As the director of Victoria-based architectural firm NTF Architecture, George Fortey worked diligently to create a space his family (which includes his wife, their two children, and a dog named Moscow) would cherish for years to come. "The real client was my wife, Lisa. She had a simple list of practical wants and left the rest to me," Fortey said.
The result is a spacious, decidedly modern structure with an interior rich in inviting materials. But getting there was a bit of a struggle. The house, located in Cremorne, an inner suburb of Melbourne, was in desperate shape. And on top of that, Fortey found that designing for himself led to missteps. "I didn't take my own advice that I give to clients," he explained. His recommendation for anyone going into a renovation? "Resolve the design up front and on paper. Making it up as you go is a lot more stressful and time consuming."