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A complete residential building design service that delivers finely crafted custom buildings

While each project is unique, we bring to each one our quality craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail supported by expert project management – from custom building design and architectural drafting through to the construction of your building.

Discovery + Direction

Integral to every project, we assess the opportunities and skilfully guide your project on the right track to realising your vision.

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Concept + Building Design Development

Working with your & our ideas, our skilled designers will explore concepts and nurture your project until it comes to life in 2D + 3D

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Interiors + Exteriors

Creating a consistent theme means a flawless integration of design elements between internal and external spaces & finishes.

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Permissions + Town Planning

Did you know that as many as 30% of planning applications across Victoria do not get approved at council. Let our expert team manage the planning & building permissions for you.

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Construction Documentation

Drawing Packages for Permit, Construction Details, Building Tender or General Architectural Drafting. We can help with a package to suit your needs.

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Project Spec + Schedules

Immerse yourself in the Selection Process. Our skilled team can make selecting Finishes & Inclusions easy and help you work within your needs & budget.

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Contract Admin + Budgeting

Having your project built by the right builder is crucial. Let our team guide you thru the budgeting process & ensure your contracted works meet your expectations.

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Project Facilitation

Designing and delivering highly detailed and specified buildings requires both Design-Team and Build-Team to work seamlessly as one.

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Arrange an initial consultation with one of our building designers to discuss your project.

What our Clients say

  • “We really like that our renovation incorporates all of the important needs of our life now and into the future. By carefully considering how we work, play and interact day to day, DCF has created a truly wonderful design which allows us the flexibility to change with it – making it timeless. Thank you isn’t enough…we truly love the design and our new home! Without doubt, we would recommend the services of DCF.”

    Phil and Nina, Malvern East
  • “We were comfortable with the whole process from day one – from the initial phone call right through to design handover. We met in the comfortable and relaxed environment of the DCF studio in Malvern East. Darren spent considerable time thrashing out ideas and he really listened to what we wanted to achieve. He took time to step us through the whole process. The design came together quickly and hit the mark on the first draft. This was a better than expected outcome. We will continue to recommend the DCF services.”

    Scott and Isabella, Hawthorn
  • “We have enjoyed working with the team at DCF – they are a young, enthusiastic team with innovative and contemporary ideas. We currently live in a house previously designed by DCF and have commissioned them for our new house. The budgeting and administration process was informative, transparent and easy to understand. The personal and attentive service provided by DCF has them stand out from the larger firms. We have and would continue to recommend DCF’s services.”

    Ian and Ellen, Caulfield
  • “We worked with DCF in creating a design for a beach house that really suited what we wanted as well as the block and the surrounding environment. Due to the changes in planning law as a result of the Black Friday bushfires we had a long and difficult task getting planning permission for the property. The guys at DCF worked very hard with the CFA, DSE, the local council, neighbours and other related parties to ultimately get planning permission which (to our knowledge) was the first of its kind in the Mornington Peninsula shire post the bush fires. Throughout this process they kept us informed of the progress and the direction that they were taking with the design and the planning application. We would have no hesitation in recommending the services of DCF.”

    Mark and Sarah, Hawthorn East
  • “We got DCF Design to design and project manage our renovations. Our house interior was aged and compartmentalised with the living/dining/kitchen areas all separate rooms. Once completed, it was a light filled, spacious, open-plan functional and modern home…a thrilling and timely transformation for us indeed. We really appreciated Darren’s creative ideas as well as his practical knowledge of materials and construction. He was a helpful guide throughout the whole process and took the weight of arranging and organising tradespeople and materials off our backs. That was a big bonus. We would certainly recommend the services of DCF Deign Group to our friends and colleagues.”

    Barry and Jane, Murrumbeena
  • “We have had the opportunity to work with Darren and DCF Design on several occasions over a period of a couple of years or so. They have always delivered as promised and their attention to detail is outstanding. We were impressed by their knowledge and understanding of council and town planning regulations and their record in having projects approved was very reassuring. We look forward to working with them on our next project.”

    Gary and Michelle, Brighton