After an 11-month build process, the successful completion of the project came down to expertise and collaboration; a creative designer and a skilled building team to execute the vision. With Simon living around the corner during the build process this meant any issues could be quickly resolved onsite; doubly advantageous when the client was also the architect.
‘You could just make a phone call or do a quick sketch on the wall showing an option [to approve],’ James says. ‘We didn’t have to go through the process of issuing a full set of drawings for the client. It saved everyone time and money.’
For Kleev Homes, which works primarily on negotiated contracts with a dozen or so architects in and around Melbourne, it has found a niche where the business excels. Though the rapport between James and the directors at Pleysier Perkins is a little more special than most.
‘We’ve had a long relationship, for more than 20 years, and always have one or two jobs going for them,’ James says. ‘We finished this house and then completed Ramon Pleysier’s home – another ‘60s renovation that looks fantastic.
‘We’ve completed six other architects’ own residences too; it’s a good selling point to a client when an architect says “I used him on my house”.’
Fittingly, Pleysier Perkins is currently working on plans for James’ own family home, situated on 50 acres just out of Melbourne, which he hopes to start moving on over the next 12 months. Right now though, he’s focused on the business and the pipeline of work in this current economic climate. But he says it’s nice to be reminded on a job well done.
‘You just try to get a project over the line, making sure the clients are happy, and it’s not until you can sit back and relax that you realise how nice a job everyone’s done. [This one] is something to be proud of,’ James says.
‘There’s a lot involved in building, and it’s definitely a team effort with the architects, the clients and the trades.’