Learn how to Renovate with

the complete insider’s

Guide to renovating

Highly respected Architect Stephanie Skyring collaborates with industry and trade professionals to bring you her Complete Home Design Guide. It includes 11 easy to read online courses that guide you through the entire home design and construction process.

Stephanie cuts through the often conflicting mountain of online information to bring you an easy to understand, step-by-step online guide.

Practical, actionable information which will demystify the process and allow you to move your project forward with confidence, saving time and money.

All courses contain environmental ideas to make your home design and build project a smarter investment for you, your family and our world.

All 11 courses are online and can be accessed immediately. Each course takes about an hour to read and can be completed at your own pace. 

Buy the Complete Home Design Guide and get access to all 11 courses, or buy the individual course you need.  It’s your choice!

Start with Course 1. Environmental Design: Common sense basics you didn’t know.
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COURSE CONTENTS & COSTS

Renovations and new houses come in all shapes and sizes. So when it comes to finding answers, everyone has different needs.

The courses are available individually or in a variety of bundles so you can choose the best fit for your needs and budget.

Complete Home Design Guide

Thinking of a large renovation or new house?

The Complete Home Design Guide bundle includes all of the Renovation Collaborative courses and online resources.

Find out everything you need to know, save time and money, and don’t cut corners.

Complete Home Design Guide

The Complete Home Design Guide bundle gives you access to all of the Renovation Collaborative online resources, including:

What’s not included?
The Live Online Classrooms. Why? The information in the online courses and the discussion on the Private Facebook Group will answer most of your questions. If you need more specific design information when you have read all the online courses, you can always book into the Live Online Classrooms individually.

$790

Individual Courses

Buying a house, planning a smaller renovation or just want to dip your toe in and find out what it is all about?

Just buy one course!

Find out more about the contents and costs of all 11 individual courses and the Live Online Classrooms:

GETTING STARTED
Learn the critical information you need BEFORE you start design, and save time and money. I show you how to investigate the opportunities and constraints of your existing house and site as well as the applicable regulations and approvals.

01

Environmental Design: Common sense basics you didn’t know

Learn smart practical features to make your home more comfortable, valuable and future proof. Find out how Climate Responsive Design and Passiv Haus work and whether they are right for you. Make the best decisions you can for your family, your lifestyle, your budget, and our world…LEARN MORE

02

Houses: What to Look For and Avoid

Find out what whether the house you are planning to buy or renovate has great potential and is worth renovating or if you are better off selling. Get professional information and make the right decision…LEARN MORE

03

Design Brief and Budget

“A project is only ever as good as the design brief”. Get your design brief right and add maximum comfort and resale value. I help you create your design brief and provide comprehensive checklists of ideas and critical information to consider…LEARN MORE

04

What consultants do I need?

I provide information about all the typical consultants you are likely to come across to help you make the right decisions for your needs and budget. I cover Architects, building designers and drafters, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, town planners, building certifiers, cost estimators, interior designers, interior decorators, landscape architects and landscape designers…LEARN MORE
CONCEPT & COSTING
Everything you need to know to create a fabulous Concept Design for your renovation or new home. Plus how to calculate if your design ideas are feasible.

05

Site Investigation and Regulations

Site investigation involves finding all the critical information about your house, land and surrounds that you must address in your Concept Design. I guide you through what you need to know, the process to find it and where to find help…LEARN MORE

06

Concept Design

“80% of property value is created during Concept Design”. This first design stage is about working out everything that matters; room sizes and how they are arranged to optimise functionality and aesthetics, building form and roof, how the house responds to sun, breeze and your site and surroundings. I give you design theory, practical tools, creative design ideas, and examples to help you get your Concept Design right…LEARN MORE

Course 06. Concept Design – Live Online Classroom

If you have any questions after reading the Course 06. Concept Design, book into a Live Online Classroom. I demonstrate how to solve design problems with live design drawing examples and discussion. Send in your house plans and we can discuss your questions during the class. Each classroom session is tailored to the needs of the group on the day…LEARN MORE

$400

07

Budget & Feasibility

Knowing the right amount to spend, and investigating whether your design ideas are feasible before you go too far is critical. Get clear on your budget and design costs and prevent stressful and unnecessary cost blowouts…LEARN MORE
DRAWINGS & SELECTION
Find out how to develop your Concept Design plans and ideas into a home with a professional exterior and interior design.

