Employment: 1998-2001 Simon Anderson Architects (WA) 2001-2002; 2001 - 2010 Casual ad-hoc Research & Design Teaching at Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts UWA; Troppo Architects (WA) 2002-2003; Public Transport Authority during the New Metro Rail project 2005 - 2006; Office of the Government Architect at The Department of Housing and Works 2006 - 2008; Research Perth's Architectural Heritage 2002 - 2008; Project Manager at AMR & Associates Project Management 2014 - 2015; Design & Documents in Collaboration with Wandoo Design & Construction 2010 - 2018; Collaboration and project partnerships with The Henry Project 2017 - 2018;
Residential Design Project List:
2010 Nedlands $140,000 Pragmatic timber framed, corrugated iron roof extension on a structural timber floor including two rooms, bathroom and laundry optimising north aspect for solar gain to a 1890s weatherboard railway workers’ two-room cottage on a long well-sited garden block, using original old growth jarrah floorboards, salvaged original doors & windows and new Western Red Cedar weatherboards milled to match existing in a blunt square-cut profile for seamless old-fashioned appearance. Design, drawings and documents, correspondence with authorities, casual but thorough tender process, submission for approvals and close collaboration with selected builder for detailing and construction preferences. Built 2010.
2011 Mosman Park $150,000 Pragmatic extension to 1890s weatherboard railway workers’ cottage using recycled timber and corrugated iron cladding including design consults, drawings and documents, correspondence with authorities, submission for approvals, and correspondence with trades. Built 2012.
2011 Daglish $100,000 Adaptation of old shed to Passive Solar Art Studio using recycled and salvaged materials including design consults, drawings and documents, correspondence with Authorities, submission for approvals and correspondence with trades. Built 2012.
2012 Como $150,000 - $500,000 Full Options Report for Adaptation of an old house. Brick and Tile Bungalow including design and drawings, correspondence with authorities and documentation of existing condition. One option selected and owner built 2012.
2014 White Gum Valley $350,000 New Passive Solar House using linked pavilions in recycled and salvaged materials with timber stud walls and corrugated iron roofing, with very high raked ceilings with extra insulative air gap to walls and roof space for a single retiree. Full scope of service from site analysis, development of brief, design and drawings from concept to building documentation and detailing including correspondence representing client with engineer and subconsultants and submission to authorities for approvals and permits and compliance. Close teamwork and collaboration with trades, client and contractor to develop mutually relevant building documentation drawings, details, specification and contract to suit a low budget. Built 2015.
2015 Dalkeith Intensive Design Meeting representing client with cabinetmaker for a kitchen renovation including documentation of existing condition, design and drafting to a 1930s Arts and Crafts Timber, Brick and Tile Bungalow.
2015 Nedlands $750,000 Intensive design consult, advice and concept sketching to review a design for cost-effective solutions to an elegant and gracious large two storey residence with Arts and Crafts Interwar Bungalow materiality and features, on high pillowed limestone, with tuck-pointed brick and fancy fretwork, structural timber flooring with original tongue and groove boards and tiled roof. Build in progress 2017.
2015 Bassendean $150,000 Intensive Design Meeting including measure and documentation of existing condition, design and drafting for submission to local authorities for an owner-built verandah and landscape to adapt a quirky modernist concrete-block and tile small suburban 1960s house with post-modern features. Built 2015.
2015 – 2016 South Fremantle $430,000 Sensitive rear addition with above standard construction detailing for insulation and thermal performance and to meet disabled access needs for a retiring couple to a dilapidated old 1900s timber cottage in new and salvaged materials from site and local neighbourhood; adaptation and restoration of old part including street front, verandah and rambling character. Careful retention of old trees and old limestone garden walling. 6-9months of regular design meetings and project management to design and deliver in close collaboration with clients full scope of service from concept through to build including documentation for presentation to council for justification of non-compliance with R-codes, approvals, specification, selections, engagement and correspondence with subconsultants. Built 2016.
2016 Greenwood $150,000 Very low cost value for money pragmatic extension to a small brick and tile house on a concrete slab. Careful retention of existing built form, a large additional open plan space with great windows and raked ceiling for volume to suit a growing young family. Design, drawings, approvals, compliance and specification tailored to allow client to tender to the market themselves for a competitive price. Built 2016.
2016 Como $300,000 – $750,000 Renovation and Addition Options Report with design and drawings to resolve options for a difficult layout for a small Early Interwar Bungalow on limestone foundations with timber floorboards including documentation of existing condition. Built 2017.
