What is the REAL value of an Architect?

“Australian architects involved in dwelling design create significant and innovative design outcomes; however, this effort is mainly directed to achieving elite objects for a privileged minority.”  Shane Murray, reHousing Conference, Melbourne 2007 Ten years later, this is still widely the case in Australian residential architecture, with less than 4% of new home owners appreciating the value of architect designed homes …

Sustainability meets liveability

With 60% of the world’s electricity being consumed by residential and commercial buildings in developed countries, space heating accounting for a further 60% of residential energy consumption and water heating representing 18% of domestic usage, it’s clear that new homes must be designed to reduce energy consumption/wastage and the subsequent impact on the environment. However, designing a genuinely sustainable home …

Building a new home? Arrange a Free Onsite Ideas Meeting.

Imagine you’ve just bought a block of land and you’re ready to build your dream home. You have all your ideas and plans clear in your mind. Then as it starts to unfold, you realise it isn’t going to be as straightforward as you first thought.  “The orientation isn’t perfect”… “The covenant won’t allow some of your ideas”… “The zoning won’t allow …

Frequently Asked Questions About Building on a Sloping Blocks.

As a leading Brisbane builder – Civic Steel Homes are often asked about building on a steep or sloping block. Some questions in particular, especially about costs, keep recurring. So in the interest of informing potential clients about the pros and cons of construction on a hilly homesite, we present answers to the most frequently asked questions. Q. Does building …

Narrow lots have lots of potential.

Thinking about building on a narrow lot? You’re not alone. Narrow lot homes are becoming more and more popular, particularly in the Brisbane metropolitan area where the Brisbane City Council is strongly promoting subdivision

Seeing RED (tape)

Building compliance Gone are the days of buying a block and simply applying for a building approval. Unfortunately the red tape associated with council by-laws and covenants can make building a house extremely complicated and quite daunting for a lot of people. Whether it is inner city re-builds, master planned estates or environmentally sensitive zones, the list of overlays and …

Contemporary homes Brisbane: Everything old is new…again.

Contemporary home design in Brisbane has gone full circle. Wallpaper is back in vogue, taking the design scene by storm with stylish patterns and eye-popping colours that resonate with contemporary yet timeless styles. They boast for example sleek chrome, vibrant shades, geometric shapes, bold floral patterns and stripes. Designers never really stopped using wallpaper to add interest and style to …

Brisbane builders’ environmentally designed homes featured in The Westerner

Leading Brisbane builders, Civic Steel Homes, have once again been featured in The Westerner. The article, called “Environmentally designed homes ease financial stress,” focuses on how sustainable design techniques can be used to save money in the long term. (Many of these sustainable design principles are explained in “10 Tips For Energy Efficient Home Design” – a real ‘must-read’.) Builders …

The Weekender article: Space saver

Compact houses allow you to live large. A tiny house is indeed a practical choice. In the past, bigger houses are more appealing to homeowners. As mortgages grow, many people are now considering living smaller and simpler. Micro-homes have so much to offer: lower utility bills, lower overall cost and the list goes on. It only goes to show that …