The Rosins are helping to reimagine the older suburbs where owners of single dwellings still want to enjoy the leafy amenity but own new homes that are energy-efficient and able to provide their desired lifestyle. Again, it’s an opportunity to educate clients on how good design can achieve the desired results without building out the block.
‘We are trying to convince and persuade people about to go down the knockdown rebuild route to bring back the size of what they’re trying to build, to make it easier to heat and cool, and put some of that money into better fixtures and mechanical services,’ Robert says.
They want people to think about how their house sits in the broader context, and how it sits with its neighbours architecturally. They can see an interest in more modular designs with flatter roofs but Robert has also detected a trend away from open plan, with the use of differentiated spaces to create more interest and privacy.
But staying abreast of new materials hitting the market, such as metal and composite cladding, panelling, foam and metallic, and imitation timber finishes, adds to the complexity of modern residential building.
‘Keeping on top of the amount of new material that is available, needing to be educated about how to install those materials, and how they perform [has been a challenge],’ Robert says.
The next big leap for the firm, which builds 10–15 homes a year will be scaling and staffing an increase in the volume of new home builds. Robert says the firm, and the industry itself, is facing a skills challenge and the next five to 10 years will be critical as the old school tradesmen who learnt from the post-war migrant craftsmen begin to retire. Without getting more young people into trades, the industry is facing a break in the passing on of skills.
The Rosins have always been HIA members, like their father who was an ACT branch president, and benefited from its services such as insurance, contracts and online education. Traditionally, the Association has been one of the go-to sources for business related assistance, says Robert.