What’s in a budget?

Posted by Darren Naftal on May 13, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
What’s in a budget?

When commencing a project or meeting with potential clients, I come across a common misunderstanding that has sometimes stopped a project dead in its tracks, before it has even started. Today I want to cover this issue so those of you considering building a new house or renovating, are not caught out. I have written […]

It’s done, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Posted by Darren Naftal on May 6, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 4 Comments
It’s done, and I couldn’t be prouder.

I’m taking a little departure in the week’s blog post. As the time is now here when I can finally say my book is finished, and heads off to print this week. For those of you who didn’t know, yes, I’ve written a book. It feels strange to me to say that, as I never […]

Designing for kids internet safety at home.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 2 Comments
Designing for kids internet safety at home.

An interesting change has occurred in recent years with the way I design homes. It has been brought on by my clients’ need to address an issue all parents face: kids internet safety at home. When my clients come to me to discuss their wants, needs and long held dreams for their new house or […]

Catalogue Homes. Be wary.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Opinion | No Comments
Catalogue Homes. Be wary.

Over the last year I have received a number of calls from people considering renovating their home (not designed by me) which they have only recently built. My initial thought with each such call was: why do you need to renovate a house that’s only a few years old? A common theme emerged with each […]

Melbourne housing – Round the bend.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Apr 15, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
Melbourne housing – Round the bend.

This week saw the beginning of a turf war in Melbourne. Melbourne city council and port Phillip council go into battle to determine who has jurisdiction and planning control over Fisherman’s bend. This former industrial port is just south of the CBD, next to Port Melbourne, and is going to be transformed into a new […]

Property Buying Guide

Posted by Darren Naftal on Apr 8, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Property Buying Guide

When buying a property, there is great excitement to have found your place to build or renovate a new home. It is heartbreaking to see the look on people’s faces when they find out later that all is not as it seems, and what they had wanted to do is not achievable. To help avoid […]

How to prevent your new home from looking out of date.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 31, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
How to prevent your new home from looking out of date.

Clients often ask me: “can we prevent our new house from looking out of date in the future?” With so much being spent to build or renovate, it’s understandable to want it to look as good as possible, for as long as possible. Whilst I don’t have a crystal ball, I do want to share […]

Architect vs Draftsman

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 25, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 23 Comments
Architect vs Draftsman

A client of mine called me last week and said: “Darren please write a blog on the difference between an architect and a draftsperson, so others don’t make the same mistake I did.” Which should you choose: architect or draftsman? It’s a question I am asked often and it’s a good one; there is a big […]

Renovate or sell? That is the question!

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 18, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Renovate or sell? That is the question!

I had an interesting meeting with a client last week that I felt many of you might benefit from. It began with their call: “Our house is no longer big enough to suit our needs. Do we renovate or sell? Will a renovation achieve what we want? And what would be the cost to renovate?” […]

Heritage Renovation – Elm Grove – blog 2- Difficult block, solved!

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Video | 2 Comments
Heritage Renovation – Elm Grove – blog 2-  Difficult block, solved!

Late last year I introduced you to this project, a heritage renovation and restoration. Today is the next instalment as I take you along with me for an architect’s eye view of how this process unfolds. The video below is a tour of my design solution which solves all the challenges of this difficult block: heritage […]