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This site gives a glimpse of what we do in a range of building types. Rather than glossy images, it is intended to explain the process of how an architect really works.
We offer decades of experience in how to avoid the pitfalls of building. Known for staying on budget, Simon works directly with you throughout the project.
For new buildings he will spend time with you to truly understand what you want to achieve before any drawings commence.
On the other hand, if your project is an extension it can be very helpful to discuss the feasibility to ensure you go down the right path.
Contact Simon to discuss your brief and ask for a fixed fee quote.
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Ethereal Japanese garden in our Kazari project, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran. Part gallery, part restaurant with sculpture, fabrics and antiques to delight the senses.
Current Projects of Interest
This grand old dame had slowly drifted into obscurity, once the largest distillery in the southern hemisphere. The huge copper stills remain but gave way to a salt works in the 1980's. In recent years the main buildings, of grade A historic importance, have been standing empty, waiting for someone, anyone to come up with a new use to revive such a fabulous asset.
We are excited to be working on a grand plan of revival which will be announced shortly. A veritable hornet's nest of regulations and overlays to navigate but there is every chance that our scheme will save this amazing property and generate local employment with a bit of good will from the many stakeholders involved. The main historic building has a staggering 8,000 sqm of floor space, spread over 4 levels, dating from 1927.
Stage One approval has been issued for a museum on the ground & first floors generating local employment and community interest. In association with the car & industrial museum its likely there will be some classic car storage available to car clubs and private owners. Stay tuned for the grand opening....
CAMBERWELL PROPOSED ADDITIONS 2019
GROWING PAINSAbout to start construction, this delightful brick Californian bungalow is being extended to cater for a new arrival. At the Beach
QUEENSCLIFFProposed major renovation to a beach house at Queenscliff with amazing ocean views. Adjoining houses were modeled in 3D enabling VR presentation to the neighbors. For construction 2019 - Combining the solidity of rammed earth with the lightness of weatherboard.
South view of proposed house with its flanking neighbors. Ocean side of house with glass lift
New Dual Occupancy
NTH BALWYN - THE VISION REALIZED - ON BUDGET
Two luxury units in North Balwyn in honed bluestone. Construction now complete and about to be occupied. A tour de force in stone and Iron Bark timber. All thanks to the team, Icecorp and their wonderful subbies and of course our brilliant clients.
The family decided to replace their timber home on a corner site with two units. The plan is to occupy one and rent the other. Total cost for both units including landscaping: $1.3m.
We enjoyed working with owners Mark & Alia all the way from concept design, through permits, tendering and supervision to completion. This ensured competitive quotes from builders.
Architect: Simon Waters
Engineer: Andrew Daly
Landscape: Lisa Stafford
Land Surveyor: Peter Rickard
Building Surveyor: MBS
Retro Dual Occupancy
21 COLLINGS ST, CAMBERWELL - FOR CONSTRUCTION 2019
Recalling the Californian Bungalow style typical of the area, this project was recently approved after VCAT appeal. Packing quite a lot on a regular house site. Each townhouse has 3 levels complete with home theaters, gyms, lifts & dumb waiter, all the trimmings.
The cost? $2.9m, quite reasonable at $3,400 / sqm, complete. Not without some controversy at the time, the design went through several iterations, the final version shown below in relation to its neighbors. Whilst many people oppose the side by side dual occ
concept, we say it is a relatively harmless way of increasing density in our suburbs because the building bulk is typically in line with its neighbors, preserving reasonable open spaces, front & back. Both dwellings have equal frontage, rather than one being relegated to the back of the site.
38 Kinkora Rd. $1m renovation to a lovely 1930's house we designed a few years ago, changing hands in Dec 2018. Heritage protected, the house was completely re-planned with a central hallway and large rear living space, repleat with floating fire place. A new lower level was added for cars, cellar and storage.