The Architect’s Notebook

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The Architect’s Notebook

Melissa’s thoughts on renovation, new house design and other things that occupy an architect’s mind…

Got Gas…?

By |November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Blog, Design Details, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

...Or induction? As an architect, I help my clients make lots of decisions throughout the design process. One of the trickiest ones is in the kitchen - do we choose a gas or induction cooktop? [...]

Melissa’s Advice Featured on realestate.com.au

By |May 11th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Working with an Architect|

I'm excited to let you know that last month I was interviewed for three articles that are now featured on the very popular realestate.com.au website. Both articles were written by journalist Erin Delahunty. The first is "How to [...]

Website Update – New Before & Afters Page

By |March 14th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

So I've had a bit of time on my hands and decided to play around with a new idea for one of my web site pages. As such, the "Before & Afters" page has [...]

Renovating – 10 reasons to MOVE OUT!

By |January 14th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation|

Before construction on a renovation project starts, most owners have to consider whether they will stay in an untouched part of their home during the renovation or whether they will move out. Although the answer [...]

10 Things Your Architect Will Expect From You

By |October 19th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

Getting a great result in a new home or renovation design project is a team effort and is important – for you and for your Architect. So it is important to understand the things that [...]

Architects Add Value

By |September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

Recently, I’ve been working on a large-scale residential renovation project here in Melbourne. I was engaged by my clients to provide full architectural services for the project - that is from concept design right through [...]

Why A House Is Like A Human

By |September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

Now - here's an idea that warrants some deeper thought... a house is like a human body. Here's why... A house has:an overall design form - the general shape of a human that we all know and [...]

Building Permit or Planning Permit – What’s the Difference?

By |July 26th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Regulations, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

The location of your project, the type of project and the scale of the project are all factors that combine to determine whether your project will need both a planning permit and building permit, or [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 4

By |July 26th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

“I already know what I don’t know…don’t I?”There are so many elements that go into what may at first seem a simple residential project that you will need to consider. Below is a list of [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 3

By |July 26th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

“It costs so much to make design changes – I’ll just have to go with what they say”Most architects include a bit of “wriggle-room” in their fees to allow for design changes – it would [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 2

By |July 16th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

“But what if I don’t like what the architect designs?”If your architect has truly listened to you during those first discussions about your design brief, then they should be able to deliver a house design [...]

I Just Need A Set Of Plans – Part 1

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Blog, House Design, Renovation, Working with an Architect|

“I don’t really need an architect, I know what I want. I just need someone to draw up the plans.” You may be surprised how often I hear this from people enquiring at my practice. [...]