Is your real estate agent worth more than your architect?

Is your real estate agent worth more than your architect?

Controversial I know – To all my friends in real estate, this is not aimed at you – good on you for getting paid well for what you do. This is an issue for my own profession & those that engage our services. Very rarely is the agents commission, fancy suit or...
Why it doesn’t make sense to cut corners on construction costs

Why it doesn’t make sense to cut corners on construction costs

In my last article, we looked at why it doesn’t make sense to save on Design Fees. In this article we look at the effects of cutting costs (ie corners) during construction. I recently attended a webinar on waterproofing issues in buildings. The presenter made the...
Why it doesn’t make sense to save on design fees

Why it doesn’t make sense to save on design fees

Somewhere in the last few decades, saving money has become the most important consideration in most of our purchasing decisions. In the building & development game, this translates into cutting costs wherever possible to try and gain a competitive advantage. As we...
When Two is Better Than One: Duplex Questions Answered

When Two is Better Than One: Duplex Questions Answered

Couvaras recently featured on Houzz’s Building and Architect Building Ideas for our expertise in duplex design. “A duplex can be built to other configurations as well, including two freestanding homes or one in front of the other, says Peter Couvaras,...
2 Storey House Design in Australia

2 Storey House Design in Australia

When contemplating a 2 storey house design, there are a number of factors that need to be takeninto consideration. As Architects, we do not design homes based on a formula, or the number of rooms the clientrequests. Rather we design a house to suit the block of land...