CKA Group

For over 40 years CKA Group have been at the forefront of architectural design. Committed to designing buildings of a high standard and constantly striving to exceed expectations, our portfolio demonstrates the quality and versatility of our work both in Australia and internationally.

Working from our offices in Melbourne, we have successfully combined innovative design with functionality and style across all our exclusive designs. CKA have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to produce original architectural designs for new homes, aged care facilities, and commercial projects.

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New & Stylish Melbourne Homes

In undertaking our work as new home architects, Melbourne’s leafy green suburbs provide a variety of environments allowing us to create of residences that seamlessly blend into the streetscape of both heritage and modern contemporary homes. We have extensive experience working in prestigious and highly sought-after locations, such as Toorak, South Yarra, MalvernHawthorn and Camberwell.

Home Renovation Architects

CKA group are leading residential renovation architect in Melbourne; we have helped Aussies renovate their spaces into their dream homes. No matter your style, we can help you design your home to fit your taste. Our luxury architects will make sure that we create a welcoming home and a world-class design.
Not everyone wants to renovate their home. If you’re interested in building your dream home, you can also choose us as your new home architect. We have many years of experience as residential architects, and we can help you make your dream home come to life.

Renovation Cost Guide

Australians are choosing to renovate their homes for several reasons. A renovation can increase your home’s value if you are planning to sell soon, it can be a chance to improve your living space’s functionality, or it may be a way for you to update your home to reflect your style and taste. Renovation costs vary wildly and can be anywhere between $3,000 and up to $150,000 depending on many factors. Using our experience as residential renovation architects in Melbourne, this renovation cost guide will go over the factors that affect the cost and give a rough guide for your renovation.

Some of the factors that will impact the cost of your renovation include:

  • Council regulation and fees: make sure to check the information for your local council fees since each council structures its fees differently.
  • Labour costs: this is usually the highest cost of a renovation and can include architects, builders, electricians, plumbers, and specialty trades such as tilers.
  • Rubbish removal/skip hire: hiring a skip can cost from $300 up to $2,000, depending on the skip size.
  • Size of your home/room being renovated: The cost of renovating a small three-bedroom apartment can start from $15,000, while a large home can cost up to $150,000. Different rooms in the house also have varying costs depending on the level of work needed.

Kitchen Renovations

The kitchen is a popular room in the house to be renovated. Costs can range from $10,000 to $75,000 depending on what you would like to be done, the materials you use, and your kitchen size. Labour is a significant expense in kitchen renovations since you will likely need to hire various skilled tradespeople.

Bathroom Renovations
Another popular renovation target of the house is the bathroom. Bathroom renovations can cost from $5,000 to $35,000. Simple renovations that use budget materials and fittings can be kept under $15,000, but any high-end renovations will often cost over $20,000. As a wet zone of the house, you will also see an increase in cost due to labour.

Living Room Renovations
Living room renovations can cost between $5,000 and $20,000. A simple renovation such as painting will not cost too much, but more extravagant renovations such as replacing flooring or installing new light fixtures may add up.

Bedroom Renovations
To redo your bedroom, you are looking at costs between $2,000 and $35,000. Having an ensuite attached to your bedroom will raise the price significantly.

Renovation Checklist

If you want to start a renovation on your house but feel overwhelmed, follow this renovation checklist to ensure that you’re covering all your bases for a successful renovation.

Get inspiration
Create mood boards or start collecting images that you feel inspired by. You can use websites like Pinterest or Instagram or make a paper mood board by collecting images from magazines or printing them off from the internet.

Start thinking about what you want.
Figure out precisely what you want to do for your renovation. Are you adding style? Functionality? Do you want to make structural changes to your home, or will the upgrades be mainly cosmetic? Try to decide on as many details as you can before you even start the process. Changing your mind about finishes or materials can be very costly down the line. If you’re renovating the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, also consider where you will eat, bathe, or sleep during this time.

Find out if you need council approval.
Contact your local council to see whether your plans will need approval before the work even commences.

Start getting quotes
Now that you have your plan in place and know what you want start calling around for quotes so you have a good idea of your costs.

