“Architects are so expensive!”… Is it true what they say about architecture fees?

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Opinion | No Comments
“Architects are so expensive!”… Is it true what they say about architecture fees?

I hear the words – “Architects are so expensive” far too often. This architect has had enough! It’s time to set the record straight. This notion arrived from somewhere, and in my experience is widely believed. So how and where did it come from? And more importantly – is it true what they say about […]

Your first meeting with an architect – 5 criteria to bring with you.

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Your first meeting with an architect – 5 criteria to bring with you.

You’ve seen their profile online. Their photos look great, but what about in real life? You try to manage your expectations, but it’s hard not to get carried away, lost in thoughts of living happily ever after in a beautiful house. The venue has been set. You want to make a good first impression, you […]

The client and architect relationship.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
The client and architect relationship.

“I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do” Frank Ghery (world famous architect). I must confess that when hearing Frank utter those words recently, I gave out a sigh and thought – finally, someone understands! When a client and architect come together, a delicate dance between the client’s vision and […]

California Bungalow Renovation at Oswald Street is finished…

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Blog, Project case studies | 13 Comments
California Bungalow Renovation at Oswald Street is finished…

Two years ago I sat with a blank sheet of paper, my favourite pencil, my clients dream, their trust, and my imagination. Now here I am visiting the home I’ve just finished creating for them. This is such an incredibly special moment. Months of daydreaming, designing, re-designing, working out how to build it, are behind […]

What does architecture and handmade furniture have in common?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog, Opinion | 4 Comments
What does architecture and handmade furniture have in common?

I enrolled in a class that I’d been thinking of doing for years. It was one year ago now that I did so; and I’m wondering how I ever lived without it. I began woodworking, fulfilling a long held dream of making my own handmade furniture. Amongst my greatest memories as a child was time […]

Auction Advice

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Auction Advice

I was at an auction the other day. A strangely exciting spectator sport to me. That’s once past the boring preamble by the auctioneer, doing their best to convince the crowd that this is the best property in the land! Finally the auctioneer takes a breather; it’s thrown open to the crowd for bids. Now […]

The ‘B’ Word

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 2 Comments
The ‘B’ Word

I absolutely love meeting with potential new clients: It’s exciting, it’s an opportunity to design something new, and a chance to meet new people. I walk into a first meeting wondering what they have in mind, and upon hearing that, my mind begins racing with ideas. However, at some point during the meeting my potential clients and I do a […]

My First Home

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Blog, Opinion | 2 Comments
My First Home

Driving along the other day, I turned down the street I grew up in. I usually take a glance at my first home if ever I’m driving by. This occasion however I didn’t, I think I was lost in thought, distracted, but I did notice in my periphery an excavator and with that an uneasy […]

The World’s Most Liveable City Versus Berlin!

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | 2 Comments
The World’s Most Liveable City Versus Berlin!

I’ve recently returned to “The world’s most liveable city” after a holiday in Berlin. Congratulations Melbourne, having again been awarded this prize for the fourth time running! Whilst I have always had such an appreciation for Melbourne, I appreciate it that bit more every time I return from a trip abroad. However Berlin left a […]

Sloping block house design – The Introduction

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Sloping block house design – The Introduction

Of the varying types of difficult blocks I work with, it is sloping blocks that I receive the most phone call enquiries about. Many of these calls are received before the block is purchased, but unfortunately many not. I never enjoy having to tell someone that it will cost more to build on that steep […]