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How to work effectively with an architect

So how to work effectively with an architect? We have developed a checklist that will really assist you. It lists some key categories to consider. The Australian Institute of Architects offers a Guide to Quality Based Selection of Architects. Once you’ve decided on the type of architect that’s right for you, you can search our […]

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Our Renovation Phase 5, a run for the finish line.

It doesn’t matter who I ask, most home owners who renovate feel the grind at the end of the project and just want it done. It is often been a timeframe that has spun out of control, the budget is blown and relationships are frayed. Our place is a run for the finish line at […]

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Architect is emotional if it is done well

This Ted Talk by architect Marc Kushner explains how the architect we create is shaped by how we feel about it. “Architecture is not about math or zoning — it’s about visceral emotions,” says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show […]

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Bentleigh Renovation – Soaring ceilings make an impact

This weatherboard home in Melbourne’s south eastern suburb of Bentleigh had the bones of a good home but needed a “wow factor” and greater functionality. I worked with the clients to inject some personality into the home while still keeping some of the traditional features that they loved. We created a functional home with soaring ceilings […]


Best House Series – My Design features

‘Best Houses Australia’ Series 8, Episode 1 and is scheduled to screen at 11.30pm Saturday 5th of November on 7TWO (with repeats on Sunday 6th 9.30am & Monday 7th 11.30am) See below the preview: BHA S08E04 AGN BuildersBCE Design Vimeo from AbodeTV on Vimeo.

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My design, a feature of Best Homes Australia TV Show

A home I designed in Canterbury as a special feature of the TV show Best Homes Australia. Watch the show. BHA S08E04 AGN BuildersBCE Design Vimeo from AbodeTV on Vimeo. It shows how building is really a collaboration between the builder, engineers, interior designer and the clients. Inspiration was taken from the interior ceilings and then […]


The cost of renovating V buying in 2016

The cost of renovating is often under estimated when a client first starts thinking of adding an extension rather than moving. Home improvement shows add to this when they show a house being renovated in less than a week! Understanding the true costs of renovating your own home is hard to ascertain until plans have […]


When to use a structural engineer?

Contemporary Kitchen by Sydney Architects jaa studio Do You Need a Structural Engineer? Depending if you are building, renovating or landscaping, you may require the services a structural engineer to help with the design and construction of a variety of projects. These could include: Retaining walls Roofs in a (cyclone-prone areas) Footings in clay or soft soil or […]

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Beach shack or coastal home architectural considerations

We all dream of that ideal situation where you can have an inner city home or apartment and then in retirement or perhaps while the kids are still young you retreat on the weekends to that beach shack. These days the coastal home is a sanctuary where you can make the most of the sea views, […]


The Study, be it a nook or a separate workspace, needs consideration

These days everyone loves to have a space to check emails, watch the kids do their homework or pay the bills. Whether you need a home office or a workspace for kids there are a lot of options when designing this space. Eclectic Home Office by Chicago Furniture & Accessories Urban Wood Goods 1. The […]

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