A Victorian company’s innovative business model is enabling more consumers the opportunity to own a quality-built home designed by a leading architect. Lifespaces Group offers customers the ability to purchase limited release, pre-designed plans by architects to be built by the Lifespaces team. Elliot McLaren, Co-founder, Lifespaces Group says, “the business started after observing consumer demand for more affordable and hassle-free architecturally-designed homes.”
“I’ve always been to privy to what I believed was a gap in the market, and that was clients coming in looking for a higher-end product but not really either wanting to go through the process, or not having the budget to seek higher-end architecture,” McLaren says. Each design produced by Lifespaces’ architects is limited to 10 uses, thereby guaranteeing customers a relatively exclusive home. “That’s a very firm, set-in-stone part of the Lifespaces brand,” McLaren says. “Once the 10th home is built, the plan is retired, never to be seen again.”
The collective construction experience of the founders ensures all materials and fixtures in the homes are carefully sourced and installed by the team. “Each toilet comes from Spain, each oven comes out from France … We have proper limestone not acrylic baths, and the taps are all handmade out of Melbourne. Nothing comes out of China,” McLaren says.
The first five Lifespaces designs have been created by Victorian based architectural firm Auhaus Architecture. “We’ve used the same design principles as we do for all our regular homes, looking at light, connection to outdoor spaces, how the light moves across the house throughout the day, natural ventilation, good natural volume and connection between spaces,” says Kate Fitzpatrick, co-founding director, Auhaus.
“Lifespaces is about creating a platform for high-end architects to design the way they would like to design as if creating a home for themselves,” McLaren says. Lifespaces plan to eventually introduce more architects to the business who specialise in a range of residential styles and climates.
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