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We engaged Darklight after completing our 1st design process with an architect and being unhappy with our end result. What impressed us immediately was Darklights level of detail. Adam took the time to listen to our thoughts about our needs and overall design. Darklight incorporated all the features that we discussed including additional details that were so specific to our build. They were honest about our pricing expectations which matched our initial builder conversations. The whole team were completely engaged throughout the project liaising with both us and our builders. The final result is a beautifully designed home, full of usable functional spaces, light by the truckload and gorgeous design features. Thank you Adam and the Darklight team.


We’ve been in our home for a year now, the layout and functionality is working great for our young family. Adam was excellent at getting ahead of a number of challenges with the narrow lot design, which ultimately led to a very smooth approval process through council. Darklight, having a collaborative working relationship with the builder and interior designer from day one was also a highlight, ensuring everyone was on the same page and that the design, as well as looking good, was also practical. Warm regards, Bec and Steve


Adam and Dan have been impressive and amazing from the word go. They listened patiently to our wants and came up with a vision and more. They suggested features we didn’t know we wanted or needed and really delivered a home we will enjoy and flourish in for many years to come. Our design and build took place during the toughest of the Covid period and they even helped us navigate the maze of finding another builder (who was also exceptional). Thanks guys! Kind Regards, Gordon and Emma


My partner and I engaged Darklight to design a large extension to our mid-century home in Wembley Downs. The team was terrific to work with. Adam and Dan patiently collaborated with us to transform our requirements and wish list into an inspired and detailed design. Their vision and creativity resulted in an exceptional design that surpassed our expectations. Adam worked closely with our contractors to answer questions, resolve issues and to ensure the plan was properly executed. I would choose to work with Darklight again without hesitation


Adam and the team at Darklight Design created us a beautiful family home.  Every detail of the build was carefully thought out to meet the needs of our family.   No request was too big or too small! We get so many compliments from people on the unique design of our house. Building on a small narrow block was faced with some challenges but a solution was always found.  Been here around a year now and loving our home. Would highly recommend Darklight Design.


For us, this home represents the culmination of our working life, the reward for sacrifices made and costs borne. Therefore, it was imperative that everything be right the first time, there could be no second shots. This site presented specific challenges such as the road being above the block, is buttressed by granite boulders, offering only limited and awkward site access via a steep and largely unusable pee-gravel driveway, and, finally rated BAL40 due to the surrounding bush and slope. These challenges had to be overcome to lock onto the stunning views to the west, and the warm winter sun to the north. Our first challenge was to identify just who could demonstrate an ability to overcome the difficulties and deliver on our dream home. We stumbled at the first hurdle - repeatedly. Our ideas and dreams were shelved for want of expertise. That was until returning along the Brookton Highway and spotting the Big V residence on the ridge as it was nearing completion. At last, we had found our cavalry in the form of Adam and the Darklight Design team, and Troy’s Ironstone Home team. Naturally, our major concerns revolved around costs, and we’d heard of others having nightmare scenarios of cost blowouts or getting lumbered with unexpected extras. Adam took the time to understand us, our motivations, history, and what we wanted to achieve from this project. He appreciated my connection to the granites as a geologist. Adam turned a granite outcrop into a focal point, off which is arrayed our home, appearing as an extension of that outcrop. The building blends into its surroundings beautifully, near ground level on the street side and at treetop on the western side. Adam’s used strategic and cleaver window placement, offering a greater sense of privacy and the illusion of being “alone” in the area. The Darklight Design teams experience in working successfully with the Armadale City Council as well as a proven ability at overcoming challenges on blocks similar in nature to ours has proven to be very valuable. Adam has always been approachable and accommodating about issues or changes that we made, in particular for our desire to capture the warm winter sun and northern views across the valley. He managed this using complementary angles to produce the desired opening while protecting neighbour’s privacy. Altogether, this home is a piece of art, and our greatest asset. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Darklight Design team to anyone who is not interested in the cookie-cutter approach to building, who may have a site with unique or particular challenges, a BAL40 rating etc. as this team relishes the challenge and overcoming the obstacles to produce a piece of architectural artistry, the realisation of a long held dream. Graeme Craig.