2016 Jolimont $1.4M Passive Solar Proposal design, drafting and correspondence with stakeholders and authorities to develop a large block into three two-storey modern residences with mixed new materials, concrete suspended slabs, brick and timber stud walls and corrugated iron roofing using low-cost construction. Not built.
2016 Joondanna Intensive Design Meeting consultation to explore passive solar ideas for a Brick, Timber and Iron Cottage on a small well-oriented block, for a double-income-no-kids couple who like gardening. Not built.
2016 Coolbellup $320,000 Intensive Design consult, drafting for Development Approval for Owner-Built lightweight post-modern addition with structural timber floor. Owner build in 2017.
2016 Bassendean $200,000 Brief development, site analysis and design to Development Approval plus specification and pricing for a passive solar Tiny House in recycled, salvaged and new materials for a single client on a large treed block. Not built.
2017 Mount Hawthorn Intensive Design Meeting consultation to explore ideas for internal renovations to a Brick and Tile Bungalow. Not built, decisions made by client using consult.
2017 Mount Hawthorn $40,000 1 week turnaround Brief, Design & Drawings for Internal Renovation to Brick and Tile Bungalow. Built 2017.
2017 Claremont $50,000 - $100,000 Intensive design consult for limited budget for a senior on a pension in a small brick and tile, concrete slab duplex in dilapidated condition. Design, drawings, cover letter and specification for general repair works tailored to allow client to tender to the market for a competitive price. Plain language tender guidelines left to client to manage.
2017 Bayswater $250,000 Design – Development Approval including design meetings, drafting, compliance, correspondence with authorities, specification, detailing and working with subconsultants for a small passive solar timber framed, corrugated iron clad, concrete slab extension including studio with kitchenette and link with bathroom connecting to a 1980s duplex. Built 2017 by Wandoo on timber stumps, joists and bearers to protect mature tree roots and maintain soil infiltration, using low toxicity, recycled materials and a respectful build. Interesting materials selection including timber–framed highlight louvre windows, corrugated iron cladding, and rough sealed burnished concrete slab. Site analysis and orientation to suit existing house, available garden zone and sun path resulted in a small room with a fly-away roof and a small link to the old house, fitting neatly under the existing eaves.
2017 White Gum Valley $385,000 Intensive design consult and preparation of specification for pricing on behalf of prospective client.
2017 Bassendean $75,000 Design – Development Approval including design meetings, drafting, compliance, correspondence with authorities, specification, detailing and representation of client with engineer and subconsultants for a very small owner-builder addition to the rear of a 1890s weatherboard railway workers’ cottage in dilapidated condition, including measure and documentation of existing condition. Works include partial demolition, new verandah and new laundry in new and recycled timber in keeping with original but with some modern features including corrugated iron cladding and a pop-up skillion roof on stand-off pre-fabricated steel brackets with some louvre banks, to allow for light and ventilation as well as breathing space for the original structure. Build in progress 2017 - 2018.
2017 Mosman Park $45,000 downstairs + $220,000 upstairs 2-4 months of design consultancy including meetings and project management to design and deliver in close collaboration with clients drawings and strategy including interviewing builders for selection for a second storey addition and two separate downstairs remodelling of internal wet areas, being ensuite and laundry. Wet areas carried out as a cost plus contract with selected builder. Representation of client to a different selected builder for upstairs approvals process, design, documents and delivery. Downstairs built 2017; upstairs build in progress 2018.
2017 Beaconsfield $240,000 Tiny House + Extension + not costed cost-plus Internal Heritage Cottage Renovations. Value for money design to development approval for strategy for staging, to build to lock-up for an extension to an existing cottage, a remodelling of the existing cottage, and a tiny house at the rear of the well oriented site for a small growing family who intend to live on site while works are undertaken. Intensive 3-6months design consultancy phase and project management including measure and documentation of existing house and supervision of drafting and documentation, approvals and compliance. Cottage overhaul by Wandoo 2017, extension to build 2018.
2017 Shenton Park $50,000 - $100,000 House on a heritage listed streetscape in need of repair in keeping with form and materials typical of modest timber houses of the early post WWII era. Intensive design consult, documentation of existing condition, specification and drawings for quote to sound-proof and thermally insulate a front room.
2015 – 2017 Nedlands $450,000 2 year concept to build full scope of service including full design revision after first approvals phase due to budget and brief change for an addition in keeping with a medium sized, medium quality 1940s brick and tile bungalow with timber floors on limestone foundations with dark stained timber door and window carpentry and fireplaces. Pragmatic addition of carport, re-roofing, repair of existing spaces and new rear additional rooms and amenity to suit a large family; built with very high quality craftsmanship to a voluminous double height Great Room in the American tradition of the Arts and Crafts Bungalow using recycled, remilled old-growth jarrah to all new solid timber second fixing carpentry. Fancy horizontal brickwork laid in stackbond, stretcher bond and incorporating shadow lines by half-brick steps influenced by the Chicago style to an enormous modern fireplace with interconnecting solid timber stair treads and shelving. Highly ornate fancy ceiling work with a very large Art Deco geometric ceiling rose and detailed geometric cornices, aligning with highlight windows bathing the room in soft light. Built 2017.
