Jamin Design Group featured on Best Houses Australia

Channel 7’s show, Best Houses Australia, recently featured one of our designs – a renovation in Coorparoo which now serves as a Display Home for 1Struct.

The transformation is truly remarkable and the end result speaks for itself, check out the video to see for yourself.


Site Visit – 17 Tamba Street, Murarrie

Recently, a small number of the team were fortunate enough to visit one of our new house designs in the south-side suburb of Murarrie, which is nearing completion.

This small lot house (on 405m²) was the first project of this type for the clients, a pair of young developers, and the property sold very quickly off the plan.

Murarrie comparison - Jamin Design GroupConstruction in progress on the right as compared to the architectural render (commissioned by client and not produced by Jamin Design Group)

The house features four bedrooms with built in robes, a large kitchen with a walk around pantry, raked ceiling in the living room and a large rumpus/second living on the first floor. It was very rewarding to walk through the house with the clients to discuss some of the pros and cons of the design; the project has been a great learning experience for everyone involved.

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

In particular, the clients agreed that having two dedicated powder rooms and large amounts of storage sets the design apart from other small lot homes. High ceilings throughout enhance the sense of space and allow light to flood all areas of the home. The clients also highlighted that another surprise for many prospective buyers was the size of the garden to the rear; achieved through the reduced footprint of the building.

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

Murarrie - Jamin Design Group

Overall, it was great to see that the build has been a positive and educative process for those involved. The project certainly is proof that a well-designed house need not be massive, and with the inclusion of clever design ideas, practical and liveable spaces may be easily achieved.


Architecture – What is an Architect?

Do you know what the role of an architect is? 

It can be varied but in general an architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings.

The description of the role on the site is excellent:

Architects are professionally trained designers who work on buildings and the built environment. They combine creative design with a wide range of technical knowledge to provide integrated solutions for built and natural environments. During the five typical phases of a project the architect has a variety of roles:

Starting the project – The architect talks to the client about their expectations, project requirements and budget, and then this information forms the design brief.

Design phase – The architect analyses the design brief and the building site conditions, and determines the best location and orientation. The architect then develops ideas through rough plans, sketches and models. These ideas are brought together into concept design drawings.

Design development, documentation & building approvals – The architect compares the concept design drawings with the design brief and develops the technical detail for the project with the project team. Detailed drawings and specifications are prepared for the builder. The drawings are lodged to obtain local authority building approval. The method of engaging a builder for the project is determined.

Construction – The architect works with the builder and other project team members to ensure that the project is constructed in accordance with the drawings and specification.

After construction – Projects have a warranty period called the defects liability period. It is the architect’s responsibility to follow up any relevant issues or outstanding work with the client and the builder.

Architects must also be aware of the social context in which their designs are created, interpreted and understood.  The architect hired by a client is responsible for creating a design concept that meets the requirements of that client and provides a facility suitable to the required use.

To practise as an architect in Australia, you must be registered with the Architect’s Accreditation Council of Australia. In order to register you need to have completed five years of study (or equivalent) in the field of architecture, have worked for a minimum of two years in architectural practice, and pass a registration examination.

The Jamin Architecture team can assist you with clarifying anything about the role and how we work. Call us on 0427 614 093


Our Graphic Designer Exhibits at QUT

Our resident designer will be featured in her university’s exhibition! What an exciting time for JAMIN Design Group as we broaden our horizons into Interior Design and Graphic design.


Wallpapers on the Come-Back Trail


Older people still shudder at the thought of using wallpaper when decorating, conjuring up as it does recollections of the designs popular in the 60s and 70s that have them wondering what they were thinking. However, as the saying goes, “everything old is new again”, but this time around, modern wallpapers are made with exciting new patterns, features and colours.

One of the most popular ways to use wallpapers in house designs are as features to highlight the character of a space or focus attention on a particular area. It works as a mood enhancer, it can add drama to an otherwise bland room and it is excellent for concealing flaws such as uneven surfaces. It is also much easier to apply than the older type, thanks to improvements in printing techniques and adhesives.

Optical Illusions are Made Easy with Wallpaper

Wallpaper colours and patterns, when used cleverly, can trick the eye. Just like paint colours, wallpaper can make a small room look larger, and a cavernous space appear much smaller and more intimate. Geometric patterns with large-scale graphics can simplify room decoration by removing the need for multiple items of furniture and accessories. A few simple pieces and a one-colour focus on accessories like cushions will ensure that the wallpaper is the main feature.

