Expert Tips for Planning a Welcoming Small Front Yard

The perfect way to create a grand, inviting entrance to a home is with a beautiful garden setting. Large front yards offer an amazing scope for creating these entries with the added potential bonus of a functional garden zone as well. Unfortunately, though, not all front yards are grand in scale, so let’s investigate the […]



Key Measurements to Consider When Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the kitchen island is the heart of the kitchen – a central hub where people gather to prepare food, eat and chat. Therefore, it’s important that it is as functional and practical as it is beautiful. This comprehensive list of key measurements to consider when designing […]





Clever Design Ideas for your Bathroom Vanity

From Houzz.com:   The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in the house – especially in the morning when everyone is rushing around to get ready for work or school at the same time. So it makes sense then, that when designing your bathroom vanity, function and practicality is just as important as style […]



Precious Little Gem: Elsternwick Addition featured in Design+Build Australiasia

If you have ever had cause for despair when your client’s renovation has failed to live up to its resale potential, Victorian Designer, Andrew Brown, can restore your faith in the old adage that – with the right approach – big things really can come in small packages.   To see the rest of the […]



8 Sensational Splashback Materials… and Not a Tile in Sight!

As featured on Houzz.com: The kitchen can be your home’s biggest asset and is proven to be the most important room to invest in. Not only could a successful kitchen design increase the value of your home, it may very well ensure that it is the main social hub of your house that carries and […]



Construction Progress: Bentleigh Addition

Yesterday we checked up on the progress for our Bentleigh Addition. Construction for this project commenced in July, so after just over three months into the build, it’s progressing very quickly. For more progress photos, see latest blog for this project here  



NABD Awards with Kevin McCloud

Over the weekend Sketch Building Design attended the NABD Awards, hosted by Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs. The Elsternwick Addition was nominated for best alterations additions for up to $350k. Here is Andrew Brown with the man himself:  



Construction Progress: Edithvale Residence

This new home down near the beach in Edithvale is well under way, with most of the structure already up. The client is wrapped with its progress so far, a mere six weeks into construction. The roof should be going on this week, and the hope for completion by Christmas seems pretty realistic at this stage.     For more […]



Material Ideas: Accoya

A 50 year above ground and 25 year inground lifespan means Accoya is equally as durable as our greatest Australian hardwoods (Ironbark, Spotted Gum, Tallowood) but without the movement issues these timbers experience. Accoya is initially Radiata Pine, which is modified with concentrated vinegar and a high pressure process that alters the cell structure. The […]