Complex issues were involved – installing a lift that serviced four levels, management of restricted site access, consideration of reduction of hot water usage, providing identifiers throughout the building for way finding, modifications to structure and any consequences – just to mention a few. This project definitely needed the services of an experienced architect!
As designers ourselves, we had high expectations and have learnt much from our experience. ZGA certainly exceeded our expectations in delivering ‘a premium product’.
In general – the ability to reconfigure the house to cope with visiting guests and the use of the ground floor as flexible/varied entertaining spaces.
In particular – the attention to detail. Daily use still gives us unexpected pleasure.
This project required an architect who didn’t produce work from a folio of formulaic outcomes. What was required was an understanding and respect of a Heritage listed building. That said, it also required an approach with design ability – one to drag the building into the 21st century.
It is a joy to live in the renovated spaces, and, if we were to go through the process again, we would not make any changes.
The harmonious relationship and respect between builder and architect was a standout observation. This enabled a very satisfactory result for us, the client.
Most definitely – to ensure construction and execution meet with design intentions.
This was a very complex project, with very restricted site access and neighbours in very close proximity. ZGA managed the site, neighbours, client, builder and consultants very professionally. All neighbours are still very close friends due to the fact that there was little disturbance during the renovation process.