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Hello, I'm Boyd.
We hear the word “passion” thrown around almost everywhere in business, but what does this truly mean? For me, it means absolutely everything.
There’s no doubt I love what I do. However, the passion I have is for my clients; I genuinely care about them doing the right thing by themselves. This is evident in everything I do and is what Boyd Design represents.
My heart & soul are poured in to every home I design. I’m certainly no “yes man” and I will definitely challenge your ideas to ensure your home is perfect for you in every way, now and ten years from now. Your new home will fit your family like a glove, guaranteed.
Experience the Difference!
Open, Honest Communication
To me, this is the single most important aspect of home design. Open, honest communication is paramount in ensuring your home design will respond to your needs and those of your family in every respect.
Have you experienced or heard of massive budget blow-outs with architects or designers? I hear about these situations regularly. Why do they happen? Because of a lack of honest communication and a good deal of assumption.
The client says “But we gave you a budget of $500k, your quote is $750k”. The architect or builder replies “But you said you wanted this, that and the other”. This happens more often than I care to imagine, its shocking.
We discuss your budget, in detail, in advance. If you ask to add items along the way, which I believe will blow your budget, I’ll speak up. I’m not afraid of offending you in this way because I have your best interests at heart.
Meaningful, Written Guarantees
We buy a $19 toaster, it comes with a 12 month warranty. We engage the services of an architect or designer for thousands of dollars, not a warranty in sight. I actually believe we are the only design firm, throughout Australia, including any form of written warranty.
When comparing the cost of architectural services, people often focus on the dollars alone. Yet there much more important stuff to consider. I can’t stress enough how important these are, they can actually save you plenty.
A client shared this. The architect presented the plans for their home addition and said “These plans are far in excess of your budget and won’t get through council as they are, but they’re a good starting point”. What?
The client paid tens of thousands for these plans and they’re useless in every respect. Mind you, they did look impressive. I hear stories like this on a regular basis. Would this happen if the architect guaranteed his work? No, most certainly not. And his services actually cost far more than mine.
Absolutely Love to be Challenged
Are you wondering how to piece together your new home? Do you like the kitchen in one, the bathroom in another and the elevation in yet another home? Are you confused and concerned about being understood?
I’ve successfully designed homes for clients who’ve had absolutely no idea what they wanted and designed homes via email alone. What makes this possible is genuine the care I have for for my clients. Each design presents its own set of challenges, some more than others.
Call me crazy, but I do love to be challenged. So there really is no need for you to even think about how your home will work, that would be my job. All you need do is describe your home to me and tell the budget you have. The rest would be my job, and I get most 90% right the first time.
Anyone can design a house. Designing a home which responds to the needs of its owners in every respect, flows effortlessly and is practical to live with takes honesty, genuine care & passion.
Stunning Landscape Design Included
When comparing our services with others, this important aspect of our services is often overlooked. I view the landscape as the other half of the home. After all, many of us virtually live in our landscapes.
Designing the pool & landscape, concurrently with the house, is paramount if the two are to flow effortlessly and complement each other. Take a look at some of my house plans to appreciate what I’m talking about.
Having designed stunning pools & landscapes for more than three decades, the designs I produce are far more than a line sketch saying “pool by owner”. They form an integral part of every home I design.
Yet when comparing the cost of our services, this is often overlooked. The value of this services is an average of $8.5k, yet I include it complimentary within my home design services. I actually deliver far more than most.
Tendering Without Kickbacks
Builders & home sales consultants contact me regularly to ask if I can throw some building work their way. My reply is usually “Provide me with some current & past job addresses, along with the contact details of some clients, and I’ll consider it”.
We shoot the breeze a little and eventually this question pops up. “So what amount do you usually charge as a referral fee?” When I respond with “I don’t actually charge referral fees”, they virtually fall off their chair.
“You’re the only one that doesn’t” or “What?, you’re an orphan”. they often reply. I simply don’t believe in this. How can any architect, designer or building broker say they have your back when they take such fees? If a builder is paying a referral 3% fee, the cost of your build rises by 3%.
I can hear this scenario. “Sorry Mrs Jones, it looks like you’ll have to sacrifice that home office; it’s blown the budget”. Or should this person be saying “I’m not prepared to sacrifice the excess money I’m paid for nothing, the office has to go”.
Many people think building brokers save you money, and they often market themselves as such. “We saved Mr & Mrs Jones tens of thousands”, they’ll say. “Because of our volume, we save you money”. What an absolute pile of BS this is. Tendering simply results in several quotes and a variation in quotes is normal, not a saving. I’ve had quote variations in the hundreds of thousands. Did I save my clients money? No, I simply requested several quotes. I did my job. Do I get paid by the winning builder? No. If I did, you would be paying for this.
Love Dealing with Councils
Most of you actually detest, or are somewhat nervous about, dealing with councils. I actually love it. Call me crazy, but I do. Theoretically, every home should pass through council with ease and most actually do.
