New home or renovation on the cards? Chances are you’re worried about what it will cost, if you can afford it, and how you’ll avoid a budget blowout. You’re also probably nervous about how much time it will take, and how it’s going to fit into your already busy life. And obviously you don’t want to stuff it all up, and end up with a home you wish you did differently.
This podcast will help you learn how to create a home that makes your life better. Whoever you’re working with, and whatever your dreams, your location or your budget.
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This is Episode 266, and in it, I’m looking forward to bringing you my amazing guest, Joost Bakker. In this and the next episode, Joost generously shares with us his zero waste approach to his projects and work, and in particular, his latest project: Future Food System. Future Food System was built as a temporary home in Melbourne, with the goal of “reimagining the home as an ecosystem that provides shelter, energy and nourishment for its inhabitants.”
An Introduction to Green Roofs with Emilio Fuscaldo, Nest Architects
In this episode 265, Emilio talks about a more recent project that included a green roof in their renovation and extension. Plus, they decided to do an all electric home, focussing on air tightness, various methods of heating and cooling and specific strategies to save energy overall.
An Introduction to Green Roofs with Emilio Fuscaldo, Nest Architects
This is Episode 264, and in it, I’m talking with architect, Emilio Fuscaldo of Nest Architects. In 2011, he designed a new 80m2 home that included a fantastic green roof. He breaks down all the details for us in how he designed and constructed this for his home.
How to Design and Build an Energy Efficient, Zero Carbon Home, with Melanie Lupis, Sustainability Certified
This is Episode 263, Part 2 of my conversation with Melanie Lupis from Sustainability Certified. In it, Melanie shares her thoughts on NatHERS and Passive House. Plus, we talk about the True Zero Carbon Challenge that Melanie entered with Lachy McEwan, from Harmonic Design.
The Residential Efficiency Scorecard for Existing Homes, with Melanie Lupis, Sustainability Certified
This is Episode 262, and in it, I’m speaking with Melanie Lupis, from Sustainability Certified. In this episode, Melanie talks with us about the Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessment process – or Scorecard, and her work as a Residential Scorecard accredited assessor.
Sustainable Retrofitting and Renovating with Sarah Lebner, Cooee Architecture
This is Episode 261. In Part 2 of my conversation with Sarah Lebner, she shares some fantastic information about sustainable retrofitting and renovating, and how you can dramatically improve the performance and comfort of your existing home without a huge expense.
Connecting regional people with low-carbon homes, with Sarah Lebner, Cooee Architecture
This is Episode 260, and in it, I’m speaking with Sarah Lebner. This is a great conversation over this episode and the next, and especially for those of you who are interested in low-carbon homes, or wanting to create a sustainable home.
Climate Resilient Design + Building, with Kate Cotter, Bushfire Building Council of Australia
This is Episode 259, and in it, I’ll be continuing my conversation with Kate Cotter, CEO and Founder of Resilient Building Council. In Part 2, we continue our conversation about Fortis, plus we talk about some other really amazing projects that Kate is working on with her awesome team.
Bushfire Resistant Homes, with Kate Cotter, Bushfire Building Council of Australia
This is Episode 258, and in it, I’ll be talking with Kate Cotter, CEO and Founder of the Resilient Building Council. If you’re building or renovating in an area where bushfire, flooding, cyclones event can occur, this episode is going to be super helpful.
Choosing Building Materials: A How To
This is episode 256 and in it, I’ll be sharing 7 criteria or checks to consider when choosing building materials and products for your future home. Choosing products and materials for your project can be a big and confusing process, so having this selection criteria will be super helpful.
Loves + Trends in Home Design 2022
This is episode 255, and in it, I’m going to talk through some loves of mine when it comes to home design, and some of the trends we’re seeing as well. With each of my loves, I’ll be sharing what to consider and key tips to remember if exploring them for your future home.
