We love the fact that it is cool in summer and warm in winter, without the need for any air-conditioning and just a gas (jet master) fire in the winter.
We have windows to the north to catch the sun in the winter. These are shaded by eaves which stops the sun getting in in summer.
Though we have lots of windows to bring the outside in, Peter Downes made sure they were designed and placed so there is no need for curtains.
Our view is to the west so we have large windows to capture the view. Peter made sure that we had a large covering, a deck with a large roof, to shelter us from the westerly sun. He suggested that the deck be big (6M x 5M). We use it all the time as it is big enough for a dining table and lounges.
Louver windows allow summer breezes. Double glazing keeps us warm in winter and blocks out noise.
All-in-all it is a very comfortable home, one we love living in and one which makes us very happy.
Janet and David
You have been a gentlemen to deal with, and you have done a beautiful job on our future house design.
You have been very good responding promptly and helping us along the way. We feel you flex when you know it’s OK to do so, and push back when you see we might make a mistake. You accept our good ideas and hold firm when our silly ideas threaten the architectural integrity of the design.
I appreciate your professionalism and feel we have the right amount of creative tension in our relationship to get the best out of the project, so let me again thank you – you are very good at this!
Right from our initial meeting Peter completely understood the concept we had in mind and was able to create a superb design which utilised the steep site, optimised the wonderful water views and outlook, and satisfied all our living requirements.
Faced with neighbour objections and strict council guidelines, Peter handled these hurdles in a professional manner which led to a positive outcome all round.
Peter thank you for making this project a smooth and relatively stress free experience. Your innovative ideas coupled with your enthusiasm, friendly and proficient manner is the perfect mix for a designer well deserving of your many awards.
The end result is a beautiful, unique, sophisticated but relaxed home which makes us feel we are living in a resort all year round.
Paul and Michelle
Many people comment favourably which of course make us proud owners. Outstanding result, what a brain!”
David and Margaret O’Connor
Peter well understood our brief and expectations and managed to incorporate them into design, that is successful in both aesthetics and practicality. We have a unique and sophisticated house that makes us feel like on holidays every day. Throughout the design and construction Peter has been attentive and professional in the old fashioned manner that is so difficult to come by today.”
We not only achieved all this but a lot more in terms of clever design principles, overcoming neighbor objections, and fast tracking the DA/CC through Council in record time. Peter’s positive, friendly and understanding manner also helped minimize stress.
We just love the end result and so do all our friends that visit our new home.”
Thank you for always being available on the numerous occasions that we had a question during the building process. We were grateful that you took time to visit the site even though it was not part of the brief.
Susan and I found it very easy to work with you and are now pleased to count you and Cheryl as friends.”
Captain David Burston
Our new house has received many compliments for which we feel very proud.. Thanks again Peter”
Peter Downes however, by being both creative and clever, has managed to fit together all the interlocking pieces in the puzzle to come up with a design that maximised the use of the land, giving us all the rooms we could reasonably hope for, while still satisfying neighbours and passing easily through council – a brilliant performance.
Kevin & Vivienne Tucker
Anders Lawaetz (2005)
Larry Anderson (New York)
Christine and Roger Shepard
Well the saga has reached the end of the line with our final approval from the certifier.
I can’t thank you enough for all of your assistance/support etc. during this marathon – without it we couldn’t have achieved this final result!
Many thanks again!
He pays attention to detail, and he never has to be chased up as he is always thinking once on your job. He is professional and knowledgable, and
you can tell that he loves what he does.
It’s been a pleasure working with you.
Always up to date and very professional ! I will recommend you to everyone who’s looking for an architect.
Thank you again and can’t wait to invite you for that glass of champagne with you.
Cheers Peter, keep in touch!
Michael Kalin and Chrissy
Bob and Liz Beesley
All the best”
“Peter Downes brings to his work a refreshing enthusiasm and creativity that translates into the design and construction of truly innovative homes. I was impressed by Peter’s capacity to deliver a cutting edge design for my new house that at the same time complemented the more traditional houses in the street. Peter also continuously encouraged me to be an active part of the process of design and construction of my house to ensure that the final outcome would be an ultra-modern living experience.
Peter, well done and keep up the good work as you are making a valuable contribution to the creation of modern, sustainable and wonderfully comfortable Sydney houses.”
It’s a shame that Council doesn’t have an opportunity to work with designers of your quality more often.”
Councillor Julie Hegarty (Pittwater Council)
Peter continously surprises me with his lateral thinking and futuristic design ideas. His first project for me was on a very difficult site, half of which was covered by a creek. This only enhanced Peter’s flexible approach and creativity resulting in an excellent, environmentally sensitive design.
He impressed greatly during this project and I have since contracted him to design a second project at Leichhardt, also on a challenging site.”
I had an idea of what I thought would work well, but after talking to you for a couple of hours where you told us of all the different aspects that need to be taken into account when designing a Duplex, I realized that we were talking to a true professional who knew what he was talking about.
You came up with a unique design that was exactly what we wanted rather than one of those boring side-by-side buildings.
The floor plan has been very well thought through and we can’t wait to get the building finished and move in.
Thanks again Peter for a job very well done, we will have no hesitation in recommending your services to our friends.
Gitte and Anders Lawaetz (2002)
It has been a pleasure making your acquaintance. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
Scott and Nickey Kranenburg
Thought I would pass on some of the feedback I am getting on our project. Every tradesman that comes to the site comments on how fantastic the house is going to be.
Recently I had Westpacs valuer on site and he said its one of the best designs he has seen. One of my golf friends was a major developer, has done heaps of homes and major projects like Northpoint Tower at North Sydney and he said “could not have done any better with that block, it will be a special house”. Plus we, the owners, have sold our treasured Manly house as we can’t wait to live in the house you have designed for us.
From all of the expert comments I think you may be in line for more awards ….
Thanks and best wishes
Max and Pam Goldsmith
Two years ago I purchased an amazing, architecturally stunning octagonal house, which makes great use of the strange shaped land, and next to a cliff face on Allambie Road (19). I have been trying to find out who designed it ever since, and I think that you might have been the brilliant Architect who designed it.
Simon. Thanks very much for all your good work. Hope you will call by sometime when it’s not pouring down for a beer and inspection of the works.