HOME Method uses a structured, step-by-step approach that simplifies the process of designing, building, or renovating your home so that it aligns with your ideal lifestyle in every way.
It’s an online program, community and coaching, built around a simple yet powerful step-by-step process to navigate your project with confidence and clarity. Even if you’ve never renovated or built before.
Experience in the
Worth of homes
When weeks of thinking and planning turn into months of what feels like no progress,
it’s only natural for momentum and inspiration to fade.
Or, as the decisions pile up you may feel increasingly out of your depth.
You may even have moments where you ask yourself…
Why did I decide to build or renovate in the first place?
But, deep down, you know why you’re doing this…
When you truly think about it, your home is literally the foundation that every part of your life is built around.
It sets the tone for your enjoyment of daily life. It determines the lifestyle you can enjoy.
It even shapes the future life you’re setting yourself up to live.
This is why designing and creating your future home is such an incredible gift.
It’s no exaggeration to say it’s a life-changing event. The kind you only get every so often.
But this is also why managing your renovation or build project can be so daunting.
After all, you’ll be left living with the results of it for years to come – good or bad.
That’s one of the reasons I’m known as the “Undercover Architect”.
Behind the scenes, I’ve been the secret ally in the corner of thousands of homeowners.
I’ve worked with these inspiring homeowners to navigate the complex yet enriching journey of building and renovating their family homes…
… And sometimes their builders and designers never knew I was involved!
There are so many incredible reasons to create the perfect home for you.
You might crave extra space to raise little ones…
More room for growing teenagers…
Or all the added comforts of the ultimate haven as you head into retirement.
A sanctuary where you feel comfortable, organised and relaxed.
A place that gives you more quality time together with your family, (especially while your kids are still around).
A space where you feel proud to invite friends around to share celebrations and create memories.
A house that truly reflects who you are and that works for your family and the lifestyle you want to live.
As a parent, I’d hear the same painful anecdotes at the school gate and weekend BBQ’s from other parents.
Agonising stories of budgets and timelines blowing out by two, even three times what was originally quoted.
Painful tales of inexperienced homeowners being taken advantage of by industry professionals.
This happens to incredibly smart, successful and hardworking people.
Yet when it comes to managing the build or renovation of their homes, they struggle to make sense of it all.
It’s certainly not a lack of drive, vision or ability.
Instead, what I know is that outside the industry itself, NOBODY tells you how to actually manage your building or renovation project.
And how you’ll manage to stay on budget, avoid being ripped off and make financial decisions that don’t cripple your finances.
You already live a full, demanding life with work, family and kids, so you’re worried about how long your project will take and how you’ll possibly fit it all in.
The more you research, the more you realise there is to know and each new piece of advice from friends and family seemingly contradicts what the last person told you.
You can’t shake the nervous feeling that you’ll “stuff it up” by making wrong choices that you’ll have to live with in daily life for years to come.
There’s no getting around it… it’s a big investment of money, time and emotion.
And it matters in a way that few other things do in life.
Right up there alongside getting married and having bubs.
It’s one of those rare moments in life that can either energise you, spark creativity and a sense of renewed purpose.
Zap all your energy, pile on unneeded stress and leave you wondering why you got yourself into this mess.
What you may find once you start even the earliest planning steps of your build or renovation is that it feels like everything is at stake.
Often it’s only when you get serious about your build project that you come to terms with how much your home means to you.
After all, your home is wrapped in nostalgia and the source of so many fond memories.
The problem is, when there’s this much resting on it, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm.
Your home’s identity runs so much deeper than colours,
throw cushions, nice fixtures and keeping up with the
Joneses. It isn’t simply about borrowing aesthetics or hacks
from the pages of a magazine.
Creating your home with heart is saying to yourself that “This
is what I want my home to be”, and not adhering to anyone else’s idea
of what it should look like.
When you know how to confidently craft your vision, set your
goals and be involved, heard and seen in your project, then
you’re able to create a home with heart.
Your building project is a constellation of constantly
moving parts and zillions of decisions, day after day, for
months on end.
The very fact that you’ve chosen to go on this journey tells
me something… It says to me that you’re a master
organiser, whether that’s balancing work and family, or just
life in general.
