At Last – An Architect Who Knows How to Get DA’s Through Councils Quickly!

When going through the motions of building a new home, one of the most frustrating experiences is the long and tedious process of getting one’s DA (Development Application) through the Council.

When it comes to red tape, nothing compares to the hoops one needs to jump through when getting a DA approval for home designs.

And if one’s house design is a little outside the norm, the nightmare of Council approval becomes an even bigger speed hump.

So it’s comforting to know that there is one architectural firm that services the Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai & Hornsby regions, that has a “proven system” of getting “fast” DA approvals.

Castlecrag based Mackenzie Architects International specialises in providing modern, distinctive, sustainable home designs – with principal, Dugald Mackenzie, boasting numerous industry awards & accolades over twenty years in the game.

Mackenzie says, “we appreciate that when someone wants to create a stylish home with a difference, they want an architect with experience, who can provide practical creativity and a design that’s on time and on budget.

“We understand that there are concerns that a lot of today’s modern architects are somewhat arty, but not realistic – and the frustrated client ends up waiting forever for designs – and then after a long, tedious design process, the DA takes forever to be approved by Council.

“We’ve heard so many horror stories from disgruntled people – so we go out of our way to ensure that we provide the perfect combination of practical creativity, contemporary design and speedy DA approvals.”

No wonder the firm is in high demand when it comes to designing new homes – it delivers on ALL of the aspects that are most important to anyone wanting an architecturally designed home – creative design, incredibly reasonable fees, speedy time frame for plans & fast DA approval by the Council.

Given the bonuses such as the liaison with Council, the company promotes itself as a one-stop-shop.

Speed Is An Important Factor In Home Design
When asked about the importance of speed when designing a modern home, Mackenzie says, “we have to accept that in today’s society, speed is everything.

One only has to look at the growth of takeaway foods, drive-through restaurants and online shopping to see that just about everyone wants everything quicker.

We believe that most architects are caught in a time warp and therefore continue to take a long time to produce sleek and modern home designs.

Whether that’s because they don’t have the in-house resources or perhaps they just haven’t caught up with the times, I don’t know.

But at Mackenzie Architects International, we have the luxury of multiple qualified experts with Bachelor Of Architecture degrees whose edict is to produce incredibly creative home designs in short time frames.

In other words, we know that in 2017, people want things done yesterday – and they want great value.

I liken the architectural industry to be somewhat like the taxi industry – many architects treat clients the same way they would have in the 1960s and 70s, resulting in a slow, tiresome procedure in terms of designing the client’s dream home.

We like to think of ourselves as being “the Uber of the architectural industry” – a clever disruptor who provides next-generation, stunning home designs in short time frames and on-budget”.

DA Approvals – Fast & Easy
It’s not surprising that research shows that one of the most frustrating components of building an architecturally-designed home is the headache of getting the local council to approve the DA (Development Application).

The Council has veto rights over everything & can therefore take forever to approve DAs – and let’s face it, Councils are a government entity – so speedy service is not exactly part of their DNA.

So that’s where Mackenzie Architects International stands out from the crowd – the company has an impressive track-record of achieving fast Council approvals of DAs.

When asked how this is done, principle, Dugald Mackenzie, is understandably tight-lipped, keeping his cards close to his chest.

He responds, “we are very fortunate to have an excellent working-relationship with the Councils in Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai & Hornsby, having submitted countless DAs over the past twenty years.

“We know exactly what they expect and therefore we’ve developed a system that satisfies their requirements – which of course results in gaining fast approvals – a bonus which all our clients enjoy.”

Mackenzie Architects International has purposely nurtured relationships with local Councils, something which surprisingly, seems to be low priority for most other architects.

Mackenzie adds, “we see the fast-tracking of the DA approval as being a unique wow factor that we deliver to our clients – we know exactly how to do it & therefore it is certainly one of the aspects of our wizardry that attracts clients.

“After all, no one wants to be blown away with a jaw-dropping designed home, only to be infuriated by the local Council holding up approval.

“We’ve had clients come to us after experiencing such nightmares years earlier – because they’ve heard of our expertise in this area.”

Mackenzie Architects International
4/3 The Postern, Castlecrag.
Phone: 9967 99 66