Before renovating your home, you should find out if your title is affected by overlays. You can either check it online here, ask an architect, or by contacting your local council. There are many types of planning scheme overlays and Heritage Overlay (Clause 43.01) is one of the most common ones. The purpose of Heritage […]

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The house of your dreams is available.After an inspection, you’re willing to pay your deposit.However, there may be things you should consider that aren’t obvious to a purchaser. Here are 6 ways an architect can help you determine if your dream house is what you’re really after. PROPERTY INSPECTIONAs an expert in the building field, […]

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Evan Hancock’s stunning photographic exhibition captures the majestic Victorian scenery as it is reborn following the ten-year anniversary of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires.  The series Light.Ash.White consists of landscapes and aerial photographs that reveal texture, patterning and the illusion of perspective through the natural environment. The “visually stunning pieces” have left viewers asking “is it a painting?…it looks like brush strokes.”  Evan has […]

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We know you love your car, but have you ever thought of giving your car more presence in your home than just leaving it on the street or hidden in a garage. Well, many architects have. Cars have been placed in living rooms atop apartment buildings,found in entry hallways, located beside swimming pools, etc.The car […]

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The Australian Society of Building Consultants (ASBC) is having their quarterly dinner and discussion next month. Topic of discussion for the night will be about the use of timber for external applications, detailing of timber externally, and fire concerns associated with the use of timber currently. It will be delivered by the leader of business […]

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Q : My brick house appears to have rising damp. The most affected area is the wall outside. A concrete path about one meter wide runs the entire length of the house – could the path be contributing to the damp problems? A : Damp houses can be unhealthy and costly to remedy – knowing […]

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Last week we talked about the few ways how an architect could save you money with efficient spatial design, improve spatial quality, and carefully selected building materials and building methods. If you’ve missed that, click here to have a quick read. After the planning phase, you’ll be progressing to the construction phase after obtaining the […]

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If you have a small budget, an architect can design your home with affordability in mind. Efficient spatial designs, improve spatial quality, and carefully selected building materials and building methods are just the few ways an architect could bring your dream home to fruition within your budget and save you some money down the track. […]

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Q : We have an old home that’s had several additions over the years. Is it possible to renovate it ourselves to obtain a more cohesive style? A : Doing-it-yourself is an Australian tradition that’s alive and well, despite the ever-increasing complexity of the home design and construction process. Despite its trials and tribulations (not […]

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Q : My wife and I want to put a side extension on our house. Are you able to provide me a formula for working out overshadowing on September 22nd at 9am to 3pm? A : This is a fair bit more specific than most of the questions we get here, but it’s another good […]

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