My wife and I talked to numerous architects and designers through our initial stages and from our first meeting with Adam we felt straight away that Darklight was the team to take our dream home ideas and turn them into reality. From the outset we knew Adam and his team had both design and practical experience which we valued, and this ended up becoming very important due the complexity of some of our feature non-negotiable designs we wanted. After initial meetings and through to final design, Adam and his team were great especially in getting final approvals from council which without their experience and expertise wouldn’t have happened. The final design was everything we wanted, and the construction phase given their practical experience, high level of documentation and knowledge was made seamless. During construction there ongoing support was proactive and assistance invaluable to the outcome. We would recommend Darklight Design to anyone looking for both a great design and experienced team that has practical approach in the design to build complete process.


From the outset, Darklight Design (DLD) was an obvious choice for us as we embarked on the journey to create a distinctive, custom home. The level of professionalism, expertise, and exceptional design abilities displayed by Adam and his team is first class. As first-time home builders, DLD has confidently guided us through the intricate design and building process. Their patience and attentiveness to out numerous variations, persistent inquiries, and specific design requirements have been nothing short of remarkable. My partner and I had a very strong vision of the style aesthetic we wished to achieve for our house and were also aware of the constraints of small block building that we would face, unsure if we could get what we wanted. Our concerns were quickly allayed following our initial consultation with Adam. The concept, complete with floor plans and renders, presented by DLD was nothing less than astonishing. They had not only embraced our vision but elevated it, designing a house that surpassed our expectations in both aesthetics and functionality, and ingeniously maximizing our interior space beyond what we had imagined possible. Throughout construction, DLD’s interest in our project has never wavered. They have sustained exemplary communication with both us and our chosen builder, continuing to provide invaluable support and advice whenever we’ve needed it. We could not recommend Darklight Design more highly to anyone looking to build a custom home. Their ability to bring a dream to life is truly extraordinary.


Adam and the Darklight Design team have helped build my project from the ground up, with hard work, attention to detail, excellent design and build knowledge and a positive 'can do' attitude. Highly recommend their services for both personal and commercial projects.


We had no intention of building a new house until the bushfires of 2021 destroyed our existing house situated on 48 acres in the hills east of Perth. Our decision to rebuild on the same block was made fairly quickly. On meeting Adam Butcher on-site I vividly remember him saying ‘don’t try and recreate what you had’. At the time that was a significant statement and we started planning with DARKLIGHT DESIGN to ensure our specific needs for our future were met. We specifically wanted an ‘ageing friendly’’’ design with no steps, hobs or mobility hazards along with wide passageways, good breezeways and plenty of natural light taking into account the sun directions and our views. We found the designers to be very responsive, respectful of our situation and very willing to make adjustments as we went along. We moved into our new build approximately 8 months ago and are very comfortable and happy with the our design choices. M&C


Our building journey has been incredibly challenging. The all too familiar story of skills and supply shortage has made it the toughest few years we've had to endure. However, as Adam's design has come to life, we can't help but feel the wait has been worth it. The light that's been harnessed on a narrow block is incredible. The shapes and shadows cast make the space feel very special. And I couldn't believe the level of detail in the drawings. We can't wait to move in and enjoy this Darklight design. Kind regards E & J


Having worked closely with Adam on a number of projects I can certainly recommend his services to anyone looking for a custom designed home. Adam has some serious design flair, and is very thorough and meticulous with his designs as well as the documentation. He has great understanding and puts a lot of focus on the construction process. He is very proactive and always exceeds expectations around timelines. He is clearly driven by results and his work ethic is exceptional - Mark Diedricks


