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Sometimes a design just doesn’t feel right … even when you’ve been working on it for months and months with another professional. Whilst this home is on paper though, you have an important and precious window of opportunity to make it the best it can be – for your site, your budget and your life.

This package starts at $8,965 incl GST, and fees are tailored to your project and requirements.

(You can head here to see a Spotlight blog: Design Audit of a $250,000 family home)

“Our UA Design Review was such a worthwhile investment. I have no doubt that it has actually saved us money and has increased the functionality of our renovation.”



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Sometimes a design just doesn’t feel right … even when you’ve been working on it for months and months with your design professional. You’re so far into it, potentially too close to know if you’re missing something. Whilst this home is on paper though, you have an important and precious window of opportunity to make it the best it can be – for your site, your budget and your life.

The UA Design Audit is your chance to get that honest, expert, second opinion that could really make the difference before you invest your money, time and energy in your project – and make all those decisions permanent choices you have to live with (and in!) You get one shot at building this home, so I want to help you make it count. I focus on your, your needs, your budget, and then use my experience and skills to determine where your design may fall short on delivering the best solution … and how it can be improved.

(You can head here to see a Spotlight blog: Design Audit of a $250,000 family home)

This is for you if:

  • you feel your designer isn’t listening to you and taking on board your feedback
  • you think you’ve got too close to the design, and lost perspective on whether you’ve ended up with the best result for your needs
  • you really want that sanity check and support to be confident in your choices
  • you understand that additional professional advice is useful in maximising the opportunity you have to make this home a great place to live – one that you can’t wait to get home to, and that you (and your friends) never want to leave
  • your don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but you know the design is not reaching its full potential
  • the design seems to be working generally, but it’s just not singing, and you can’t figure out why

This is NOT for you if:

  • you already have a designer or builder on board who is not collaborative in their approach, and will resent the involvement of another designer reviewing their design (if this is your designer, you may want to think about how well they’ll incorporate your feedback and input too if they’re not collaborative)
  • you’re not ready to hear brutal honesty about the design you’ve created so far

What is involved in the UA Design Audit?

  • I send you a questionnaire to help me get some background on your project so far
  • You return the questionnaire to me prior to our consultation with your existing design drawings and any other relevant information
  • We then connect via Skype, phone, Facetime, to talk about your project for 1 hour. This is a fact-finding mission. I don’t want to discard all the hard work you’ve done to date, so it’s about understanding what’s been driving your decisions.
  • Following our consultation (within 4 weeks), I’ll prepare your personal UA Design Audit Report. It contains password-protected videos, drawings and written information, and is 15-20 pages.
  • It will contain feedback on the areas of concern I have about your existing design, looking at what’s working and what’s not. I also prepare an alternative approach for you to consider. It’s completely up to you what you choose to do with this advice – it’s always YOUR choice.

Your investment in the UA Design Audit is dependent on the scale and scope of your project, and fee proposals are tailored to your needs. The package starts at $8,965 incl GST.

Email me at amelia@undercoverarchitect.com to discuss your project. I can send you a sample report so you can see what’s included. I’d love to hear from you.

“Our UA Design Review was such a worthwhile investment. I have no doubt that it has actually saved us money and has increased the functionality of our renovation.
We asked Amelia to look at certain areas – which she did – and I just know how much better they are going to work.
She also looked at other areas that we thought were fine.
She highlighted what could be done differently to help flow, orientation & functionality.
She helped us realise that even small changes can have great impact.
What we most liked was her honesty! She highlighted things that we hadn’t thought of. She gave us her opinion (based on her expertise) and some recommendations but it was still our choice about what to do with the new information.
I now can’t wait to see those plans come to life and start living in these great spaces.”
Geordie Nehme

“I have gained confidence that we were right to seek an independent opinion. It was obvious that we were listened to.”
Adrian Howard

“Some of the most valuable things we gained from our UA Design Audit included the resolution of our design, the response to brief, the open and honest communication, and peace of mind. We most liked the open and honest communication, and comfort that the design presented is the best solution to the brief, given site constraints and budget.”
Katrina Carusi


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