Wondering how to build or renovate your family home, without the drama, budget blowouts or costly mistakes?
Are you planning and preparing to
renovate or build your future family home?
Are you excited about making it happen?
Yet also nervous about being taken advantage of … blowing your budget … the process taking forever … or not ending up with what you really want?
There are 3 BIG mistakes many make when renovating or building their family home ...
They find the research process an overwhelming journey uncovering more and more of what they don't know ... and fall prey to poor quality as a result.
They don't know how to ask for what they want, be sure they're getting what they're paying for, or have a confident voice in their own reno or build.
And lastly, there's the stress caused by the sheer enormity of the task that means they're lacking confidence to take steps towards that beautiful future home.
It doesn't have to be this way for you
Hello, it's Amelia Lee here from Undercover Architect!
If you're like most homeowners planning their reno or new home, you'll start to unravel because you don't know what you don't know. Sounds pretty simple doesn't it?
However, this is the key area that causes cost blowouts, time blowouts, heartache and drama when it comes to building and renovating your family home. Because you're usually finding out just how much you don't know when you're in too deep, too financially committed, and unable to turn back.
However, from my 20 plus years' experience of working with homeowners in their building and renovation projects, in over 250 projects including 3 renovations of my own, I know this to be true ...
YOU are the key to your project's success.
And your future home needs you to start taking action.
... and what you need is the know-how, tools and guidance to take the right steps to get to that beautiful future home.
Then you can make the right choices for you and your project and home, when you need to make them.
So you know HOW to spend your budget to get bang for buck, and avoid the pitfalls, heartache and mistakes.
And this is why I created
"How to Get it Right in Your Reno or New Home"
The How To Get It Right in Your Reno or New Home Online Program gives you access to all of the information and knowledge you need to create the home you want.
This detailed, step-by-step framework, will simplify your entire project journey
and give you the tools to ...
Feel confident about the steps you need to take in your project.
Know how to keep everything on budget and on time.
Avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that lead to disaster stories.
Be in control, keep your sanity and enjoy the journey!
IN 6 SHORT WEEKS
YOU'LL GO FROM OVERWHELMED TO ON-TRACK
AND FEEL CONFIDENT AND READY TO CREATE YOUR FUTURE FAMILY HOME.
PLUS ACCESS ONGOING SUPPORT TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH YOUR INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES + HICCUPS ALONG THE WAY
"You CANNOT renovate or build without first doing the course with UA! The mistakes that you will avoid will save you tens of thousands $!!" - Lisa
STOP 'PREPARING' AND 'RESEARCHING'
(OR GETTING LOST ON GOOGLE OR PINTEREST)
GET REALLY READY FOR YOUR PROJECT
SAVE TIME, MONEY AND STRESS WITH "HOW TO GET IT RIGHT"
Let’s be honest, we all think we have a pretty good idea of how to renovate and build because we’ve watched it on reality TV so many times. We’ve also read many blogs and spent hours on the internet and in magazines.
So why are there still so many horror stories?
It’s because building or renovating in real life is nothing like this. There is no TV host who arrives with extra ‘surprise cash’ when you blow your budget. Without careful planning and execution you can end up living in a home that doesn’t work for you and your family and is far removed from the one you dreamt of.
So what is the biggest obstacle to getting it right?
It’s not having the RIGHT information and knowledge at the start of your journey.
You don't know what you don't know. In my experience, homeowners rapidly become aware of this, when they are in WAY TOO DEEP on their projects … and the only way out is more time, more money and more stress.
The best projects work well because everyone involved understands the process from start to finish, before they begin.
" I feel I have something of my own that I am contributing to.
I have taken charge of this project like a part time job and I feel like it has fuelled passion back into my life that I was lacking in some way a year ago.
Thank you so much. The men that I am working with in this industry look at me in meetings sometimes more than my husband and I feel that is because of the education your course has provided." - Tracy
My mission with "How to Get it Right in Your Reno or New Home" E-Course
is to help you avoid these long-lasting mistakes (and even the briefer, but still stressful ones!)
