Typically at the front of the house had the central hallway with rooms feeding off to each side & then at the back branched into a labrinyth of dark living & service rooms. We almost fondly remember the kitchen, dining, bathroom, toilet & laundry. We fiddled about sketching diagrams trying to make sense of it.
Marie helped us to explore our options by providing scaled sketch plans of two options. Option A- adding a first floor extension & reconfiguring the existing ground floor. Option B- demolishing the back rooms to the house & rebuilding a spacious & airy living area that links to the yard via a verandah. Due to the potential view sharing issues with neighbours & budget constraints we decided to pursue the later & have never looked back.
Marie was able to provide practical & creative space planning solutions to achieve our needs & wants. We did have some ideas & Marie was flexible enough to incorporate & was more than capable of pulling the project together. We now have a more spacious, functional family home suited to our lifestyle.
Just a quick note to say how happy we are with the designs and quality of drawings you prepared for us on Beatty Street, Balgowlah. As you know we were on a tight time line. Thank you for getting the plans done so promptly and formatted for council.
Your suggestions and quality of work is first class. Although we are still waiting on council final approval the builder has started on all the internal work and has commented on your design configurations are creative but at the same time practical.
Alex and I enjoyed working with you and hope we have the opportunity to do so again sometime in the future, that is, if we have another renovation left in us.
Hope you will come and visit the house on completion.
Look forward to staying in touch.
When my wife, Kim Hoggard and I asked Marie to help us design a sunroom in our coastal home
we had a clear rationale for the addition but an openness to the many concepts possible.
Imagining and drawing beautifully a number of roofing possibilities included a very good assessment
of falling light and shade patterns.
Appreciating the volatile weather and possible future climate extremes also figured in our design
to balance light and protection from fierce summer heat.
Marie outlined some challenges in combining older rooflines and the new ceiling heights we wanted
but she also found the technical solutions.
Our family has always enjoyed the process of creating a warm and inviting living environment and from the
start Marie was able to pick up our thoughts and express them in her very successful design.
We are delighted with Marie’s design and the clear and cheerful way she works. Highly recommended!
Marie Mattinson, was responsible for the whole design and consulted on the build of our house in Curl Curl. It was a complete rebuild and Marie worked with our builder to create our dream home. At the time we were living in Singapore so Marie was key point of contact. She advised us on, colours, carpentry, taps, tiles, lights and more. We couldn’t have done it without her and our home was perfect thanks to Marie.- Andrew and Virginia Longfellow