Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 2

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 2

If you missed part 1 of this blog post, you can read it here first.  4) resale value Its wow factor versus no factor. Anything of quality and beauty is appreciated more and therefore sells for more. What so many fail to understand, is the added money spent on an architect will be made back […]

Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 1

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 1

I am often asked – “Why spend extra on architect fees?” In this blog post and the next, I will explain the difference between using an architect, or going the other cheaper option of using a draftsperson. 1) Training. To become an architect requires: A 5 year university degree. Followed by a minimum of two years […]

Merry christmas and a happy new year.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 23, 2013 in Blog | No Comments
Merry christmas and a happy new year.

And so 2013 comes to a close. It has been a huge year for me and DN Architecture (a big part of me). It is a year that presented some great challenges, but one that I look back on with such a great sense of pride and achievement. In fact I would rank it as […]

Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | No Comments
Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love working on renovations to old houses or those with a heritage listing. These are pieces of our history. They tell the story of how we used to live, what was architecturally fashionable in the day, and remind us of the way houses were once built. […]

Plan before you start your home renovation.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Plan before you start your home renovation.

I’m always excited to receive a phone call about a potential home renovation project. At the initial meeting I assess the house in need: imagining how the existing floor plan might be reworked, whilst considering the extent of any addition needed and where in relation to the old house it will be positioned. I am […]

It’s hard to say goodbye.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Project Diaries | No Comments
It’s hard to say goodbye.

My  California bungalow renovation at Oswald Street is now finished and I am heartbroken… I’m finding it so hard to say goodbye. I’m filled with immense pride; I think it is my best project to date (I say that at the end of every project). I’m so happy with how it turned out. I had […]

My Architectural Heroes – Le Corbusier.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Nov 4, 2013 in Blog, My Architectural Heroes | 4 Comments
My Architectural Heroes – Le Corbusier.

Following on from last week’s introduction, today I would like you to meet my architectural hero (one of many) – Le Corbusier. Born in 1887 in Switzerland, he become a French citizen in 1930. His practice was based in Paris throughout his 50 year career. His buildings however, can be found across Europe, India and […]

My Architectural Heroes – An introduction.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog, My Architectural Heroes | No Comments
My Architectural Heroes – An introduction.

I still remember with great fondness my first day of architecture school, way back in 1992! It was day one of fulfilling my long held dream of becoming an architect. I was a mixture total excitement, whilst also a bundle of nerves. What would it be like? How will I do? How does this all […]

Happy First Birthday – DN Architecture blog – Architecture for difficult blocks.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog | No Comments
Happy First Birthday – DN Architecture blog – Architecture for difficult blocks.

It was a special occasion for me this week, the DN Architecture blog celebrated its first birthday! One year ago I launched this – my new website, a platform to allow me to share my projects, and tell people about my architectural practice which specialises in creating dream homes on difficult blocks, the only firm in […]

What does is cost to build a house?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 5 Comments
What does is cost to build a house?

I have meetings regularly with potential new clients to see if we will work together to design their new home or renovation. Most of these people have never engaged an architect before; often I’m the first architect they have spoken to. Given the cost of land and building is so high, many people will never be […]