Soon after acquiring our Edwardian home, we hired Elements of Home to assist with the design of our renovation.
Rob Harris not only provided exemplary creative and technical input but stewarded the successful permit processes at the local council.
Rob is always prompt to respond with any query – big or small and provided invaluable advice every step of the way. He was also able to provide excellent supporting resources as required.
I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Elements of Home.
Martin and Heidi, Elsternwick
Working with Rob was a pleasure and we would use him again for our next project.
We were first time renovators and had a tight budget. Rob worked with us along the way to make sure we were comfortable with staging our renovation and considering the impact of today’s works on our longer term vision. He was also patient and worked with us through many variations and changes that came up as our knowledge grew and our thinking evolved.
After this, we developed a good sense of rapport and trust with Rob and asked him to run the tender process to select our builder. Rob ran this process thoroughly and gave us a lot of comfort around the various criteria that we should use in builder selection. Even after this Rob remained committed to the project and constantly checked in with us (and the site) during the build. We have just recently moved in and couldn’t be happier with Rob’s input and effort into shaping our family home.
Yehuda and Rachel, Caulfield North
Rob is the best value architect on the market. I strongly recommend Rob to anyone looking to build or renovate. Rob was outstanding to work with. Reliable, honest and very responsive.
Rob completed our revisions within 24 hours of request and we had plans complete within 2-3 weeks. He was available whenever we needed him and performed site inspections during the renovation.
As with any architect or build there were a few minor errors but Rob was a delight to deal with and offered good solutions to any issue that came up. Once again, I strongly recommend Rob for your architectural requirements.
Elliot, Caulfield South
Rob was fantastic to work with. A great listener, thorough, a clear communicator with quick turnaround times. He left decision making to us but tested any of our non-standard ideas and made smart suggestions (which we ended up using). He went out of his way to be helpful for our specific needs. Great value for money. You’ll be happy you decided to work with Elements of Home.
Teige Cahill – Malvern
Looking at the challenge of finding more space but with a limited budget we turned to Rob for ideas. His collaborative approach allowed us to combine his ideas and experience with our lifestyle preferences to come up with a design we love. He was responsive and flexible and provided both creative and pragmatic advice about the design which was critical for us given it was our first time working through a major renovation. Thank you Rob
Sonya, Caulfield South
We found Rob’s (Elements of Home) details online after a general google search for a renovation architect/consultant to help extend our home. We met with Rob, as well as a couple of other companies over a 2 week period. Other designers we met with had trouble working with us to give us the design we were looking for to suit our lifestyle & existing home….they seemed more interested in promoting their own ideas alone. From the first meeting with Rob we felt very comfortable discussing our home extension plans & confident that he had a great ability to listen & translate our ideas in to a feasible plan for a build. Rob worked quickly to provide a set of plans we were happy with, before then arranging for all of our engineering & council requirements. He was able to recommend some builders to include in the tender process & we ended up going with one of the companies he suggested.
We are ecstatic with the final design & physical end result of our transformed 1950’s style home, Rob’s design was brought to life by a great building team & the whole project ran very smoothly. Throughout the entire design process we received nothing but outstanding service, communication, honest consultations and advice from Rob. He was accommodating and attentive in providing any alterations we requested, which was really comforting and crucial to the amazing end result.
Whether by phone, email or text Rob made himself available at any time, and we were never left waiting for a response. Rob is genuine, respectful and proud of his work and this is further enhanced by the obviously strong relationships he has with engineers, builders etc.
Elements of Home can’t be beaten for attention to detail, ongoing professionalism and service excellence. Everything Rob did turned out even better than we had imagined. For anyone thinking of building/extending we would highly recommend engaging Rob’s services to assist with the design & plans before going ahead.
Danielle and Jackie, Burwood (2016)
We were very pleased with Rob’s professionalism, patience and ability to listen to and interpret our needs. He collaborated very well with our interior designer and we are more than happy with his final plans. We would not hesitate to recommend Rob to anyone planning a renovation or a new build.
Deborah – Caulfield North
Rob has worked for us designing an extension to the basement and adding a top floor to our house.
Rob took our specifications on board and accommodated our many requests for changes as the finer details were put together. We were most appreciative of Rob taking care of the planning process with council and working through obtaining planning and building approval.
Rob knows the planning and building process in depth. He was always clear to us on the process required and his fees at each stage.
Rob also has many reputable contacts in the planning and building area so could recommend other excellent people to work with.
I would readily recommend Rob’s work to others planning to renovate.
Kyra – St Kilda West
“Over Delivered” is the easiest term to sum up Rob’s dealing with us with the design and planning of our extension. It’s a massive decision choosing someone to design your family home that you plan to live in for 20+ years. As much as you think you can research and look at referrals and past work, so much of it is down to the simple things that Rob just nails each and every time:
- Practical Design ideas. Rob’s got a great balance between leading edge design and the practicality and usability for a family
- Cost Conscious. Quality is key in his design, but he is also very aware on areas that could have alternative materials/ ideas for cost reduction
- Planning knowledge. Great experience of knowing what ‘could delay’ Planning
- Ego. Great style in listening to what you want, and not too precious to try and always force his ideas.
- Reliability. His strongest area without a doubt – Rob’s response times were always so fast. Nothing sits with him for long, keeping momentum ticking along nicely
- Style. It’s hard not to get on well with him. Might be due to the above reasons or simply that he is generally nice.
We spoke to 4 different Architects during our initial design stage – Rob was the best, easiest and right choice.
Duncan & Kim, Hawthorn
We used Elements of Home to provide plans and advice for the renovation of our home. Rob provided continuous support and assistance in crystallising our requirements so that the final plans were both practical and pleasing.
Rob patiently worked through the options with us and assisted in tendering out the work. All our queries were dealt with in a prompt, knowlegeable and courteous way.
We would recommend Rob Harris to anyone thinking of renovating their home.
Carolyn and Gerald