Fear of Rejection – Planning Permit Applications

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 11 Comments

This week I got rejected, and it hurt. No self-help books, large tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, or trip to a psychologist will help me with this one. This time only my friends at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal – VCAT will be able to make me feel better. The council refused a […]

Designing for a sloping block

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Designing for a sloping block

As an architect specialising in difficult blocks, I’m often presented with the problem of sloping sites. Whilst most sites aren’t flat, it’s those that are steeply sloping that provide both a construction and design challenge. They can also present an opportunity for wonderful views, and if in the country a chance to really engage with […]

What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
What’s the ultimate prize for Architects and designers?

Designers of any discipline, who are passionate about their craft, work hard and hope their creations once released into the world, will be admired and appreciated as great design. We know our work has the ability to influence a positive emotional response to those who will interact with it. I aspire to create houses my […]

The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | 5 Comments
The 7 biggest mistakes people make when submitting a planning application.

Planning permit application. Three words that sends fear through people, turning them whiter than a minimalist interior. If you have a small block, more than one house proposed (commonly referred to as a “development”), or heritage controls, you need a planning permit from the local council. Yes the council. However, the role of a planning […]