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Darklight design is a small boutique based design firm with a focus on budget and construction the key driver in achieving successful outcomes. Our experience in multiple sectors and exposure to complicated assignments has given us the ability to navigate successfully all types of projects in the Residential and Commercial sectors. Darklight Design assess each client’s brief individually and believe in paying attention to all pre-construction components to give your project the best possible start when building commences. With a small team our focus and attention is always client driven to create a relaxed and exciting process.


Guidance, honesty and transparency throughout our process is a key component to our design method with educated clients making educated decisions.

Since 2016 Darklight Design has created an exciting portfolio of award winning projects that have defined that good design, construction viability and affordability can all work together. Together Senior Designer Daniel Thake and Director Adam Butcher have engaged in creating an exciting environment that flourishes with challenges and the ability to resolve problems where others don’t.

“Within the dark there is light you must have the ability and desire to find it in dark times” Director Adam Butcher on the notion of Darklight Designs origins.


Darklight Design was created on the notion of continually striving to be positive and there is a solution for all problems if you endeavour to invest in finding the solution. We ask for open participation from our clients and encourage them to dream, invest and trust in that good design and a structured process will achieve the best for their project.



HIA Housing Awards 2020

Winner: custom built homes $625,001 to $800,000

Winner: Framed Housing $500,001 to $800,000

Winner: Framed Home of the Year

Finalist: Custom Built Home of the Year

Home MBA Housing Awards 2020

winner: Best Alternative Construction

2019 BDAWA Awards

Best Residential Design $500,000 - $750,000

Best Bathroom Design


2019 BDAWA Awards

James Hardie award


2019 BDAWA Awards

Best rural design


2019 BDAWA Awards

Best new residential design $1-3m 

Adam Butcher


Director and principal designer of Darklight Design who is an award winning designer with over 18 year’s experience in the design and construction industry. His expertise crosses multiple sectors in rural and metropolitan areas around Australia. His drive for continual growth, education and a dedication to documentation standards is a corner stone of Darklight Design process.


Growing up in a farming property in Western Australia southwest farming regions has provided a solid work ethic and appreciation of doing things properly the first time.
He has built strong relationships with local and national builders, trades, suppliers and developed an understanding of construction methodologies on site that further enhances his projects' successes.

Adam's passion for great design is evident through the pride he takes in producing quality design in line with budgets, timeframes and realistic construction methodologies.

Daniel Thake


Senior Designer at Darklight Design and lead 3D Wizard having backgrounds in varying design sectors. His enthusiasm for design and exposure to work all over the world has provided him with a sharp sense that is always driving the bar higher for Darklight Design.


With a family background that evokes hard work and maturity beyond his years he is a key component to the Darklight Design process. 3D modelling and advanced presentation skills that enhance a client’s understanding of the design intent is a strong element to our process and due to Daniels skill set Darklight Design is leading the industry.


Daniels focus on leading edge design and always pushing the boundaries is evident in his work and making sure Darklight stays at the fore front of the industry.

Craig Hordyk


Darklight’s newest team member Craig is a 2021 TAFE graduate with a Diploma of building design. Raised on the fundamentals of hard work and respect for others, Craig is excited to take his first steps into the world of building design and drafting, working with Adam and Daniel to produce the quality drawings that Darklight is known for.

Craig has had hands on experience in the construction industry over the past 4 years. He has been heavily involved with landscape construction, commercial maintenance and cabinetry work which is proving to be a favourable set of skills behind the office desk.

Craig’s family has always been involved in the building industry, from his Grandad being a Civil engineer, his Dad being a Cabinet Maker turned maintenance contractor as well as his uncles being in various trades. This has lead to his love for buildings and seeing all the pieces come together. Craig is looking forward to continuing to build his technical skills, working out how everything fits together and challenging himself to find solutions to ‘out of the ordinary’ problems.

Alison Butcher


Alison is in charge with the daily running of the business, maintaining the accounts and making sure the boys don't spend too much on Friday beers!

When not at Darklight Alison is busy wrangling her three daughters and working as an Accredited Hand Therapist. 


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