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Kangaroo Valley Retreat

Builder: Steele Associates Construction Architect: Utz-Sandby Architects

 

Living spills out to breathtaking country views in this luxurious residence. Architect and builder worked together to keep construction costs low through clever use of simple materials, giving a high quality, low maintenance finish with unique detailing. Environmentally sensitive features such as solar power, solar hot water, water tanks and gas underfloor heating were seamlessly integrated into the design without blowing the budget.

Architect’s Reference

As well as being the building contractor on the job, Steele Associates facilitated delivery of the project in two key areas of cost and detailing.

The original tender submitted by SA was higher than the construction budget as were other costings obtained. SA proposed a series of cost saving measures which reduced construction cost by around 20%. It was clear from these measures that SA had effectvley interpreted the architectural intent of the project and had managed to substantially cut costs without reducing the size and quality of the building. Some measures even enhanced the design outcome.

SA’s in-house architectural skills meant that their project management team was willing and able to provide considerable assistance in resolving construction details in a manner that carried the overall character of the design through to the fine grain elements of the building. Cooperation and consultation on issues such as sthe operation weather sealing and aesthetics of the operable bathroom wall panel meant that our vision was successfully translated into built form.

The quality of construction and standard of finish is hight throughout the building and we would not hesitate to use and recommend Steele Associates as building professionals on future projects. Please contact the undersigned with any queries you may have regarding the above.

Duncan Sanby

For Utz-Sanby Architects Pty Ltd