Designing your future family home?
How can you be sure you're creating a home you'll always love?
Many homeowners tell me their greatest fear is simply 'stuffing it up'.
Whether renovating or building new, many homeowners find the design process exciting AND stressful.
With all the ideas and inspiration, (and whoever you’re working with), it can be difficult to design and commit to a floor plan and know confidently that it will create the home you dream of.
You've got lots of dreams, a list of wants and needs, and a very full Pinterest board of inspiration ... but the challenge still exists.
How do you turn all of it into a home design that you know will work for your family, feel great over the long-term, and be a place you love to live?
And not miss anything, or make choices that cause frustration and regret (as well as feel like wasted money).
Hello, it's Amelia Lee here from Undercover Architect!
It can feel like there is SO MUCH at take when designing your home.
And that's because you know, deep down, that the design is where your future lifestyle gets created. Those drawings are where the magic happens, or the mistakes are all made.
Getting it right in your home design can feel super nerve-wracking.
The struggle is real - and usually happens for one of these reasons ...
And so homeowners get stuck. Fearful they'll never really be certain that the design will truly work for them.
As an architect, I've been designing family homes for almost 25 years now. Hundreds (and hundreds) of them. Including 3 of my own for our family. Plus a fair few relatives as well.
(You can't stuff those up - you'll never hear the end of it LOL).
I've also lived in 16 different houses ... and as an award-winning architect, a mum, and a serial renovator, I've know there are key elements to every successful family home design.
My boutique design business, Design by Amelia Lee, is always fully booked months (and months) in advance.
And I know this disappoints many a homeowner who gets in touch, and has a timeline that can't wait.
Or who feel they can't budget for the full-Design-by-Amelia-Lee-service (which starts at $16,000).
In my many (many) years of designing homes, I've honed a special skill ...
I can see what's not working, and solve your floor plan puzzle for a fantastic home.
One that delivers the lifestyle you might be dreaming of ... a comfortable, welcoming and relaxing home your family loves to live in.
And that's why I'm SO EXCITED to be bringing this to you ...
Want my help to get your design right (and fast)? This 6-week program is how we can work closely together on the floor plan of your future family home.
I've designed this online program to provide you with the 'how to' of floor plan design ... as well as my professional advice and review to guide what you create.
And you'll be the very first to experience this way of working with me ... in an exclusive way I haven't offered outside of my VIP Membership or boutique private clients.
Whether you are ...
# starting your design soon
# tinkering yourself by DIY-ing your design
# working with a draftsperson, or directly with a builder on your design
# having a building designer or architect create your design
You will learn what your home needs to work for you, and what my methods are to design a floor plan that creates a fantastic home ... in a fun and fast way (so you can move forward confidently with your floor plan sorted!)
The most valuable thing we have gained is the confidence to take the time to get it right.
Even though we would love to start building immediately and move in tomorrow, we have gained so much benefit from taking the time to get all the “little” things right.
It’s going to be such a joy to live in.
So, here is what's inside this 6 week online program ...
teaching you (room-by-room, space-by-space) what you need to know to make your floor plan seriously sing as a beautiful family home.
to set you up for your home design in the best way possible, with industry insider tricks and tools to fast-track your floor plan creation.
to fix your design, show you better alternatives and ultimately give you certainty (from my vast experience) that your design will work.
Let’s dive into the detail of ...
INSIDE HOME DESIGN MASTERCLASS, I TEACH YOU MY OWN DESIGN SECRETS ... THE WAY I APPROACH THE DESIGN FOR A FANTASTIC FAMILY HOME. THIS IS WHAT WE COVER ...
MASTER-PLANNING + MUD-MAPPING
The first place to start in a home design (whether renovating or building new) is to analyse the site, study the best overall layout, and keep things loose and conceptual. This helps establish the best position and arrangements, before diving into the room-by-room design.
Starting here will mean you make the most of your home and land, and also create a light-filled home that suits your site. It's the best way to create a custom, unique design for your home. And it's how I start every design, regardless of location, budget or client's wishes. I'll reveal my techniques and what to consider for your specific home.
WHERE WE LIVE
I'll include recommended dimensions at a major and detail level, my preferred kitchen arrangement, what NOT to do in the design of these areas, and key things to focus on for your design to work (plus where you can save money if your budget needs it).
WHERE WE SLEEP AND WASH
Our second module (and week) will be all about bedrooms and bathrooms: Family homes can end up with a lot of bathrooms - and they're cost-intensive areas. Kids' bedrooms especially need to handle the changing demands of babies, through to teenagers (and beyond). And your master suite ... well, it seems to be the only 'adult' zone in the home! There's also studies and guest rooms.
We'll look at layout recommendations, what to avoid, the dimensions to get right, and how to build in the long-term flexibility you need.
THE WORKING SPACES
We may think the kitchen is one of our hardest working home zones. However there are other spaces and rooms in your house you definitely need to get right for functional family life. These include any stairs, your laundry and mudroom, your garage and your entry.
They’re the less glamorous zones, but if they don’t work, they will drive you batty … so we’ll dive into how to size them, connect them with your home, hide away the mess, and make them super functional overall.
