Award for apartments in St Ives

We’re pleased to announce that the Catalina Apartments project in St Ives, done in association with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, won Highly Commended in the Contemporary Design category at the recent Ku-ring-gai Architecture and Urban Design Awards 2017. …

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Starting work on another project in Glebe

We are starting design work on another new project in Glebe – alterations and additions to a house at the end of a single storey row. It was originally a shop, then a restaurant, and now our clients want to …

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Starting work in Parramatta again

We are starting design work on a new project in Parramatta, again in association with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, just around the corner from our other project there, which should be approved in early 2016 (update: approval February …

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Starting work in Burwood

We are starting design work on a new project in Burwood – well, Burwood Heights really – an addition to an old timber cottage. The site is an irregular shape as the result of an earlier subdivision. The house is …

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Starting work in Rozelle

We are starting design work on a new project in Rozelle – replacing a single family house with a small apartment building containing 5 units. The application will be for Boarding Houses under the State Government’s Affordable Rental Housing SEPP …

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Starting work in Forest Lodge again

We are starting design work on another new project in Forest Lodge – alterations and additions to a detached house, one of a curious group of cottages built in the 1940s overlooking a creek near Annandale. The client is looking …

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Starting work in Newtown

We are starting design work on a new project in Newtown – alterations and additions to a terrace that needs some light and air and more comfortable living spaces at the back. The bedrooms at the front get all of …

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Starting work in Balmain

We are starting design work on a new project in Balmain – alterations and additions to one of a pair of grand terraces, a listed heritage item. The house is in pretty good condition for its age, but the new …

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Starting work in Forest Lodge

We are starting design work on a new project in Forest Lodge – alterations and additions to a large terrace in dire need of some love and attention. The house is on a busy road, but the room at the …

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Housing at Parramatta

A project for low-cost housing at Parramatta, done in association with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, provides for 21 one-bed and one-bed plus study units, on a narrow site behind a heritage cottage in Parramatta’s city centre. True low-cost …

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Rezoning at Hillsdale

A project to provide architectural and urban design advice for a rezoning application in Hillsdale, done in association with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects. The site is long and narrow, adjacent to a recently rezoned site incorporating the local …

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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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Approval for Housing at Camperdown

The project for the adaptive re-use of a light industrial building in Camperdown for seven units of student housing has been approved by City of Sydney, after a rigorous assessment of some site contamination issues. Site remediation will need to …

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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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