New Home Design RC Building Design

New Home Design

It began with a small renovation on my first home, followed by a larger renovation and extension project to my second home. But my passion for design really kicked off when I stumbled across a block of land that everyone else had walked away from. I had a vision for an exceptional home on this sloping block that needed to take in the stunning views of Lake Macquarie, make the most of a Northwest aspect and be everything my young family and I needed it to be from a practical and financial point of view. Conceptualised and designed from the ground up, this home was built and sold some years later in record time by local agents that described the home as an “architect design masterpiece”.

My focus is on providing you with the same: an efficient and effective yet compelling design that surprises and excites you in the way it meets your needs and budget, while enhancing your quality of life. Consultations with you will be thorough and look closely at the short to medium-term goals you have and how your home will need to be built to accommodate your lifestyle over time. I will discuss with you everything I know about passive solar design principles to also ensure your home operates at the best possible level of efficiency throughout the seasons.

It can be a challenge for some designers to align great design with the realism of the costs involved, leaving clients feeling devastated by cost blowouts or needing to re-work designs at extra expense. Having worked with builders for decades, I understand very well the build costs associated with my design work so that you can have a wonderful design experience without the stress of “how much will it cost?”. Then, when the detailed plans and documentation are complete, either by Russell or another company, you can be confident that you will be able to realise your dream as close to budget as possible.

Getting Started

Getting your home design off to a great start begins with a pre-design consultation to discuss expectations and budget and get broad feedback on what you can expect from Russell in terms of timing, budget and services. Once you have decided to engage Russell he will organise an on site (Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast clients) or Skype meeting. This, coupled with an extensive design brief consultation helps Russell to establish clear parameters for your design and creates the foundation for his shared understanding about your project and ongoing communications.


When you engage Russell Cook Building Design, you can expect the following:

Pre-design consultation.

Written fee proposal including service options and time frames.

Upon agreement, contracts are sent to commence engagement outlining payment schedules and associated services.

Site visit to undertake a detailed analysis of factors that will impact the design.

Client brief meeting to discuss your brief in detail, including your goals and aspirations for the design.

Concept draft presented.

Full presentation of concept design.

Full construction plans and DA documents, if required.