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Get It Right with Undercover Architect

Amelia Lee, Undercover Architect

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If we haven’t met before, I’m Amelia Lee, the architect behind Undercover Architect: an online business to help and teach homeowners like you how to get it right when designing, building and renovating your home. Undercover Architect is all about giving you access to the industry knowledge and insights you need to avoid the mistakes and dramas that can cost you thousands, tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. And it’s about levelling the playing field, so that the worl ...
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Hello! This is Episode 326, and it’s Part 2 of my conversation with HOME Method member, June, about their new build of their retirement home in the West Australian coastal town of Green Head. Whilst living remotely from the site - 3.5 hours away. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.under…
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Hello! This is Episode 325, and in it, you’ll meet HOME Method member June, who at the time of recording our conversation, is only a few weeks away from moving into her new home in Western Australia with her partner. June and her partner are both researchers professionally, so when building a new home, you can imagine that their approach involved r…
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Hello! This is Episode 324, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Michael about their new home project in Western Australia. This is a home that Michael and his partner are building to retire to, in a beautiful location on an acreage site. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.und…
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Hello! This is Episode 323, and I’m looking forward to introducing you to Michael, a member of HOME Method who is building a new home in Western Australia. When Michael and his partner joined HOME Method in April 2021, they were looking to create a home that would enable them to live comfortably in a beautiful location on an acreage site. [For all …
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Hello! This is Episode 322, and in it, I continue my conversation with Cindy about building her new home on the NSW coast. Cindy is a HOME Method member, as well as a qualified Thermal Performance Assessor helping homeowners in her business, Consciously. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to w…
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Hello! This is Episode 321, and in it, I’m talking with HOME Method member, Cindy. Cindy is a HOME Method member, but one with a difference. Because she’s also trained in design and achieved her qualifications as a Thermal Performance Assessor, or Energy Efficiency Assessor as it’s also known. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free…
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Hello! This is Episode 320, and in it, I continue my conversation with Janet, a HOME Method member who is sharing with us the journey that she and her partner have been on to build a new home for themselves and their three children. In this episode, you’ll hear how Janet, her partner Paul, their building designer, Aaron from Greencoast Design and t…
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Hello! This is Episode 319, and in it, you’re going to meet Janet, who is a HOME Method member building a new home in Brisbane, Queensland. And, it’s a new home with a difference! Janet, her partner Paul, and their 3 children, have been on their project journey for a few years now. You’ll hear us talk about their timeline in this episode, which sta…
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Hello! This is Episode 318, and in it, we continue my conversation with Louise and Zane about beginning the renovation of their Californian Bungalow in Melbourne. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/317] If you haven’t listened to the first part of this conversati…
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Hello! This is Episode 317, and if you’re yet to get started on your renovation or new build, or taking your very first steps, I know this is going to be super helpful for you. In it, you’re going to meet Louise and Zane. They are at the very beginning of their project: the renovation of a 100 year old Californian Bungalow in Melbourne. [For all re…
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Hello! This is Episode 316, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Hannah and Andy from Powerhaus Engineering about their app and its ability to help you make data driven decisions to improve the energy efficiency of your future home. Including decisions that can save you tens of thousands of dollars and more! [For all resources mentioned i…
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Hello! This is Episode 315, and in it, I’m sharing an incredible new way you’ll be able to access smart data to help you design a more energy efficient home. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/315] I’m really looking forward to sharing this episode and the next w…
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Hello! This is Episode 314, and in it, we dive into the second half of my conversation with Clare about building her new, sustainable home, on the Fleurieu Coast in South Australia. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/314] If you haven’t listened to the first part…
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Hello! This is Episode 313, and in it, you’re going to meet Clare. In September, 2023, Clare finished building a new home. Working closely with her team, including a building designer and builder, and with HOME Method as her support and guide, she’s created a fantastic, sustainable home for herself and her family on the beautiful Fleurieu Coast, So…
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Hello! This is Episode 312, and in this episode, I continue my conversation with Caroline about her insights into the homeowner experience of building and renovating, and what makes the difference in a successful project. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/312] I…
