Buying a new house

How exciting your are buying a new house.

Whether is it new or somewhat older house you need to do the checks and don’t leave it to someone else. Everyday I get calls from people who have bought someone else’s problems. What I mean is the works (sheds,dwelling additions, walls removed, 2nd storeys) don’t have permits and they need to spend a large amounts of money fixing it getting permits.

If you are buying a new house get permission from the current owner to get a copy or at least view the plans from the council. Yes it may take a couple of weeks however you will know if every thing at the property has a permit and does not become your problem to fix.

Then you can buy a property with all the current permits in place.

Replacing Windows

Replacing Windows,

You often drive around and see people renovating their house. A couple of things to consider when upgrading your windows. You need light & ventilation in every room in your house. So if you are taking out your tired old timber windows that opened and replacing with new fixed pane windows you need to make sure you can get enough ventilation & light in that room. Below is the requirements and the calculation you need to do prior to installing no opening windows

Reference- National Construction Code Vol 2 -2019 Natural light

Natural light must be provided to all habitable rooms, in accordance with the following:

(a)Natural light must be provided by—

(i)windows, excluding roof lights that—

(A)have an aggregate light transmitting area measured exclusive of framing members, glazing bars or other obstructions of not less than 10% of the floor area of the room; and

(B)are open to the sky or face a court or other space open to the sky or an open verandah, carport or the like;

General requirements

Required window(s) to provide natural light must have a light transmitting area of at least 10% of the floor area.

10% of 100 m2 (size of room)= 10 m2 (window size needed) Ventilation requirements

Ventilation must be provided to a habitable room, sanitary compartment, bathroom, shower room, laundry and any other room occupied by a person for any purpose by any of the following means:

(a)Openings, windows, doors or other devices which can be opened—

(i)with a ventilating area not less than 5% of the floor area of the room required to be ventilated; and

(ii)open to—

(A)a suitably sized court, or space open to the sky; or

(B)an open verandah, carport, or the like; or

5% (ventilation) of 100 m2 (room size) = 5 m2 of window that opens

summer is here!

How well is your house coping with the heat?

Keeping the heat out of the house is now becoming important in Tasmania and off your windows.


How do you do that you ask, well


For your existing dwelling it is hard to add wider eaves.

·         Would could start an awning, a awning that folds out. Ensure you have checked your structure above the windows to be able to take the weight. Other wise a fixed awning above the windows.

·         You may have to wait a couple of years but you could plant some deciduous trees to shade the windows

·         You could invest in some heavy drapes and have them close when the sun is hitting them or sun filter shades.

·         Another option may be Shutters than could swing in over the windows, these could be designed so they allowed light through and cut the hot sun off the window face.


Direct sun can generate the same heat as a single bar radiator over each square metre of a surface, but effective shading can block up to 90% of this heat. (your home)

House Performance

Wow the weather in Launceston hasn't it been hot. How did your house perform?

In talking to a client during the hot weather with regards to their house, it performed very well it was at an even temperature which was comfortable. Good design, correct orientation and appropriate material construction is the key.  

How did your house perform? Do you have all these components? 

Maybe this can still be achieved, call now to see how we could achieve this for the next hot day or for the cool days.

My client also noted how much he and his wife loved their house, he said " it is just like being on holiday everyday, the house is so relaxing and the views we have, they can been seen everywhere in the house its great!"

How is your house performance?

More terminology

Happy New Year! Time to start your project.

Confused DA's BA's what does it all mean?

I often hear clients say they have been and asked at council and they don't need anything they spoke to Planning. 

Ok, Planning is one department of council and that is one part of the question you would need to ask. Just because you don't need a planning permit does not mean you don't need a building permit. A planning permit DA (Development Application) is a permit to allow you to do the development. A Building permit BA (Building Application) is the permit to build the building. You some times need both or sometimes just a building permit.

So if you are approaching council to ask what you need to do and which permit/s you need, remember you need to speak to both departments Planning and Building.

The other thing to remember if you change one thing about the building you are asking about that may change what permits you need, so keep your apples with apples when asking both departments, don't think oh yes if I changed that I don't need to have a planning permit but it might change something with building or vice versa.

Hope this helps, happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this matter.

Just drop me an email.  


Are you confused by the terminology used in the industry , let me explain some to you.

Building Design or Architect. Building Design have been to a Tafe and completed studies in what's called the built environment and Architects go to University and study the Arts and the form. We both really have similar knowledge. 

Both do the same or similar work maybe at a different fee rate.

A draftsperson is old terminology is is being phased out as Building Design has become a recognised profession and career path. Draftperson used to work for either a Building Designer or Architect, these people are now called technicians. Most Draftsperson are now Building Designers. 

Stayed turned for the next Blog regarding more Terminology ie Planning DA BA will be explained 


Even the smallest project may appear to huge. Yes you would like a builder  to come in and handle everything. Sometimes the cost to do this is may be prohibitive. Don't feel dispondent there may be another way to do things. Yes it may take longer however if the outcome is the project can be built for a cost you can afford it is worthwhile trying to find someone to help you.

This type of projects comes to my door on a regular basis, different contractors not working their way through the process to find a solution - happy to do that. Working towards a good outcome- happy to do that, or just finding a way to get it done for you, happy to do that. Even if you are looking for someone to handle the project for you - happy to do that.

A client thanked me today as they said if it was not for you we wouldn't be able to have this built.  

Let's get your project working towards an outcome 


Experience of your designer is gold for you as the client.

How does this help, you ask? Well if you are dealing with a well connected professional it can cut down the time, prevent mistakes and help you achieve a great end product. Your designer comes with a wealth of experience to be able to get things done and know where to find what is best for your project.

Ask your designer today about their experience!

Making a List

Making a list

When designing a new home or just renovating your existing one, a list is a good place to start. If a list is not your thing pictures speak a thousand words to your designer.  Work out what you need, your wish list and how long you are going to be in a place. If this is your for every place, think about the future and possible modifications to make it work long term. Work out what you think you can afford. look around at houses for sale and on line this gives you an idea of what buildings costs and you may see things you like in those houses you could incorporate. Once you have your list you have a good place to start with your designer.

Sustainable Homes

Attended a great day at the TNRM Sustainable Expo on Saturday. Not all houses that are sustainable need to look out of place in the street, yours can look similar to others in the street, just preform much better and have every low running costs. Homes designed and are shown within this web site are just like that. Yours can be as well, for new homes to altering your home to achieve that we can design that for you.