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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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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. […]

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