Jacob Harris's blog - Aug 2016

A stunning garden that won't cost the earth     by   Jacob Harris

30 August 2016

With winter finally coming to a close, many of us are looking forward to donning our gardening gloves and making our outdoor areas shine again...


Step-by-step garden edging for the DIY enthusiast     by   Jacob Harris

29 August 2016

One of the easiest ways to add structure to your yard is by clearly defining your garden edging. Installing landscape edging is an easy DIY project that can enhance the aesthetics of your yard by separating the lawn from the garden bed...


Doing more with less: the 5 x 4 Hayes Lane Project     by   Jacob Harris

12 August 2016

When advertising photographer Ralph Alphonso finished building on his block of land in East Melbourne, he was left with a small parcel of remaining land with a run-down shed on it and not much else...

8 mind-bending Japanese houses     by   Jacob Harris

11 August 2016

Japan is well known for its left-of-centre approach to residential architecture. The nation’s infatuation with everything new drives an innovative, and often bizarre, approach to housing design that many Japanese architects are renowned for. Here are eight of our favourite examples. 1...

Batman House wins 'Excellence in Use of Steel' at BDAV awards     by   Jacob Harris

11 August 2016

Sited on an ex-pastoral 1.2 hectare allotment, the rural setting offers magnificent views to Australia’s first ‘cable-stayed’ Batman Bridge. Importantly, its architectural form connects the cues taken from the distinctive landmark Bridge...

Repurpose under-used areas in the backyard     by   Jacob Harris

05 August 2016

Make the most of the backyard by transforming forgotten areas into useful spaces. Build a veggie garden in an unused corner, convert the soggy side of your home into a beautiful feature path or bring the family together by transforming a bland backyard with a lively fire pit...


Artisan Apartments awarded Building Design of the Year at BDAV Awards 2016     by   Jacob Harris

01 August 2016

The Artisan Apartments is an exemplar multi-residential project. The quality of site response, apartment design and sustainability is outstanding. An unusual orientation of 28o off north meant a clever response was required to optimise passive solar design for all proposed apartments...