From small renovations to brand new homes, Freckle Architecture specialises in creating bespoke architecturally-designed homes tailored to a client’s individual lifestyle and to fit with the beautiful coastal environment.
Registered architect and director, Shinae Vredenbregt says our homes are an important part of our lives and should operate to suit us.
“Beyond the basic design principals of good solar orientation and maximising natural light to your home, each and every one of us will have different requirements,” she explains. “This is the basis of the company name ‘Freckle Architecture’ – celebrating the unique.”
Able to take on works within all project stages, Freckle can adapt its architectural services depending on the scope of works required, ranging from a basic building package to a fully specified drawing package.
3D modeling services, including realistic model views and video animation of internal and external areas of the design, are available, allowing the client to completely visualise their home rather than interpreting the information through two-dimensional plans and drawings.
When it comes to bringing a vision to life, it’s a benefit to be dealing directly with the person designing and documenting your project, and this is exactly the individual service Freckle offers.
Shinae believes that great architecture is a team effort between client, architect and builder. Having had experience in the construction process, this allows her to take on each project with a unique and holistic approach.
“Good design is a balance of being practical, understanding how the project is put together on site combined with good design principals,” she says.
“I have designed and built homes with my partner, who has over 15 years of experience as a carpenter working for the family building business. Being hands on during the builds has given me a view from a different perspective, interpreting my own drawings on site and building from them.
“Being part of the construction process, I have gained a deeper understanding of construction methods and details and the time involved in bringing the drawings into a built product.”
Shinae says a current focus for the company is to develop knowledge and experience within, to one day be the business setting a high benchmark for others in the industry.
“2021 is going to see a shift for many businesses,” Shinae says. “Climate change is pushing the construction industry to become more energy efficient and think about our choices … We will be dedicating resources to gain knowledge into how architects can make a difference with climate change, specifying more efficient and sustainable products and services and trying to promote home designs to reach a higher standard than the current requirement of a 6 star energy rating.”
Shinae is enrolled to become a Certified Passive House Designer in 2021.
“Passive Houses are healthy and extremely efficient homes which will also reduce the running costs.
“Freckle is also currently offsetting the offices carbon footprint by planting trees with Ecologi and growing a company forest through a collaboration with Eden Projects.
“The biggest influence we can have is changing the way we build, looking deeper into the products we are using … and reviewing the environmental impacts of our choices.”
Freckle Architecture, Ocean Grove. Opens 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday. Inquiries: 0422 687 188 or visit www.frecklearchitecture.com.au. Instagram: @freckle.architecture