I arm you with the tools and knowledge you need to save time, money and stress.
And get it right the first time.
Just imagine how you will feel if:
- You have all your ducks in a row BEFORE getting started
- You feel confident and understand the terminology used by your trades and project team
- You know the right steps to take NOW in order to make your renovation or new home great
- You are clear and confident about how to SAVE YOURSELF time, money and stress along the way
- You understanding how to navigate the process and pitfalls in order to create a home that FEELS FANTASTIC
What if you could actually know, BEFORE you invest time, money and energy in your project…
THAT YOU HAVE THE STEPS IN PLACE TO GET IT RIGHT AND CREATE THAT HOME YOU’RE DREAMING OF?
(Doesn't that feel good?)
MEMBER CASE STUDIES
Hundreds of homeowners have completed "How to Get it Right".
Here are some of their stories ...
Planning a reno of a newly purchased home, she was inspired by Mid-Century Modern style. The home, however, was NOT this! Cate learned the steps she would need to take to make her reno a reality, plus accessed the Floor Plan Review to get advice on the design she'd created.
"We have made a start after taking on lots of the info and thoughts in that review ... it's all coming together ... it's going to look way better than it did. You have been such an inspiration." ... Cate
Like many homeowners, Tim's first step was to get some design concepts done by a professional. But they weren't what they anticipated, and things got stuck. Delayed by indecision, unsure of the best next steps.
Tim said "I don't want another year of inaction. I want make design decisions on what we currently have, learn what not to do, the team of people I need to engage and the ones I don't, and learn more about the process of renovating so we aren't stung from people in the industry."
"I just have to say I'm blown away with the information you provide. I've been binge watching and reading as much as I can for the past 2 days.
My favourite thing? The personal contact from you (Amelia) while going through the course, and your genuine desire to help and assist each person individually.
"I've been spinning around and around in circles on what to do, and this course has helped me break away from that cycle and arm me with more information and process to follow in a structured way.
It's opened my eyes to things I simply did not know." ... Tim
"This is my first time building and whilst I thought I had done a lot of research and was fairly comfortable with the process it wasn't until I took the 7 day challenge that I realised there were many things I could have done better and a lot more thoroughly.
Even though we are at the stage where we are waiting on DA approval, if there is any potential major issues with either my design or the process we have been involved in to date - then I want to be able to rectify these issues before it's too late and I can 'get it right' from here on in."
"I have really missed our weekly course sessions and tuning into your very informative Q & A sessions. You have truly been such a huge help, and I can't wait to be living in our home and appreciate all the little tweaks that we made (thanks to your suggestions) to make our home more comfortable and enjoyable to live in." ... Fiona
Nervous about making silly mistakes and not being able to afford what they want, Cheryl joined "How to Get it Right" to learn as much as she could to do her new build the most efficient and cost effective way.
Ultimately, she was looking forward to a new and exciting challenge, and hopefully having an amazing time at the end, arriving at a home they love.
"We loved the way in which Amelia covered step by step processes on how to get it right in a light but very honest direct way. Her openness and honesty and wanting to help / empower and teach is wonderful.
It’s an empowering process to feel confident when going to build or renovate. Amelia is so approachable and willing to help." ... Cheryl
REASON FOR JOINING: I wanted to learn about creating a great floor plan that works for our family. I needed a push to get started because it feels overwhelming doing it on our own. Also, I hoped to learn what questions to ask to the architect and how to communicate well with the people who are building our house.
"How to Get it Right" gives you confidence as you go into your project. It helps you to be better prepared to ask questions to the right professionals and will hopefully save you time, money (and disappointment) in the long run - be that picking the right people, getting the floor plan that works for you, asking the right questions, and being prepared as to the whole process."
REASON FOR JOINING: To learn how to have an overview/mission statement / big picture view of the whole home and renovation. To prevent costly mistakes. To learn consequences of decisions. To learn how to not have the dilemma of too many choices and how to decide - from the beginning.
