How to survive your renovation project

You sometimes wonder why we put ourselves through such trouble: we’ve all heard the stories about the family without a bathroom for weeks, using the neighbours’ shower, having to use a builder’s portaloo; without a kitchen, eating out for weeks …

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Principles of Sustainable Design

On eco-friendly architecture Sustainability considers the impact of our life on the well-being of the environment. Sustainability has been defined as: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is …

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Cost Planning for Residential Projects

Every project needs a clear budget, and every project has to be designed to meet the financial expectations of the client, otherwise the project will not progress far beyond being a nice idea. At the beginning of a project the …

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Enoughness, or inner-city living

Small rooms and dwellings set the mind on the right path, large ones cause it to go astray. Leonardo da Vinci Economist E.F. Schumacher’s book Small Is Beautiful encouraged ‘enoughness’ and warned, among other things, that living in a space …

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Renovation design – Alterations & Additions

Every project is an alteration or a renovation of some kind. Even a new building can be seen as the alteration of an existing context by the addition of something new. In the case of renovation design the addition always …

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The Development Application Process

People often ask about the Development Application process, having heard stories about appalling council delays. As part of our commitment to making the development process quicker, cheaper and as easy as possible for homeowners, builders and developers, the following may help as …

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What do architects do?

Architects create a framework for people’s lives through the design of the buildings that people live in and work in. Design is mainly a mental activity – it is about understanding light, space, structure and order. The work of the …

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Designing relationships

When we design homes we are designing relationships We establish a good relationship between your house, its site, and its neighbours. We improve the relationships between the people in the house and the daylight, breezes and outlook available from your …

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Why should you hire an architect for your project?

Here are four answers to that question: So it is right first time The design process is based on fulfilling your needs within your budget. It is focused on creating better results for the future, not just on resolving problems for short …

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4 ways you can afford an architect

We may think we are surrounded by architecture, even immersed in it, but to be honest, most of what we live in would not be called architecture. They are buildings, for the most part adequate shelter, but perfunctory, built without …

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‘How much is it for a set of plans?’

Sometimes we are asked ‘how much is it for a set of plans?’ but of course there is no straightforward answer. The simplest answer is that architects provide a service rather than a product like some drawings: are they drawings of a …

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8 common renovating mistakes

A lot of people make these renovating mistakes. They are in no particular order, but they are all to be avoided. 1. Don’t start renovating too early – make sure you have a master plan Many people start small-scale renovations …

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