here studio offers architectural input on even the most everyday building design questions. We want architecture to be accessible and affordable.
We believe architecture should save you money and time, create a more comfortable life, encourage healthy happy homes and improve human impact on the environment.
planning/building permits and heritage
time management (and getting things done!)
choosing products, materials, details and colours
We believe that even a few hours with an architect makes a big difference. We understand that there are many steps from your idea to a built environment, and we can do as much or as little as needed.
We think your best place to start is to do a concept design with us, that’s where most of your first questions get answered, and you can see all the opportunities and constraints.
All designs need developing! Architecture can last a lifetime so it’s important to invest a little bit in good design. Design has a big impact on comfort, time, money, function and sustainability.
This is the start of the project when we establish your concept.
our price your project budget $1200 under $50k $2500 $50 - $200k $4000 $200 - $350k
We visit your site, develop your brief, gather your inspiration images and ideas, check your local regulations, check your budget, sketch your options for layouts, make you a 3D digital model and draw up an agreed plan.
This is the second stage of the project when we develop your design so that it works well, fits your budget and can get approval to happen.
our price your project budget $1700 under $60k $4000 $50 - 200k $6000 $200 - $350k
We improve your build-ability and running costs, work through your planning, heritage overlays and regulations, finalise your roof, external walls, openings and materials, and prepare measured drawings, and writing to apply for local permits.
ADVICE / SUPPORT
We know that if we can get involved for just an hour or two, we can make your project better. Better to us means more beautiful, more affordable and saves you time.
our price for $130 director $100 project architect
We're happy to guide you in a face to face meeting, look at your sketches via email, or discuss things over the phone.
Hub MelbourneMarch 2011
Hub Melbourne was founded in mid-2010 in a heritage building, Donkey Wheel House, as a collaborative workspace-meetingspace–eventspace for people to work towards positive social change. Hub Melbourne is both a physical and virtual space for collaboration, inspiration and connection of people and ideas. It is part of the international network ‘The Hub’ in 25 cities.
This project was awarded a commendation at the Australian Interior Design Awards in the 2012 Workplace Design category.
Gregory St House, BallaratAugust 2011
This project was achieved with a modest budget, designed around recycled materials and fittings, including second hand windows, saving the client money. Designing for owner-builder labour also helped to keep costs down.
Spuzz House, East BrunswickMarch 2012
This project was to update a detached Edwardian home. Constrained by a tight budget and small space, we needed to provide living options for a growing family – a flexible space for everyday use and special occasions as well as modernising the amenity and services – by doubling a bathroom in one room, adding a new bedroom, tiny laundry, new kitchen pantry and living room.
Canning Street Kitchen, CarltonMay 2013
This is a small project to remove a wall between the living room and kitchen in a house in Canning St. This made the space easier to use, and feel much bigger, as well as meaning that someone in the kitchen could chat with people in the living room. Lynne gave us feedback that she “loved the clean lines of the drawing”!
Riverview, MansfieldSeptember 2013
We have worked iteratively with Michael and Kayo through series of options,collaborative design sessions, gesturing on-site, Skype conversations and face-to-face meetings. We structured the contract to allow us all to make the most of Michael and Kayo’s participation in the design process, local contacts, recycled materials and potential self-building.
The starting concept was drawn on a napkin describing a transition along a dragon’s back from the mountain temple to the sea. Instead of demolishing and starting anew, we worked to retain almost all of the existing house including using existing openings and most of the current rooms.
Junction House, SeddonMarch 2015
The brief for this project was to replace the existing lean to kitchen and bathroom with a new kitchen/living/dining area and master bedroom with ensuite in a 2 storey extension. The design features sliding folding doors opening onto a covered deck to the south, making the living space feel much larger than it is. The design responded to the tight site and nearby neighbouring buildings by stepping back from the boundary walls and providing additional external space.
Little Berry House, YarravilleOctober 2015
This project is for a small house renovation and extension in Yarraville. The brief is for a simple, sustainable home on a small budget. The front weatherboard section of the existing house needs restumping, straightening and insulation – and possibly new timber doors. The rear of the existing house is poorly built, and has low ceiling heights and an un-reinforced concrete slab on the ground. There is an opportunity to bring in North and West sun, and create a strong connection from inside of the house to a new permaculture garden out the back.