Rob Harris

Elsternwick, VIC


*** Ranked #1 out of 32 local drafting businesses on the Service Seeking website ***

I am an Australian Building Practitioner registered as an Architectural Draftsman. I am also a UK Registered Architect.

I have been practicing in Australia for over 15 years.

I specialise in residential renovations.

I can prepare a comprehensive full set of architectural working drawings within 1 week and concept designs within a few days.

I prepare everything from concept design to tender documentation. You are under no obligation to use all my services. You can choose to stop at the end of the concept design stage.

I prepare a detailed no obligation fixed-fee proposal outlining all costs for each stage. I also include costs for all the other consultants required (engineer, soil report, energy rater, building surveyor etc) prior to starting. This way you are aware of all the fees prior to starting..

My references will testify to my professionalism and promptness. I am always happy to meet and discuss further. For me communication is key.

CAD Drafting

-Residential Design
-Architectural Drafting
-3D Renders
-Finishes Specs
-Survey Plans
-As-Built Drawings
-Joinery/Cabinetry Design
-Kitchen designs and renovations
-Bathroom designs and renovations
-Laundry designs and renovations

Engineering, Soil Reports, Site Surveys, Energy Rating
Town Planning and Building Permits.
Heritage Listed permits
Special Building Overlay permits




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"We found Rob's (Elements of Home) details online after a general google search for a renovation architect/consultant to help extend our home. There was just the 1 positive review for Elements of Home on the review site & based on that we met with Rob, as well as a couple of other companies over a 2 week period. Other designers we met with had trouble working with us to give us the design we were looking for to suit our lifestyle & existing home....they seemed more interested in promoting their own ideas alone. From the first meeting with Rob we felt very comfortable discussing our home extension plans & confident that he had a great ability to listen & translate our ideas in to a feasible plan for a build. Rob worked quickly to provide a set of plans we were happy with, before then arranging for all of our engineering & council requirements. He was able to recommend some builders to include in the tender process & we ended up going with one of the companies he suggested. We are ecstatic with the final design & physical end result of our transformed 1950's style home, Rob's design was brought to life by a great building team & the whole project ran very smoothly. Throughout the entire design process we received nothing but outstanding service, communication, honest consultations and advice from Rob. He was accommodating and attentive in providing any alterations we requested, which was really comforting and crucial to the amazing end result. Whether by phone, email or text Rob made himself available at any time, and we were never left waiting for a response. Rob is genuine, respectful and proud of his work and this is further enhanced by the obviously strong relationships he has with engineers, builders etc. Elements of Home can't be beaten for attention to detail, ongoing professionalism and service excellence. Everything Rob did turned out even better than we had imagined. For anyone thinking of building/extending we would highly recommend engaging Rob's services to assist with the design & plans before going ahead."
from Burwood, VIC posted a job for Interior Architecture on 8 July 2016
We were very pleased with Rob’s professionalism, patience and ability to listen to and interpret our needs. He collaborated very well with our interior designer and we are more than happy with his final plans. We would not hesitate to recommend Rob to anyone planning a renovation or a new build."
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"Rob has worked for us designing an extension to the basement and adding a top floor to our house. Rob took our specifications on board and accommodated our many requests for changes as the finer details were put together. We were most appreciative of Rob taking care of the planning process with council and working through obtaining planning and building approval. Rob knows the planning and building process in depth. He was always clear to us on the process required and his fees at each stage. Rob also has many reputable contacts in the planning and building area so could recommend other excellent people to work with. I would readily recommend Rob's work to others planning to renovate."
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"When my wife and I decided to proceed with renovations to our home we chose to work with Rob Harris from Elements of Home. Rob not only did all of the design work and drawings, but everything from council applications to the issuing of planning and building permits. Rob also helped us put together a panel of builders and then guided us through the interview process. His knowledge and experience with building contracts was invaluable and made our task of choosing a builder so much easier. We are delighted with the professional and pleasant manner in which Rob has helped us through all of the various stages involved, and we would be happy to recommend him to anyone contemplating a residential project. "
