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Undercover Architect helps over 4,000 homeowners each week plan their future home. Get your FREE Project Planning E-Guide here, plus more great info to save time, money and stress >>>

If you’re here, chances are you’re planning your future home renovation or new build and …

You’re worried about what it will cost, if you can afford it, and how you’ll avoid a budget blowout along the way.

You’re mostly likely nervous about how much time it will take, and how it will fit into your already busy life.

Ultimately, you don’t want to end up with a home you wish you did differently.

You’re not alone. Undercover Architect is your secret ally to help you get it right.

My ‘why’ is wrapped up in my 3 little people. And your little – or not so little- people. And in creating homes that make our (and their) lives better.

As a wife, and mum to these crazy 3, and as an architect and serial renovator, I know the right home design can simplify your life, and be great for your family – now and always.

I also know personally the stress, frustration, satisfaction and joy of building and renovating your home – whilst juggling the busy demands of family life.

When I went on maternity leave with our eldest, my hubby and I were doing our second renovation project. I went from being an architect managing a huge project and big team, to a mum-with-a-baby-on-her-hip-who-got-ignored-on-site. Wowsers, did it open my eyes to just what you – the homeowner – regularly deal with in your projects. It needed to change.

I started Undercover Architect to create this change. With two decades of residential design, renovating and building experience, I knew I could make a radical difference to the way you create your homes, and how stressful and costly the journey is. Help you not be overwhelmed, bamboozled or misled. Help you get it right. And feel awesome, supported and in control.

I’m Amelia Lee, the Undercover Architect.

Over the last twenty years, I’ve trained professionally, and built extensive experience through countless projects – clients’ and my own.

I’ve learnt the lessons, so you don’t have to make the mistakes. Mistakes that can cost time, money and cause mountains of stress as you create your future home.

This website enables me to get information, education and services to you – wherever you are – so you can be empowered and get actively involved as a key collaborator in your project. Stronger, more confident, and able to claim your rights.

And this business enables me to work from our family home, be with my kids, use my years (and years) of experience and expertise to help you, and serve you in a way that improves how you get to live in – and beyond – your home.

Our homes are important. They are permanent places, and the decisions to create them can last for generations.

Your home can be SO much more than accommodation. It can be your heaven and haven – the place you share and celebrate with family and friends, make memories and enjoy.

Sound like the type of place you’d love to live? Let’s get started … you’re in the right place.

Whatever your dreams, budget or location …  here’s to helping you create a home that works for your family – now and always.

Irresistible freebies to get you started …

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Planning a renovation project? Your Reno Roadmap may be for you …

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Homeowners like you love these blog posts …

Getting Started

What’s it cost to renovate or build your home?

Does your designer understand the client is king (or queen)?

Here’s how to tell the difference between planning and procrastinating.

How much can you (and should you) push your council rules?

Worried about feeling foolish in that first conversation with potential designers? Here’s my tips.

See all the UA BLOGS about getting started by clicking here.

Designing

How to design a family home that works now – and always.

Want great design? But not architecture with a capital “A”?

What’s the difference between architects, building designers and draftspeople?

Are you having a bad experience with your designer? Here’s how to leave.

I’ve got 12 tips to avoid your architect blowing your budget.

See all the UA BLOGS about designing by clicking here.

Renovating

The 6 things I learnt from my favourite reno project.

Where money disappears in a reno or building project.

Renovate or detonate – how do you decide? Ask these questions.

If you’re renovating a Queenslander, this Project Diary may interest you.

Here’s how to maximise living space on a compact block of land.

See all the UA BLOGS about renovating by clicking here.

Building

We follow a family of 5 building their home – the Anderson Project Diary starts here.

The most powerful tool in any building project is this one.

Which should you choose first? The house or the land?

These are my tips to choose the best glass windows and doors for your project.

Before you start building, do this first (do you know you’ve got it right).

See all the UA BLOGS about building by clicking here.

Tune into the “Get it Right” podcast for a wealth of knowledge and tips to help you plan your future reno or new home …

Listen to the Undercover Architect Podcast

Join the UA Community, get your free Project Planning E-Guide and Cheatsheet, and be the first to know about upcoming UA Workshops near you (this was for my Nov 05, 2016 workshop in Brisbane).

For me, design isn’t about wow-factor. Design is about how your home feels, and how you feel in your home.

What’s the goal of Undercover Architect?

Helping you be happy, confident and empowered as you create or transform your home.

And ultimately loving where you live.

Want to work 1 to 1 with me? Head here to see the ways

What others say about Undercover Architect …

“Amelia’s greatest strength is that due to her significant experience, she is incredibly knowledgeable about every element of the design and building process.”


“Amelia’s expertise is second to none. Her experience in the industry and depth of knowledge is profound, while her designs and concepts are practical, thoughtful and completely user friendly.”


“I just wanted to say that I’ve been loving your UA News! It’s so great to have someone with your experience and ideas out there doing what you do. No one else is doing it.”


“We are amazed at the designs you have come up with, which further validates our decision to engage the services of an architect. We could never have achieved the flow with the space as you have.”


“The best decision we made in renovating and extending our home was to engage Amelia. Her honest, calm, thoughtful professionalism made her a pleasure to deal with and a welcome ally.”

Undercover Architect helps over 4,000 homeowners each week plan their future home. Get your FREE Project Planning E-Guide here, plus more great info to save time, money and stress >>>