3 Mistakes to Avoid With Your Designer or Architect
This is a special series of mini-sodes I’m doing to help you avoid the mistakes I see many make with designers and architects during their home renovation or new build. This will be super helpful for you getting it right in the design team you bring on board to make your future home a reality.
Kitchen Design: Don’t Put Your Sink in Your Island Bench
This is Episode 254, and in it, I’m going to discuss something I get asked about A LOT. Anytime I mention that I don’t agree with locating your sink in your island bench, I’ve got 6 main reasons to not include a sink in your island bench. And 5 what-ifs you may be thinking about.
5 Design Tips for Your Ceilings
This is episode 253, and in it, I’m going to be talking about what some call the ‘5th elevation’ of a room: your ceilings. Your ceilings offer a huge variety of options design-wise to change the feel and functionality of the spaces in your home. I’ve got 5 tips to share with you.
Considering Resale Value When Designing Your Home
This is Episode 252. In this episode, I’ll be talking about a question I receive a lot. If you’re doing your forever home, or have no idea if and when you’ll sell your home, how much should you take resale value into account? I’m going to share my thoughts on this.
Compressed Straw Building Panels with Derek Layfield, Durra Panel [Part 2 of 2]
This is Episode 251, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Derek Layfield. We talk more about the other finishes that Durra Panel is available in so it’s super functional in lots of applications, and also how to work with it, and how it compares to other products you might be familiar with.
Sustainable Wall and Ceiling Panels, with Derek Layfield, Durra Panel [Part 1 of 2]
This is Episode 250, and in it, I’m speaking with Derek Layfield, Managing Director of Durra Panel. In short, Durra Panel is a densely compressed straw building panel used in projects globally. We discuss all the ways you can work with Durra Panel, and what you need to know about it.
Architecture Made Affordable, with Robert Duffield of Architopia [Part 2 of 2]
This is Episode 249, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Robert Duffield, who is a co-founder of Architopia. We start Part 2 of my conversation with Rob by discussing what you actually get in the drawing packages when you purchase online from Architopia.
Buying Off-the-Plan Architectural Home Designs, w/ Robert Duffield [Part 1 of 2]
This is Episode 248, and in it, I’m speaking with Robert Duffield, who is a co-founder of Architopia. What happens if you simply want to find a home design already done, and skip the design process? Well, that’s where Architopia comes in. I’ll be sharing my conversation with Rob over this, and the following episode, so be sure to stay tuned for that.
Three Tips to Help You Avoid Creating an ‘OK’ Home Design
This is Episode 247. Something I know from all the years I’ve been in this industry is this: No one sets out to renovate and build their future home with this wish: “I want to create an ‘ok’ home.” And so, in this episode, I want to take you through three tips to avoid this in your project.
You just need to find a good designer (PS … this is not correct)
This is episode 246, and in it, I’m going to be talking about a comment I REGULARLY receive. It gets put in different ways, but the essence of it is this: You don’t need any of this information. Just find a good designer or architect.
Is the “Get it Right with Undercover Architect” Podcast Enough for Your Project?
This is episode 245, and in it, I’m going to be discussing one of the common questions I get, especially from homeowners who are considering what other support they need in their projects. The question: “Is the “Get it Right with Undercover Architect” podcast all I need for my project?”
My Pet Hates in Home Design
This is episode 244, and in it, I’m going to share some home design ideas and choices I regularly see, that are actually pet hates of mine. Just because they really don’t work. I get pretty passionate about home designs that don’t work, hence calling these things ‘pet hates’!
After Discussing Enoughness
This is Episode 243, and in it, I’m going to be talking about what’s been happening over the past couple of months, especially since discussing enoughness on the podcast. This episode took a while to pull together. It’s tricky to formulate my thoughts on this, as they’re still a work in progress.
Hempcrete in Home Building | Joe D’Alo, The Hemp Building Co. [Part 2 of 2]
This is Episode 242, and in it, I continue my conversation with Joe D’Alo. In this episode, Joe continues sharing more detail about building with hempcrete. We talk about what to do if you want to clad it vs using a lime render, and other aesthetic choices depending on how you want it to look.
