Californian bungalow renovation update

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jul 22, 2013 in Blog, Project Diaries | No Comments
Californian bungalow renovation update

A little while back I posted a video blog explaining my design approach to a current project on a difficult block: A Californian bungalow renovation and restoration. This tired old house needed some love. Decades of neglect had taken its toll. My clients engaged me to breathe new life into it for them, and with that realise […]

Liveable Cities – Better Blocks

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog, Planning | No Comments
Liveable Cities – Better Blocks

Last year Melbourne was again named the world’s most liveable city. This is a title we don’t want to lose. But how do we maintain our ranking, given the challenges we face in the future? Our population is growing rapidly, the amount of new housing on offer is not nearly matching the extra people we […]

Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 3

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jul 8, 2013 in Blog, Project case studies | 2 Comments
Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 3

Following on from the last two blog post, featuring part one and two of this video series on the Wilks Street townhouse development. Here is the third and final instalment. For those of you who missed part one, click here to see that first. Or if you missed part two, click here.  Enjoy.

Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 2

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Video | No Comments
Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 2

Following on from last week’s blog, which featured part one of this video series on the Wilks Street townhouse development. For those of you who missed part one, click here to see that first.  Here is part two, where I complete the tour of the front townhouse. Enjoy.

Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 1

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog, Video | No Comments
Townhouse Development – Wilks St Video – Part 1

Take a look at this video showing how I squeezed onto a small site with poor access to sunlight, this townhouse development.  

Energy saving tips – Heat your home efficiently

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Energy saving tips – Heat your home efficiently

It’s cold, but you wish you were so hot right now. That’s why today I want to share energy saving tips to heat your home efficiently. Heating and cooling makes up 40% of your energy usage. With energy prices continuing to rise, and more critically global temperatures, we must all do our part to reduce […]

Noise in the home.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jun 10, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 2 Comments
Noise in the home.

Our homes; we take for granted the many functions we perform within them on any given day. When designing a house, I spend a great deal of time considering and designing for these varying functions. Where it gets tricky is that the differing tasks each member of the household will undertake, can affect others. I’m […]

A Block in a Hard Place, by Melbourne residential architect – Darren Naftal

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jun 3, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
A Block in a Hard Place, by Melbourne residential architect – Darren Naftal

It’s here in my hands, the culmination of 15 years experience practicing as a Melbourne residential architect, and I cannot be prouder. My book, or as I call it my baby: A Block in a Hard Place, has now made its way out into the real world. The idea for this book was born from […]

‘The Block’… A crock?

Posted by Darren Naftal on May 27, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Opinion | No Comments
‘The Block’… A crock?

Today I delve into the popular world of reality TV shows, those of the renovating and building variety, like ‘The Block’. I’m often asked for my opinion on these shows. It is very much a love/hate relationship for me. I understand their popularity. Most of us dream of creating our perfect home; until that time, […]

Heritage listed buildings

Posted by Darren Naftal on May 20, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
Heritage listed buildings

I was upset to read this week about three historic buildings in the CBD, that are somehow not heritage listed, will be demolished to make way for new skyscrapers. Only their front facades will be retained, known as Facadism. I don’t like it one little bit. When finished you are left with the front of an […]