Rich Matthews has been designing homes since 1985 so there is a lot of experience gained in those 35 years. He specialises in single family residences (new or renovations) but also does multi-residential and some commercial design. You and your project will benefit from the speed of developing great design options in a 3D computer model. He gives you personal attention and carefully listens to your needs and aspirations… and your budget. You’ll be able to view your new or renovated home with a 3D walkthrough on the web or on your iPad, tablet or phone with a free BIMx viewer. You can easily visualise various design options to ensure the design suits your every taste and you can be assured it can be delivered on time and on budget. Rich started in Canada as a “test pilot” for architectural CAD development on the first desktop IBM computers way back in ’83/84. He came to permanently reside in Australia in 1987 to work on the Sanctuary Cove development on the Gold Coast as Computer Operations Manager for The Hulbert Group. cMacd consulting & design was created in Sydney in 1990 as an independent consultant selling and supporting ArchiCAD Australia wide. That support included training architects which often resulted in him doing the whole CAD design & documentation input. Covering everything from houses & high-rise buildings to factories, the practice has evolved into architectural service for homeowners and developers. He moved from Sydney to Newcastle in 2005 and has many completed projects from Sydney to Brisbane. (If you’re interested, cMacd is pronounced “c-macked”… a combination of 'Mac' & 'cad'… and 'c'onsulting 'a'nd 'd'esign. It seemed like a good idea at the time…) Rich will help you understand the process of planning and approvals required to do a home renovation or build a new home. You will be given design options easily viewed in a 3D model and clear and concise plans & documentation and have the assurance that your new home will be within your budget. Whatever your experience… or lack thereof… he’ll be there to assist you.
Building Design, Custom Home, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Home Additions, Home Renovating, House Plans, Custom Homes
Elermore Vale, Lower Hunter Valley
Diploma of Building Technology, Burnaby BC Canada
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8 Reviews for cMacd consulting & design
The design process was straightforward with clear and concise dialogue at all times. Richard was open and friendly - I would definitely recommend this service to anyone in the future. We absolutely love out home. Feel free to check it out on instagram - @thechaletchb It is truly stunning!! Many thanks!
Rich was fantastic at drawing up our plans. He was very fast, efficient and very knowledgable. He had some great ideas which we had not thought of and was also good at coming up with solutions to any problems that would arise. I would definitely use Rich again and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of any design work to be done.
Comment from cMacd consulting & design:
Thank you Luke & Tanya. It was really terrific working with you both and especially Tanya with her initial design layout... the most accurate I've received from any client! And I have to give you both top marks for your interior design and finishes and that great pool. Would always be a pleasure to repeat the process!
Richard worked with us for our renovation with a redesign of much of the exterior of our house including garage, front fence, outdoor living space and new pool deck. Richard is very professional and a good communicator and had some wonderful creative ideas. The 3D computer images that he created were a great way to view things virtually before going ahead. He was very patient and listened to our ideas carefully and changed the designs many times until we were totally happy. We were very pleased with the outcome and our pool deck in particular gets lots of positive comments from visitors and is a beautiful space that we continue to enjoy. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone planning a home renovation.
Rich was great during the design phase, he is very knowledgeable and had some excellent ideas for improving the feel, flow and layout of our renovations. Rich was very accommodating of our ideas as well. Working with him was a breeze - his ability to navigate through all the hoops that council put you through was wonderful... getting our design through on the first run. Rich did a second design for us on another property renovation and the ideas and design were so good they were mind boggling. That project would have been amazing unfortunately, a change in circumstances for us meant we were unable to go ahead with that project. My husband and I would have no hesitation in recommending Rich and would certainly use his services again if, and when the need arose.
We have worked with Richard for about 3 years on a major renovation/rebuild of our house after a tree fell through the middle of it. Richard is patient, talented, and nails the brief. He comes up with great ideas but is happy to work with us the client to accommodate our ideas and make changes that achieve the result we are after.
Comment from cMacd consulting & design:
Thank you for the review. You are the only clients I worked with that have had a tree destroy half of their house during the process of a new renovation design so in that alone you are very special! The house is looking great inside & out. With the current planning on the added guest room, new driveway and front garden now almost complete, I'm really looking forward to seeing the final finished result in person.
We have been working with Richard for nearly 10 years on a very large private home and 2 bungalows that took over 5 years of planning and now nearly 5 years of construction. The central part of the main residence is an almost exact reconstruction of a 470 year old Indian Hindu palace, Jodha Bai Palace, Fatepur Sikri, Agra, India. We have imported 10 containers of hand crafted Indian red Sandstone and Indian Teak joinery to ensure an accurate representation of the original building. To say this project has had some challenges for Richard and ourselves would be a gross understatement. Involving 3 major redesigns and the architectural drawing of hundreds of difficult individual components to ensure accuracy by the Indian suppliers. Not to mention pedantic clients skyping over a red late at night, Richard as always met the challenge and delivered what we wanted. Situated on 4000m2 on one of the highest points in Terranora the property has already become a major landmark and is a testament to both Richard and ourselves what can be achieved. Professional, easy going, likeable and now a good friend, My wife and I would highly Richard.
Rich worked for me on two designs for a farmhouse cottage in the Hunter Valley - the first didn't proceed because circumstances changed, but the second one is now all but completed. We had an initial meeting to discuss the brief and then one site meeting, and from this Rich was able to do his design with on-line feedback until the final design was agreed and submitted to council. The builder has had no problems executing the design and it is now nearing completion. Rich's work is professional, competent and most importantly, buildable. Designing remotely from me did not cause any problems as Rich communicates very well with his clients and his fees are reasonable. I am more than happy to recommend his design services.
I highly recommend Richard for any design job. His knowledge is broad, he is very easy to work with and is open to new concepts. We have used Rich for both a renovation and a new build, and have been extremely happy on both occasions.
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32 Smith Rd
Elermore Vale, New South Wales 2287
Elermore Vale, New South Wales 2287
Typical Job Cost $4,000 - $8,000
Maximum cost quotes for each phase of design and documentation.