Trevor is the founder of our company and has been its driving force for over four decades. He is on our Board of Directors, and as Past President of the Master Builders Association of Victoria he maintains an active interest in the Melbourne building industry. You may meet him when you come to our office for meetings. Trevor has a legendary knowledge of residential investment in Melbourne and a deep, rich understanding of the contemporary building process and the building industry. His experience, expertise and insight are the foundations of our business and are woven into everything that we do.
You probably will not meet Melanie as she works behind the scenes. Her responsibilities are sourcing and managing suppliers of materials and services, estimating building projects and overseeing construction methods and schedules. With her background as an engineer and process quality manager for global manufacturers, Melanie ensures all the materials and methods that are used in the construction of your new home will contribute to a high quality outcome. Melanie is a Registered Builder and has a leadership role in the building industry, as Deputy President of the Master Builders Association of Victoria.
Emma is responsible for the sales, marketing and client liaison functions at Fasham. You will meet with Emma during the design process and then work closely with her to complete the exchange of the building contract. With her background as a licenced Real Estate Agent, her Master of Business Administration and her international business experience, Emma brings a contemporary, relationship-based approach to doing business. She understands the importance of your investment in your new home and your business relationship with Fasham and works hard to ensure that this investment is rewarded.
You will meet Bruce (or his colleague Brian) at our first meeting to discuss your new home project. He is responsible for creating a design brief that will drive the detailed design and construction of your home.
Bruce has decades of experience gained through working on residential design and construction projects, both in Australia and overseas. He has built and renovated many of his own homes, and he has first hand knowledge of how design and construction work together. He understands there are often options for meeting a particular requirement, and each of these options may have cost implications. At the design stage, we care about these options and how they will impact your budget, your level of investment and your expectations. Bruce finds one of the thrills of the job working out the myriad design considerations and challenges to meet the needs and desires of a specific home on a specific site for our clients.
While Bruce has not been at Fasham for decades, he has been interested in our design philosophy and construction approach since he started as an architecture student. Since his university days, he has been looking at Fasham homes for inspiration and ideas. His contemporary design approach aligns with our design DNA and is a natural fit for our business.
You will meet Brian (or his colleague, Bruce) when you meet with us for the first time to discuss your new home project. We think of this first discussion as a way of understanding your expectations and feasibility of your project. At the end of this meeting, we will discuss if we would like to progress further and work together on a design brief. Our designers are responsible for taking your design brief and producing a detailed design that will be specified, priced and presented as our design response for your new home.
We have learned over the years that clients who are interested in having a new home built for them are interested in changing and improving the way their homes work for them. This might be due to them moving into a new life stage, or they love the process of working with experts to design their new home. In all our design meetings, you will find us extremely curious about how you experience your home and your current and future requirements. We need to get to know you, to ensure we can design a home to reflect who you are and how you live your life. We will ask a lot of questions about what works for you now, and what you may like to do differently with your new home. Our designers will work with you to understand the site you have selected, the surrounding buildings and how the landscape can be best used to create a new environment that suits your needs and personality. The internal and external structures, spaces and material selections will be discussed. We care about how the spaces will flow, how traffic patterns will work best, the usability of the spaces, room sizes and how they interconnect and interrelate to each other.
With all the input from you, and all these considerations in mind, Brian and Bruce have that special ability to hold a 3D idea of your home in their head, even before the pencil touches tracing paper. They can see possibilities and potential problems. The questions they ask will help shape the idea of your home that is then translated from a hand sketch to a detailed set of electronic plans and building specifications that form the contract documents.
Brian has been involved from the beginning of Fasham. The Fasham philosophy and design is in his DNA. He has decades of experience designing houses for people of all ages and life stages. His own large family, with many grandchildren, has informed his design choices for adapting his own home (he prefers to call it “right-sizing”) to suit changing needs and ways of living.
Brian specialises in designs that meet current desires and requirements as well as future mobility and lifestyle needs. It is part of that “right-sizing” challenge that many people want to address when they make decisions about investing in a new home.
You will work with Sonia throughout the detailed design and construction process of your new home. Sonia understands your project in all its details and is responsible for ensuring the documentation is clear, concise and accurate. She understands how all the detailed documents come together to guide the construction, and she works with you to make any requirement changes to the documentation throughout the build. Her background as an architect and her experience managing construction contracts drive the many questions that really get to the heart of the matter for each space in your new home.
You will first meet with Sonia to decide the internal joinery details for your new home. This meeting happens after the detailed computer drawings have been generated and the detail specification documents are prepared. You will have an idea of where the main pieces of furniture will go from the initial plan and together you will consider the details of the cupboards and storage elements. Sonia will ask you very detailed questions about how you use the rooms you live in now, what you like and what you may choose to improve or change. She will talk about where the drawers and shelves will be located in your wardrobes. She will want to know the kitchen appliances you have selected, the sizes of your fridge and washing machine, she will consider where the best place to put your coffee machine or microwave may be. She will ask you what do you do with your paper for recycling and whether you need a work area in your garage, or a storage area for something special. Our clients find meetings with Sonia intense and satisfying as they can begin to really feel how they are going to live from day to day in their new home. When you meet with Sonia you will spend a couple of hours going through these details at the detail meeting. It’s a ‘nuts and bolts’ approach, in a focused meeting, to make sure we discuss and confirm your needs in relation to the location of your possessions, review the internal layout and consider how all the joinery elements to work together in your new home.