Building with Hempcrete: The Essentials to Know | Joe D’Alo [Part 1 of 2]
This is Episode 241, and in it, I’m speaking with Joe D’Alo, builder and owner of The Hemp Building Co. Over this episode, Joe will take us on a deep dive into understanding more about this amazing plant, and building product, and help you with what you need to know to use it in your project.
Must-haves for a Sustainable Build, and Building with Hempcrete [Part 2 of 2 Episodes]
Hello! This is Episode 240, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Hamish White from Sanctum Homes. In this second part of my chat with Hamish, we talk more about sustainable building, and especially about building with Hempcrete.
Building Sustainably, and with SIPs | Sanctum Homes [Part 1 of 2 Episodes]
Hello! This is Episode 239, and in it, I’m speaking with Hamish White from Sanctum Homes, a Melbourne-based building business specialising in passive house, sustainable and high performance homes. If you’re considering a Passive House, you’ll find this episode really helpful.
Creating Your Ideal Home with Jane Hilliard, Designful [Part 2 of 2 Episodes]
This is Episode 238, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Jane Hilliard. We start by discussing how she helps clients stay on track with their initial design and lifestyle goals. Plus, we talk about their accessible, pre-designed floor plans available through their business Homeful.
Designing Your Home Using ‘Enoughness’ with Jane Hilliard from Designful [Part 1 of 2]
This is Episode 237, and I’m speaking with Jane Hilliard. Jane is the Founding Director and Head Designer at Designful. I’m so excited to be bringing Jane to the podcast, because she have the most fantastic way to navigate your home design journey, wherever you’re located.
Home Insulation and Wood Fibre Products with James Cornell, Life Panels [Part 3]
This is Episode 236, and this is Part 3 of my conversation with James Cornell from Life Panels. In this episode, James wraps up his conversation with me by discussing insulation for acoustic and fire protection. We also talk about R-Values, and the specifics of the Wood Fibre products.
Moisture Control in Home’s Construction with James Cornell, Life Panels [Part 2]
This is Episode 235, and this is Part 2 of my conversation with James Cornell from Life Panels. In this episode, he will continue sharing his wealth of knowledge on how to improve your home’s building envelope and create an energy efficient and thermally comfortable home.
Building Healthier Homes with James Cornell, Life Panels [Part 1]
This is Episode 234, and in it, I’m kicking off a 3 part series of interviews with James Cornell, all about building healthier homes. He’s the founder and owner of Life Panels, a business that supplies sustainable wood fibre insulation and building systems for walls, roofs and floors.
Choosing a Sustainable Builder with Jeremy Spencer, Positive Footprints [Part 2 of 2]
This is Episode 233, and in it, I continue my conversation with Jeremy Spencer from Positive Footprints. This is also Part 2 of my conversation about creating a sustainable, energy efficient and Carbon Zero home.
Building Carbon Zero Homes with Jeremy Spencer, Positive Footprints [Part 1 of 2]
This is Episode 232, and in it, I bring you a fantastic conversation with Jeremy Spencer, sustainable builder, thermal assessor and director of Positive Footprints. We talk about sustainability and energy efficiency in home renovation and building, but in a way I’ve not discussed in detail before.
Mould in Your Home? Here’s what to do.
This is Episode 231, and in it, I’ll be talking about what happens when you find mould in your home, how you should treat mould and what to do to remove mould from your home. My hope with this episode, is that it will in fact empower you.
What to do before signing building contract
This is Episode 230, and in it, I’m going to be sharing one of Year 5’s most popular episodes and completing our celebration of 5 years of the “Get it Right” podcast. Listen to the episode to hear information on mistakes to avoid, key things to know and the next best steps to take.
Is Now the Right Time to Build or Renovate Your Home?