Karrinyup Waters Resort first met Adam from Darklight Design in early 2015 through his involvement as a team leader on a large scale residential build that our business was undertaking. An opportunity presented itself in 2016 to continue the relationship that we had formed with Adam through the residential build and have Darklight Design consult for Karrinyup Waters Resort for our planned improvements and redevelopment.  Having previously seen how Adam works and an understanding of his broad range of skills we had no reservations and jumped at the opportunity.  This decision ended up being a godsend as his skills were transferable to a huge scope of work from structure plans, development applications and design work. His involvement in orchestrating a tender for 16 residential homes proved invaluable and his guidance helped us navigate a difficult process for which we will be forever indebted.  Adam has made building and development fun and shifted the goal posts for what we believe to be "good design consultants". We look forward to continuing working with Darklight Design on a number of future projects and are more than happy to recommend Adam's services to any prospective clients. - Ted and Jason Gettingby


Tailorhouse Interiors has worked with Adam and his team at Darklight Design for over 4 years. They are extremely professional to work with, continually create innovative designs and very client focused which enables them to achieve great results. I would have no hesitation in recommending Darklight to my clients who are looking for a building designer. - Nikki Burwash


I have known Adam on a personal and professional level over a period of 10 years. I first worked together with Adam at Machin where I was a senior associate. He joined that practice in March 2007 and in a relatively short time progressed to become an invaluable member of the team. I have since engaged Adam’s services for my own practice Design and Beyond Architects to work on various residential and cinema projects around the nation where he has had a large involvement in all of the following activities: • Client meetings • Site investigations / meetings • Design & Documentation • Co-ordination of consultants • Project Administration ​ Adam is extremely honest, trustworthy, punctual, polite, eager to learn, and very well organised. My association with Adam has been enjoyable and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him for any position which he may take up. In my opinion he has the right attitude to succeed and will always make the most of any opportunity offered. I would be more than pleased to speak personally on Adam’s behalf and wish him every success in the future. - Dean Lewis


Adam did an incredible job designing our dream home. We came in to the process totally naive to house design and building. Adam is a friendly, down to earth person who was so helpful throughout every step of the process. We felt he truly listened and understood what we wanted in our home, and that he cared about the project as much as we did. There were a number of challenges involved with our design, including our awkwardly shaped block, very narrow frontage, and lots of council bylaws to account for. Adam took all of these challenge completely in his stride. He did an amazing job maximising the use of our space and sunlight. We also got council approval with no problems, thanks to his thorough preparation and willingness to consult with our neighbours during the design process.  We are thrilled with the home he designed for us, which is now in the final stages of being built. The layout flows perfectly and it is just gorgeous from every angle. We have already had so many comments from friends, family and neighbours who are blown away with the design.  We are so grateful to Adam for his talent, creativity and passion in designing our dream home. We can't wait to live there! We would definitely reccommend his services! - Melissa Burgess


Without the support of Adam from Darklight Design the Chorus ‘Kaleidoscope Garden’ simply would not have been possible. It was a huge amount of effort to bring this project to life which involved the hearts, hands and minds of so many people. The result was a dementia awareness display that took home the People’s Choice Award and the Silver Show Garden Award at the 2018 Perth Garden Festival. This would not have been possible without the generous contribution of the concept design and planning provided by Darklight Design. The sensory garden delivered on its promise to bring awareness to dementia but it also evoked emotional responses from many who wandered through. Some of the comments we received: “My lovely mum has dementia and this exhibit made me want to cry - mum gave me her love of gardening, thank you for creating this gorgeous space.” “Thank you for creating such a magical garden.” “You would have loved this garden, Poppy.” From everyone at Chorus, our sincere thanks and appreciation to Adam and the team at Darklight Design.


My partner and I entrusted the design of our family home to Adam and the Darklight Design team. Initially, our expectations and goals were more focused on the outcome and our build, what we didn't expect is how much dedication, thoroughness, and involvement Adam and his team would invest into the process. For them, it wasn't solely about the outcome, but also the people who they were designing the home for. Adam and the Darklight Design team went out of their way for us; above and beyond was their normal. They guided our design, with informed reasons, supported our wants, kept us up-to-date and accommodated changes. They also provided support for matters that weren't necessarily in their wheelhouse, but nonetheless, how we felt was that it was equally as important to them as it was for us. The outcome was better than the home we originally envisioned. But what we will remember most is how enjoyable the process was with Adam and the Darklight Design team.