2015 – 2017 Mosman Park $400,000 2 years of regular design meetings and project management to design and deliver in close collaboration with clients a full adaptation of a weatherboard and corrugated iron workers cottage to bring to a bright and stylish modern interior, including representation and correspondence with engineer and subconsultants, correspondence with authorities, approvals and permits and site detailing and collaboration with trades. The work was partially new build and largely internal remodelling. Adaptation included additional two bedrooms, garage with loft, front landscaping and streetscape, remodelling of layout of laundry, bathroom, kitchen, master bedroom and second bedroom and new inclusion of new modern WIR, Ensuite and styling in close collaboration with talented client. A large amount of pragmatic remedial works to old built form was undertaken including removal of lath and plaster walls and ceilings in some parts, use of recycled jarrah floorboards to meet old floor, sensitive use of corrugated iron cladding to replace some older deteriorated cladding, reinstatement of an old fireplace with modern insert. Works were staged to allow family to continue to live on site with long phases of working breaks to bear the disruption. Built 2015 - 2017.
2017 Nedlands $400,000 A series of three design meetings and follow-up drawing at hourly rates over a single week to review and improve articulation of a project-builder’s extension to an Interwar Bungalow with some character features. Client used a project builder’s in-house drafting and sales process, and sought some expertise at the right time for the best of both worlds - a project builder for cost and expertise for better exploitation of the sun path and site. I encouraged respect and custodianship of the character portion of the existing house and explored how to honour that including tips for material choices to juxtapose old and new finishes at junctions. I reviewed the plans with buildability and structural loads in mind, and sketched over the plans and elevations to improve the likely cost as well as refine the appearance from the outside. Layout changes were suggested, advice given regarding pros and cons of window locations and ideas explored to improve likely family usage, circulation and connection to garden.
2017 Greenwood $120,000 6 weeks of hourly rates project management for a family including design meetings, quoting, scheduling, exploring priorities and options for improvements to a run-down house. Budget meetings with different builders to help clients decide how to best spend their money. My role was to push the project forward and help with decision making, provide instructions, drawings and documents for trades as necessary. Works to be undertaken to include pool, external hardscaping, exterior rendering, garden planning, upstairs modest remodelling including splitting one long room into two bedrooms with shared bathroom, and downstairs low-cost renovation to spruce up dilapidated finishes including new timber flooring in place of terracotta tiles, new doors, repair and paint to walls and ceilings, and some new fixtures and fittings.
2018 Nedlands $300,000 Concept Design Stage only to meet client-written brief with a concept plan to a budget including opinions of cost based on very early builder collaboration and passive-solar rules of thumb.
2017-2018 Bassendean $500,000 Design – approvals, compliance and costing for new two storey fully timber framed, timber clad new house for a client and two adult children. Atypical planning of four double bedrooms each including large WIR and study zones, and shared luxury walk-through bathrooms. Design complete, approvals phase in progress, with significant, positive and collaborative neighbour consultation. To build 2018
2018 On the spot drawings and advice One hour only on the spot advice in a cafe. Client brought her own home design for review, particularly with regard to best orientation, size and type of windows to best mitigate summer heat and exploit for winter solar incidence. Client walked away with annotated drawings. Payment on the spot using portable EFTPOS.
2018 Geraldton $40,000 Long distance email and phone communication with regional client who wished to be the best possible custodian of her heritage-listed original farmhouse whilst bringing more light in, meeting a budget and making minor low-impact additions including a verandah suited to the original style, and some paring back of unsuitable previous additions not in keeping. The scope of work was over a 3 week period. Client was provided with advice and 9 different hand-drawn options for improvements and low impact works using passive solar rules of thumb. A selected option was sent for review to a heritage advisory service for appropriate comment to confirm likelihood of permission. A lot of communication and collaboration helped the client make some decisions for how to best spend her money.
2018 Beaconsfield $1.0M Design Stage only to explore options for two likely possibilities for development of a residential property within the area allocated to the Draft "Freo Alternative Scheme". This scope of work was delivered in a short time frame in collaboration with Meriam Salama from The Henry Project. The brief was to provide for community, common space and shared amenity, explore options for multiple households on the one site, and sustainable ethos using passive solar rules of thumb. One possibility was offered within the provisions of the Draft Freo Alternative Scheme, the other was offered within the provisions of the current R-codes zoning. Both possibilities explored relevance to the market and appropriate capitalisation of the property using a syndicate. See our blog on the project in detail here.