So, with a proven roadmap and know-how, I’m certain you’ll
handle every part of your build with control, confidence and grace.
While keeping the rest of life on track!
There’s no reason to embark on this journey alone like
other homeowners do.
Having someone in your corner is beyond powerful. It lets
you skip all the mistakes, avoid all the heartache and have
someone to turn to at every moment.
I’ve been through this exact process hundreds of times
before - and guided 1000s of homeowners just like you.
Now, I want to be your secret ally. Your mentor who guides
you through this amazing journey.
So much of building your home is believing in yourself.
From working with so many homeowners, I’m certain you’re
capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for.
You’re filled with so much potential and natural ability…
With the right support, knowledge and guidance, you can grasp
a confidence that is rightfully yours and become empowered to
turn your vision for your home into reality.
HOME Method uses a structured, systematic approach that simplifies the process of designing, building, or renovating your home so that it
aligns with your ideal lifestyle in every way.
Built around a simple yet powerful step-by-step process, expert coaching, and a big-hearted community, HOME Method is a building and
renovation online program that shows you how to navigate your project with confidence and clarity. Even if you have never built or renovated before…
Easy-to-learn project phases
that cover every step of any project
There’s no escaping it: Your preparation sets the tone for your entire project. In this critically important yet often overlooked
first stage of building your home, you’ll set the foundation of the entire process.
Whether you’re doing DIY design or working with a professional, together, we’ll translate your vision for
your future home into a clear design plan. And we’ll do it in a way that makes it communicate your biggest
ambitions to everyone involved.
Before rushing into construction like most homeowners do, this essential stage helps you escape construction blowouts and
missing out on what you truly want.
Using my field-tested pre-build process, you’ll ensure your time on site is used efficiently and is stress-free.
The big moment is finally here… You’re ready to turn all your dreams and plans into something you can feel, touch and experience.
Using my systematic, easy-to-follow on-site processes and system, your build will run smoothly, on time and on budget — and you’ll keep your sanity
Discover how to walk on site filled with confidence knowing exactly what to look for, how to speak to your
builder, and the terminology use.
Knowing how to carry yourself puts you in control of your build — and makes sure you get what you’re
How to put together the all-important contract with
your builder, when to sign and ensure you’re truly
protected by the law.
The important decisions you need to make to get the
foundation of your home right on the first attempt to
avoid costly corrections down the track.
Protect yourself and your builder by securing your
building site from common risks to keep your build
speeding toward completion.
Put the eye-popping finishing touches on your home,
like tiles, paint joinery with key strategies that will
ensure your interior lives up to your expectations.
Get your site ready for your imminent construction and avoid the
common costs and pitfalls of demolition.
Make your home fully functional and entirely livable
by ticking off all the easy-to-overlook decisions like
fixture positioning with a helpful checklist.
Get expert advice and little-known techniques for
finalizing the gorgeous exterior of your home
while managing your budget.
Stay in control until the final moment by
knowing your rights, your builder’s final
responsibilities and how to get your builder
back to fix any mistakes.
“I can’t tell you how that helped me…”
“Having it broken down in the way that Amelia does, in a plain English way, that an everyday person can understand is just, oh, I can’t tell you how that helped me, to just take a deep breath and have the confidence to progress.”
“The strategies of doing things in a disciplined way, will save people money…”
“It’s the speed through the process and the better outcome, the less conflict, the clearer communication. It’s all so important …The strategies of doing things in a disciplined way, will save people money.”
– PETER (Builder)
“We were able to track through our budget and … come in on time…”
“So I think all the preparation that we did, thanks to Amelia, really helped us know where we were headed … I think the success is that we had a really great project. We were able to track through our budget and yes, come in on time. And yes, be living here now.”
“You really feel she’s talking to you directly…”
“I really like the way that Amelia presents everything. She’s very human. You know, you really feel she’s talking to you directly. And she’s very down to earth, which is very appealing. It’s not nice having some stiff person or someone you can’t relate to at all, or someone who makes you feel like your knowledge is so inadequate. She talks to you like she’s been there. And that’s what I like about it.”
