Andrew was recommended by a dear and trusted friend, who had engaged Andrew to remodel her kitchen/dining spaces. After seeing her place and hearing her glowing recommendation we met with Andrew. We had a two bedroom Victorian Single Fronted Miners cottage in Richmond that we loved, but had outgrown, with the arrival of our two children. We love living in Richmond and desperately wanted to stay but needed more space, and above all someone who had the vision to design our dream home, maximising every spare inch. After the first meeting with Andrew, we knew we had found such a visionary. He followed up our meeting with some photos of kitchens recessed under the staircase and an amazing sketch of what we could do with the space we had, mindful of the close proximity to our neighbours. Andrew had us at "Kitchen Under The Stairs". We spoke to other Architects before signing up with Andrew, but no-one else had the vision and "outside the box" ideas to maximise space that Andrew had.
Andrew has been right beside us the whole journey as we moved forward. He produced the sketch drawings, translated them into plans and 3-D models, and submitted them to council. He negotiated with Heritage, accommodating their requirements, without compromising the living and outdoor space we really wanted in our upstairs extension. Not only did Andrew provide a detailed Specification Document, outlining all elements of the build, he also recommended bath tubs, toilets, tap fittings, tiles and even negotiated discounted prices with suppliers, which for someone who had never renovated a house before was just what we needed. Andrew arranged permits, road closures, traffic management and all the other endless documents and approvals required by council.
When our neighbour decided to take us to VCAT, (despite our numerous design compromises), Andrew was by our side. He represented our case and we won!
Andrew recommended an excellent builder, who he has worked with for over 20 years, and together they worked tirelessly to make our "forever home" a reality, and what a beautiful reality it is! Andrew was actively involved in every stage of the build, discussing, checking, adjusting and readjusting the plans, as and when needed; and to our amazement and sheer delight they have together built our dream home in just 6 months! We could not thank Andrew enough for all his hard work and infectiously positive attitude. We would not hesitate for a second in recommending him to anyone seeking a visionary, that can turn ideas, dreams and sketches into reality.