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Apr
14
2014

Influence of low fees on the construction and building industry

If you are one of those people who always bases decisions on cost, you may be surprised to find out how badly this approach has impacted on the building and construction industry in Australia.

Ever since our competition authorities forced the industry to discard its compulsory fee scales in the 1980s, people and companies bidding for design work have focused on price rather than quality, value and capability. It is an accepted fact that as a direct result, project costs have risen by between 10% and 15%. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr
13
2014

Creating Magnetic Entertaining Spaces

Brisbane architect renovationHave you ever noticed how particular spaces within a home tend to attract people? How people seem to be immediately drawn to certain areas, as if some mysterious magnetic force was pulling people into this space?

One of the most intriguing is the magnetism of a kitchen island bench. You would hardly say that a kitchen is an exciting room, yet people congregate around an island bench as if it was prime seating at a sold out concert. This phenomenon is further enhanced if the same island bench has stools, or other forms of seating available.

But it’s not only kitchen benches where this phenomenon occurs. BBQ’s are another example of a space that people tend to gravitate towards. This can occur even if nothing is being cooked.

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Mar
22
2014

Beyond Cookie Cutter Houses

cookie cutter houses

You see them everywhere where land is being made available for development across Brisbane and Queensland: Row upon row of houses that are essentially carbon copies of each other. It is not hard to see why. Selling and building homes that were designed using a few basic templates is an established part of the business model of most large house builders.
We have all heard the sales pitches that come with these ‘cookie cutter’ homes. Builders assure us that the fact that they can standardize procedures leads to lower building costs. They further claim that the ability to use the same materials for many homes mean that they can get massive volume discounts from suppliers. All of these savings are then, supposedly, passed on to you as the customer.

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Mar
17
2014

Do ‘Building Designers’ really design buildings?

building designers brisbaneIt may seem on the surface to be a silly question, but look further and you will discover that it is in fact quite a valid one.

The title ‘Building Designers’ is used quite a bit by people who may or may not be a drafts person. There are many individuals and companies that call themselves ‘Building Designers’; there are even a number of associations. But what qualifications do they have and how good are they at actually ‘designing’ a home? Read the rest of this entry »


Mar
10
2014

How to Save Money Building My Home? Build for cost: Is it too good to be true?

People often ask me about schemes whereby they contract a builder to construct their homes or renovations and then they deal directly with suppliers and sub-contractors to buy materials and services.

Well on the surface it sounds like a good idea. It would seem that you can make significant savings on materials and services, with the security of knowing that you control the money. I know more than one customer who raised concerns about paying money to a builder who might then go broke, leaving sub-contractors and suppliers unpaid. Read the rest of this entry »