“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 2

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 2

If you missed part 1 of this blog post, you can read it here first.  4) resale value Its wow factor versus no factor. Anything of quality and beauty is appreciated more and therefore sells for more. What so many fail to understand, is the added money spent on an architect will be made back […]

Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 1

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Architect fees – 7 reasons why you should spend the extra money. Part 1

I am often asked – “Why spend extra on architect fees?” In this blog post and the next, I will explain the difference between using an architect, or going the other cheaper option of using a draftsperson. 1) Training. To become an architect requires: A 5 year university degree. Followed by a minimum of two years […]

Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Planning | No Comments
Does that old house you want have a heritage listing? What does it mean?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I love working on renovations to old houses or those with a heritage listing. These are pieces of our history. They tell the story of how we used to live, what was architecturally fashionable in the day, and remind us of the way houses were once built. […]

Plan before you start your home renovation.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | No Comments
Plan before you start your home renovation.

I’m always excited to receive a phone call about a potential home renovation project. At the initial meeting I assess the house in need: imagining how the existing floor plan might be reworked, whilst considering the extent of any addition needed and where in relation to the old house it will be positioned. I am […]