Construction nous backs design edge

Construction nous backs design edge
In addition to designing new homes, Lewis Architecture also specialises in renovation design.

Will Lewis’ experience as a fully qualified architect is strongly underpinned by nearly a decade of working as a construction site manager and project engineer for a major New Zealand construction firm.
As the owner of Dunedin company Lewis Architecture, this background has led to an extremely useful understanding in the creative design of buildings where he knows the technical and practical implications of every line drawn on a plan.
“Working alongside engineers for so long, means that I have a really good understanding of the way a building needs to be structurally designed,” Will says. It also means the plans he produces have found favour with others in the construction industry.
“We have strong relationships with local engineers, builders, territorial authorities such as city and regional councils, suppliers, sub trades, and other industry players, ensuring a building project will run smoothly.”
“We’ve always been regarded as one of the better firms for drawings that are clear and easy to read and easy to build from. “Our plans are highly regarded by councils and by different builders; we’ve been told that repeatedly.”
While Will has a diverse background, ranging from project management to building to designing multi-million dollar infrastructure projects, he has chosen to specialise in residential work in his architectural practice.
He believes a good architect should be able to more than save the cost of their fee in the ease of construction, resulting in time savings, and in the quality of a building’s design.
A sub-standard design can cause construction problems and repeated delays, he says.
While there are many variables, a rule of thumb is that an architect’s fee should to amount to 5% to 10% of the cost of a project.
During the past 10 years building design has been forced to change as a result of the leaky buildings crisis and the Canterbury earthquakes.
Will is seeing a strong trend towards a much higher specification of insulation than required by the building code, as New Zealander’s have become more aware of its importance and of the benefits in energy savings and improved health.

Construction nous backs design edge
The redesign of this art deco style house in Dunedin included adding a bedroom, removing a wall between the kitchen/dining/living area to create an open plan space, and adding a large deck for indoor/outdoor fl ow and to take advantage of the home’s stunning location.

“We design a lot of houses that have a very high standard in terms of insulation and air-tightness, which are the two key principles in passive homes.
Probably 70% of the work we do is in this realm.” In addition to designing new homes, Lewis Architecture is also a specialist in renovation design.
An art deco style house on a high hill site in St Clair Dunedin is a great example of what can be achieved with a well planned redesign created by Lewis Architecture.
In producing a design for the major renovation, which cost about $400,000, Lewis Architecture took maximum advantage of the house’s original character and siting.
The project included adding a bedroom, removing a wall between the kitchen/dining/living area to create an open plan space, and adding a large deck for indoor/outdoor flow and to take advantage of the stunning views over Dunedin, its harbour, peninsula and beaches.
“The clients won’t have any concern getting their money back. They are rapt. “You raise the standard of the client’s lifestyle through excellent design.”
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