After visiting a number of different architects, and looking at houses designed by them, we opted to go with Tony Trobe of TT Architecture for a number of reasons. Apart from liking his designs, we needed to have an architect with whom I could interact closely as I wanted to be heavily involved in the design process because of my involvement and interest in architectural and design areas early in my career. I also needed an architect who could work alongside my brother Gerin, who would be the engineer for the project.
The design brief we left with Tony was very simple: we wanted an energy-efficient two-storey home, entry to be at the living area level on the first floor, senior-citizen friendly, a largish kitchen, and for the garage doors to be hidden from the street. No other detail was provided and we said that it was up to him to convince us to go ahead through the power of his imagination. Having lost our original architect designed home in the 2003 bushfires, we wanted something different which would challenge established norms.
We were very impressed with Tony’s original designs and worked closely with him on refining them. We wanted a look that would give the feeling of rising out of the ashes, of uplifting spirits, of defiance of convention and of new hope. We felt Tony had achieved this and my impression from the many people who have seen or visited the house confirms this. Most people seem to love the design even though some also found it “challenging”. We were pleased that the two architects from ACTPLA, and the building inspector, fully supported the design and were keen to have it constructed.
Having now lived in the house for a period of time we appreciate the simplicity of the interior and the way the house “flows”. This is something you can never be sure of until plans are turned into product.
We would not hesitate in recommending TT Architecture to others, particularly if they are looking for something out of the ordinary.
Ric Hingee/Melisande McCarthy