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Elements of Home is a boutique residential design practice.

Hi - I'm  Rob and I specialise in residential renovations around the Bayside area.

My typical client is a family looking to renovate or extend their current home. Usually they have outgrown their space and realise that moving is unaffordable.

I too have a young family. So I get it. My kids are approaching the dreaded teenage years and I understand the dynamics of a growing family.

I pride myself on being able to present to you a creative design solution to your problem. And I can tell you immediately if your budget is reasonable for the renovation you would like to do.

I offer free consultations at your home, my office or over the phone.

Often following our phone conversation I can prepare a fixed fee proposal and email that through to you. My proposal not only includes my fees but all the other consultants and permit fees that you may require through the journey. It's important you have all the information up front before you begin and my exhaustive proposal explains each stage of the process.

My service is personable, professional and quick and unlike others I guarantee to have designs back to you within 2 weeks of my site measure.

I appreciate how daunting this undertaking can be. I will hand hold you through the different stages. I deal with all the consultants on your behalf and I deal with the bureaucracy of councils for you too. A process that will test the patience of most!

I am proud to direct you towards my testimonials page to read about my clients experiences because it is these reviews and their repeat referrals that I appreciate most of all.

Our process is as follows:

Initial meeting or conversation to discuss the project. No fee. No obligation. The fee proposal is broken down into stages. Depending on the project one or more of the following stages may be required:

  1. Concept Design
  2. Pre-Application meeting with Council
  3. Town Planning Application
  4. Building Permit Application
  5. Tender Process

Each stage will have a fixed fee and you are under no obligation to proceed with all stages quoted.

With each stage we note the other consultants or costs that may be incurred. Construction projects usually require the services of an engineer, a geo-technician (soil report), a certified energy rater (for the 6-star energy rating requirements), a site surveyor and a building surveyor.

There may be other consultants or costs and if there are we advise in the proposal.

Knowing your costs before you start helps you budget accordingly.

Do you do anything other than residential renovations?

Yes I do. I design 


An architect is a person trained and licensed to plan, design, and oversee the construction of buildings.

To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design and construction of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings, that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use.  Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e., chief builder.


A person who prepares technical drawings and plans under the direction of an architect or engineer.

Building Designer

All building projects require the services of a building designer, typically licensed architect or structural engineer. Smaller, less complicated projects often do not require a licensed professional, and the design of such projects is often undertaken by building designers, a draftsperson, interior designers (for interior fit-outs or renovations), or contractors.

Larger, more complex building projects require the services of many professionals trained in specialist disciplines, usually coordinated by an architect.

Interior Design

Describes a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an "effective setting for the range of human activities" that are to take place there. An interior designer is someone who conducts such projects.

Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, liaising with the clients of a project and the management and execution of the design.


Renovation (also called remodeling) is the process of improving a structure. Renovations are typically either commercial or residential.

Town Planning Permit

There are various controls and overlays that trigger the need for a Planning Permit. We will advise you if one is required.

Building Permit

There are very few building permit exceptions. Fences, decks, pergolas, verandahs, garages, carports, demolition of buildings, swimming pools, retaining walls, single wall removals etc all require a building permit. Predominantly for your own safety. For more information send through an email, we would be happy to answer any queries you may have.