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"Elements of home offers a personal and professional service that is second to none. Having worked as a builder myself for over 30 years and dealing with many design and architecture services over this time, I found him a pleasure to deal with. He has extensive knowledge and understanding in all areas from design, construction and of course town planning making the process a cohesive and smooth one from start to finish. Highly recommend. "
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"Very prompt response. Good ideas & courteous service."
from Malvern East, VIC posted a job for Bathroom Design on 12 October 2015
""Over Delivered" is the easiest term to sum up Rob's dealing with us with the design and planning of our extension. It's a massive decision choosing someone to design your family home that you plan to live in for 20+ years. As much as you think you can research and look at referrals and past work, so much of it is down to the simple things that Rob just nails each and every time * Practical Design ideas. Rob's got a great balance between leading edge design and the practicality and usability for a family * Cost Conscious. Quality is key in his design, but he is also very aware on areas that could have alternative materials/ ideas for cost reduction * Planning knowledge. Great experience of knowing what 'could delay' Planning * Ego. Great style in listening to what you want, and not too precious to try and always force his ideas. * Reliability. His strongest area without a doubt - Rob's response times were always so fast. Nothing sits with him for long, keeping momentum ticking along nicely * Style. It's hard not to get on well with him. Might be due to the above reasons or simply that he is generally nice. We spoke to 4 different Architects during our initial design stage - Rob was the best, easiest and right choice."
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"Excellent follow up"
from Brighton East, VIC posted a job for Residential Architects on 19 July 2015
"We used Elements of Home to provide plans and advice for the renovation of our home. Rob provided continuous support and assistance in crystalising our requirements so that the final plans were both practical and pleasing. Rob patiently worked through the options with us and assisted in tendering out the work. All our queries were dealt with in a prompt, knowledgeable and courteous way. We would recommend Rob Harris to anyone thinking of renovating their home."
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"I found Rob Harris to be extremely professional, courteous and thorough. His work was delivered promptly and he was able to explain all aspects of the process. His ideas and explanations were invaluable to us as first time renovators."
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"We engaged the services of Rob Harris from Elements of Home to help us with our extension plans. The main area of our house, where we spend the majority of our time, was cramped, had no space for entertaining and no connection with our backyard. We had a fair idea of what we wanted to achieve from our renovation and working with Rob enabled us to bring these ideas to life. What I really liked about working with Rob was he didn’t walk away when the drawings were handed over to the builder. He supported us every step of the way and was only a phone call away for any questions I had, or if I ever doubted any of the decisions I’d made. One of my favourite parts of our project was seeing Rob’s face when he came to see the finished product. He was as genuinely pleased with the end result as we are. We now have a house that connects with its surrounds, has ample room to entertain and has changed the way we live our lives. We couldn’t be happier!"
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"Rob prepared a number of different design options for us to review. We discussed the different options and finalised a plan based on our needs. He was flexible, good humoured and committed to helping us achieve our vision. With budget and time constraints to contend with Rob helped to manage the process without complaint or difficulty and he helped liaise with the other experts and consultants when we needed them. I would be happy to recommend Rob and Elements of Home in the future."
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Project Management
Roof Repairs
Confined Space Demolition
Crushing & Pulverising
Pit Installation
Site Cut Excavating
Under Road Boring
Kitchen Benchtops
Metal Fabrication
Architecture For Extensions
Heritage Architecture
Building project management
Architect plans and documentation
Development approvals and council documentation
New home designs and sketches
Building Designer
Internal Walls
Weatherboard cladding
Swimming pool excavation
House demolitions
Building designs
New kitchen planning
Budget kitchen renovation
Kitchen sink installation
Flat pack kitchen installation
Kitchen cabinet installation
Kitchen backsplash
Kitchen flooring
Pipe repair
Kitchen splashback
Epoxy coatings
Mobile welder
Welding repairs