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The ONE thing you can’t renovate without.

Block Insider - resident architect Julian Brenchley says there’s one essential thing you absolutely cannot do without when it comes to designing your new home or renovating - an architect. 

“I think there is something to be said about using professionals to help with the creation of the built environment,” he explains.

“Any builder can build a building, but it’s more about how that fits into the built environment, and how you approach internal amenities - how people use buildings.

“The spaces, the light, the sustainability - there is a whole matrix of things.”

Any builder can build a building, but it’s more about how that fits into the built environment, and how you approach internal amenities - how people use buildings.

Architect Julian Brenchley Julian says architects take a whole matrix of things into account when planning a renovation

Julian believes that if you are going to spend money renovating - you may as well have the assurance that things are being done right.

“There’s almost an obligation,” he insists. “If you are going to spend big money and use a lot of resources, you might as well give it your best shot.

Architect Julian Brenchley Julian has worked on The Block since the beginning in 2003

If you are going to spend big money and use a lot of resources, you might as well give it your best shot

“There is no point in wasting resources, and building something from brand new that looks like it needs to be renovated.”

He says he believes we’re all beginning to see the inherent importance of using trained architects for our building projects.

“The marketplace seems to be getting more educated in that respect now,” he says. “It’s not so much ‘Why would you use an architect?’, it’s now like, ‘Why wouldn’t you?’

Julian Brenchley
Award-winning architect Julian Brenchley has worked on every series of The Block since 2003. He is also the owner of two successful architectural practices, in Sydney and Melbourne. Julian has a specific interest in environmentally sustainable design and works with his clients - both private and commercial - to integrate this into everything he does. 

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