Kathy is our interior decorator and stylist. She is very skilled with colour palettes, textures and textiles. She has a remarkable ability to see the background and depth of a colour or texture. This fine level of discernment helps to guide you in making décor choices that you will be happy with, and that will create a harmonious experience of living in your home. Generally you will spend around four hours with Kathy to discuss the colours of the materials and surfaces of your new interior. At this meeting, we will confirm the internal and external colour selections, checking the set of choices you have made will work together with the actual materials that are selected for construction and finishing. Kathy has a long track record of providing valued advice to our clients. Her sense of design and furnishing is based on contemporary life and styling. She brings her unique sensitivity to colour and texture to the Fasham DNA, understanding how these elements translate into the tranquillity and experience of living in a new home.
You may also meet Kathy during construction, as she is involved with any changes of material or colours. If there are Council town planning approvals required for your new home design, you may meet with Kathy early on. If you elect to engage Kathy further, she will provide advice and assist with your decisions on curtain and soft furnishing selections.
Glenn manages our construction team. He’s responsible for the smooth functioning and efficiency of our construction department, our Project Managers and all post-construction work. He visits all of our construction sites numerous times during the building and finishing process. He has a status meeting with the Project Managers every week to review every project in detail. He manages the construction schedule and ensures the right tradespeople are where they need to be to meet our commitments. He makes sure the flow of construction tasks is followed and the timelines are adhered to.
Glenn has worked for Fasham for decades. His special talent is his consistency of approach. Glenn’s carpentry background provides a strong understanding of the process and methods that contribute to a quality result. He has an eagle eye for details, and can spot and resolve detail issues before they become problems further through the build. His passion is to see that every house is built to the exacting standards and contemporary design details that are the Fasham signature. Our commitment is to construct every new home in accordance with the design and specifications and to the standard we proudly present in our display homes.
You may meet Glenn before the construction of your new home commences, or you will meet him on site.
When construction of your new home commences, you will meet with one of us on site. One of our project managers is assigned to your home for the duration of the build and they will be your first point of contact for any questions or communications. They will review all the documentation with the designers and Sonia before construction commences. Your first contact with your project manager will be just prior to commencement, when we start to schedule activity on your site. After that, you will meet with them every two weeks, to review construction progress.
On site, they are responsible for all the construction activity on your new home. This means coordinating trades, suppliers and deliveries, keeping the site clean and safe in accordance with the strict requirements of occupational health and safety …all with the goal of staying on schedule and in accordance with our strict quality guidelines. They conduct client meetings on site to review progress and discuss what will happen next. They are all chosen for their understanding of and experience in residential home building, and are very good at resolving problems and construction issues on site. They work closely with Brian, Bruce and Sonia to clarify and resolve any details. We are confident you will enjoy working with them as their passion is evident in everything they do.
David is responsible for managing the invoicing and payment processes for your new home. You will probably get to know him via email or phone interactions rather than in face to face meetings. His role is to ensure the payment process is smooth and efficient for all of us. When we build your new home, we rely on very detailed documentation and strict legislative requirements. Invoices need to be very clearly set out, so that any variation orders throughout the process are understandable for you and easily referenced by us all. We seek to have contracts and processes that are clear, up front and reasonable. If there is an issue that arises along the way, we will deal with it promptly and with fairness in mind.
At the end of the construction phase, David completes the handover with you. He is interested in your experience of designing and building with us and will talk to you about what you have enjoyed, and if there is anything that we could improve upon based on your experience.
David is a CPA and has worked in a wide range of businesses in Australia and overseas.
Liz is responsible for work that takes place in your home after the construction and handover period. She understands the construction process in great detail and how all the pieces fit together to the required standard for completion. For the first three months after handover, we monitor the building against the contracted requirements and the project manager responsible for your construction will complete a review inspection. Liz will document the agreed list of work to be completed and schedule a tradesperson to do the work. For example, sometimes, small adjustments to joinery levels or shelves are needed after you have moved in and filled them with your belongings.
Liz also works with clients over the longer term to ensure that any future issues of a structural nature are addressed within the legislative guidelines and in accordance with the standards and tolerances in the Building Code. If there is any form of structural issue that we are responsible for, she will organise a project manager to inspect and review it. If it needs to be addressed by Fasham, Liz will be focused on addressing the item for you.
You will meet Roger approximately three months after you move into your new home.
He is very good at addressing the small issues that you may notice after you’ve moved in. He’ll coordinate any post-completion tasks performed by trades at your home, as well as taking a hands-on approach to some tasks. He works closely with Liz, the Project Managers and Glenn to make sure the post-completion items are addressed and completed in accordance with the schedule we provide.
Roger is a skilled carpenter who has worked with us for almost a decade. He has learned a lot about contemporary design and has a hands-on knowledge of the Fasham way in all its practical details. We receive fantastic feedback from clients after Roger has completed his work, his friendly approach to getting small but important tasks completed is appreciated.