution, investigation or any breach, alleged breach of the law or these Terms.
    1. We may be required, in certain circumstances, to disclose information in good faith and where we are required to do so in the following circumstances: by law or by any court; to enforce the terms of any of our customer agreements; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our customers or third parties.
  1. RELATIONSHIP

The relationship under these Terms is that of principal and independent contractor. At no time is MDC Architects a partner, agent, employee or joint venture partner of the Client. No act or omission of either party is to bind the other party except as expressly set out in these Terms.

  1. WHOLE AGREEMENT

These Terms represent the whole agreement between you and MDC Architects concerning your use and access our Website and your use and access to the Plans, documents and information on it. No other term or condition is to be included in these Terms except where it is required to be included by any legislation of the Commonwealth or any State or Territory. All implied terms except those implied by statute and which cannot be expressly excluded are hereby expressly excluded.

  1. SEVERANCE

Where any clause or term above would by any applicable statute be illegal, void, or unenforceable in any State or Territory then such a clause shall not apply in that State or Territory and shall be deemed never to have been included in these Terms in that State or Territory. Such a clause if legal and enforceable in any other State or Territory shall continue to be fully enforceable and part of this agreement in those other States and Territories. The deemed exclusion of any term or condition pursuant to this paragraph shall not affect or modify the full enforceability and construction of the other clauses of these terms and conditions.

  1. GOVERNING LAW

These Terms are governed by the laws of Western Australia. If there is a dispute between you and us that results in litigation, then you must submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Western Australia in Perth.

These Terms were last modified 1 November 2022 and are effective from that date.