This is Episode #229, and in it, I'll answer a common question I’ve been getting a lot lately. Is now the right time to build or renovate your home? Learn about what you need to be aware of before deciding if now is the right time for you. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Frequently Asked Questions about HOME Method with Undercover Architect
This is Episode #228, and in it, I’ll be talking in more detail about HOME Method, the member community, the group support and covering some of the questions I’m frequently asked about the program.(Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
What’s inside HOME Method with Undercover Architect?
This is Episode #227, and let me tell you right up front that I’m going to be talking about my flagship program, HOME Method. I’ll be sharing info on what’s inside HOME Method, and what you’ll learn from it. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Home Design: 5 Steps Before You Begin
This is a special series of mini-sodes I’m doing to help you get started on your home design. These short episodes will help you with the 5 steps you need to take BEFORE you begin your home design. (Plus, you can download the free PDF transcripts of all episodes as well.)
7 Tips for Choosing Colours for Your Home
This is Episode #226, In this episode, I’m going to be talking more about choosing colours for your home, and sharing some of my tips from doing this for hundreds and hundreds of homes over the years - including my own. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
How to Choose Colour for Your Home
This is Episode #225, and in it, I’m going to be sharing one of Year 4’s most popular episodes and continuing our celebration of 5 years of the “Get it Right” podcast. It’s when I brought Karen Haller onto the podcast to discuss Colour Psychology. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Sustainable Home Updates – What you need to know
This is Episode #224, and in it, I’m going to provide you with some updates on where the industry is at, and specific regulations and help that can support you in achieving greater sustainability in your future home. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Simplifying Sustainable Home Design and Construction
This is Episode #223, and in it, I’m going to be sharing one of Year 3’s most popular episodes and continuing our celebration of 5 years of the “Get it Right” podcast. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
How to be a Good Project Manager
This is Episode #222, and in it, I’ll be giving you some seriously actionable info that will not only help you stay sane during your reno or new build project – but it will also help you be a good project manager as well. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Staying Sane When Renovating or Building Your Home
This is Episode #221, and in it, I’m going to be sharing one of Year 2’s most popular episodes and continuing our celebration of 5 years of the “Get it Right” podcast. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Orientation and Efficiency in Home Design
This is Episode #220, and in it, I’m going to be providing an update to our last episode and continuing our celebration of 5 years of the “Get it Right” podcast. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Still the most important thing to know when designing your home
This is Episode #219, and I’m back!! Thank you for joining me again after the break we’ve had. I’m really excited to be here and spending this time with you, and looking forward to some awesome episodes that we have coming up. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Your Project Mindset | Why do we do what we do?
This is Episode #218, and in it, I’m going to take a slightly different direction. This is very different to the episode I had originally planned for Episode 218. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Three Mistakes to Avoid Before you Build Your Renovation or New Build
This is Episode #217, and it’s the last of four episodes where I’ve been discussing in more detail the four phases of building or renovating your family home. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Three Mistakes to Avoid Before you Build Your Renovation or New Build
This is Episode #216, and it’s the third of four episodes where I’m discussing in more detail the four phases of building or renovating your family home. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Three Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Renovation or New Build
Three Mistakes to Avoid When Beginning Your Renovation or New Build
How to Check Construction Design Drawings
How to Check Your Design Drawings
Roof Design for your Outdoor Room or Alfresco
Who should you use? Architect, building designer or draftsperson [Part 2]
This is Episode #210, and in it, I’ll be answering a common question I hear from homeowners. How do you know you don’t just need a draftsperson or building designer, but you should use an architect instead? (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Who should you use? Architect, building designer or draftsperson [Part 1]
This is Episode #209, and in it, I’ll be answering a common question I hear from homeowners. How do you know you don’t just need a draftsperson or building designer, but you should use an architect instead? (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Roof Colour: Dark vs Light (and your home’s energy efficiency) | with Sid Thoo
