Design Philosophy and Services
Sarah Waller Architecture approaches each brief, each client and each site as an individual and unique opportunity. Our architecture is the result of our client’s desires and the opportunity that the site and context provide. Every project has its own identity, which is driven by our client’s lifestyle and injection of their own personality.
We ascertain our client’s needs and begin with a clear list of requirements for their design to include. Our clients are involved in every part of the process – we work as a team throughout in order to design a response to their lifestyle needs and create timeless, modern architecture.
We understand that each project is unique with its own budgetary constraints and requirements. We deliver projects that are achievable within our client’s means by creating designs that are considerate of their budget, without compromising practicality or the design identity.
We interpret our client’s brief by creating original concepts that carefully incorporate their requirements into a coherent and considered piece of architecture. We liaise closely with our client in order to achieve a simple, practical and beautiful response to their needs.
Once the concept is approved, we provide full CAD design drawings and specifications for the project, including floor plans, elevations, sections, site plans and a scope of work schedule. We work closely with the Consultant Design Team and the Council to meet structural requirements and achieve design approval.
Visualisation is the key to making a house into a home. We employ a team of experts that construct photo-realistic images of both the external and interior styling to give our clients a unique insight into their completed home before any building work starts. Our 3D visualisations effectively present our design to our clients and are a useful tool to help clarify all aspects of the design.
At Sarah Waller Architecture, we consider the interior of a home to be a continuation of the external architecture. We design all elements of the interior – from cabinetry to floor finishes and colour schemes – with great attention to detail to ensure a consistent finished product that fits the client’s brief.
Lighting Design and Home Automation
Lighting is a key element of the design of our homes and plays an important role, creating mood and effect. We carefully plan the lighting design and home automation system of our projects with ease of everyday tasks in mind. Smart homes are a part of our future and our projects are designed to achieve the energy efficient demands of the modern home.
It is important to us that the projects we produce are sustainable and low-impact. We create our homes with consideration of our environment by building with sustainable and local materials where possible, and reducing energy use with design that utilises our beautiful Australian climate and meets thermal requirements.
In Australia, our lifestyle is focused on the ‘great outdoors’. We design external spaces that function as part of the home and strive to seamlessly blend the transition from indoor to outdoor. External living and landscaping are important factors of a finished home, helping it to settle into its environment and complement and complete the design.