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$150 (inc. GST)


$400 (inc. GST)

What you get


Concise written format full of explanatory images and diagrams.


6.1 Room sizes and guidelines Room dimensions for all the rooms in the house and useful guidelines to keep in mind when you are designing your concept plans.

6.2 Example Plans: Room layout options prepared at 1:100 scale, providing an extensive range of alternatives to solve your design problems. They include dimensions and furniture to help you create plans that function effectively. Living areas (lounge, kitchen, dining, outdoor living), main bedroom suite, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry, stairs, entry and garage.


Access to the Renovation Collaborative Community (Private Facebook Group). Search for answers and ask your questions.

About the Course

Concept Design is the most critical design stage in the whole house design process.

In this very first design stage, you work out everything that matters. The rooms you need, their sizes and how they are arranged and function, building form and roof, how the house responds to sun and breeze, your site and surroundings.

80% of the value is created in the Concept Design stage.

All the design stages after Concept Design are simply about bringing your concept to life; Designing your exterior and interiors, creating drawings, and choosing materials and products so your home can be approved, priced and constructed. Design continues through construction as decisions are made about details, paint colours and other bits and pieces until the house is complete.

In this course I cover the critical information you need to know to prepare a great Concept Design. I give you design theory, practical tools, creative design ideas, plenty of examples and explanatory videos.

I also provide an optional LIVE ONLINE CLASSROOM where I demonstrate how to solve design problems with live design examples and discussion. Plus you have the opportunity to ask questions about your house plans and ideas.

Whether your project is big or small, whether you want to start right at the beginning and learn everything you can, or if you just need some smart plan ideas.  This course will give you all the professional information and advice you need to create an excellent home and a great investment.


In this course I guide you step by step through the process of creating a great Concept Design.

I start with design theory, practical tools, creative design ideas, and plenty of examples.

  • Lesson 1. Design is Problem-Solving explains the cyclical process of design to solve problems.
  • Lesson 2. House Functionality covers practical information, room sizes, layouts and smart ideas to make your house function effectively to meet your needs.
  • Lesson 3. House Exterior Form and Roof, provides design strategies to help you create a functional and aesthetic exterior form.
  • Lesson 4. Environmental Floor plans Recaps on the basics covered in Course 1. Environmental Design.
  • Lesson 5. Materials and Structure explains the typical wall thicknesses and materials to use in your Concept Floor Plan so your drawings make structural sense.
  • Lesson 6. Add value not just cost coveres rules for renovating on budget, plus the key inclusions to consider that will add value and those to avoid.

In the final lesson, I show you how to combine all the information you have learned and start designing.

  • Lesson 7. How to design shows you the tools you need and some smart ways to put a great Concept Design together through a combination of hand drawing, free computer 3D tools and floor plan examples. I give you video examples to show you how its done.


In the previous courses I showed you how to prepare some important pieces of information that will help you create a fabulous concept design tailored to your needs and site. Have the following information  in front of you when you start your Concept Design drawings:

Course 2. Design Brief and Budget

  • Your completed design brief checklists and ideas. Concept design starts with all the big-picture dreams and ideas. Refer to the following checklists you created as you design to ensure you have included everything.

Course 5. Site Information & Regulations

  • Your base plan, to ensure that your design considers all the site information you have gathered about your land, existing house and climate.

Live Online Classroom

Prefer to learn in a classroom format, with the opportunity to ask questions about your home design?

Find out more about the Course 6. Concept Design: Live Online Classroom.



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