I bought a single fronted heritage-listed house in Ashbury that is almost 100 years old. The front rooms are original, but the back section was rather inexpertly renovated and added to several decades ago. I needed to knockdown and rebuild the back of the house to include a master bathroom, a bedroom with an en suite, and an open kitchen and casual living area to open into a north facing garden. The Council has strict requirements regarding alterations and streetscape maintenance in this area.
Katrina was recommended by an architect friend as someone who could do the work for me, both to a high standard and at a reasonable cost. My only hesitation was that I was not sure whether it mattered that Katrina was not a registered architect, but I was soon convinced that her design qualifications were well suited to the job as she turned my vague ideas into exciting and practical plans, and she demonstrated an expert knowledge of dealing with council expectations.
What I liked best about working with Katrina is that she listened to what I wanted, but also had ideas and opinions. She made herself readily available and always got things done quickly and efficiently. She dependably knew what needed to be done, and kept the whole process on track. As a novice in this area, it was reassuring for me to be kept updated on the DA Approval process, and to be gently prompted if I had not done something that needed to be done. When complications arose with a neighbour’s tree, she calmly worked through the issues until a resolution was reached. I honestly cannot think of anything that Katrina could have done differently to make the process come together more smoothly – she demonstrated an intelligent approach to her work, persistence and flexibility.
I would not hesitate to recommend Katrina to others like myself who need professional help to create functional, but well-designed home extensions, and support in working through the complicated issues necessary to gain Council approval. She has shown that she is capable, personable and dependable, and takes obvious satisfaction in doing her job well. No-one could ask for more, and I am much indebted to her! Thank you Katrina.
In this heritage house the rear part was replaced with a pavilion with a pop-up roof. The clerestory windows let in more daylight and help to disperse the darkness of the 1920s house.