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    Architects and Access Consultants

    For over two decades, Bio-Building Design has been helping people achieve their dreams to live in life-enhancing and accessible buildings. We have helped Clients with design of buildings that are sustainable, attractive and accessible. 

    We seek to design built environments that provide spatial harmony and sensory delight. We seek to design buildings in accordance with the principles of Universal Design - buildings that provide an enriching and uplifting experience, and that enhance the well-being and health of their occupants.

    We believe that architecture is a practical craft which produces buildings that must be useful to their occupants. We also believe that, at its best, architecture is an art form that produces buildings and spaces that uplift and inspire. We seek to infuse into every project, no matter how modest, an element of the artistic.

    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 buildings that enhance the lives of those who occupy them.
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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 architectural 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 to find out 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). He is a member of the Access Advisory Committee of the City of Blue Mountains.

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

    Blue Mountains Magic - An architectural and landscape sketchbook                      

    Great Gardens of the Blue Mountains , and

    Aboriginal Rock Art of the Blue Mountains.  

    All are available at 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 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

    Below is a photograph of members of the Blue mountains Croquet Club enjoying a game on their recently completed croquet lawn at Katoomba.

    We had earlier assisted the Club with design of a proposed new lawn at Mellow Bath, including renovation of an existing old building to form their new clubhouse.

    When the project at Mellow Bath proved to be financially unfeasible, and the opportunity to share facilities with the Blue Mountains Cricket Club emerged, we were able to assist in the design of this new lawn at Peter Carroll Field, Katoomba.

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    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

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