"This has been such a fantastic steep learning curve! My husband is a plumber and even though he’s been in the construction industry forever - I’ve been, well actually you’ve been, teaching him so many things he never knew!!! Thanks for sharing your fantastic skills, experience and expertise and in such a user friendly accessible style."
REASON FOR JOINING: I’d procrastinated long enough, needed some direction. And I also didn’t want to make horrendously expensive mistakes (and I don’t want to be the client that drives the builder mad).
"I think the combination of information presented AND a closed Facebook group of people in similar situations meant you not only had professional guidance but you had people asking questions you either hadn’t thought to ask, or were afraid were silly.
Thank you for helping me get a little bit closer to achieving my dream :-)"
Hello! I'm Amelia Lee, the Undercover Architect.
With over 20 years industry experience, I've helped hundreds of homeowners renovate and build their own homes. I've also learned a lot about the stress, pain and joy of building and renovating from doing some of my own.
I'm on a mission to simplify your project, and help you avoid the heartache and drama many experience when building or renovating ...
My years of experience with homeowners just like you, has shown me that making mis-steps in the early planning days ... and then continuing to make them ... can fundamentally impact your reno or building project. And send you in the wrong (and expensive) direction.
How To Get It Right is designed on the system I’ve followed during my own, and my clients', renovation and building projects. It is a framework for your journey from start to finish.
AN EMPOWERING E-COURSE DELIVERED OVER 6 WEEKS
Join now and learn what you need to know for a great renovation or new build.
Get it right from the start
Over 6 weeks, I’ll teach you the steps you need to know to have a great project – whether you’re building or renovating.
You’ll learn the right steps to take, from the start to finish, in order to save time, money and stress.
From setting your budget, being strategic in how you design and spend your money, getting your approvals, and getting it built (and everything in between).
Get your questions answered
Inside our private Facebook group, you can share your journey with others like you. You have'll have lifetime access to support and a community in that group as part of your membership.
And each month, I run a LIVE Q & A SESSION to answer your personal project questions.
I’ll share my best ideas and “bang-for-buck” tips that you can action immediately to make a BIG difference to your project.
Tap into my personal and professional insight and experience for your specific challenges.
A proven system, that you can confidently follow for your project
Easy to follow and understand videos, and PDF and video bonuses, we cover each step of the renovating or building process.
From start to finish, you'll get a roadmap of the entire journey. So it's no longer a mysterious maze to navigate alone.
Plus I share key mistakes to avoid, and strategies I've used successfully in my clients and my own projects to save time, money and stress.
Your toolkit for a smooth and simple project
The program includes some key bonuses to rocket-blast your project.
Templates, schedules and checklists I've used in my own projects, and with hundreds of clients, that you can now use in your reno or new build.
Plus an exclusive Members' Blog. This is a library of 140 answers (and growing!) to questions from homeowners like you ... so you can get the support and guidance you need.
This is industry insider knowledge to dramatically improve your project experience.
Focus on what’s important
So often I see homeowners invest huge amounts of energy in the wrong things, and in parts of their project that actually make little difference to their home (and lifestyle) overall. And cause themselves huge stress in the process.
Inside the program, I’ll take you through the steps involved for success and a great project, and help you focus your efforts in the right places. And stress less!
Realise your dream … without the nightmares!
Renovating and building are an incredible opportunity to create a place, that’s uniquely yours, where you can be happy and relaxed with family and friends.
But between you and that dream of your beautiful home is a maze of overwhelming stress, blowouts and things-that-go-terribly-wrong!
Let me simplify the journey for you, and help you get it right so you can create that home you’re dreaming of.
Plus loads more … you’ll be equipped and empowered for your whole project. From start to finish!
Here's what's inside "How to Get it Right" to take you step-by-step through your project.
Video Workshops on the key steps to get it right in your project and avoid mistakes many make.
Downloadable PDF resources, checklists and toolkits so you can plan your future home confidently.
