“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Melbourne’s newest zones.

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Blog, Opinion | No Comments
Melbourne’s newest zones.

New Melbourne planning zones have recently been introduced. Zoning defines what types of buildings can be built in a particular area. It prevents a noisy factory being built next to your home. Zoning is made up of three broad areas: residential, commercial and industrial. As buildings stay with us for decades, a new system relevant […]

Keeping our heritage.

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Blog, Opinion, Planning | No Comments
Keeping our heritage.

I read an article last week about the gentrification of one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs: Collingwood. It came as no surprise; those who visit the area will have seen it change in recent years. As I write there are 637 apartments being built there across five projects. That’s five very big developments, which are in […]

‘The Block’… A crock?

Posted by 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 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 […]

Catalogue Homes. Be wary.

Posted by 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 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 […]