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Thursday, 25 Apr 2019
Monday, 22 February 2016 03:49 Published in Announcements

Hard to believe that another year has come and gone and we're pleased to say that 2015 was our best yet.  We had the pleasure of working on a number of fantastic projects of all shapes and sizes from a small outdoor area make over in East Bentleigh to working on the refurbishment of the iconic Palais Theatre in St Kilda.  After more than 3 years, the extensive range of repair works at East Brunswick are now complete, a very stylish extension and renovation in Gardenvale is all done with the exception a few finishing touches and we have new projects starting in St Kilda and down at the Mornington Peninsula.  We would like to once again thank all our fantastic consultants, contractors and suppliers who help us deliver projects to a consistently high standard to happy clients.  We hope that everyone has a very happy, healthy and successful 2016.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 02:18 Published in Announcements

It's been a very diligent design process and construction of this exciting extension an renovation of a period house in Gardenvale is now underway.  We're really looking forward to seeing this one progress.  Christmas completion date always strikes fear in our hearts but we're confident this can be achieved.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:12 Published in Announcements

Great to have this tricky little project completed.  This was definitely one of those projects where the devil was in the detail, with the house located at the end of a single gravel lane, at the bottom of a steep slippery driveway, access was difficult.  The clients also chose a number of materials that were both beautiful, but also tricky to work with and achieve a high quality result.  Check out the photos and project description in the Completed Projects section.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 02:21 Published in Announcements

2014 was a big year for Residential Project Management and 2015 is already looking like our best yet.  We have just the finishing touches to put on a stunning renovation of the house at Kallista, a fantastic transformation, the design work at Gardenvale is nearly complete and a number of other smaller make overs are also either nearing completion or are done.  We have been delighted by the support of our clients, trades and suppliers once again and the effort that we put into fostering a truly collaborative approach to our projects has certainly paid off this year.  We look forward to this continuing into 2015.  Wishing everyone a safe and merry Christmas and a successful, happy and healthy 2015.

Friday, 31 October 2014 02:04 Published in Announcements

Residential Project Management's Director, John Downs is very excited to have been approached by the City of Port Phillip to assist them with the Palais Theatre refurbishment project.  This project will involve the provision of advice on and determination of the variety of works required to this iconic heritage building and to keep it viable, stable and safe for continued use as one on Melbourne's premier live music venues.  The Palais Theatre is a fascinating heritage building, and this was an offer John found simply too good to refuse.  He is looking forward to once again working on a significant heritage building after completing works at the Point Nepean Quarantine Station some five years ago.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 02:24 Published in Blog

I really enjoy reading articles about what people's different experiences are after having gone through the process of a renovation, particularly those who have continued to live in the house while the works take place.  I think this one from the Domain website is pretty accurate and number 4 is the one most commonly mentioned and surprises many people.

Monday, 22 February 2016 03:43 Published in Blog

This is an interesting article and gives some good tips to get you thinking about whether or not you should renovate or build, and if you do, what you need to think about before you start the process.  I find that attacking magazines with scissors or printing out photos from the internet for a scrapbook is a great idea and is very helpful for designers.  Don't forget to include things you don't like as well as those you do.


Tuesday, 08 September 2015 04:38 Published in Blog

Budget is a key issue in any project with clients and builders alike always on the lookout for cost effective solutions.  However, sometimes, the lure of cost big savings can be found in using cheaper, imported materials that do not comply with Australian Standards or the Building Code of Australia.  However, as this article shows, a cost saving in the short term can result in a huge expense, injury or potentially loss of life later on.  The apparent widespread use of this cladding material in commercial and high rise residential applications will have saved vast sums of money through the construction process, but it could well now make some legal folk very wealthy.  Have a read at


Sunday, 13 January 2013 23:37 Published in Blog

Given the bushfires currently burning in various areas in Australia, it reminds me how critical it is to consider the environment within which a house sits.  A good designer will consider all these environmental factors, both constant and variable, when designing a home for you.  The home should respond to the environment and not impose itself on it.  It is also important that the structure and its surroundings respond to the environmental risks such as bushfire to increase its chances of survival (and those within it) as much as is possible.  Our thoughts are with those living with this risk at the moment.

Wednesday, 07 September 2011 02:24 Published in Blog

Just found an interesting article about the links between renovating and asbestos related diseases.  It's worth a quick read.  I do regularly get questions about removing asbestos and it's not something I'd recommend the novice or home handyman to get involved with.  Leave this to the experts as it needs to be handled and disposed of correctly.  Have a look at the article at