And a private Facebook group, monthly Q & A's and a members' blog so you can learn from me and others.
Plus tailored help for your home and your needs (from me!)
No more aimless research for you, wasting time into the wee evening hours! Each week, you’ll get the opportunity to ask me questions whilst we’re online. And in addition to this, you’ll get:
- An onboarding survey so you can tell me about your home and your plans for it (so I know you and can help YOU personally)
- Membership to a private Facebook group where you can share knowledge and learnings with other homeowners who are renovating or building.
- A monthly live Q & A Sessions so you can ask away, and hear others’ questions as well
- The Q & A’s are always recorded so if you can’t attend live, you can send your questions in, and watch it later
- An exclusive Members' Blog where we've shared over 140 Q & A's from previous members of this course. This is an incredible resource of detailed knowledge, tips and strategies to make your project a success (and this will keep growing!)
- And your chance to upgrade your membership and access feedback on your floorplans, a 1 hour Power Consult with me, or other bonus upgrades for more tailored support.
Here's what you'll be learning week by week ...
WEEK 1: WHERE TO BEGIN BEFORE YOU DESIGN
It can be a big mistake to dive straight in to your project without getting your ducks in a row first. Far too many homeowners have also wasted huge amounts of time and money because they started in the wrong place. This week takes you through the key steps to make BEFORE you begin, to set up your project the best way.
WEEK 1 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
Who you'll need and when | What to ask your surveyor | Planning Legislation 101 | Key steps in your overall process to saving time and money | Demystifying the industry terminology | ... and more!
WEEK 2: GETTING YOUR DESIGN RIGHT
The great news is that great design doesn't cost anymore than terrible design. It's about having the information you need, when you need it, so you can make decisions that create great lifestyle outcomes in your finished home. You'll learn what makes and breaks a home, and how to communicate it to all who need to know.
WEEK 2 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
How to tell your team exactly what you want for your project (and get it) | Key ways to save your budget | Making sure you own your design | How to add value to your project at no extra cost | Getting on the same page as your partner | ... and more!
WEEK 3: BEFORE YOU BUILD
You'll be itching to get going on site. Yet, without finalising specific decisions in your project and ticking off the necessary boxes, you can run into big cost variations during construction, or miss out on things you want. This week will teach you the essential steps to take to finalise your design before you commence construction, so time on site is efficient and stress-free.
WEEK 3 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
Knowing your design is perfect before you commit | My recommended room sizes and layouts | Information on your glass, windows and doors | Resources and tools to be your own designer | How to plan the perfectly sized spaces | ... and more!
WEEK 4: GETTING YOUR PROJECT BUILT
The construction phase is where all your preparation and design gets tested, and all those choices become very permanent. When your construction process runs smoothly, you can stay on budget, on time, and save on stress. This starts with how you choose your builder, and spend (and save) your budget during your build. Week 4 gives you the steps to do this.
WEEK 4 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
How to get the best bang for buck from a tight budget | Your shopping list for all the choices you need to make | My own budget-saving key tips and strategies | Managing your risk with your builder and trades | ... and more!
WEEK 5: THE MATERIAL CHOICES
Many get overwhelmed by ALL THE DECISIONS to be made when building or renovating. The interior choices can feel more manageable - but what about the outside? What is durable, what is suitable, and what looks good. In this week of the course, learn the material options to consider and choose for a home that will last and look great.
WEEK 5 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
Recommended specifications to include early for a beautiful home | Window sizes and types | Items to not overlook for budget management | Size recommendations for storage | Must-have selections + inclusions | ... and more!
WEEK 6: COMMUNICATING ALL YOUR CHOICES
Want to blow your budget? And suffer huge cost overruns during your project? Or be surprised and overwhelmed constantly, running around last-minute and making choices under pressure? No, I didn't think so. This week gives you the tools to effectively and confidently communicate your choices and avoid those costly mistakes.
WEEK 6 BONUSES INCLUDE ...
