The impact of architecture on our lives

Posted by Darren Naftal on Mar 4, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | 2 Comments
The impact of architecture on our lives

Most of us take for granted the impact architecture plays in our lives, yet nearly every moment of every day is influenced by it. You are constantly in and surrounded by buildings, and these spaces affect how you feel. A dark space can leave you feeling cold, dampening your mood. The size and layout of […]

Home renovation costs – Avoid falling into the renovation money pit.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 2 Comments
Home renovation costs – Avoid falling into the renovation money pit.

Renovating. I love the challenge of taking an existing house that isn’t working and transforming it into something that does. In working with an existing house, its framework and walls creates restrictions that add a great deal of difficulty to such projects. It’s not after all a blank canvas. I see all to often though, […]

Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Housing Affordability. Or lack there of.

“One Melbourne or two?” The title of a report released last week revealing half the amount of jobs available for those in outer Melbourne compared with those inner; less schools, less access to public transport, and one third the number of hospital beds… The direction of peak hour traffic has long told us this; did […]

How to avoid your new house or renovation going over budget. Part 2

Posted by Darren Naftal on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
How to avoid your new house or renovation going over budget. Part 2

Following on from last week… Design changes during construction: The construction of a new home is a lengthy process: a renovation can take six to twelve months to complete, and a new house a year or more. Within that time clients are a mixture of excitement and concern. With so much money involved, naturally thoughts […]

How to avoid your new house or renovation going over budget. Part 1

Posted by Darren Naftal on Feb 4, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 2 Comments
How to avoid your new house or renovation going over budget. Part 1

Heard of someone’s new house going over budget? Scared this might happen to you? Building or renovating your new home is a lengthy and expensive undertaking due to its size and complexity. It presents ample opportunity for pricey mistakes and cost overruns. Nobody likes to pay more for something than they should, and given the […]

Half price land anyone?

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jan 28, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Half price land anyone?

As our populations grow rapidly, space and having our own piece of it has become a precious commodity. Our low density approach to housing means a relatively small amount of homes available where most of us want to be: the inner city. Ever increasing demand has far out-stripped supply, and is reflected in our soaring […]

Californian bungalow renovation and restoration – Oswald Street

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jan 21, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Video | 8 Comments
Californian bungalow renovation and restoration – Oswald Street

Hello all. This weeks blog is a video, talking you through my design approach to this beautiful Californian bungalow renovation in Melbourne. The project will see the old house restored, keeping another piece of this city’s history alive, whilst bringing it up to modern day living standards. Construction of this design started last week. For […]

Energy efficient houses versus the great Australian dream.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Jan 14, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Opinion | 4 Comments
Energy efficient houses versus the great Australian dream.

Happy new year to you all. I hope you had time off to relax, and you are recharged and excited for what 2013 holds in store. It’s great to get back to my blog after a couple weeks off; I’m so excited about continuing to share and discuss all things architecture with you. Today’s blog […]

An amazing 2012.

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 24, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments
An amazing 2012.

This is the last blog of the year, and what a big year it has been. I launched my new website, I have several exciting new projects on my drawing board, I pitched about DN Architecture and why it works solely with difficult blocks at a business pitching competition and won, and finally, I am […]

Renovation & Restoration – Elm Grove – Introduction

Posted by Darren Naftal on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, Project Diaries | 4 Comments
Renovation & Restoration – Elm Grove – Introduction

I love all aspects of my work; last week however, was one even better than most: I commenced work on a new project. This is where the magic happens, clients tell me their long held wish list, and my mind runs at a million miles an hour with ideas and excitement, as I get lost […]