Set your budget
Using the quotes from the previous step in conjunction with our Renovation Cost Guide, determine how much you think your renovation will cost. Tip: add a 10-15% buffer into your budget to account for any surprise expenses.

Find an architect and builder.
Search around for prospective architects to find one that best suits your design ideas and style. CKA group are one of the leading residential renovation architects in Melbourne, and we would love to work with you to make your renovation ideas come to life. Your architect may already have working relationships with a few builders, or you can ask around your family and friends to get recommendations.

Plan in detail
With your budget set and your architect and builder appointed, now is the time to finalise renovation timelines and choose your fixtures and materials. Try to be as detailed as possible throughout all aspects of the planning, as this will save you the headache later.

Now that you’ve got everything planned out, it’s time to begin the renovations! Keep a close eye on your plan and timeline throughout your renovation to follow the progress and ensure you are keeping to schedule.


How much do architects charge to draw up plans?

If you only want house plans from an architect, they may charge around 5% of the total building costs. For example, a renovation that costs $200,000 may have fees of $10,000.  If you are unsure of your construction costs or do not have a set budget, an architect may instead charge either a flat rate based on your house size or an hourly fee.  To get an accurate quote it is recommended to speak to an architect and have them assess your situation and give you an estimated cost.

Can you negotiate architect's fees?

Architects typically structure their fees in 3 ways.
1. An agreed fixed price is negotiated during the preliminary design consultations with your architect. However, if your plans change your fee may change too.
2. An hourly fee is often used if you only need partial services, for example, plans for a town planning permit or contract administration services.
3. A percentage-based fee is the most common fee structure and can also be negotiated at the beginning of the process however, is also subject to change if the scope of work required changes significantly.

Is it worth getting an architect?

A great architect will help you bring all the ideas you have in your head to life.  With their education and experience, they can help you produce a detailed design based precisely on your needs and wants.  Aside from the design work, an architect can also help you plan and manage the build.  They can help you obtain permits and find builders and work with you to ensure the construction process is going smoothly and within budget, saving you a lot of work yourself.

Should I use an architect or a builder?

A builder and architect each have very different roles in construction. A builder is in charge of the actual construction. If you’re doing a pretty straightforward renovation, you probably only need a builder. However, if you’re looking at a more complex renovation or are building your own home entirely, an architect is essential for the design process. Architects can use their knowledge to solve problems in the home. They can design based on natural light and air, consider space efficiency, and design your aesthetics. If you want the best possible results for your home, use both a builder and an architect.

Should I hire an architect to design my house?

The advantage of using an architect to design your house is that you’re using years of experience and design knowledge. If you want a unique home, you may need to loot at luxury architects in Melbourne. However, even simpler homes will benefit from an architect. An architect can help you design your home to make it the most optimal that it can be. They can help you create extra storage and design around the natural landscape on your land.

Can I design homes without being an architect?

Australia is unusual in that you don’t require an architect to design your home. You could do it yourself and get it drawn up by someone with the necessary skills, as long as you follow the building legislations and standards.
Three leading professionals in Australia are associated with designing homes: architects, building designers, and craftspeople. An architect’s primary focus is on design, and they are the most educated out of the three.  They are also generally the most expensive.
A building designer’s focus is on technical drafting.  Their necessary qualifications vary by state, but in Victoria, they need to have a diploma.
A draftsperson has either studied at TAFE or has learned how to draw buildings on the job.

How do I choose the right architect for my home?

To choose the right architect for your project you should start by looking for an architect whose existing work you like. Style and personal taste are essential factors and if you see an architect with designs you enjoy, you’re likely to be happy with what they design for you. Besides taste, you may also want to look at architects who specialise in your needs. If you’re interested in renovating your home, look for home renovation architects, don’t go for new home architects.

How much does an architect cost

Many architects typically charge between 5% and 20% of the total construction costs. Some architects may also charge a fixed fee or an hourly rate. The cost to hire an architect will depend on: the services the architect is offering, the type of property you’re building or renovating, how complex the project is, and the land’s geography.