This is Episode #208, and in it, we’re going to be discussing the topic of roof colour. And more specifically, dark roof colours vs light roof colours. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
What to do before you design your home | Pre-Design Process with Antony Martin, MRTN Architects
How to get it right in your renovation (a client’s point of view) | PAC Process
Working with a builder during the design process, with Duayne Pearce | PAC Process
How to get the best from your design process, with Aaron Wailes, GreenCoast Building Design | PAC Process
This is Episode #203, in this episode, I speak with a building designer who is using the PAC Process with his residential clients to improve the design process, and the client experience in their project. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
The step-by-step way to an on-budget, collaborative project | PAC Process
This is Episode #202, in this episode, I’m continuing the conversation about the PAC Process, where you bring a builder on board your design team and they’re Paid As a Consultant during the pre-construction phase. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
The Process to Help Your Home Design be on Budget and Simpler to Build | PAC Process
This is Episode #201, in this episode, and actually across the next few episodes as well, I’m going to dive into detail into what I call the PAC Process, or the P – A – C Process. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Ten Things I Love About You | Celebrating 200 Episodes on the Get it Right Podcast
This is Episode #200, and in this episode, I want to celebrate this journey with you. Consider this my very sincere and possibly corny, love letter to you, my gorgeous podcast listener. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Three reasons why supplying your own fixtures and finishes is recommended for homeowners and builders
This is Episode #199, in this episode, I’m continuing on with information about what to consider if you’re planning on supplying your own fixtures, finishes and fittings when constructing your renovation or new build. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
Can you save money by supplying your own fixtures and finishes?
This is Episode #198, and in it, I want to dive into something I see cause a lot of issues for homeowners, and it’s happening even more now than ever. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
How to choose a Design Construct Builder or Company
This is Episode #197, and in it, I’ll be talking about using a Design-Construct Builder or Company for your new home or renovation. I’ll be sharing info about what these companies are, and the key things to know if you’re planning on using one. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
How to create your design brief
This is Episode #196, and in it, I’m going to share with you how to create a comprehensive and effective design brief for your renovation or building project. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
How to stop sabotaging your renovation or new build project with Lisa Corduff
How to communicate with your project team
This is Episode #194, and in it, you'll learn the five modes of communication to be effective and successful with your project team and your progress overall. (Also available as a downloadable PDF transcript).
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Season 13: Your next best steps
Season 13 is all about helping you take action. Across the episodes, this season will help you (whatever stage you’re at) take your next best steps. Whether you need to get your project started, or back on track, you’ll learn how to avoid the mistakes many make along their project journey. Plus, I’ll share the goals to aim for at each stage, and the clear action steps to achieve. Listen to learn your next best steps.
Episode [#184] | How to Choose the Right Builder - 3 things to know
This is a special episode where I’ll be sharing how to choose the right builder and some of the mistakes I see homeowners make when it comes to selecting the builder.
Episode [#185] The 4 keys to a successful, enjoyable project - and home
There’s 4 things, 4 keys, that make designing, building and renovating your family home do-able, enjoyable, worthwhile, and save you time, money and stress along the way.
Season 12: Rebuild + Build Better
Season 12 will help you learn how to rebuild after bushfires, and build better homes wherever you are located (and what every type of build or renovation you're undertaking). We're diving into a range of topics related to rebuilding after bushfires, building or renovating in bushfire prone areas, and more generally, designing and building more resilient homes. Listen now to learn how to rebuild and build better.
HOLIDAY Q & A: Questions from the UA Community
This season is a special one. In it, I answer questions submitted by members of the UA Community. There’s everything from skylights, to prefab, to biophilic design, to working out budgets. Tune in to hear my answers.
Episode 01 [#145] | Q & A: Are SIPs any good? And what kitchen trends are on their way out?
Episode 02 [#146] | Q & A: Key things to know about Prefab, and designing a south-facing home
Episode 03 [#147] | Q & A: Understanding biophilic design. And high level windows that work
Episode 04 [#148] | Q & A: Do we renovate or sell?
