Seen a colour you like?-Use your phone to identify it!

Our interior designer Peta Cahill has brought to our attention a couple of great iPhone apps which let you select and identify any colour you may come across when you are out and about. The first, from New Zealand paint manufacturer Resene, is called ColourMatch, and it gives instant access to thousands of Resene spectrum colours enabling matching from any image taken on your iPhone. The second is part of the Adobe 'Ideas' app, a digital sketchbook for people on the go. Selected images can be analysed and the component colours identified from the Pantone palette. The good news is that both...Continue Reading

NSW Govt Announces a new Funded Housing Supply Strategy with a $20,000 Cap on Section 94 contributions

The NSW Government has today announced a Comprehensive Housing Supply Strategy to accelerate housing supply and place downward pressure on housing prices. The strategy includes a $44 million funding package, including support for local government to accelerate the delivery of local environmental plans, development assessments and contribution plans. The package also includes a new $20,000 per dwelling cap on local council contributions, with the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to decide on proposed funding above this amount. This cap will come into effect today, with details...Continue Reading

A Hike to the Hotel Hospitality & Design Expo in Melbourne

Louise, Peta and Terry from Realize trekked south recently to attended the opening day of the inaugral Hotel Hospitality & Design Expo in Melbourne in search of some of that quintessential cutting edge design flair and product the 'State of design' is reknowned for. We came away somewhat underwhelmed, with the hope that this, the first such narrowly targeted event for hotels and hoteliers, will gain traction and support as the word gets around. A couple of new products that got the tick were a bladeless fan and holster hand- drier by Dyson, and a neat door track/drain assembly enabling...Continue Reading

A presentation on how architects see and draw

Realize's principal Terry Savill today gave a keynote presentation at the 'Spacewise: Enhancing Built Environment Education in Technology' workshop  held in Shellharbour in support of  high school educators who are teaching about the built environment and design in the Stage 4 Mandatory Technology Syllabus in NSW schools . Spacewise was established as a means of introducing young people to both architecture and the importance of design as a cultural value. This is a great initiative by the NSW Architect's Registration Board to reach and teach design values to the current generation of school...Continue Reading

Computer Game?-No, its Virtual Building Explorer

Southern Stand, WIN Stadium, Wollongong was used for our first VBE Realize are proud to offer, as part of their comprehensive range of services, Graphisoft's Virtual Building™ Explorer (VBE)-an innovative, interactive, 3D presentation tool that provides computer game type access for fly-through viewing of our projects-setting new standards for design communication and presentation. VBE is a self-running application which will run on either Windows/MAC OSX...Continue Reading

New Street Setback Requirements for Multi-Unit Residential Developments in the Illawarra

Chapter B1 Residential Development of  Wollongong City Council's new consolidated Development Control Plan (DCP) for multi-unit residential developments (which came into effect earlier this year) has increased the required street setback from 4.0m to 6.0m. Developers with proposals 'on their drawing boards' should be aware that this is an increase of 2.0m over the previous DCP49 requirements of Continue Reading

Draft Technical Standards for Private Bushfire Shelters-Comment

Example of Underground Private Bushfire Shelter (Courtesy of ABC) In recognition of the absence of technical standards for private bushfire shelters within the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has developed a draft technical standard for use by State and Territory building regulators as a basis for regulating shelter design and construction prior to the inclusion of the new provisions in the BCA2011...Continue Reading

Realize Congratulate Council on Early Approval for Major Alterations & Additions to Woonona Residence

Gahans Avenue View Realize congratulate Wollongong City Council on their fast tracking of  DA applications after receiving their second early consent within 24 hours. Similarly to the Tarrawanna residence of our earlier blog, the approval has been received months earlier than expected. Continue Reading

Tarrawanna Residence Alterations & Additions Approved ahead of schedule

View of the proposal from Corrimal Street Wollongong City Council have approved Realize's exciting scheme for alterations and additions to the existing residence at 12 Corrimal Street. The approval has been received more than a month and a half sooner than anticipated, and it will greatly assist in achieving building completion prior to Christmas. Our happy client responded  'That's exciting news. Credit to...Continue Reading

Pennant Hills Hotel DA lodged with Hornsby Council

View of New Terraces The exciting Pennant Hills Inn project today moved a step closer to being realized after it was lodged with Hornsby Shire Council for development approval. The full refurbishment and construction makeover of the existing hotel, with new family focussed facilities and sun soaked  terraces, is expected to commence in August. Continue Reading