Your Checklist for interviewing a builder | Making selections confidently | How to arrange your selections and communicate choices to your team | ... and more!
SAVE TIME, MONEY AND STRESS WITH "HOW TO GET IT RIGHT"
YOU'LL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS UPGRADES NOT OFFERED ELSEWHERE
(AND SAVE 30% ON THEIR VALUE)
Do you feel like you need to save all your pennies to put into your finished home?
Many homeowners make the mistake of saving all their budget to spend on construction, and don't set themselves up for success as a result.
Building and renovating is a complex process with lots of moving parts. At every step you'll be asked to put your hand in your pocket, trust what someone is telling you to do, and take another step in your project.
And at every step, homeowners make terrible mistakes. Not intentionally - but through not knowing what to expect, what to ask for, and how to get the answers they need.
Mistakes that cost time, money and have a lasting impact on the quality, convenience, comfort and durability of their home - as well as how they feel about it.
What would the cost of this course buy you in your finished home? Maybe a basic cooktop. Or a bathroom vanity. Or half a sliding glass door. Unfortunately, you don't get much for under $1,000 when it comes to building and renovating.
What would your investment of time and money in this course save you? From my experience, I know this knowledge can save you thousands, even ten and hundreds of thousands in avoided drama, mistakes and pitfalls. And other members tell me they know it's saved them boatloads of both. And helped them get excited about their projects, knowing it's achievable, and feeling confident they'll create great homes for all their effort.
"How to Get it Right in Your Reno or New Build" will transform your renovation or building experience - and the finished home waiting for you at the end of your journey.
What others say about "How to Get it Right"
"Amelia Lee - you've created such a welcoming, unique and accessible space for people to tap into your wealth of experience, and a host of other professionals, at a time when we feel confused, vulnerable and nervous! Thank you so much."
"A huge thank you for the amount of resource you have supplied in ‘How to get it right’. It provides a wonderful grounding in the process and design ideas, and helps enormously with starting the ball rolling"
"It's a friendly open environment where you can ask any question relating to your build or renovation, and get honest answers from a professional architect, assistance with floor plans and products to get the most "bang for your buck"."
"Thank you so much for the fantastic H2GIR workshops! Mel and I thoroughly enjoyed them - they were packed with information that provided us with further clarity as to the team we need to establish to create our family’s “forever” home. The community and your guiding input was really enlightening and we got much more out of it than our initial positive expectations!"
NIGEL AND MEL
"I'm feeling so much better about the process and these plans now - your floor plan review has been enormously appreciated and such a wonderful aspect of this program. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
“Being surrounded by like minded attendees, and with your valuable insights and information, you gave me the confidence to ask better questions of our team of professionals. Your summary pages, including the Schedule of fixtures and fittings and Spending (and saving) your budget, is my “go-to” for inspiration on a weekly basis.”
"Your dedication to this group is truly unbelievable, your willingness to share your experiences and your general way with people."
"So fabulous getting your views on this Amelia. Thank you!! We are feeling so privileged to get such design input into our project. We may have only been in the early stages of the basic concept of what we want - but all the sessions and your direct input have helped enormously.”
"With the paperwork presented and questions put forward, they asked what part of the industry I worked in LOL. The great start is all thanks to our not-so-secret Ally!"
I highly recommend this to anyone who is about to renovate/build. Amelia gives such a thorough overview of the process from start to finish.
I came away with clear action steps for each part of the build. This knowledge has empowered me and given me direction as to what needs to be done next. I was grateful for the valuable handouts and forms that will assist us in the crucial planning stage.
I believe this has enabled me to navigate the myriad of questions and options that lay ahead of us with our renovation.
Seriously – why wait? You can get ready fast – and get it right.
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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.
I also know personally the stress, frustration, satisfaction and joy of building and renovating your home – whilst juggling the busy demands of family life.
Over the last twenty (plus!) 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.
My goal is to simplify your project, and help you transform your home so it makes your life better – whatever your dreams, location or budget. I can’t wait to support and guide you!
Your Secret Ally,