March: Builders & Building Costs

It’s late summer and the weather is giving us time to dream and think in the outdoors. February 2016 Our large challenge for our extension has been our limited budget. So, we had always agreed to start building using a phased-in approach. The living extension […]

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Palm Springs

We’ve had the good fortune to go to many places and have been inspired a long the way, so I will try to add some of the best photos that express what I see in those places. Here’s a few gems that sum up Palm Springs […]

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Vale Architect Ken Woolley 1933-2015

Vale Ken Woolley. I feel he has followed me around through his buildings somehow…having been born in St Margarets Hospital where he designed the 1956 Chapel, and then I spent many years in the University of Sydney Fisher Library as well as the Wentworth Building. […]

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Plans approved, here we go!

Once the black box idea had been cast, our architect was able to work more rapidly on the plans for council development approval. It feels like a huge triumph just to get drawings done, and yet we are miles away from turning soil. And even […]

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Lowline extension design progress

When I last posted we had stalled in our design process. Single storey or two storey? Could the budget handle it? Are we mad? And would we be doing the existing house justice? All difficult questions but we arrived at these dilemmas because the first […]

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Lowline B by Ken Woolley for Pettit & Sevitt. Photo source: Modernhouse.co (Photographers © Michael Nicholson, © Tamara Graham)

Houzz on Pettit & Sevitt

Photo: Lowline B by Ken Woolley for Pettit & Sevitt. Photo source: Modernhouse.co (Photographers © Michael Nicholson, © Tamara Graham) Houzz recently published a handy rehash of the reasons why P&S houses work on so many levels. It’s been hard to find much information about P&S […]

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Lowline extension…

As mentioned in my earlier post, we’ve been tossing up with the issue of single storey bliss and our floor plan needs as a family. We’ve spent months going over concepts and options with our patient Architect and along the way we have managed to test the […]

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The Death of Model Making?

Is it real? Or imagined? Since our journey through the design process began for our own home, one thing has struck me. Computers, indispensible as they are, seem to have removed the one thing I loved about the idea of designing or building (or extending) a […]

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Architecture@Altitude

Friends of ours, Architects Virginia Wong See and Hamish Holley, made a big move to the NSW north coast. And who could blame them – clean air, open spaces and buckets of opportunities. Different opportunities to those offered by the relatively over-crowded, tightly contested Sydney […]

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Architect Stephen Varady

A Stephen Varady designed house recently went up for sale in the next suburb. A rare gem in a street of otherwise fairly conventional homes, as well as some pretty disturbing knock-down re-builds that probably cost near on $500,000 for a pretty dreadful, if functional, […]

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