Whilst Home Design Masterclass focusses mainly about getting your floor plan design sorted, we live in 3 dimensions. So I want to help you understand how to achieve great feeling spaces in your home.
There’s some tricks and strategies to use to really lift the experience of a home, without blowing your budget on high-end features. I’ll help you think about your home 'in section' as an architect does. I'll teach you about how to consider volume and light in your spaces, and we’ll also look at your ceilings so you don’t forget the impact they can have on your design.
AROUND THE OUTSIDE
In our Module 6, I’ll touch on roofscapes and elevations. This will be a study of how to think about the structure of your roof design, and the ways to consider the outside appearance of your home.
We’ll be considering a lot of this as we travel through the other modules as well, so this is really an opportunity to round our learning off, and come full circle on our floor plan designs.
PLUS I INCLUDE SOME EXCLUSIVE BONUSES TO TOTALLY ACCELERATE YOUR FLOOR PLAN DESIGN EXPERIENCE
I provide some pre-course prep. These short videos will help you be sure you're working from the right foundations and you've got the fundamentals right.
VALUED AT $597
Design Guides and Tools to assist you with having the checklists you need to guide your design, or audit the one you already have created (either by yourself or with a designer).
VALUED AT $199
And lastly … this is THE MOST EXCITING BONUS
This is MY PLAN BOOK … This is an e-book with almost 50 projects, and 500 pages of my own designs. New Home and Reno designs to inspire and inform you.
Now … you can’t simply go and use one of the floor plans completely (copyright and all that). However, I know that homeowners love looking at how I’ve solved problems, or to borrow a specific arrangement of a master suite for example, or a family bathroom, or the living / kitchen / dining area.
It’s hard to put a value on this … it literally contains hundreds of thousands of dollars of design work, on millions and millions of dollars worth of property.
THOUSANDS OF $$$ WORTH
Some essentials to know about ...
This is a done-with-you experience
This program is not a done-for-you-design service. (Those are done in Design by Amelia Lee and start at $16,000).
We will be working together. What does that look like? Well, you'll either be creating, or have created a floor plan ... either yourself, or with someone else. You'll be able to edit it yourself based on what you'll learn AND you'll also be able to send it to me to review or sketch over (provided like the images you'll see beside this text).
This could mean big changes, or the smallest tweaks. And you'd be surprised how much the smallest tweaks can transform your design, and your lifestyle in your home.
I've seen this process dramatically improve floor plans in my VIP program, and know it will be an amazing opportunity for anyone who joins Home Design Masterclass.
This is a shared experience
You'll be able to upload your floor plan designs via our members' website, and share details privately there (re budget, location etc). My reviews and feedback will be posted in our private Facebook group.
This is because I've seen the power of a shared experience when creating a floor plan design. You'll benefit from seeing others develop their designs, and we all go further together.
I'll protect the privacy of your budget, your address, your architect / designer's name ... and you can continue to develop your design and seek my feedback during our time together in Home Design Masterclass.
We are creating DESIGN DRAWINGS
This program is focussed on getting your floor plan design right ... not creating approval or construction drawings. My design input will be accurately drawn and still sketchy, like the images you're seeing here.
My design input can include the whole floor plan, or a specific area of it. That's up to you and the help you're seeking.
I love fixing all or parts of a floor plan because I know any improvement has dramatic impact on the quality of lifestyle in your home.
What you'll need to bring ...
If renovating, you'll ideally have existing (accurate) drawings of your current home. This will help me advise if the best strategy is being utilised overall, or whether other changes could be made to achieve a similar outcome.
If building new, you'll ideally have a lot plan, or site plan for your block of land.
As soon as you join, I'll share some tips and tools with you that you can use to create your existing drawings, and get started on your design (if you haven't already). I've seen homeowners become total DESIGN NINJAS with these tools.
Amelia asks the right questions, listens to your needs, and as a mother herself knows the importance of designing for the dynamics of a family as they grow.
The space is so peaceful and the area so quiet and the light is so awesome. Thank you for everything you did to make this place what it is for us.
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE YOUR FLOOR PLAN DESIGN GREAT?
This program will not only teach you the specific characteristics that ensure your home will feel great and work over the long-term ...
It's also how you can work directly with me to review and improve your renovation or new build floor plans.
WORK WITH ME IN THIS EXCLUSIVE WAY +
GET IT RIGHT IN YOUR HOME DESIGN
TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW WHEN WE OPEN THE DOORS AGAIN, WAITLIST NOW!
TO BE THE FIRST TO KNOW WHEN WE OPEN THE DOORS AGAIN, WAITLIST NOW!
As a wife, and mum to 3 young kids, 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.
And I know also how nerve-wracking it can be to get your new home or reno built, especially when you've never done it before.
With experience in over 250 projects, I share knowledge and experience from over 20 years in the industry. A big range of budgets, and all types of homes, sites and families.
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.
My goal is to simplify your project, and help you feel confident and informed as you enjoy the process of building or renovating that home you're dreaming of.
Your Secret Ally,