Episode 05 [#149] | Q & A: What will your home design cost to build? And Velux skylights
Season 11: Interior Design Basics
In Season 11, we’re diving into Interior Design Basics. Materials, finishes, fixtures, design ideas, how to choose, how to get help and what decisions really matter in the creation of your future home’s interior design. My co-host for much of this season is Interior Designer and Author, Frances Cosway of White Pebble Interiors, plus other fantastic industry suppliers and professionals also join us.
SPECIAL EPISODE: Create a home you love - on any budget
When renovating or building, what are the 7 ingredients to creating a home you love - on any budget?
This is a special episode where I talk about what I know actually makes the difference in a family home ... and creates one that works, feels great, and serves you over the long term.
Season 10: Industry Insider Insights
Season 10 features a range of clever and talented industry professionals from both Australia and the USA. It’s jam-packed with different types of industry insider insights. And with various areas of expertise, all my guests have one thing in common: they are super generous with their advice and knowledge. Listen to learn from those inside the industry.
Season 09: Keeping it Real
This is Season 9. We all love a good before-and-after story, but what's out there in the TV and online world (packaged up with glamour and styling) can be really misleading for the first-time renovator or builder. This season will help you manage not only the fantastic dreams that you have for your home, but your expectations and your goals around creating it as well.
Season 08: A simple guide to a sustainable home
Creating a sustainable home means one that is energy efficient, functional, low tox, environmentally friendly and supports your health and well-being. In Season 8, these episodes share key ways to create your sustainable new home or renovation. Plus we feature a Passive House (or Passivhaus), sharing the advice and insights of each of the team members and client.
Season 07: The stages of home construction
My co-host for Season 7 is builder Duayne Pearce, D Pearce Constructions. Duayne and I step you through each stage of construction, helping you avoid expensive and stressful mistakes in your project. This season also gives you a small taste of my flagship online program, the "HOME Method"
Season 06: Designing for difficult sites
Not every block of land is flat and rectangular. And yet so much of the advice out there only works if your land is like this. Season 6 takes you through a range of difficult blocks or site types, and gives design tips and strategies so you can get your design right, whether you're renovating or building new.
Season 05: Mistakes many make
With over 25 years industry experience, in over 250 projects (including 3 renovations of my own), there are consistent errors I see many homeowners make as they build or renovate their homes. Season 5 shares the mistakes that many make, that can have a significant impact on your time, money and stress.
Season 04: Know your team
There are many professionals who can support you when designing, building or renovating your home. Season 4 outlines the key roles and shares the WHO, the WHAT, the WHEN and the WHY of each of your project team. Together, my guests have over 150 years industry experience in home design, building and renovating.
Season Interlude: Your most important tool (communication)
Some of the biggest issues in designing, building and renovating result from communication issues. This shorter Season Interlude (in-between Season!) helps you learn how to ensure communication on your project is clear, well-managed and enables you to have a successful, low-stress experience.
Season 03: How to set (and stay on) your budget
One of the biggest fears that homeowners have about their renovation or new build revolves around budget. Can they afford to do what they want to do? And how will they prevent it from blowing out and financially crippling them? Season 13 gives key budget tips, cost-saving strategies and mistakes to avoid (and for even more info, check out my mini-course "Set + Stick to Your Budget").
Season 02: How to design a home
Season 01: What matters most
Great design isn't anymore expensive than terrible design. The episodes in Season 1 will help you learn what matters most to make your home work, and feel great. This is essential listening for anyone embarking on buying, designing, building or renovating. Learn the decisions that matter most in these episodes.
Launch Season: Get Started
Many homeowners tell me that, when thinking about renovating or building, they have no idea where to start. In my experience, every project (regardless of location, budget or size) begins with the same four questions. These episodes will guide you through answering them.
Episode 00 [#1] | Welcome to the new Undercover Architect Podcast: Get it Right
Episode 01 [#2] | Get Started: What would you like to do?
Episode 02 [#3] | Get Started: What are you allowed to do?
Episode 03 [#4] | Get Started: What can your renovation or building budget afford?
Episode 04 [#5] | Get Started: What do you and your family need from your home (now and in the future)