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Inspire Series

Be inspired by our hand-picked series of short courses and consultations with industry experts.

Home Base Designer Consultation

This is your opportunity to receive free, independent design advice for your current, future or dream home building or renovating project from one of our in-house Designers.

Our Designers are industry-trained professionals dedicated to helping local Perth home builders and renovators create their dream homes. No matter what stage you are at with your project, make sure you are on the right track with some professional guidance.

Whether you would like to discuss design details, review your house plans, require some expert advice about material, product or colour selections, or just don’t know where to start – Home Base is here to help.

Book your private, 60 minute consultation with a Home Base Designer below.

Location: Home Base
Cost: FREE
How passive solar design could reduce your energy bill

When designing a new home, integrating energy efficiency and solar considerations from the very earliest stages can create a lasting impact.

It’s no secret our homes are getting smarter, more connected and more energy-efficient. Solar panels added to a newly-built home can help to make a difference, but solar panels are only part of a truly energy-efficient home.

New Energy Lead at WA energy retailer Synergy, Aidon Thomas, will provide his expert advice regarding the things to consider when building a home to allow for solar. This free workshop covers block orientation, working with an architect to make the most of natural heating and cooling in the layout, why it’s important to correctly size a solar system, the factors that can impact on savings and more.

About Aidon Thomas:

After completing a BSc in Energy Studies at Murdoch University, Aidon has worked extensively in the energy industry over the past 10 years.

After graduating and completing a short contract role at the Sustainable Energy Development Office, Aidon worked as a sustainability consultant with GHD, working on emissions and energy related projects across multiple industries including sustainable housing development.

He then moved to Western Power where he worked on renewable energy and sustainability projects and is currently a New Energy Lead at Synergy, working on emerging technology related retail products and services across residential and business sectors.

This workshop is presented by Synergy.

Location: Home Base Function Room
Cost: FREE
Meet the Designer: In conjunction with the Building Designers Association WA (BDAWA)

Want to design your dream home, kick start a renovation project or invest in unit developments? Don’t know who to speak to, where to start or just feeling overwhelmed with options?

Throughout October and November, a range of top Designers from the Building Designers Association WA (BDAWA) are hosting FREE, private consultations right here at Home Base, so you can chat about your project and find out exactly what is involved in the design journey.

During the consultation, you will be guided through the process, including the initial brief, local government approvals, detailed plans and certifications applicable to your job. Your Designer will provide you with ideas and advice according to your scope. Members of BDAWA are experienced and passionate Building Designers with a wealth of knowledge to share.

Meet the Designer: Alex Willis

ACW Design is a well-established, award winning design practice specialising in design and documentation for heritage projects, new homes and additions, apartments, group dwellings and more.

Alex started the practice many years ago in the belief that he could provide a personal approach to the design of buildings – bringing together both experience and fresh ideas.

The aim has always been to encourage robust thinking about design: some practical ideas and others slightly different, all whilst working with the owner to create their dream home.

Aside from being an accredited design professional, Alex is also a qualified heritage specialist and planner. He can also manage the various consultants you will require as part of your design journey including Engineers, Surveyors and Certifiers as well as organising estimating, thermal assessments and more.

Find out more about ACW Design here.

Location: Home Base
Cost: FREE
Meet the Designer: Leon Mitchell-Lewis

Leon Mitchell-Lewis is an award winning Building Designer, offering over 30 years’ experience in design and documentation, across a wide range of building types and construction methods.

Incite Creative Building Design Studio is a design and documentation studio that provides a full pallet of solutions to creative questions. They believe in the synergy of creative ideas and practical solutions: that creative can be uncomplicated whilst remaining sophisticated.

They offer services to private clients for customised projects, builders, developers and building design professionals – including feasibility and concept design services, design development and development applications, working drawings, building licence preparation and submission, construction documentation, 3D model and renderings, consultant liaison and procurement and more.

Find out more about Incite Creative Building Design Studio here.

Location: Home Base
Cost: FREE
Meet the Designer: Judith McDougall

Judith’s career in building design began 40 years ago. Her projects have varied from high rise commercial, apartments and unit developments through to residential designs, additions and renovations.

Her commercial experience includes aged care facilities, medical centres and sporting complexes, just to name a few. She has also been involved in assisting local government authorities to obtain funding for community projects.

She has been involved in designing projects that use everything from traditional double brick, brick veneer, reverse brick veneer, framed (both timber and steel), rammed earth, straw bale and SIPS panels.

Judith begins her design process by interviewing her clients to get to know how they “live” and what their dream is, she can then provide a design that achieves the dream whilst remaining within the budget. She understands that finding your way through the forest of building regulations and standards, council requirements and finding the right builder are all daunting tasks. She strives to take the stress out of this experience by navigating her clients through the process with a logical and practical approach. Judith enjoys her work and takes pride in the service and detail she delivers, which has resulted in many repeat clients.

Location: Home Base
Cost: FREE