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Be engaged, inspired and informed. In our blog section we share some architectural concept and design principles, images of projects we work on and current affairs in architecture. You don’t have to be a fundi to following along, you just need to appreciate the enjoyment of exciting, engaging and comfortable places

  • Stairs

Staircase design: form and function

The staircase of a house not only provides vertical circulation but is an important indication of the overall design of a house. It is often one of the first features you will see, and can be seen from many angles so we believe should be given significant attention to its design. In the examples below, [...]

What are some good external wall cladding materials?

Integrating a subtle mix of finishes in the external building palette can make a building much more interesting. Here we look at how we have used different materials such as timber and copper on some of our building facades and why we used them. The house we recently completed in Woollahra is nestled among trees [...]

Internal junction detailing – cornices and shadowlines

As always, the interior detailing of a house should complement the architectural style of a house. When we are developing the design for our houses, we are also thinking about how this is reflected internally and what junction detailing to use. Generally there are three options to use at the ceiling wall junction: shadowlines, square-set [...]

The Benefits of Hydronic Heating

More and more Australians are becoming aware of the huge benefits of installing hydronic heating systems in their homes. Hydronic heating or radiant heating  uses a closed loop system, creating little heat loss while moving the heated water beneath the floor, along base board heaters, or through radiators to heat your home. A hydronic radiant system provides [...]

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External window treatments – Form and Function

  Traditionally (back in the medieval period) shutters were hinged solid timber panels fixed externally to protect the occupants from the elements (rain, wind and sun). In the Arabic countries the use of timber latticework which formed part of their ‘mashrabiya’ acted as privacy screens in addition to sun control. The window screen [...]

Creating interest with Skylights

Even if a house has sufficient natural light, installing skylights or highlight windows give a soft, interesting light generally in the back areas of a room and can assist with cross-ventilation. Skylights often look less intrusive when the ceiling helps sculpt the space around it. Examples of this are seen in some of our [...]

Designing for temperature

Up until a decade ago designing and building a house with no air-conditioning in Sydney was considered quite normal. Our planning relied heavily on cross-ventilation, good orientation, shading and insulation. These factors are still integral to a design but more and more our clients are requesting all or part of the house to be [...]

  • Castlecrag house: Photo taken by Max Dupain in 1973 – view of the raised dining area

Classic interiors last forever

This month we are covering a few of our projects that we believe support the title of this blog – that classic interiors last forever. For us, a classic interior is in harmony with the external architecture of the building, allows as much natural light in as possible, and is fitted with timeless joinery, fittings, [...]

  • View of the heritage cottage from the garden

Heritage architecture reinvented in modern design

In this feature we focus on our Woollahra houses where we integrated a Victorian cottage in a modern house setting. Architectural journalist Stephen Crafti interviewed us about the design and below is his engaging recount: The Grove in Woollahra, Sydney is one of the suburb’s best kept secrets. Behind a traditional picket fence is a [...]

Pools we have designed into our houses over the years

It’s summer so we are obliged to do at least one post on pools we have designed into our houses over the years. Their settings range from an intimate garden to a waterfront resort. For each we took into consideration the best orientation, access and style to suit the design of the homes and people [...]