When we first met Shaun, we were naïve in our understanding of the renovation process. We’d never built or renovated before. So, what did we know? We knew we wanted to work with someone we could trust; that the architectural process would add more value to our property than we spent on it; and that the process would be relatively pain free. SLa ticked all these boxes.
From our first meeting with Shaun, we felt SLa was aligned to our objectives. Shaun was able to translate our roughly articulated, ethereal ideas into beautiful, tactile, liveable spaces. Our particular project was the renovation of a 90-year old Colonial. We wanted modern spaces seamlessly woven into the fabric of the heritage building. SLa was extremely respectful of our ideal, and met the brief exquisitely. If fact the previous owner, who held the property in their family for generations and were concerned we would undermine the ‘presence and history’ of the property, upon return was emotionally overwhelmed with the outcome.
The renovation took the best part of two years. Throughout the project we felt that Shaun and SLa were our ally and passionate advocate. In a world so often lacking in care and attention, it was truly refreshing to work with a team so unflinchingly focussed on producing our ideal outcome.
By way of a simple example of Shaun’s unwavering dedication to his clients outcomes, during the build we needed a retaining wall rebuilt at the back of the property. We would have been happy with a simple brick wall. Shaun (at his own cost) spent two full days on site with the brick layers designing a modern masterpiece of a wall – just so it would be congruent with the other design aspects of the property. This level of dedication and passion is very rare in modern times.
To say we’d “recommend” SLa doesn’t do justice to the service they provided us; and the outcomes they achieved for us and our property. It was genuinely an enjoyable experience working with Shaun and SLa. If you want an architect that cares about your job, find someone else. If you want a team that are truly passionate about their work, go with SLa.