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Hello! This is Episode 311, and in this episode and the next, it’s all about introductions and updates! And if you’re keen to hear from someone who has recently renovated their home and actually really enjoyed the experience, you’ll want to listen to this episode. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript,…
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Hello! This is Episode 310, and in it, I’m going to take you through a way of thinking about the areas you need to focus on to help you have a great project and a great home. These are the three building blocks I believe make all the difference for you! [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to ww…
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Hello! This is Episode 309, and in it, I want to discuss a risk that is super common for anyone who is building or renovating. And it’s the risk of repeatedly experiencing the inability to make a decision. Otherwise what we call ‘analysis paralysis’. I call this a ‘YOU’ RISK, and it can be crippling in any project. Not only for you, as the person e…
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Hello! This is Episode 308, and in it, I want to discuss a Design Risk I see that creates problems for you from the get-go, in terms of how your project begins, and then the way that the design process progresses overall. This is a DESIGN RISK that can mean you waste time and money in any design process. At its worst, it can mean you end up with th…
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Hello! This is Episode 307, and in it, I’m going to be talking about a common and problematic risk when it comes to finding and working with your project team, be it your architect, designer, town planner, builder or other professional. This is a TEAM RISK that can actually derail projects, and cause a lot of stress and extra expense. [For all reso…
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Hello! This is Episode 306, and in it, I’m going to be talking about a significant and influential project risk when it comes to finalising things with your chosen builder and moving into construction. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/306] This project risk I’l…
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Hello! This is Episode 305, and in it, I’m going to be talking about a significant and influential project risk I want to bring to your attention as someone planning, designing, building or renovating your future home. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/305] This…
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Hello! This is episode 304, and this is Part 2 of my conversation with Jenna Cohen from Honeycomb Access and Design. In Part 2 of my conversation, we jump straight into my question about Performance Solutions, which will be an approval pathway to familiarise yourself with in your project. This episode is part of a special series on the National Con…
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Hello! This is episode 303, and in it, I’m talking with Jenna Cohen, director of Honeycomb Access and Design. In this first part of my conversation with Jenna, you’ll learn more about the updates to the National Construction Code 2022 when it comes to accessible design and the Livable Housing Guidelines. This episode is part of a special series on …
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Hello! This is Episode 302, and in it, I want to share with you the top five most downloaded 2023 podcast episodes on Undercover Architect’s podcast. There’s some great and varied topics in this top 5, and I’m really interested to see just how varied they are, and what you’re enjoying listening to. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a…
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Hello! This is Episode 301, and in it, I’m going to share with you what is being discussed in architecture for 2024. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/301] As with any industry, there are loads of conversations that happen behind closed doors and, as someone who…
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Hello! This is Episode 300, and I have a lot to celebrate. So, in this episode, I’ll be catching you up on what’s been going on at UA HQ. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/300] We’re taking a small break in our series on the National Construction Code updates so…
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Hello! This is episode 299, and it’s Part 2 of my conversation with Brian Guinan from I-Smart Building Group. Brian Guinan is a Passive House builder and the director of I-Smart Building Group, a residential building company based in Western Australia delivering high performance homes. This episode is part of a special series on the National Constr…
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Hello! This is episode 298, and in it, I’m talking with Brian Guinan from I-Smart Building Group. Brian Guinan is a builder and the director of I-Smart Building Group, a company delivering High performance custom residential homes with a heavy focus on PassivHaus. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2…
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Hello! This is Episode 297, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Jessica Allen from Climasure, and we’re discussing what a WUFI Analysis, and why it’s worth knowing about for your future build or reno! This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and…
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Hello! This is episode 296, and in it, I’m talking with Jessica Allen from Climasure, about air tightness, blower door tests and what you need to know for your construction process. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF tran…
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Hello! This is episode 295, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Jeremy Spencer, builder, thermal performance assessor and co-owner at Positive Footprints. This is Part 3 of my interview with Jeremy. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a…
