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7x Best of Houzz winner
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Award-Winning Building Designer Based in the Central Coast & Sydney
Palaestra creates beautiful places. We bring our thoughtful design skills to create & enhance living spaces for life. We work to illuminate the physical, cultural and emotional context of each project. Palaestra always incorporates sustainable design principals in our house plans such as low energy use, low embodied energy materials, low toxicity material usage and passive solar design. We particularly love timber and recycled timber. Our work has been acknowledged through exhibition, awards, teaching and our client base of repeat business. In addition to conventional building procurement we offer cost effective pathways to new homes or additions through our work with a range of prefabrication firms. Our clients say: " We are still wandering around in amazement, wondering how on earth we managed to find ourselves in such a beautiful, well-designed, warm, sunny and – damn it – cool house! It was quite a bizarre experience for a while, and I personally wasn't at all prepared for just how perfect this house was going to be for us to live in" Simone, Blackheath. "The house is a dream...receiving a gazillion compliments. I have a never ending feeling of joy looking at it...the ambience is absolutely wonderful" Monika, Woy Woy. "The house is fantastic and the design is incredibly functional and thoughtful. The high window is brilliant. The sun streaming in from early morning to the afternoon has eased the early chill of winter. It’s been a wonderful house to be isolated in." Emma, Leichardt

Services Provided

Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Building Design, Custom Home, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Handicap-Accessible Design, Home Additions, Home Extensions, House Plans, Modular Home Additions, Multigenerational Homes, Sustainable Design

Areas Served

Pretty Beach, Killcare, Hardys Bay, Mac Masters Beach, Somersby, Erina, Wamberal, Avoca Beach, Pearl Beach, Patonga, Palm Beach, Avalon, Sydney, North Shore, Peats Ridge, Dorrigo, Blackheath


RAIA Graduate design medal 1995 TAS young home designer of the year 1994 Best of Houzz 2014 to 2017

Professional Information

B.Arch University of Sydney B Sci (Arch) University of Sydney


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Phone Number

0449 877 716


44 Venice Road
Pretty Beach, New South Wales 2257

Typical Job Cost

$250,000 - $2.5 million


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Average rating: 5 out of 5 stars