Fundamentally, each project must begin with a strong mutual respect for authenticity, a willingness to engage in open communication, and an element of adaptability. I seek to work collaboratively at each stage of all projects, creating a deep shared connection to the same outcome.
My initial role is one of observer and listener
Meeting over a coffee, the first step has no assumed direction and simply begins with a chat about you: your space, your ideals and your own narrative. Through organic discussion, a mutual understanding of the features, objectives and limitations begin to take shape. This is followed by a site visit, where many foundational elements are determined by the relationship between the house and the land. This dialogue between plot of land and structure is an essential informant of the following steps of the process, which begin with a segmented proposal scheduling the design and documentation.
Proposing a design to complement lifestyle functions
Once a relationship has been established between designer and client, house and land, schematic plans are drawn. Encompassing critical regulatory requirements for governing bodies, these plans identify the intent of the project. This stage is entirely collaborative and allows scope for many iterations until the form represents an enhancement of the life of its occupants.
Finding a balanced form to stimulate taste
The third stage is one of visualisation and realisation.Working together, finishes like colour, texture, materiality and durability are explored and translated through elevations and sectional conceptual drawings. The holistic vision is finalised through accurate rendering and high attention to detail, creating a thorough understanding of how the final space will look and feel.
Documenting the necessities of construction
It is within this step that the concept is translated into a detailed set of plans covering all of the crucial requirements for council submission, engineering and standard tendering for construction. These plans are communicated clearly and openly, with room for adaptation. For some, finalising this stage of the project may signify that they are ready for construction to start. For others, it may mean that one of the most important parts of the process - the practicality and aesthetics of the fine detail - is about to begin.
Detailing and specifying the specifics for the individual
An entirely optional extent of detailing where we dive into the specifics of the material palette, the interior fixtures, fittings, the built-in furnishings and the intricate details that really tailor the house to the individual. This close attention to aesthetic detail, while requiring an extra investment of time, brings continuity to the finished form and function of the design. It is through this final step that the project takes on a richer sense of identity and a cohesiveness throughout the entire space.