We worked with Adam to design our narrow (9.5m wide lot) home. Adam took our brief & budget and came up with a concept that we were excited about from day one. The entire design and development approval process went seamlessly and Adam’s knowledge of the industry combined with his clever use of space & modern materials in the design gave us an incredible result.  We would highly recommend DLD to anyone looking for an honest & open design team with a flair that won’t disappoint.


I couldn't thank Adam and the Darklight team enough for the time, work planning and perseverance put into getting the smith street project council over the line. There were difficulties never before experienced as the entire alternative living scheme was a new project run out by the Fremantle council and ours being the lucky number one design to be submitted dealt with the entire scrutiny of a the rules set in place. Even after we thought all had gone well and the design was over the line the WAPC come back with further issues creating months of frustration for all parties but once again Adam attended meetings on my behalf and endured the forward and backwards conversations until we came to a conclusion. The design are of a quality one can expect from some one that takes great pride in their work, even my builder complimented how detailed his drawings were, i would highly recommend him to any one especially anyone who is about to try and undertake work in the new Scheme rolled out by Fremantle.


Mark and I were thrilled with the design that Adam created for our new home in Mount Claremont.  We had an idea of the look and feel we were seeking and Adam captured it exactly with strong attention to detail and great contemporary design ideas, complimented by a thorough understanding of the building process.  The resulting house is everything we wanted - a home that people regularly drive past and stop to admire.  Adam was great to communicate with, checking in often and readily available to answer any questions during the entire build.  We couldn't recommend him highly enough.


Adam has been incredible in helping bring to life the vision we have of our dream home! He has been honest, transparent and unapologetically factual in regards to the whole process. There’s no fibs or tell tales to make you feel a false sense of belief in something that isn’t real. As a result we have a clear understanding of WHY and WHAT it will take to build by far the BEST home in Perth. Working with adam to design our home has most importantly been FUN! I cannot wait to see the drawings come to life and will continue to refer adam and the team in the future.


The team at DARKLIGHT DESIGN are as unique as their projects. Planning our home in North Beach we had many items on our 'want' list but were challenged by our 9m wide block. We didn't want a run of the mill house that would fade into the background, we wanted to make a statement. Adam listened and understood our brief right from the get go and came up with a design beyond our wildest dreams. Our house has blown away friends, family and even been the talk of the neighbourhood. We can't thank Adam and the DARKLIGHT team enough for their time, creativity and streamlined process!


Myself and my wife engaged Adam’s services after he was recommended to us through a personal friend. Adam from Darklight Design became involved with our new house build at a stage when we were at a low point, as our first original builder had promised the world but failed dismally through all processes and left us with an empty block, large amounts of money spent ( and lost ) and nothing to show for our effort. Adam took us through a process which enabled us to move forward and from the outset his vision, dedication and understanding of our requirements were exceptional. Adam listened to what we had to say and came back with a totally new design and concept for our house that absolutely blew us away. Adam used the existing contours of our block to “settle” the house into the hill and the style and design has given us a house that will proudly standout for all to see who travel the Brookton Highway. The house essentially has become a modern 21 st century take on the traditional pole home that is scattered through the Perth hills. Our project from start to finish was never going to be an easy process due to the severe steepness of the block and the new Bushfire Attack Level laws. Adam was our light at the end of a very dark tunnel. We cannot express enough our thanks to Adam for his kindness, professionalism, honesty, openness and brilliant vision through all processes. That has steered us to an outcome that leaves us both with a big smile on our faces and feeling very content. Adam, you deserve all the accolades and we wish you all the best in your bright future and would absolutely recommend you to any person considering building a home in the future. - Gary & Sue Kemp

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