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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.

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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.

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We are currently in extremely unusual times, where it often feels like we are placing our lives on hold.

However, does this include putting on hold your dreams of carrying out a new-build, extension, or renovation? Depending on your own individual situation this may not be necessary.

This Q&A article aims to demystify the current situation in the world of COVID-19, and to provide you with the tools for making informed decisions.

This is general advice specific to private residential projects in the state of Victoria. And, we recommend that you obtain your own individual financial advice before proceeding with any project, along with legal advice before signing a building contract. 

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  • Have you worked on any projects like this before?
  • Have you had any experience with this size of project?
  • What point of difference does you practice have from other architects with similar experience?
  • Can I see your portfolio of similar projects?
  • Who from your practice would I be dealing with on a regular basis? Would this person be designing my project?

My Project

  • Are you interested enough in my project to make it a priority?
  • What challenges do you foresee for my project?

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A brief guide to help you understand our language

Brief – Your wish list

Client – That’s you

Consultant – A person who is consulted for paid expert advice, i.e. structural engineer, surveyor etc. We can advise you on the appointment of your consultants, from our trusted team.

Contingency sum – A sum of money included in a building contract or preserved outside it for costs (if necessary), for things unforeseen at the time that the building contract price was calculated. Contingency sums are highly recommended and we can assist you in establishing a recommended amount, which is normally calculated on a percentage.

Design Contingency Sum – A sum of money allowed in your project’s budget to cover the cost of matters that are unknown or unresolved at the time your budget is established. Your design contingency will typically be proportionally high early in the design stages and reduces as the design develops. Design Contingency Sums are highly recommended, and we can assist you in establishing an amount, typically calculated on a percentage.

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MoneyWhat is value management?

In architect’s speak value management is an effective tool for helping us to help you. It assists you to understand the real implications of your requirements (otherwise known as the design brief).

Value management shares the decision-making. It empowers you to make
critical decisions when it comes to your home’s design and budget.

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Did you know that I can often walk into a house and pick up if the architect was involved on site or not? Now this isn’t a comment on builders’ quality, it’s is a comment on how important it is to engage the architect on site. People often think the design process is finished on the completion of the drawings, this is far from the truth. It is impossible for the drawings to cover all the details, as the time and cost involved is not warranted. If you are concerned about quality, it’s imperative that you engage the architect from concept and right through to the end of the defects liability (typically twelve months after the completion of the build).


Some days I feel like I am a lawyer, as I am constantly dealing with legal issues to protect my clients. These rang from planning requirements, building permit issues, to administrating a construction contract on site between the owner and builder.

Planning requires skills in understanding the legislations and rescode, which assists in the town planning negotiation stage with planners and neighbours. It makes it a lot easier to stand your ground when you know what your talking about and you have received an unreasonable objection. It also commands a greater respect from the planners.
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Who needs an architect?

This is a great informative video clip illustrating that Architects work on projects of all sizes and complexity, and that they can add value from design and construction to the resale of your home. Warning: it is slightly cheesy.



Credenza/Highboy by AN Furniture (South Korea)

I was having a conversation with a builder the other day and I was reminded how important furniture plans are. It breaks my heart to see people shelve out thousands on renovations and extensions when it ends up being difficult – or impossible – to furnish.

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