Californian Bungalow Renovation – October update

Posted by Darren Naftal on Oct 7, 2013 in Blog, Project case studies | No Comments
Californian Bungalow Renovation – October update

This week an update on Oswald Street – the Californian Bungalow renovation and restoration. The house reached “lock up” stage a few weeks ago. This is when the outer skin is in place – the walls, windows and roof are fully covering the frame; at which point a door is the only way in. Once […]

My recipe for great house design. Part 2 of 2

Posted by Darren Naftal on Sep 30, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
My recipe for great house design. Part 2 of 2

Following on from the introduction and step one last week, here are the other key ingredients of my recipe for great house design. 2) Natural light. Sunlight and good weather has a positive effect on our mental state. A lazy Sunday morning breakfast with the newspaper is always so much better with the sun shining […]

My recipe for great house design. Part 1 of 2

Posted by Darren Naftal on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
My recipe for great house design. Part 1 of 2

What makes a great house? The answer to this all-important question is one I have come to my own conclusions on, as a result of  my years of learning and practicing architecture. You will no doubt have your own opinions based on your priorities, likes and dislikes. We are all different, and have different requirements […]

Buying a property – which is right for you?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Buying a property – which is right for you?

In the last few weeks I have had meetings with several potential clients looking to create a new home for themselves. Each of these meetings has fallen into two distinct categories: – Those who have already purchased their block, – and those asking me for advice before buying a property. Which is the way to […]

Townhouse development – Wilks Street

Posted by Darren Naftal on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog, Project Diaries | 4 Comments
Townhouse development – Wilks Street

Last Wednesday saw me at VCAT, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to fight the council’s decision to refuse a permit for a townhouse development I designed last year. These two double storey townhouses are explained in detail in a recent video blog series, for those of you who hadn’t seen them. Part two Part […]

‘A Block in a Hard Place’ featured in the Domain.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Aug 26, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
‘A Block in a Hard Place’ featured in the Domain.

I was so proud to see write-ups on my practice and my book in both The Australian Financial Review last Friday the 23rd of August, and the following day in The Saturday Age. It was an incredibly special day: I walked to the shops in the morning to buy the paper. Filled with excitement I […]

Cross Ventilation

Posted by Darren Naftal on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Cross Ventilation

When designing a new house or renovation it is important to consider how a design can minimise its reliance on mechanical ventilation – air conditioning and heating. Buildings consume more energy and contribute more green house gasses emissions than any industry. Our homes therefore offer us an opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment […]

Melbourne’s newest zones.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Aug 12, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
Melbourne’s newest zones.

New Melbourne planning zones have recently been introduced. Zoning defines what types of buildings can be built in a particular area. It prevents a noisy factory being built next to your home. Zoning is made up of three broad areas: residential, commercial and industrial. As buildings stay with us for decades, a new system relevant […]

Passive solar design principles

Posted by Darren Naftal on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Passive solar design principles

I’m often asked if my designs are environmentally sustainable? My answer: They have to be. All architects should consider the environment as one of the most important factors influencing their designs. Buildings consume nearly 50% of energy we use, and emit more carbon dioxide than transportation and industry. We all occupy buildings everyday, so perhaps […]

Keeping our heritage.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Keeping our heritage.

I read an article last week about the gentrification of one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs: Collingwood. It came as no surprise; those who visit the area will have seen it change in recent years. As I write there are 637 apartments being built there across five projects. That’s five very big developments, which are in […]