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The Brave New Eco consulting services provide you with incredible access to our highest value offering - our design thinking and expertise.
Whether you are an owner-builder or working with another designer/draftsperson, we apply our best thinking to your project for you to realise with your team. This service has been created to allow projects with all type of budgets to have access to excellent design thinking and to ensure more projects reach the sustainable outcomes that are so important in this day and age.
Megan has consulted on residential design projects for 14 years and worked with over 100 clients.
Our consultation packages start at $790 + GST.
PACKAGE #1: RENOVATION, RETROFIT AND NEW BUILD CONCEPT DESIGN REVIEW
We work collaboratively with homeowners to assess and help resolve their renovation and or new build plans to make sure their resources are maximised, design problems have are solved, and that diverse design objectives are met. This consulting package provides a review of the potential of your existing concept designs from a suitability and functionality perspective. and examines these three questions:
Have the original requirements of your brief been met?
Is this design maximising the potential of your existing interior and exterior spaces?
How functional will the interior layout be on an everyday basis?
You provide any property information, existing conditions and concept designs to us for assessment before we meet, as well as your original brief. This consulting package can be delivered more than once at different stages of your design development; however, ideally, we meet at the spatial planning or concept stage.
PACKAGE #2: DESIGN POTENTIAL CONSULTATION FOR YOUR EXISTING HOME
This service involves an inspection of your home and property to gather important information about the existing building, architectural features and surrounding environment. We spend time discussing the way you live, how you intend to use the house, and what human and economic resources are available to achieve your goals. With this information, we explore how to maximise the existing features of your home and how to improve the layout for functionality and lifestyle, and what is going to be relevant and effective for your particular situation. We identify what potential outcomes are feasible with the time and financial resources you have.
PACKAGE #3: SUSTAINABLE RETROFIT CONSULTATION FOR YOUR EXISTING HOME
This service involves an inspection of your home and property to gather relevant information about the orientation, existing technologies, current thermal and insulative qualities, lighting, passive heating and cooling potential. We spend time discussing the way you live, how long the occupants intend to live in the house, how to increase comfort and health in the house, and what human and economic resources are available. With this information we can outline the potential of your home from a sustainability perspective, and what is going to be the most effective, practical and feasible.
PACKAGE #4: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN REVIEW
Have all the possible opportunities for sustainable design improvements been included in your renovation or new home design?
• Passive solar design - the potential for passive heating and cooling
• Draft proofing and retro-fitting insulation
• Auxiliary heating and cooling
• Hot water heating
• Renewable energy
• Rainwater harvesting and grey-water use
• Energy efficient appliances
• Lighting, power saving technology
• Cross-flow and passive stack ventilation
• Adapting spaces to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle
• High-performance windows and coverings
• Energy-efficient Appliances
• Non-toxic materials
Read more about this consult here.
PACKAGE #5: PERMACULTURE HOLISTIC REVIEW
This approach looks at the property through a permaculture lens as a holistic system. We analyse patterns of use, resource inputs and outputs, ecological features, social context and sustainable potential.
PACKAGE #6: SPECIFICATION REVIEW
This consulting service reviews your specifications schedules to question:
Is there enough detail to achieve the outcome you desire? What elements are missing?
Are the material, fittings and fixtures and equipment choices in line with the style and mood you want to create?
Have you chosen the best choice items within your budget bracket?
What items do you feel are unresolved and need further options?
How sustainable and healthy are the specified materials and technologies?
What are the best quality options in your budget bracket?
WHAT OUR CONSULTING CLIENTS SAY
“Megan is a pleasure to work with. She comes with a unique set of skills that are not common, sadly, in the market place of designers, architects, builders etc. I think having the Permaculture Design Course training is so important for people working in this area, and Megan seems to be deeply imbued in the permaculture way of thinking. As a result of her input, I have been able to reframe the project and incorporate each separate aspect into a more holistic vision, so that hopefully less energy input can create a more refined, useful and beautiful result. I would happily recommend Megan to other prospective projects.”
- Melissa Abrahams: permaculture design consulting for a new family house/retreat centre
"With Megan's assistance we have drastically improved the (existing) design to include: improved layout, solar orientation, water harvesting and solar energy requirements. Megan is a good communicator and was very attuned to what we were trying to achieve."
- Mary and David Apps: sustainable design consulting for new build - Surrey Hills, Melbourne