2018 Cottesloe $500,000 Parcel of design and approvals analysis with Meriam Salama from The Henry Project to explore the feasibility of future built-strata sub-divisibility options for adaptive reuse of a quirky old 3.6m ceiling brick and tile house on pillowed limestone, sited awkwardly on a large corner block, within compliance with the local Town Planning Scheme. The brief was to offer the future possibility of shared amenity and common space for multiple households on the one site using the existing house, retaining an old avocado tree, and building up and over to cater for the needs for a modern residence.
2018 Bassendean $500,000 Very succinct parcels of advisory work in partnership with the client - a Landscape Architect who is also a skilled drafstperson - where the client wished to undertake the design, drafting, approvals and tendering process themselves for a two storey family home but needed guidance through the architectural process, and a supervising eye over design development, particularly with regard to meeting the constraints of compliance with the R-Codes without losing design intent - which is difficult on a narrow block.
2018 Subiaco $50,000 - $150,000 Hourly rates urgent project management and advice for a family of six including strategy for coping through rushed works, design meetings, scheduling, broad opinions of cost to exploring priorities and options for improvements to a run-down house. Interviewing builders and selection to suit timeframe, capacity and eye for design. As close to a 'flip' that I can sensibly manage, with some cost-plus works and some fixed price lump sum works after design and quoting. In collaboration with the efficient and talented Ben Hawkins from Hawkins Building Co. The works were tailored to not require development approval.
2018 Spearwood On the spot drawings and advice - two and a half hours only at client's home in Spearwood. Client provided her own plans, a cup of tea and a table. She wanted to ask a whole lot of her own questions about her home particularly with regard to best orientation, size and type of outdoor cover to best mitigate summer heat and exploit for winter solar incidence, working with what she has already, without breaking the budget, and without needing a massive overhaul. Payment on the spot using portable EFTPOS.
2019 East Victoria Park Site visits and photo-documentation of rambling timber cottage with extreme quirk and character. Enjoyable evening design meeting with a young couple to explore re-modelling and what needed demolition. I was contracted for $600 for hand drawn sketch options to help them on their way.
2019 East Victoria Park One-off design meeting with on-the spot advice and drawn solutions to a rear battleaxe too small for a growing family.
2019 Nedlands Extension to InterWar Bungalow $300,000 - $400,000 Clients had engaged me for Concept Design Stage and returned to pursue an objective to owner-build. I provided approvals, certification and documents to suit an owner-builder and continue to assist with interiors. A delightful modern rear, light-filled extension with views to a stunning mature garden is a heritage-sensitive brick build. There is a lot of interesting material connection between the fabric of the existing house and the modern addition - by way of reusing bricks from on site, and some upcycled and recycled doors and windows in combination with new. Currently in construction by owner.
2019 Peppermint Grove Class 1 Heritage Residence Site analysis, heritage assessment, preparation of existing condition survey and existing house plans and elevations, and provision of three concept designs to suit client brief for new living, kitchen, dining, bedroom, bathroom and car parking while retaining heritage and demolishing non-heritage rear parts. Careful consideration and design work to establish what will be proposed for a development application not likely to be deemed to comply, but rather likely to require justification by design principle in accordance with Local Planning Scheme and R-Codes. A very careful and staged process appropriate for an elegant old Queen Anne residence. DA in progress.
2019 Hamilton Hill Under $100,000 Rational 1940s brick and tile modern bungalow on a treed site near a large reserve of bushland for wildlife. Client brief is modest and simple, with the aim to make minor changes to the house to allow more light and garden in. A 4 week turnaround to provide design consults, advice and correspondence, site measure, preparation of existing condition drawings and preparation of instructive plans and elevations for demolition works and minor renovation. Proper checks with the local authority were undertaken to establish which documents were required for approvals and permits for minor works with impact on external appearance.
2019 Nedlands 1930s Bungalow $350,000 - $450,000 in a run down condition with so many additions until perhaps the 1980’s that the client could not discern which was original and which was not. After a few design consults at hourly rates the client was satisfied with a proposal for a fair amount of demolition work, and a new bright and light modest addition with excellent solar orientation, garden outlook and neat connection to original heritage parts. After hand-drawn design work and basic digital plans, I simply corresponded with the client’s preferred builder’s in-house design and drafting team for a project handover before Development Application. Client is being looked after by builder for approvals, drafting, documents and delivery of build.