Category Archives: Benefits of using an Architect

Firing up the blog for a new project

sue old shop purchase

194 Gladstone Road on the day we decided we had to have it Circa June 2002 with Katie Martel (nee Croft) now with her own business @croftpr

It’s been a busy few years since I first commenced my blog 5 years ago. So much so that after the first couple of posts, it languished on the back burner. But now I feel energised to recommence writing it again in order to document a new project that my wife, Sue and I have decided to undertake.

Our saga started October 2018, with our failed intention to quickly sell off this small commercial property, for which we had no further use. But subtle changes to the City Plan over decades, have forced our hand to re-develop the site from a tired, old, small commercial building into a rare form of inner-city accommodation. It is a challenging, dream project that appeals to architects and daring clients, but it doesn’t come without hard work, frustration and potentially financial risk.

The new focus over the next eighteen months for my blog will be on this property that we own at 194 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill. The blog will plot the property’s connection to us commencing in 2002 when we took it on, through to a redevelopment planned today.

You will learn about the decision making to turn a 1956 classic ‘butcher’s shop’, complete with giant west facing picture window, into a boutique multi-functional residential development.

This blog will form a permanent diary of the process of this project and provide you with an opportunity to learn about design, real estate, finance, town planning codes and processes, architects’ processes, building application processes, construction processes, materials, value management, risk and punting and hopefully the joys of contributing to the built environment of a community in a positive, sustainable and useful way.

And I assure you this project is certainly not about developing the site to make money but rather to give yet another life to a small building which has been dear to both Sue and I now for 17 years. Be sure to follow my blog and join us on our ride – it has already been quite a saga and I am sure there is plenty to come.

initial rough sketch gladstone rd

First preliminary sketches 

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The value of an architect and adding value with an architect

Alderley Residence

While the ‘Great Australian Dream’ is owning a property, building or personalizing your home is the next level of endeavour. With the help of an architect, the complex processes involved from inception to completion can be made so much easier. When it comes time to sell your home, all the hard work and expertise poured into your project by your architect will add value to your biggest investment. It will stand out from your competitors and be in demand. Most importantly though, the uplifting emotional value of living within a well designed, creative and elegant space is priceless.

Architects consult with various stakeholders involved in the building process. We coordinate the various other consultants that are needed such as structural engineers, building certifiers and sometimes, town planners and surveyors.

Architects have 5 years intensive university design training. In the design process, we respond to the chosen site and setting, orientation, climate (light, breezes, humidity and temperature range), views, topography and neighbourhood. We can also help secure building and town planning approvals, find reputable builders, choose an equitable building contract and administer that contract to better protect our client from cost overrun, quality control and time control. We ensure that the design is being built in the most thorough and proper way, keeping the clients’ best interest in mind.

Always, foremost are our clients who are building their dream. The benefits of having an architect involved with your project are significant and will provide a brilliant and beautiful outcome.