That’s a wrap!

It’s been all systems go here at CplusC recently with four projects recently completed and the keys handed over to the clients.

Before the proud new owners of a CplusC project can move their furniture in inspections must be carried out and final certificates issued, plumbing, electrical and other miscellaneous items need to be checked to ensure they are in working order, invoices must be settled and of course, a final clean is carried out – usually with the help of the whole CplusC team.

Our Canada Bay project has been with us since 2013 and involved a full renovation and addition to the rear of the property to accommodate a young family. The project has a warm aesthetic and employs a pair of over-sized sliding louvre filled doors, installed at right angles to each other. Together, the louvre doors filter light and air into the rear of the house, create privacy from neighbouring dwellings, disappear when required and create new spaces externally. The project was designed and overseen by Clinton Cole and managed closely by Architectural Project Manager Christina Cheng and Site Manager Will Bradley. A big congratulations to the team.

Following some fine tuning to a pair of two externally hung, 500kg vertical sliding doors, we were able to hand over the keys to a project where sustainability was the core agenda – Alexandria. A terrace house for a young couple with an unwavering commitment to low impact sustainable living. The project includes an aquaponics system for fish harvesting, rain water storage for use throughout the home, a wicking bed to filter water, compost, worm farm and chicken coop working in harmony with a productive vegetable garden, an evacuated glass tube solar hot water system and a 3KW photovoltaic power generation system to run the home and charge their electric car. Designed and overseen by Clinton Cole and managed by Architectural Project Manager Jack Hawkins and Site Manager Simon Warden from Sketch Design through to construction, this project exemplifies the benefits of a holistic design and build approach.

Having two projects under construction wasn’t enough, so we added a third, Castlecrag. We have worked on Castlecrag from Sketch Design through to construction since late 2012. Located in the highest degree of ‘Bushfire Attack Level Flame Zone’ (BALFZ) the project required CplusC to meet the most rigorous bushfire controls without compromising the aesthetic vision of the project. Clinton, Ryan Ng (Architectural Project Manager) and Scott Walker (Site Manager) will attest to the fact that concealing bushfire shutters to maintain the intended design aesthetic is no easy task. Perched up high, with a beautiful outlook over native bushland, the stunning Castlecrag project highlights the CplusC ethos – there is a creative solution to every constraint if there is attention to detail at every stage of the process.

In addition to designing and constructing our own work, we also provide conventional architectural design and contract administration services for projects constructed by third party builders. The Queens Park residence is an example of a project built using this approach and is the fourth CplusC designed project handed over to our Clients in recent months. Clinton worked closely with the builder to ensure the integrity of the design was maintained throughout the construction phase and changes made were consistent with the design intent. Having access to an Architect who is also a Builder himself made the construction of the Queens Park project one of the most enjoyable projects this Builder had worked on.

The end of a project is an opportunity for the team to reflect on the process. What started as an idea, brought to us by the client, has been transformed through thousands of hours of work, by many hands, into a new home. We feel privileged to be in the business of creating architecture.