“You actually take time to investigate your own project…”
“I think the biggest turning point in joining this course, and encouraged by Amelia, is that you actually take time to investigate your own project and investigate what your needs are. And that is already a good starting point. By not doing that, you leave a lot of decisions to other people to make, and they don’t know your project as well as you do.”
“Amelia really gives you confidence…”
“Amelia really gives you confidence to say or think through things and then say, “no, I don’t think this is right…” to the builder or to the architect, “I think you need to fix this”. Definitely confidence in communicating, having a sounding board.”
Inside HOME Method, I pull back the curtain to show you how the industry really works, so you can navigate it like you’re an old hand.
It’s an empowered community where you’ll be surrounded by other homeowners on exactly the same journey you’re on.
You’ll learn faster, stay motivated and get the support you need — whenever you need it. Oh, and, of course… share images to celebrate as
your home comes to life!
Create your home as part of an amazing community where other homeowners are on the same journey as you. Get support, share stories, ask questions and have the conversations you can’t have with friends who haven’t been through this process. Seriously, this one is priceless... because all you need is one cracker idea and it can save you thousands, even tens of thousands of $$$!
Imagine having personalised mentorship from someone you can turn to who’s been through exactly what you’re going through hundreds of times before…
Receive direct advice and ask me your most pressing and time-sensitive questions in an empowering group setting where we cover every aspect of building your future home.
After 27+ years of designing homes for all budgets I have formulated a personal collection of room notes for perfectly designing every space in your home. This one resource will save you hours in planning time and enable you to avoid that ‘have I got it right’ uncertainty.
This four-part workshop series will help you understand what’s involved in the energy efficiency assessment process of your renovation or new build. Plus, it will teach you how to work more collaboratively with your energy assessor and what you can do to increase the star rating (and energy performance) of your home — including tools you can even implement yourself as well.
This information will teach you how to make data-driven decisions about your home’s energy efficiency, save you money during your design AND in the long-term running costs of your home.
Having seen so many homeowners design homes they can’t afford to build once the quotes come in, I have included a module on the PAC Process, or Paid As Consultant Process.
This is where you bring a builder on board during the pre-construction phase to provide input on cost and buildability, and you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of what to expect from a builder when setting this up in your project.
Learn how to get started on your home design journey, as well as the mistakes to avoid, and action steps to take. I’ll also teach you my “5F’s” of home design to use as your checklist
(whoever you’re working with).
In this must-see mini-course, I also reveal my techniques for analysing the layout for your floor plan based on what will best suit your site and lifestyle, and what to consider for your specific home.
My “5C’s” will give you a simple framework you can use to research, check and interview a builder, plus all the right questions to ask to
get the info you need.
This is an incredible online workshop that dives into the nitty gritty of how to check any potential builder you’re considering, plus a detailed list of all the things you need to know, so you can confirm that they’re going to be a builder you can trust and work with well.
*Please note: As these bonuses aren’t part of the core program, they may be available for a limited time only.
*Get instant online access. 100% secure checkout.
“It’s a ‘worth it’ Investment…”
“Amelia is obviously very, very experienced. And she explains things so beautifully. So even though you don’t have a background in architecture, or construction or engineering, you walk away from listening to her speak and going yeah, I understand that, and I can see how I would apply that. And she explains it in such a friendly, warm way.”
“It’s all been absolutely worth every cent…”
“It’s all been absolutely worth every cent that we have spent in order to feel like we have control, reduced some of that fear and anxiety, giving confidence to know even what decisions to make, and what questions to ask of other people.”
“A really beautiful mix of easy to talk to, but no nonsense…”
“She’s just so approachable and a really beautiful mix of easy to talk to, but no nonsense, and you know, really practical. She encourages you to be firm and I think that’s really fantastic. “
“You will get so much out of it…”
I think sometimes when you do testimonials, you don’t tend to believe what the person has to say, because you don’t think it’s real. But what I can say is, is that the Undercover Architect, Amelia, are very genuine and real.
She has a great desire for people to move through building a home, renovating a home, getting the best out of their house for themselves and their family.
“The course has paid for itself…”
I would say just do it. Just do it. It has been one of the best things I’ve done. The course has paid for itself. The knowledge I have learnt has paid for itself.
And Amelia is very kind and generous in the giving of her knowledge. I would say just to do it, it’s not something you’ll regret.
