Matt and Georgina, Brise Solei, Balmain
In late 2006, we were considering options for alterations to our home.
We wanted to involve an architect so we scoured the internet, magazines and other sources for photographs of properties. We also looked around our area and asked our friends.
That was how we were introduced to Shaun Carter and carterwilliamson.
While it is one thing to look at photographs of an architect’s portfolio, it is another to meet with them and to discuss your respective ideas on a design for your home. What stood out for us with Shaun when we met him, was that he was one of those relatively rare people who have a real passion and enthusiasm for what they do.
Shaun genuinely believes that architects can, through their designs, make a positive contribution to people’s lives and the communities in which they live. During the period of our project (about 3 years from the start of design until we moved in) it was always evident that whilst design was very important for Shaun, the process involved more than that – it was also about how the completed project would enhance our lives.
We can say without hesitation that it has done that.
While Shaun has a real passion for what he does and his ideas, in our experience that is not to the exclusion of the needs and ideas of those for whom he works. He was always very conscious of our requirements and our ideas. At our first meeting, he wanted to hear what we had in mind for the property and tasked us with preparing a design brief setting out our needs and ideas. Throughout the design process, Shaun was at pains to ensure that the design met our needs.
Shaun came up with a creative and innovative design for our home. He had to work within narrow constraints – a small block of land in a conservation area of Balmain with a small two-room worker’s cottage of heritage significance set back relatively deep on the block. His design for a two storey pavilion joined to the worker’s cottage by a light link section containing the main entrance is sympathetic to the old cottage and its surrounds whilst providing a modern home full of light and space, embracing concepts of ecologically sustainable development. We will enjoy living here for many years to come.
Shaun (along with Patrick Fitzgerald from carterwilliamson) saw the project through to completion. Having them involved was invaluable because they had the eye for improvements that can be made during construction.
Given our experience working with Shaun and carterwilliamson, we would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.
Georgina Foster and Matthew Garey