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Cutting costs: What are Amelia Lee’s non-negotiables?


Everyone wants to know how to budget for your renovation, effectively cut costs, where to save and how to compromise. But what are Amelia’s Lee’s NON-NEGIOTABLES when designing your home or renovating?

1. Get the orientation of your house right

Your home should be designed to respond to the movement of the sun. In the long term, this will save you money on cooling and heating costs. Utilise the natural light, which is not only good for your wellbeing but used practically, can save on having to use lights in the daytime.

2. Getting the ‘container’ right

Perhaps you can’t afford your gourmet dream kitchen now, but the quality and design of the house structure are what will count more in the long term. Don’t scrimp on the ceiling heights, the proportion of rooms, number of windows, etc. These are areas which will be very expensive to redo down the track. If you have to compromise, do it with the kitchen design, less joinery, cheaper fittings and fixtures – the things that can be more easily updated or added in the future.

Watch this segment, where Amelia and Deborah talk more about compromising.
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About Amelia Lee – Undercover Architect

Amelia Lee is the architect behind Undercover Architect. Undercover Architect operates mainly online to help homeowners (especially women) design and plan their future new homes and renovations. Think of it as your secret ally in getting it right, and saving time, money and stress – whoever you’re working with to create or transform your home.

Watch more from our interview with Amelia:

I’ve got an Undercover Architect on the job!

How did the Undercover Architect journey start?

How do you select the right architect?

Do I need a project manager for my renovation?

Should you move in before renovating or renovate before you move in?

We ask Amelia Lee: How do you select the right builder?0

How to preplan your joinery needs for your renovation

How to ask the right questions so you’re on the front foot with your builders and architects

How do I know if I am being taken for a ride?


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