So............you’re thinking of embarking on renovations or building a new home. Where do you start? You will need to call in a design expert, but which one do you choose? Architects, Building Designers & Draftspeople are all capable of putting your house plans on paper and submitting them to Council. Whoever you engage, it’s best to closely examine your needs in order to find an option that suits you best.
Originally established in Belgrave in 1978 by two local Architects to meet the residential design and drafting needs of the Dandenong Ranges, the current Director, Rosemarie Hazard, took over the reins in 1984. Belgraphik Building Design has steadily grown over the years to become a well-respected design studio, providing quality design and documentation for developments throughout metropolitan and country areas of Victoria as well as Interstate. Residential projects range from luxury homes on country properties, urban & coastal residences, through to sustainable alternative designed homes using more unusual building materials. Sympathetic additions and renovations to existing homes make up a large portion of our workload. Being a member of the BDAV ensures that we are constantly being updated with the latest Industry Issues, Trends and Regulations.
Rosemarie Hazard Director/Senior Design Consultant
Rosemarie has building and design in her blood; her father was a builder as was her father’s father & her mother’s father! After studying Building Design (Architectural Drafting), she commenced her career at Belgraphik in 1981 & then went on to purchase the business in 1984.
She has a passion and flair for designing homes that are functional yet blend with the environment. Light filled rooms are top of the agenda, particularly in the hills, where clients often complain of dark rooms. Good listening skills have allowed her create plans that are tailor made for particular clients, many returning again for their next home.
From a personal building perspective, she has relocated and renovated a 1913 period style home as an Owner Builder with her husband (who does not have a building background). Had a habitable barn and stables built to lock up and finished works to completion, and has had her own custom designed stone & colorbond home built by a local builder in the Emerald area. After more than 30 years in the industry, there have been plenty of different design styles and materials come and go, but that makes it all the more interesting.
Claire has been with Belgraphik for more than10 years. Her role is to provide support to all the team. Fashion, Corporate management and Community Development precede her training as a Building Designer. Claire particularly enjoys the challenge of manipulating difficult spaces to benefit from good passive solar principles and has a keen long-term interest in alternative building technologies. An appreciation of Feng Shui and permaculture also influence her aesthetic.
Having been brought up in the Dandenong’s the son of a builder, Gavin has seen first-hand projects take place and assisted along the way with the construction of new homes to renovations and extensions while completing an Advanced Diploma of Business Advertising and Marketing at Swinburne University of Technology, before moving into the design field at Box Hill Institute and completing an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural). Gavin brings drive and enthusiasm to the experienced Belgraphik team and is passionate about conveying your vision into a reality.
From a young age he has always been fascinated with how everything is built and functions so he has always known that a career in the building industry would be perfect for him. Peter studied at Swinburn’s hawthorn campus to complete an advanced diploma in building design (Architectural). He has always been intrigued by mixing modern design in with an existing building creating an interesting contrast between two different styles. Peter is always excited to try new or different products and types of construction to help provide the best solution to any problem.
Believes that Sustainable Design will come to shape our future lifestyles. Utilising modern innovative products coupled with an understanding of ancient methods and practises that incorporate intelligent resource management, it is possible to design and construct buildings that are sustainable and that complement the landscape.
Marilena has an advanced diploma in building design (Architectural) and has lived in the Dandenong Ranges for over 20 years.
She has undertaken many renovation projects of her own , from design conception to completion. Her past experiences coupled with independent research has given her an undertanding of how the surrounding environment impacts design and construction within the Dandenong Ranges.