“It saves you a lot of headaches…”
“It saved us a lot of time and money, and has given us the confidence that we didn’t have, and actually helped us to keep going. Because every now and then you start to doubt your choices.
So having the, the help or being in this course, enrolling in this course, has helped us made those choices even a lot easier, because you’re making an informed decision.”
…become skilled at negotiating with contractors…
...avoid common planning slip ups that cause months-long delays…
…source products and materials at the best possible prices…
…choose the right builder who you can trust…
…create air-tight, favorable contracts…
One of the things I love most about HOME Method members is… They’re doing THEIR thing.
They’re creating homes to suit them and their families.
Not anybody else’s idea of what their home should look like.
These are homes and projects of all styles, types and personalities…
Inner urban small lot homes. Terrace homes. Off-the-grid, natural materials homes. Acreage homes. Regional homes. Suburban homes. Coastal homes. Compact homes. Heritage Homes. Passivhaus Homes.
First homes. Forever family homes. Retirement homes.
New builds. Renovations.
Budgets from $100,000 to over $2,000,000.
ALL types of homes.
And do you know what?
The step-by-step system inside
HOME Method applies to them ALL.
Now you, too, can turn your dreams (whatever stage you and they are at) into the reality of your finished home.
So, whoever you’re working with, and whatever your dreams, location and budget…
HOME Method will show you how to bring your boldest dreams to life in a finished home
that matches your lifestyle in every way.
If you’re like me, the comfort and reassurance of having a home that represents who you are is at the heart of your happiness.
As a homeowner, true contentment is having a home that adapts to your lifestyle in every way…
Now, I know this reality can feel daunting. It is for most homeowners.
But I can assure you, it needn’t feel this way.
It can be an uplifting, exciting and downright joyous experience.
If that’s what you want this journey to be for you then I want to help you bring your dream to fruition.
Imagine having an architect in your corner, showing you every step to take, question to ask, and decision to make.
Not for a minute will you have to go it alone, up against the rough and rugged construction industry.
What would this peace of mind be worth to you?
As a wife, mum to 3 kids, an architect and experienced renovator, I know the right home design can simplify your life and connect your family for years to come.
It’s safe to say building and renovating is in my blood.
I was raised by a single mum who loved (and still loves) renovating.
I used to turn up at the school gates with paint in my hair from painting the bottom half of a wall while mum painted the top half above me.
I also watched the way tradespeople and builders would speak to my mum because she’s female.
Sadly, I still witness this today.
I also see incredibly smart, hardworking homeowners get taken advantage of for no other reason than lack of experience.
Having spent more than half my life in the construction industry, my mission is to give homeowners access to the same knowledge I have.
So you can simplify your construction project and avoid all the mistakes I’ve made along the way. Mistakes that can cost time, money and cause mountains of stress no homeowner needs.
"It gives you confidence as you go into your project…”
"It 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."
“"This has been such a fantastic steep learning curve...”
"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."
“Such a welcoming, unique and accessible space…”
"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."
Houses come in all shapes and sizes, but I can tell you from years of experience that the challenges, problems and processes don’t change.
So, whether you’re building a spacious acreage home or renovating an inner city terrace, the methods I will share with you will work.
How can I be so sure?
Because I have personally used them to help design and build 250+ homes – and no two were alike!
I know the whole point of hiring professionals is to ease the load on your shoulders.
It might feel like you’re just “doubling up” unnecessarily by doing extra
prep work yourself.
This program will show you how to choose the RIGHT professionals, ask
the right questions, and audit their progress.
I know what it’s like when it comes to learning something new like online home building and renovating courses.
You have well-meaning intentions to set aside time and learn. But then work and family life get in the way. Leaving you ruing the investment you made.
This program isn’t like that. It’s not another “thing on your plate”.
I’ve designed it in a way so that it fits into your life no matter how busy it is and lets you access the exact information you need at precisely the right moment of your project.
“Thank you for helping me get a little bit closer to achieving my dream…”
"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."
"I've been binge watching and reading…”
"I've been binge watching and reading as much as I can for the past 2 days.
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 a friendly open environment…”
"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."