Interior designers have embraced metallic wallpapers in the new era, finding that it is a perfect accessory to a neutral colour palette. Designed to reflect light off the walls, it can make a small room appear larger, and its sheer opulence means that a luxurious and expensive look can be achieved without equally expensive furniture. It is particularly exciting in a living area when coupled with jewelled cushions and plush curtains.

Bringing the Garden into an Apartment with Florals

The current trends also include florals but not as they were known in the 70s. The new designs can be traditional with gentle colours, or they can be dark, bold and striking, just perfect for a feature wall. Decorating an inner-city apartment with botanical wallpapers brings the garden inside and creates an open and fresh feel. Even oriental designs have seen resurgence, but this time with a more masculine approach, using charcoal, navy, deep red and cream.

It is the unexpected combination of contemporary colours and patterns, and the range of embossed and metallic wallpapers that have surprised interior designers and home decorators. People, who would never have considered wallpaper, are having a re-think as they look around for a unique and exciting treatment for their walls. Even relief wallpaper, embossed in a variety of designs is popular.

If an interior decorating project is coming up and you are looking for something different to bring new life to rooms that have become a little boring, have a look at the new wallpapers and be surprised.


Jamin Building Design In The Spotlight


We were super happy to be in the media spotlight again this last fortnight with our stylish, modern small lot home being featured on the 7TWO TV program ‘Australia’s Best Houses’.
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Jamin Building Design on TV

In February we were lucky enough to have a house that we designed feature on the TV show AUSTRALIA’S BEST HOUSES. The home is a great small lot design and if you missed the show, you can watch it on catch-up TV … or on our very own YouTube Channel at


Berge St Design Makes Queensland Homes Magazine


Our Berge St home makes the news with Interior Balance design and decorating. To read the article, Click here!

For more pictures, view our gallery


Queensland Home Magazine Coves another Jamin Design


Jamin Building design is featured in this spring volume of Queensland Homes Magazine. To read the article, click here!


How to Cut Household Lighting Costs by Half


The right lighting can enhance any situation, and with the range of options now available, there is no excuse for having dull and dreary lights in and around the home. Lights evoke feelings of warmth, welcome and safety which could be a hangover from the days before gas and electricity when the world plunged into darkness after the sun went down. Guests arriving for a party immediately feel part of the gathering when they see lights and hear laughter and music.

Designers Incorporating Energy Efficient Lighting in their New Designs

A properly designed and installed lighting system adds value to the home, helps to create or change the mood in a particular area, and does not have to be expensive to run. In fact, by using Eco friendly lighting options, it is possible to reduce household lighting costs by as much as 66%. With energy costs being the number one expense that householders are looking to reduce, building designers are incorporating every energy-saving trick they know into new building designs.

Home lighting systems can successfully combine a number of different Eco friendly practices to get the desired result. This does not mean that large areas of the home will be without lighting to save costs. It means that every part of the home that needs lighting will have it, but some options will be different from others, depending on the purpose and location.

Set and Forget Solar Lights Great in the Garden

Solar lights, for example, have been around for a few years now to enhance the appearance of the garden at night, and provide very low-cost lighting for pathways. The solar panel absorbs energy from the sun during the day, and discharges it at night in a completely automated process that requires no intervention at all from the home owner. They need no wiring so they can be placed anywhere outside, and with the range of decorative lights increasing every year some beautiful effects can be achieved.

Building designers are now changing their designs to allow more natural light to enter. Dark areas like hallways can be illuminated by the installation of skylights or sky tubes and the use of mirrors to reflect light into dark areas is another way to brighten up a dreary space. Walls that are painted in dark colours absorb light, so just by painting them white or a light colour will reduce the need for artificial lighting.

CFLs or compact fluorescent lights, as the name suggests, are much smaller than fluorescent tubes but last much longer and cost much less to run than traditional incandescent globes. They do cost more to buy, but in the long run, replacing each incandescent globe with one of these when necessary will save money. They do not need any special fittings, and come in both screw or bayonet caps so they will go into either of these types of fittings.

With eco friendly lighting in place around the home, not only will the householder be saving considerable amounts of money on their lighting costs, but they will be doing their bit for reducing our emissions. They also create a beautiful ambiance that everyone will enjoy.