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Hello! This is episode 294, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Jeremy Spencer, builder, thermal performance assessor and co-owner at Positive Footprints. This is Part 2 of my interview with Jeremy. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a…
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Hello! This is episode 293, and in it, I’m talking with Jeremy Spencer, builder, thermal performance assessor and co-owner at Positive Footprints. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchi…
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Hello! This is episode 292, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Jesse Clarke, Innovation and R & D Manager at Pro Clima. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/292] I…
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Hello! This is episode 291, and in it, I’m talking with Jesse Clarke, Innovation and R & D Manager at Pro Clima. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/291] Pro Clima operates a…
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Hello! This is episode 290, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Building Surveyor, Laura Terrnova, from Deemed to Perform Consulting. We’re discussing Performance Solutions: what they are, and how they’ll impact your project and approvals. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all …
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Hello! This is episode 289, and in it, I’m talking with Building Surveyor, Laura Terrnova, Director of Deemed to Perform Consulting about project compliance, building approvals and updates to the National Construction Code. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this…
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Hello! This is episode 288, and in it, I’m sharing Part 2 of my conversation with Building Biologist, Zara D’Cotta, from The Healthy Home. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com…
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Hello! This is episode 287. In it, I’m talking with Building Biologist, Zara D’Cotta, from The Healthy Home. She’s here to talk about healthy buildings and share her thoughts on how recent National Construction Code changes might affect how healthy our buildings are. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NC…
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Hello! This is Episode 286. In it, I’m going to share some detail about the specific updates that have been made to the latest iteration of our National Construction Code in Australia. This episode is part of a special series on the National Construction Code, and NCC 2022. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF t…
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Hello! This is Episode 285. In it, I’m kicking off a series we’ll be running on the podcast over the next few months all about the National Construction Code. You’ll learn more about what it is, the updates and changes that have and continue to be made to it, and what you need to know about how it impacts your renovation or new build. This episode …
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Hello! This is Episode 284. In it, I want to share with you some learnings, some personal experience, and some insights into why your home is so cold. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/284] I’ll be discussing some of the key things to understand if you’re wantin…
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Hello! This is Episode 283. In it, I’m going to discuss builders’ margins, what they are, what they should be, the difference between markups and margins, how much you should be told, and what this information all tells you when choosing a builder. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.und…
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Hello! This is Episode 282. In it, I’m going to talk about getting a second opinion on your design, and whether it’s something you should consider in your project. I’ll share the main reasons I see homeowners seek them, and the mistakes to avoid in sourcing second opinions on your home design and project. [For all resources mentioned in this podcas…
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Hello! This is Episode 281, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Dylan Viviers, National Specification Manager from Holcim, all about low carbon concrete. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/281] If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of our conversation, be …
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Hello! This is Episode 280, and in it, I’m talking with Dylan Viviers, National Specification Manager from Holcim, all about low carbon concrete. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/280] Concrete is one of those tricky materials as far as sustainability is concern…
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Hello! This is Episode 279, and it’s the third episode of my series with Steve Marskell from Rescom Building Products about Magnesium Oxide Board. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/279] If you haven’t listened to Part 1 and Part 2 of my conversation with Steve, …
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Hello! This is Episode 278, and in it, I’m continuing my conversation with Steve Marskell from Rescom Building Products. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/278] Rescom Building Products was founded in 2009, and today produces the world’s #1 ISO:8336 Certified Hig…
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Hello! This is Episode 277, and in it, I’m talking with Steve Marskell from Rescom Building Products about Magnesium Oxide Board. [For all resources mentioned in this podcast and a free, downloadable PDF transcript, head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/277] Up front … and as you’ll hear across my conversation with Steve, you’ll learn that not all Ma…
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