“Couldn’t have done it without her…”
“Cannot recommend this highly enough. Amelia (aka Undercover Architect) is super hands on, generous, up to date, passionate and has created this incredible platform, information, community and support for all the right reasons. Couldn’t have done it without her …”
You can do what 99% of homeowners do and “go it alone” and risk it turning into a slow, expensive process…
You can rely on what you find on Google, advice from friends and your own instincts to make all the seemingly never-ending decisions that go into your project and hope for the best.
You can have an exact plan for every step of your build or reno BEFORE you start and someone to turn to throughout your journey…
You can choose to embark on this incredible journey with a clear plan, calm mind and a secret ally in your corner so that you achieve a final result that fills you with pride and sets your family up for years to come.
If you could stride onto the site each week utterly assured and in control when dealing with building professionals…
If you didn’t have to figure out all the hard decisions on your own that go into every stage from design to completion …
If you could navigate the steep construction learning curve with someone who has been there many times before…
If you put all money worries to bed by ensuring your build stays on budget and on time…
What would this mean for your life, enjoyment of the process and sense of fulfilment?
I’m not going to sit here and promise you that this will be a walk in the park, because that’s simply not how building works…
But what I can promise you is that we can make your journey one of the most immensely empowering and rewarding experiences of your life.
Let me assure you of this…
We both know you can do this… you’re MORE than capable.
You may have to outsource for expertise and experience, but you don’t have to outsource your power.
I believe in you.
And I love that you let me believe in you.
It’s a true privilege that I get to be involved in the journey of thousands of homeowners as they build their homes…
And I’m honoured and excited to be a part of yours.
This program is for anyone planning to build or renovate their long-term home who wants to simplify the process of creating a home that makes their life better.
The HOME Method is for you if:
Unfortunately, if you’ve already signed a building contract with a builder, you’re in a legal relationship that can be difficult to change, which means HOME Method is most likely not a good fit for your situation.
HOME Method may also not be right for you if you would prefer to take on your entire building project on your own without additional external support.
Yes it does. Whilst there can be some slight differences between renovations and new builds, the step-by-step process for both is the same. Where they vary, we’ve included specific information to each.
Definitely not. We have members who have never renovated or built before! By simply using the know-how and insight inside the course, these members confidently manage their entire project journey as complete newcomers to the industry.
We also have members who’ve had terrible experiences with previous projects who want to be better informed so they never have to endure that again.
So, whether you are embarking on a project for the first time or have been through one before, HOME Method will guide you through your entire process so you can feel confident and informed at every stage.
You definitely can. Your access to HOME Method program content does not expire. This will enable you to review the content in preparation for your project, and then revisit and review it as you need to whilst your project is underway. You are welcome to watch, and rewatch the lessons as much as is needed.
A big part of HOME Method is the support you have access to as part of our private community of builders and renovators. Anytime you need support, you can ask questions via the online course platform, or in the Facebook group.
The Facebook group truly is a one-of-a-kind community where members are incredibly helpful, sharing their own project experience to support you through yours.
Plus, each fortnight, I will respond to any questions in our regular Q & A session. All our Q & A’s are recorded, and added to the online course platform. We use some fantastic technology inside the course platform to enable you to search previous Q & A recordings, or find the answer to your question inside each recorded Q & A.
The program lessons are all located inside our online course platform. When you join, you’ll be sent (by email from [email protected]) your own personal login. The online course platform can be used and viewed on your desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices.
When you choose to join, you’ll be able to pay via our secure payment gateway, which uses either Paypal or Stripe to process payments. This secure checkout process uses encryption to protect your privacy and secure your online payment.
If you join HOME Method and discover it isn’t what you expected, you are able to request a refund within the first 5 days of your membership. Simply notify us via email at [email protected] and we’ll process your refund, less a $50 administrative fee.
During this time, you’ll only have partial access to HOME Method program content. Once you have full access to HOME Method program content (which happens one week after you join), you’re no longer eligible for a refund.
You’re welcome to share your online course login details with your partner (the one you are renovating or building with!) so you can both access HOME Method program content.
Each HOME Method membership entitles you to one spot in the Facebook group. We have members who set up a specific profile they can share as a couple, and then use this to join the Facebook group with shared access. If you wish to do this, please simply notify us when you request to join the group, so we can accept your shared profile.