About

With over 35 years’ history working in the design and building industry Michael’s experience is both extensive and diverse. His knowledge of all aspects of the design and documentation process is second to none, and the broad range of projects he has been involved with over this time means he will be well qualified to assist with all manner of design work, both residential and commercial, large or small, inner-city or regional, renovation or new build.

Michael is able to assist with all the stages of any design or build. His hands-on approach starts with carefully listening to his client’s needs and hopes for their project and establishing a detailed design brief for them.

Michael is then directly involved with each step of the project from initial site measure, the preliminary design stages through to the design development of the final design including plans and elevations. Should town planning documentation be required Michael is highly experienced in this area. All building permit documentation can be provided and décor and design detailing are also areas Michael can assist with.  With many years of commercial design including restaurants and retail design, joinery design and detail is an area in which Michael is particularly skilled.

With projects all over Melbourne, both large and small, as well as homes in regional and rural Victoria including the Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges, Michael is familiar with all building regulations and keeps abreast of any legislative changes in planning or building codes in all municipalities.

Michael’s designs are always intended to be considerate of their environment and having completed extra studies in sustainable design and construction, Michael aims to give his clients homes that are cost-effective to build as well as to live in. Always designing to meet his clients brief this includes close attention to budget and Michael always has cost-effective design solutions in mind. Michael pays special attention to orientation and aspect, thus, maximising passive solar benefits and minimising heating and cooling costs.

With such a wealth of knowledge and experience, Michael is ideally qualified to help you get your design project started. He can steer you through what can seem a daunting task and can advise you from the very early stages of your project when perhaps you just don’t know where to start.

Michael’s ultimate aim with any design is to help every client achieve what they are hoping for with their project and give them a home that they will love living in.

 

Testimonials

We came to Michael with a brief to create a home that made the most of northern light, had good cross ventilation and provided a space that allowed the indoor and outdoor to become one. We were also seeking to have the most energy efficient house possible, within our budget. We had been living in our house in Yarraville for 8 years with an east-west orientation, with a wall of glass in our living room facing west. This became an almost unliveable space in summer.

As part of achieving our environmental goals, we sourced a company to purchase the house and relocate it, to live another life. This was important to minimise the amount of landfill generated from our plans.

Working with Michael has allowed us to reorient the backyard by taking advantage of our long block so we get the benefit of the winter northern light, and protected from the hot summer sun into the late afternoon. The design makes great use of windows for cross-ventilation which aims to minimise our need for air-conditioning. His flexibility in the design process enabled us to constantly refine our sustainability goals.

Michael worked with us to design a sympathetic street-facing house, yet provided a modern and efficient space for our family requirements. We would highly recommend working with Michael for his local knowledge and experience, and his ideas to create an energy efficient and beautifully liveable space.

Andrew and Sam McArthur

I have known Michael Worth for over 25 years and have worked with him on both Commercial and Domestic Projects. I cannot say enough about the service and support Michael has given during this time. He has taken the projects from the concept and design stage through planning and overseeing construction.

Michael brings several unique skills to each project. His ability to interpret the clients wishes and dreams and bring them into reality. Planning knowledge and dealing with local planning departments relieving the client of this aspect.

Working with the construction companies and meeting deadline dates. I never felt any idea, addition or alteration was unattainable. He was always able to come up with an effective solution. I look forward to future opportunities of working with Michael and highly recommend his company without hesitation.

J.A.Toole

We were first introduced to Michael Worth when faced with the challenge of renovating a heritage listed, single fronted terrace house on a very deep but narrow block.  Michael produced multiple floor plan options to consider, with very different footprints, each with its own individual attractions.  Ultimately we pursued a single storey floor plan incorporating free flowing indoor-outdoor living.  Beyond his ability to be creative with a floor plan, Michael was great at thinking of all the little things that matter throughout a house, such as incorporating extra storage in otherwise unused spaces, maximising the capture of sunlight and breezes, and guiding the choice of materials for acoustics, comfort or durability.

When working with Michael, you know he is going to be imaginative but practical.  He wants to create something that is unique for his clients while always being conscious that everyone has their own budget to work with.

Given how pleased we were with our renovation (mostly a rebuild really), we engaged Michael a second time to design a large home, this time on a large and steep block of land, for our growing family.  We described the concept and wish list we had but left it to Michael to develop the look of the house as well as the floor plan that would meet our needs.  Once again he did a wonderful job of creating a timeless style for the exterior and an incredibly practical floor plan that still had room for some unexpected extras.

Nick & Julie

I have used Michael on two occasions to design major renovations & extensions to two inner Bayside Victorian homes. Both homes were treated differently to suit their location and orientation.  His ability to create multiple “wow factors”,  judicious selection of materials & lateral thinking resulted in two houses that were both beautiful to live in & cost effective to build. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael to anyone whom wanted a quality outcome.

Scott