However, there are times when we need to push the envelope. In some cases, local development policies of some councils are detrimental to successfully building a practical home. There have been numerous circumstances whereby my designs have been challenged.
Story time. A client called me from the council office while attempting to lodge their application. She said “Boyd, I’m at the council and they said the plans won’t pass. “Why?” I asked. “Something to do with the corner setback, anyway they say it won’t get approved”.
“There’s nothing wrong, submit the application”, I said. “Boyd, the council said they won’t pass!”. “They’re wrong, submit the plans”. She reluctantly did so. Ten days later the plans were approved. I love dealing with councils!
Interior Design Assistance
The interior design of your home plays an important role in the design of your new home, so I need to understand what look you’re going for. How can I design your home if I don’t understand your style? I can’t. I’m a very visual person, I can actually see your home in my head as I design.
Many home designers focus on the walls, the spaces; leaving the finishing of your home in your hands. I simply don’t get this and its the reason so many home designers produce bland, featureless plans.
I’m a visual person, so I need to understand you, your style and how you function as a family before I can design your home. I need to know if creating a recess for the piano is required, if your child needs a bookcase or if Dad loves restoring cars. I need to know you.
How any home designer can move forward without completely understanding you, the needs of your family or your style is beyond me. Yet many do. As a result, these homes often fall short in many areas.
I could ramble on and on about these and other matters all day. There are tons of interesting stories I’d love to share with you. Some of great triumphs, some unbelievable stories from people in respect of their design & building experiences, stories about councils, engineers and builders. I seriously could go on and on. Should you meet me, you’ll soon realise that I do love to talk. But I also love to listen.
I’m confident many clients may consider me a little strange, I know I do. I believe what I’ve written here is a fair representation of myself. However, I also invite you to speak with some past clients. Simply request some names & numbers.
Thanks for reading this. Boyd.
What some clients have said
As a visual person, I have the ability to see my designs in my head before they are built. When looking at my plans, some people often wonder why I design certain elements the way I have.
Early on, the bricklayer for a three storey home in Halls Head was asking himself why I had designed certain elements the way I had, making his job more complex. Once the home was finished, he said “Now I can see why, it looks amazing”.
Bricklayer, Halls Head.
When you said you’d get it right the first time, we just thought that was just part of your sales pitch. But you did just that and we’re absolutely blown away.
Sadly, things happen and not all our home designs get built. The reasons for this are numerous and life happens to us all. With an impressive undercroft area, the plans for this Coogee home attract attention from all over Australia.
Boyd Design provided a professional service developing a bespoke house design for our steep block of land. We had a challenging set of constraints and he worked with us to develop a design that would encompass our requirements and maximise the views.
Working with Boyd while we were living & working in China, our home was designed via email. As such, we really didn’t know what to expect. We were blown away by Boyd’s design.
When asked if they’d sell their home for a handsome profit, Tiffany replied… Sell it? No way, we love it. Everything about it just works so well for us.
This is another case where I originally met these lovely people to the renovation of their existing home. What they had in mind was not going to add value and I advised them against it. Kicking off with the renovation design, the seed grew and they eventually saw the light
Boyd designed our new house from scratch, it is in the council approval stage now. I am very pleased I chose Boyd, he’s much more than an designer. He has an artistic mind and a great eye for detail which creates a wow factor for his designs.
The existing home, which was to be demolished, was the remains of a home which had been cut in two. Engineering was a nightmare, but nothing Boyd Design couldn’t overcome.
When collecting their plans from the Council, the Council fellow said “We can’t fault these plans at all, everything is spot on. This has never happened before, you should hold on to this guy”.
This is testimony to the genuine passion we talk about. These are not just mere words, these are our DNA. No matter what Council and no matter how challenging the design, you can rest assured we will get it spot on.
City of Armadale
Boyd has exceptional interpersonal skills and constantly demonstrates that he understands our needs and wishes. He has proven to be patient and flexible beyond a fault.
Even when we changed our plans by purchasing the block next door Boyd was not fazed and started anew with a completely different plan, scope and outcome of the design. Exceptional client focus rarely seen in today’s world.
We first met Boyd five years before we engaged his services. This was for a home addition design. Boyd was so honest, he advised against us undertaking the renovation because it wouldn’t add value to our home, he talked himself out of a job!
Now in our new home, we sat down and asked each other what we’d change about our house. Neither of us could come up with one single thing. Even the trades people were impressed!
All our friends with canal homes have really low ceilings in their undercroft areas. Right from the outset, Boyd said he’d never design a home with such low ceilings. He said he wouldn’t have a low ceiling, so why should we. He’s a man of his word!
Now everyone keeps asking how we achieved such a high ceiling level in the undercroft, combined with high ceilings to the other floor levels and such a high pitched roof at the same time!
Ashley, Halls Head.
Why not get the ball rolling?