[#121] What do professionals want you to know about building and renovating? | Meet the industry insiders
Season 10 | Episode 00
What do the professionals … the industry insiders … think it’s important for you to know when building or renovating?
In Season 10 of the podcast, we’re going to hear from a range of clever, talented and generous industry professionals from America and Australia.
One of the reasons I created Undercover Architect, and why I continue to make so much knowledge and advice freely available, is because in my 20+ year career in architecture, I felt I was always finding people too late.
[#122] How to be delighted when working with an architect | Interview with Anthony Laney, Laney LA
Season 10 | Episode 01
Planning on working with an architect?
So how do you find a great quality architect: One you have a good fit with, delivers beautiful work, and will take care of you as a client?
Meet Anthony Laney from Laney LA. Anthony is an architect and designer, a husband and a dad, and one of the owners of Laney LA.
In this interview, Anthony shares some fantastic industry insider insights into how Laney LA have built their practice, continue to create stunning homes, and how they seek to delight every client they work with.
[#123] The one thing to know about renovating and building | Interview with Chris Megowan
Season 10 | Episode 2.1
What’s the one thing to know about renovating or building your family home?
Well, this architect has a lot to share with us, and it includes what he has learnt from his own project (and home), H.I.V.E. X FIVE. Let me introduce Chris Megowan.
Now, I’ve got a slightly longer episode for you this week, as I wanted to bring these interviews together, because I believe both these architects share a huge wealth of knowledge and experience, and what you’ll learn will really benefit you in your renovation or new build project.
[#123] The right way to work with an architect | Interview with Suzie Hunt, Suzanne Hunt Architect
Season 10 | Episode 2.2
What happens in the Slab or Base Stage of your new build or renovation?
The Slab or Base Stage is when the platform of your home gets built. It is a stage that also locks in lots of decisions and limits or enables future inclusions. Many homeowners aren’t aware of this in their projects.
In this episode, we talk about the next stage of construction. This is the Slab or Base Stage. This is where the platform or floor of your home gets built.
[#124] Feng Shui and how it works in the design of your home | Interview with Marina V Umali
Season 10 | Episode 3.1
Do you know about Feng Shui and how it works in the design of your home?
Feng Shui can be a powerful tool in your home design. And Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant, Marina V Umali, has a lot of advice to share when it comes to using it your design, renovation or building project.
Marina V Umali is a NY State Certified Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, and owner of Marina V Design Studio (NJ + NY).
[#124] What is important to know when building or renovating? | Interview with Jake Krokowski, JWK Design
Season 10 | Episode 3.2
What is important to know when building or renovating your home?
And how can you, as a homeowner, get clear on your project wishes and desires.
Jake Krokowski is a designer based in South Carolina, USA. In 2015, he founded JWK Design, to help families realise their dream of a comfortable, modern home. He has some fantastic tips and ideas to help you get clarity in your project, and communicate your wishes and desires clearly with those you’re working with.
[#125] How to design a sustainable and affordable home | Interview with Jenny Edwards and Sarah Lebner
Season 10 | Episode 04
Is it possible to design a sustainable AND affordable home? Well, most homeowners I speak to say ‘No!’ … it’s always more expensive to build sustainably!
Jenny Edwards and Sarah Lebner from Light House Architecture + Science disagree. They believe you can have a sustainable home that is affordable to build as well. And one that uses traditional building methods, done smartly and efficiently.
[#126] The steps to finding a contractor or builder you can trust | Interview with Shawn Van Dyke
Season 10 | Episode 05
What steps are involved in finding a contractor or builder you can trust?
As a homeowner, for you to know the steps to finding a contractor or builder you can trust, it can be game-changing for your new build or renovation.
And that’s why I’m so excited to be bringing my guest to you: Shawn Van Dyke.
Shawn Van Dyke is a Construction Business Coach, Author and Speaker. Based in the USA, he works internationally with clients to help them run better construction businesses.
