Life-Enhancing Design
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Architects and Access Consultants

For over two decades, Bio-Building Design has been helping people achieve their dreams to obtain life-enhancing and accessible buildings.

We seek to design built environments that provide spatial harmony and sensory delight. We seek to design buildings that are sustainable, attractive and accessible. We seek to design buildings in accordance with the principles of Universal Design - buildings that will enhance the well-being of the occupants throughout their lives.

Life-Enhancing Design

We commence each project from first principles, starting from the ground up to create a built environment that both fulfills your functional requirements and works in harmony with the specific characteristics of your site. We seek to design salutogenic, or health-promoting, buildings.
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Complete range of architectural services

Our many years we have honed our skills so as to maximise the end-value of developments for our Clients, at the same time minimising the combined design and construction costs. We've taken on a wide range of projects in various sectors, including residential, commercial and industrial. We have also worked on health-care and civic projects. We work on both new buildings and alterations and additions to existing buildings. We have worked on projects large and small.

We offer the complete range of services, including design, documentation and contract administration, no matter the size of the project or the construction procurement method.

We tailor our services to meet the particular needs of each individual client, and of each individual project. Call us as to how we can help you to achieve your goals.


About John

John Van der Have is a highly experienced architect and access consultant. John is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB 3690), and is also an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA 6258). He is an accredited member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia (ACAA 19), and also an affiliate of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

Based in the Blue Mountains, John has written three books on this unique part of the world:

Blue Mountains Magic                      

Great Gardens of the Blue Mountains, and

Aboriginal Rock Art of the Blue Mountains.  

All are available at the Turning Page bookstore, Macquarie Road, Springwood, as well as other bookstores throughout the Blue Mountains.

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Examples of our work

We put a high emphasis on health, comfort and spatial harmony in our work.

We are experienced in design of buildings that need to be robust, for example buildings in bushfire-prone areas. 

Some of our completed projects are shown on this page. More are shown on our 'Completed Projects' page.


Residential projects

We work on the full range of residential design - from alterations and additions, to new individual dwellings, dual occupancy dwellings, seniors' housing and multi-unit housing. In all cases, we seek to design to the proven principles of solar-passive and universal design.

We aim to design buildings that are comfortable to live in all year round, that are energy-efficient, and that meet the needs of their owners throughout their lives.


Access Consulting Services

In addition to architectural services, we also offer access consulting services. In this regard we provide building accessibility audits, commentary on regulatory compliance, and reviews of proposed development and construction certificate applications to ensure compliance, with a special focus on appropriate design solutions. We have assisted clients with multi-unit residential developments, commercial, industrial, hospitality and health-related projects.

We also prepare Alternative Solutions on matters pertaining to access under the Building Code of Australia, and the Premises Standards, when necessary. We have assisted in accessibility upgrades of many existing buildings, including several with heritage listing.

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Recent activities

Recently we have designed a museum to celebrate aspects of local history. A perspective view of the proposed museum is shown below. It is intended that the new museum be located in the Upper Blue Mountains.

We carry out work in the Blue Mountains, Western Sydney,  throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and beyond.

For an obligation-free consultation, contact John on 02 4751 1846