What an Open-Plan Addition Can Do for Your Old House

It’s no secret that most of the original homes we see in older, established areas simply don’t cut it when it comes to meeting our 21st-century lifestyles, despite many of them being beautiful pieces of architecture. Many of these homes feature individual, boxed-in rooms instead of the open-plan layouts that support our modern way of living. Small, badly positioned windows are also common in these older homes, which means they don’t make the most of views, outdoor living connections or passive-solar design principles.



Christmas Closure Dates

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Sketch Building Design.

Our office will close Thursday 22th December 2016 3pm and reopen Monday 9th January 2017 at 9am.

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Construction Progress – Brighton East Alterations/Additions

Construction has commenced on our new Brighton East alterations and double storey addition.

This project involves extensive renovation to the lower floor with a large upper level addition consisting of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and rumpus

Stay tuned for the progressive updates on this stunning project in 2017.

 

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BDAV Golf Day 2016

Despite an unpleasant weather two weeks ago, these two had fun!!

at Riversdale Golf Club

 

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6 Big Decisions to Make When Building or Renovating

Building and renovating is a process that involves constant decision making. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the dozens of decisions you will need to make and the hundreds of options available to you. The good news is that you don’t have to make all of these decisions at once, and with the right advice and direction, you shouldn’t need to make them all on your own, either. By dealing with these primary issues thoroughly, you will be well placed to navigate the other decisions that need your attention throughout the process.



9 Steps to a Clutter-Free Bathroom

Have you ever tried to take a relaxing bath, but everywhere you look you see clutter? Cosmetics are almost falling off the shelf, there are half-empty bottles of shampoo everywhere, and it’s becoming tricky for you to find the things you actually like. Clutter makes it difficult to truly enjoy the time you spend in your bathroom, and it makes cleaning a lot harder, too.

To create a serene bathroom, you need to ensure two things – that you can get in and out easily without obstacles, and that you can relax and unwind in there when you want to. Here are nine decluttering strategies that should make both of those things possible.



7 Important Questions to Ask Builders

The stage at which you seek quotes from builders can be both exciting and daunting. For many homeowners, it’s a very stressful and confusing stage of the building process as they wade further out of their depth in an effort to select the ‘right’ builder.

The ‘right’ builder will be different things to different people, however the high-priority considerations are generally the cost of the project, quality of work and the builder’s reputation.

Unfortunately there are a few sneaky strategies that some builders use to mislead clients to secure projects. With a better understanding of how the game is played, you will be better positioned to identify and avoid the ‘smoke and mirrors’, and ultimately enjoy a smoother and less stressful build, with far less risk of experiencing budget blow-outs.

However, none of this knowledge will be useful unless you are willing to ask the right questions and accept that you may need to look beyond the cheapest cost to find the ‘right’ builder.

 



Construction Complete for Mornington Renovation

With construction complete for our Mornington Addition, we went a few weeks ago to take a couple of snaps of the finished product:

 

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For more photos and info on this project, visit our projects page.

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To see photos from the work in progress, check out our previous post for this project here.



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 article, click the image below:

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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 inspires your family’s spirit. The right splashback will complement the entire design of your kitchen and, because it is at or just below eye level, it will naturally attract attention. The home’s below could inspire you to think differently when choosing your splashback material.
There are so many options for splashbacks, sometimes trying to decide what is the best for your house can be overwhelming. The key to choosing the right one for you is to select the materials and colours for every other feature in the kitchen first, such as the cabinetry and benchtop. This will help to narrow down the splashback options and enable you to pick a material that perfectly complements your scheme.

Typically, the first material that comes to mind for a splashback is tiles. They can be cost-effective, easy to install and easy to clean. However, there are other materials that can work just effectively but will lift your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary. Here are eight to consider.



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:

 

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BDAV Awards 2014 – Sketch Wins Award for Elsternwick Addition

Last week director Andrew Brown from Sketch Building Design attended the 2014 Design Awards, held by The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The competition is open to Bulding Practioners or Registered Architects who are full members of the BDAV.

Sketch’s design for the Elsternwick Addition was nominated for the Residential Design – Alterations & Additions $200K-$500K category. Competing alongside a number of great designs, we are proud to announce that Sketch’s design received a commendation award, and have been published in Winning Design magazine (see below).

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In other very exciting news, the Elsternwick Addition has also been nominated for the National Alliance of Building Designers (NABD) Awards for Best Alteration/Additional Residential Design in Australia up to $350K.

The NABD was initiated by BDAV and BDAQ, and represents five states across Australia, unifying 80% of the nation’s building designers.

The winners will be announced on the 18th of October, in conjunction with Grand Designs Live.

 


 

To see more on this project, click here.