How do you deal with all those Council requirements?
How do you build on a difficult or complex site?
How do you know if the design is right before it is too late, if you don't really understand plans?
How do you make sure your design will be sensitive to the neighbourhood and the site?
How do you make sure the design will be practical as well as beautiful?
How do you avoid costly mistakes?
How do you save cost, without losing quality?
How do you make sure the design, the builders, the engineers and your product choices will all work well together?
How do you know you have the best solution that will reconcile all the different things you want to achieve? Have you really maximised your views, sun, indoor/outdoor flow, entertaining, comfort, low running costs, sustainability, privacy, technical performance, street appeal, market value ... and your unique lifestyle?
How well did your architect perform?
Are You Really Ready to Build?
Common Design Mistakes #1: Fencing
Reducing Building Costs
Cost to Build a House
Ideas to Remember
Christchurch Cathedral Rebuilding
Red Tape vs Ratepayers
Architects on the Christchurch Rebuild
Christchurch ’48 Hours’ Competition
Auckland Waterfront Competition
Stimulating Environments May Save Lives
Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Leaky Building Syndrome, And How To Avoid It
“Sustainability” – what exactly does this mean?
Collaboration with intelligent and enthusiastic clients, as well as intelligent and experienced builders and others in the project delivery team tends to yield richer, more effective, and often more exciting solutions.
I love a challenge ...
Bring me something juicy that others might find 'too hard', and I am hooked.
If I have learned anything in 25+ years of practice, it is that listening carefully, and keeping an open mind is vital; and that valuable design insights and opportunities can come from the most unexpected quarters.