08

Exterior Design

“Don’t make the DIY error of designing your home from the inside out and overlook the exterior design!” I show you how to create exterior elevations that look fantastic, function properly to suit your climate, and are environmentally responsible. I give you practical tools, examples, explanatory images and material and product selection advice…LEARN MORE

Course 08. Exterior Design – Live Online Classroom

If you have any questions after reading the Course 08. Exterior Design, book into a Live Online Classroom. I demonstrate how to solve design problems with live design drawing examples and discussion. Send in your house plans and we can discuss your questions during the class. Each classroom session is tailored to the needs of the group on the day…LEARN MORE

$400

09

Interior Design & Lighting

“Learn how to design interiors that do much more than just look good!” I show you how to create kitchens, bathrooms and other interior spaces that look fantastic, function properly to suit your needs, and are environmentally responsible. I give you practical tools, examples, explanatory images and material and product selection advice…LEARN MORE

Course 09. Interior Design & Lighting – Live Online Classroom

If you have any questions after reading the Course 09. Interior Design & Lighting, book into a Live Online Classroom. I demonstrate how to solve design problems with live design drawing examples and discussion. Send in your house plans and we can discuss your questions during the class. Each classroom session is tailored to the needs of the group on the day…LEARN MORE

$400

CONSTRUCTION
Get ready to build! Learn everything you need to get the best results on site and create your dream home just as you imagined.

10

Builders, Pricing, Approval and Contracts

Finding a quality builder is one of the most important tasks of your home renovation journey yet it’s often given no-where near enough consideration. I guide you through the final critical steps involved in getting onto site. Don’t go into construction with your fingers crossed. Get the professional know-how and make the right decisions…LEARN MORE

11

Construction & Maintenance

I guide you step by step through the whole construction process. I tell you what’s going to happen, who is involved and what they do. And most importantly, what is expected of you and when. I provide all the critical information you need to give you construction site confidence. And finally, I give you advice on effective, environmental cleaning products to maintain your new home in good condition for the long term…LEARN MORE

Design Stage Bundles

Investigating whether to renovate or sell, designing your interiors, or starting construction? 

Buy a Design Stage Bundle and save!

Note: Live Online Classrooms are not included in the Design Stage Bundles

GETTING STARTED BUNDLE

In the GETTING STARTED BUNDLE I tell you everything you need to know before you start design. It includes the following four courses:

$202.50

CONCEPT & COSTING BUNDLE

In the CONCEPT AND COSTING BUNDLE I share the secrets of professional concept design to add comfort and value. I tell you where to find the regulations you need to consider, and help you work out if your design ideas are within your budget. It includes the following three courses:

$270

DRAWINGS & SELECTIONS BUNDLE

The DRAWINGS & SELECTIONS BUNDLE is perfect if you already have preliminary plans drafted, but you want to improve the look of the proposed house exterior. Plus you need help with design and selection of finishes for your interiors (kitchen, bathrooms, laundry etc). It includes the following two courses:

$270

CONSTRUCTION BUNDLE

In the CONSTRUCTION BUNDLE I give you the tools to help you find a reliable builder and get the right price. Plus I step you through what happens during construction so you can be prepared with all the information you need and avoid time delays. It includes the following two courses:

$135

COURSE FEATURES

ALL ONLINE COURSES INCLUDE:

Practical, actionable written content supported by explanatory information including:

  • Diagrams and images
  • Floor plans and drawing examples with all the dimensions and technical information you need to know.
  • Template Excel schedules and Word documents
  • Useful checklists

All 11 courses are online and can be accessed immediately.

