Remembering in Australia, any building over 20-years is normally destined for the bulldozers because the value and admiration of historic properties is not celebrated. Developers normally choose to start again, as new construction is deemed to be cheaper, simpler and budgets can be calculated exactly. I am determined to change that one project at a time, and through delivering such a stunning result as seen here at ‘Nelson House’, my Client base and reputation is growing.
‘Nelson House’ project clearly demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of architectural philosophy's, building techniques and interior design elements. I adopted an unapologetic appreciation of re-designing a historic home for modern family requirements, and happily the Client considers the brief was executed and fulfilled beautifully. Countless elements of this design process were challenging and well out-with ‘normal’ levels of tolerances, compared to less complex interior design jobs I have completed in the past. The key to delivering an extraordinary result was to think laterally, dig deeper and utilise my contacts and suppliers like never before.
Working with such a historic home, everything was an unknown. You take out one wall, and it could potentially open a whole can of additional jobs (and expenses) that you couldn’t afford time nor money.
When such restrictions are placed on the normal design process, it highlights strengths and weaknesses in a Designers’ ability; and in my opinion, I exceeded the client brief. I consider the ‘Nelson House’ project showcases my ability to work within tight parameters, and tested my knowledge and experience to the max.
Over the years I have worked on personal projects in the UK, Italy, and studied in the USA - all focusing on renovation projects which is my passion. Continuing this work in Australia, I hope to save as many remaining historic properties I can.