It’s done, and I couldn’t be prouder.

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips | 4 Comments

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 thought I would utter those words.

My proudest moment in life was fulfilling my boyhood dream of becoming an architect. I love every day I get to make peoples dreams come true by bringing to life their perfect home. My book now shares that title as my greatest achievement. It is the culmination of 15 years experience, practicing as an architect.

It’s been a long week finalising the layout, and I am exhausted and filled with excitement all at once. Hence this short post, I need a week away from typing, even though through my book and this blog, I have fallen in love with writing. I remember in my school days being so upset when I had the task of writing an essay. I recall my mum consoling me once by saying “I made you to draw not to write Darren”. Funny how things have changed… I’m writing about architecture, my favourite thing to think and talk about, so perhaps it should not be so surprising to me.

I have worked on writing and illustrating the book almost every night after work, and every single weekend of the last year. It’s been hard at times, but for the most part it has been a wonderful challenge, highly fulfilling and incredibly enjoyable. I will actually miss it. I’ve learnt so much too; an added bonus. There are many people I want to thank, but I won’t do so here, as I would rather them see that in the book’s acknowledgement page. In the mean time, you know who you are. I couldn’t have done it without you.

So what is this book? It’s called: A Block in a Hard Place – A guide to designing your dream home on a difficult block. It is aligned with what I specialise in – creating “Dream homes on difficult blocks.”

What it is exactly all about, the why and the where to buy it, I will be posting in just 3 weeks time.

I can’t wait until my newest born finds it way out into the world.

I return to normal blogging next week.

Remember – not all blocks were created equal.

A Block in a Hard Place


  1. Auntie (not ABC)
    May 6, 2013

    Darren you’re deservedly proud of your newest ‘baby’, but rest assured we’re all deservedly proud of you. Congratulations for persistence and faith in yourself

  2. Leon
    May 8, 2013

    I never thought you will write a book as you hated english, but life is full of surprises. We can not wait to see the finish product, and show off.

    You know where you biggest fan are. Love You X X X

    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      May 8, 2013

      Thanks Mum and Dad. Can’t wait to show you. Love you too.


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