Each course takes about an hour to read and can be completed at your own pace.

THE THREE DESIGN COURSES ALSO INCLUDE:

A live online classroom

The Live Online Classrooms take a deep dive into Design to help you solve your design problems and add real value to your home.

  • Stephanie guides the class through the course content focussing on areas where participants have questions.
  • Participants may send in their drawings for discussion during the class. Each class participant will be allocated 15-20mins to discuss their drawings and ask questions. Stephanie will provide general educational advice and sketch solutions for discussion.
  • It’s a great opportunity to directly ask Stephanie questions and learn from others.

Stephanie offers a Live Online Classroom for:

The Live Online Classrooms are an optional extra after reading the written online course.

They are conducted in a live Zoom seminar format for a maximum of 12 class participants.

Where do I start?

Whatever you are planning, always start with Course 1. Environmental Design. The information you learn will add value, save money and give you a more comfortable home, regardless of your project budget.

Next, choose the option below that best suits you. 

Buying a house?

Start at:

Course 2. Houses: What to Look For and Avoid

This course will give you the professional information you need to make the right decision and a great investment.

Deciding whether to renovate or sell?

Start at:

Course 2. Houses: What to Look For and Avoid

This course will give you the professional information you need to determine if your house is worth renovating.

After Course 2, if  you decide to look further at renovating, keep working through the courses in order. The more information you gather, the clearer your answer will become. By the end of Course 7. Budget & Feasibility (if not before) you will know whether to renovate or sell.

Starting a renovation or new house?

Start at the very beginning:

Course 1. Environmental Design: Common sense basics you didn’t know.

Start with the basics and learn everything you can. Construction is expensive so it pays to get informed, regardless of whether you are designing and managing your project yourself, or working with a design professional.

Renovating a kitchen, bathroom or other small upgrade?

Start at:

Course 6. Concept Design

Ensure your floor plan layout is right before you start changing finishes in kitchens and bathrooms. It may add more value and comfort to make some minor plan re-arrangements first.

Course 9. Interior Design & Lighting.

This course takes you into the technical and design detail of designing interiors, making material and product selections, and choosing lighting. Smart ideas for any budget.

HOW TO USE RENOVATION COLLABORATIVE

Let’s get started!

Follow these steps to make the most of everything Renovation Collaborative has to offer. The courses and resources are designed to help and guide you every step of the way:

Step 1. Read the Online Courses

Work your way through the written online courses and attachments so you understand where you are going.

Step 2. Gather information

In each course I list the information you need and where to find it.

For example, you may need to talk to your local council town planner, discuss your project with consultants, or select appliances and find their dimensions and installation clearance requirements.

Once you have read all the courses and know what to do, go and gather the information you need.

Step 3. Start designing

When you have all your information, get started on design! If you need a refresher, refer back to the course or attached checklists and examples. Or sign up for a Live Online Classroom to ask questions and take a deep dive into design.

Live Online Classrooms: Find more information and a booking calendar on the Course 6, 8 and 9 information pages.

Step 4. Find answers if you get stuck

If you get stuck along the way, you can find reliable answers in three places:

1. MEMBERSHIP

When you buy any course you receive complimentary access to the Renovation Collaborative Community. Search past discussions for your answer. Or ask your question and have it answered by Architect Stephanie Skyring and other like minded home renovators in our Private Facebook Group.

2. PODCASTS

Search the topics you need to know about on the Podcast website page.  The podcast, show summary and full transcripts are all there, containing links to all people, services and products discussed (and they’re all free!).

3. LIVE ONLINE CLASSROOMS

The Live Online Classrooms are offered as an additional extra if you need them, after you have purchased the corresponding written online course content. Join a live online classroom and ask questions about your home renovation project.

 

 

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