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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 […]

Demolition Phase of our Renovation

Demolition Phase of our Renovation

It is always exciting and confronting to see your demolition. Our home was done within a matter of a few days.  My wife was glad to see the back of the old kitchen and bathroom that was really being to be hard to clean and I must admit we really did leave it to the […]

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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 […]


How do you take the stress out of renovating?

We have all heard from the couple that tackled a renovation and how it was one of the most stressful times of their lives. It is often time when your communication skills are really tested as a couple. While the process of renovating should be fun, enjoyable and enlightening experience, it will really test the […]

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Kitchen Seating Ideas – Has the dining room become obsolete?

Has the dinning room idea gone out the window in favour of a more relaxed extended kitchen? Maybe, as some clients I am working with currently are opting to use the once zoned dining room as an additional bedroom or study and using the kitchen zone to create a more relaxed family eating environment. The cost […]


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 […]


The home owners debate: Renovate or Relocate?

The dilemma of whether to renovate or move is a difficult one. Not just a economical decision but an emotional one. Here are some of key reasons to renovate or relocate: 1.Increase the home’s attractiveness and add comfort and liveability. This is a key reason, but when the home requires a lot of work to […]

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Be Bold, be individual, be you

When I sit down with a client it is all about getting a brief around what you like. Some people want a bold statement, some want a house to reflect their personality but all want it to be around their vision. Your home needs to be all about you and how you want to live. […]


Worst house but in the best street!

So you have bought a real charmer! The worst house but in a great location. I guess the real question is do you knock it down and start again or renovate it and keep some of the charming heritage features. Key Questions to ask 1. Floor plan – is the floor plan easily adjusted to […]

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