A full architectural service takes a project from concept through to completion on site. Occasionally a potential client expresses a preference not to engaged us for the construction stage. This is otherwise known as Contract Administration, which is a core architectural service, as opposed to an additional service.
We understand, as an architectural practice, that it is very tempting not to engage us for the Contract Administration Stage, as it may appear to be a cost saving measure, however, there are risks proceeding with the construction stage without the assistance and guidance of the architect.
PROTECT is an environmental podcast, hosted by design writer, Angela Fedele, that explores encouraging stories of sustainability, ocean and animal protection, which I was recently interview on. The show will feature regular guest interviews with climate change advocates, organisations, and concerned citizens who are creating authentic and accountable change.
As architects we are experts, and professionals who will take the lead on all aspects of your project, we will keeping your best interests in mind.
This blog post sets out to explain some of the key aspects of working with us to enable the best project outcome for you.
The blog starts by discussing the beginning of your project, where we will establish a clear direction for the architecture, interiors, materials, and finishes, through in-depth discussions with you and the use of mood imagery.
It will then discuss the outline brief’s development, which follows with a detailed briefing document, that captures all your needs and requirements.
The last section looks into how the above processes provide a foundation for us, as your architects, to then select all the materials, finishes, and fixtures which we feel will be the best fit for your project.
People love the idea of Passivhaus, however, they are often ‘freaked out’ when they start reading outdated and misinformed articles about cost premiums.
This article sets out to provide an informative understanding of costs associated with Passivhaus. If you are looking to build a project home, which has have a low square meter rate, the premium to go Passivhaus will be high. However, with a higher budget the premium to go Passivhaus can be kept to a minimum, be cost-neutral, or result in a saving.
Is there a premium to go Passivhaus?
This section explores examples where Passivhaus can be cost neutral, achieve savings, or requires a premium:
European Cost Premium
In Germany, where the Passivhaus standard originated from, it is estimated that the extra construction costs to build to Passivhaus is typically somewhere between 3–8% when compared with a standard build. Whilst, in the UK the increase is around 5%.
Marion’s List is a resource for those looking for expert commentary or input or wanting to involve a wider range of people in architecture’s public culture – talks, panels, juries, teaching, crits and much more.
Marion’s List is named in honour of Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961), the trailblazing Chicago architect who made a substantial contribution to Australian architecture. Marion is celebrated by scholar Alice Friedman as a ‘builder of communities and connections’, a description that also perfectly encapsulates the work of Marion’s List. To find out more about Marion’s list you can click here.
During my undergraduate degree at the University of Canberra – the city which bought the Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin to Australia – I studied their work, and I recently completed a conservation and renovation of their Former Salter House in collaboration with Architect Hewson.
Our Toorak project, which was a renovation and conservation the ‘Salter House’, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin has been feature on Houzz, you can find the article by clicking click here.
JCA is a design practice specialising in bespoke high-performance, ultra-low energy, comfortable and healthy residential new builds, alterations, renovations, and extensions in Melbourne and regional areas. We are a client orientated practice where each design evolves from working closely with you to understand your individual brief and aspiration; with the end result being a tailored personalised design.