[#127] How to finance your new build or renovation | Interview with Caroline Jean-Baptiste, Mortgage Choice
Season 10 | Episode 6.1
How do you finance your new build or renovation? Borrowing money in mortgages and construction loans can be confusing and overwhelming.
If you want to learn the mistakes to avoid when seeking finance for your renovation or new build, Caroline Jean-Baptiste from Mortgage Choice tells us all.
Caroline Jean-Baptiste owns award-winning Mortgage Broking business, Mortgage Choice, and is located in Brisbane.
[#127] Council Rules and Approvals, and what you need to know | Interview with Peta Charles
Season 10 | Episode 6.2
Understanding Council Rules and Approvals can be challenging. A minefield of terminology and traps, it’s essential you have an industry insider to help you navigate it confidently.
Enter Peta Charles, Founder of Brisbane Town Planning.
Peta is my second guest on this jam-packed podcast episode. She shared it with Caroline Jean-Baptiste, from Mortgage Choice Fortitude Valley (Brisbane), QLD.
[#128] Interior Design: Creating spaces that look and feel great | Interview with Tara Dennis, Archie Bolden
Season 10 | Episode 7
Interior Designer, Tara Dennis, has some seriously great ideas to help you create spaces that look and feel great, and make your home truly work for you.
In this episode, I speak with Tara Dennis, USA Director of Archie Bolden. Long time readers of the Undercover Architect blog will recognise Tara from her involvement in the Anderson Project, which features as a project diary on the Undercover Architect website, as we followed a family building their new home.
[#129] How to create a healthy home | Interview with Kate Hamblet, Balanced Architecture
Season 10 | Episode 8.1
Kate is owner and architect at Balanced Architecture, and she’s a licensed architect and sustainability expert.
Balanced Architecture is a residential design studio that puts wellness and sustainability at the heart of every project. As a wellness architect, she designs fresh, modern structures and spaces that nourish the body, the mind and the earth. Her mission is to guide people to make their home environment as healthy as possible and to turn their homes from an unwelcoming environment to a healthful retreat.
[#129] Designing a sustainable new home or renovation | Interview with Kyle Macht, Macht Architecture
Season 10 | Episode 8.2
Designing a sustainable new home or renovation can be confusing.
Kyle Macht of Macht Architecture has a wealth of knowledge and advice to share with us, and simplify the process.
After graduating with a degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, Kyle Macht joined a Green Design/Build firm that specialized in energy consulting. He worked as an energy consultant for commercial buildings and new homes before becoming the lead residential designer and managing construction of several projects.
[#130] A room by room guide to a healthy home | Interview with Kate Hamblet, Balanced Architecture
Season 10 | Episode 9
If you want to design your home so it supports your health and well-being, start by understanding key tips and strategies for each room.
In this podcast episode, we welcome Kate Hamblet back. Kate was on previous episode, discussing how to create a home that supports your health and well-being.
This episode, she takes us through some key spaces and rooms in your home, and how to design them so they improve your lifestyle, and make your home a healthy one.
[#131] Project Management on your renovation or new build | Interview with Riye Arai-Coupe
Season 10 | Episode 10.1
How can Project Management help your renovation or new build? And what does a Project Manager do on a single residential project?
Riye Arai-Coupe from Bluebird Property Partners tells us what role they play, how they help, and shares great tips on how to simplify your renovation or new build.
This episode is a great lesson in what professionalism looks like in the renovation and building industry. Both guests are experienced and passionate about their projects and clients, and helping them get the best results for their projects.
[#131] The best way to build your new home or renovation | Interview with Sarah Heys, The Built Element
Season 10 | Episode 10.2
What’s the best way to build your new home or renovation?
Sarah Heys is an experienced female builder, and wants to tell you about the best way to build your new home or renovation..
In this episode, I share insights from two fantastic industry professionals who have brilliant advice to help you in your renovation or new build project.