Site Selection Checklist

More often than not my clients come to me with a few scribbles on pieces of scrap paper, a bunch of images and a diagram of their block of land they have purchased. Solving the puzzle of design parameters is usually an easy task however, changing the shape of a parcel of land isn’t. This […]
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Roof! Roof!

Deciding what type of roof design to use is a balancing act between emotion and practicality. When designing your dream home which should come first? Your emotional expectations or practical needs of your roof? Here are a few things to think about to help you decide.
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It’s Your Right!

Living in the house of your dreams is your right not a privilege. I admire those who set off on the journey to create their very own castle for their family. A place where family is nurtured and  sanctuary is  enjoyed.
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Places for Time Out

For most of us our homes are our sanctuary. Being able to retreat to a place where the rigors of the day can be set aside, just for a minute, I believe is one of the key elements of what makes a house a home. How is this accomplished? Here are three ways:
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Chicken or the Egg!

So, you have decided to design and build your own home. Where do you start? Do you buy the plot of land first and then design the house or do you design the perfect house and find a site to put it on?  Well, I believe you should buy the plot of land first. Here’s […]
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Circulation is Hungry

Space planning involves organising many different functions and relationships of room types. Many of these room types can be easily re-purposed as your family grows or circumstances change. However, there is one space or zone that needs to be kept in check.
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Lumps, Bumps & Waves

Your building site will naturally have a whole lot of lumps, bumps and waves on it. These features are what makes up the contours of your site. Understanding the effect of your contours on your dream home can make or break a project.
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Select the Correct Construction Technique

There are many different types of construction methods and systems that can achieve efficiencies in technology affording you benefits in sustainability. The range of methods include such things as precast concrete, rammed earth, performance glass, composite systems which involve foam and so on. This is all well and good however, addressing the efficient use of […]
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What are your Zones?

When you begin to wonder what your dream home may be like and you start focusing on the way you and your family interact with your current home, you will discover that certain parts of your house are used in a certain way depending on the time of day and the event.
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Three Little Pigs!

I am guessing you have heard the story of the Three Little Pigs? Each builds a house. One of straw, the second with sticks and third with bricks. The big bad wolf destroys the first two but isn’t so successful with the brick house.
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