Welcome to HOME. A brilliant new way to  draw inspiration from you.

A house is structural. A home is emotional.  A house is where you reside. A home is where you belong. Home contains me. At Surroundings, we take a human-centred approach that puts you at the heart of your home design. To create a space that is uniquely yours, we don’t start with what an architect has in mind. We start with you.

A fun and interactive program  Welcome to HOME – a brilliant new program that allows us to understand you and your relationship with space. Through a series of fun and enlightening exercises and activities, HOME will get to know you – your values, favourite experiences and collective rituals; your lifestyle, inspirations and dreams.  We can then take these insights to design a space you will love to call home, both today and tomorrow.

As every project is unique, we’ve created three HOME packages – so you can choose the level of support that’s right for you. 

HOME Masterclass Personal

A private session for you and your family or friends, which can be undertaken in the comfort of your own home, or in the creative environment of the Surroundings studio.

Over 3.5 hours, this five-part workshop will help you establish who you are, what inspires you, where you’ve come from and where you’re going. We put together these elements to help you better understand your personal relationship with space. You will receive a portfolio of your activities, exercises. 

Price: $1800

Find out more

Call Suzie or email now to book in 0419 028 906


HOME Masterclass Personal + Masterplan

We work with you to develop a masterplan for your house. 

This includes our HOME Masterclass and adds a Masterplan service. Once you have explored your preferences and come to a clear understanding of your ideal home, we will work with you to review your current house plan and design a masterplan for your home. You will receive a concept masterplan that is suitable to take to an architect, draftsperson or builder to develop into a set of plans suitable for construction. 


+ Match

We help you find the architect most suitable for your unique project. 

Add this onto one of our other offerings. Once you have explored your preferences and come to a clear understanding of your ideal home, you will feel ready to brief your architect but may not know who or how to choose.  We support you to get this important decision right using our experience and relationships in the industry. 

Call Suzie or email now to enquire 0419 028 906 


An inspiring and rewarding program

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few comments from happy clients:

“Home was a revelation. Before I did the program, I had a rough idea of what I liked and didn’t like, but didn’t have any real direction. It’s really helped me understand who I am, what I love, and what I want in a home. Of course, the answers are all in your head – it’s just a brilliant way of drawing them out!”  Mark

“It allowed us to tap into elements of creativity we didn’t know we had and I discovered how creative my husband could be. It was a real discovery process for us, we discovered things even about each other and we’ve been married 25 years now so that’s always nice to discover something new after that time.  What was really valuable was to find out how aligned we both were in our thinking. “   Lesley-Anne owner of Dock Street Warehouse

Five ways HOME Program works for you

We unearth hidden motivations. Our specialist workshops, tools and methods are designed to draw out deeper understandings that many clients are unaware of themselves. Such insights cannot be discovered through mainstream questions.

We focus on experiences. Traditional methods focus on the functional aspects of your build, such as number of bedrooms and preferred layout. We delve deeper into your personal relationship with space, exploring your experiences and rituals, in order to better support you to understand what you really want.

We keep it personal. Building projects are rarely the domain of one person. And when a number of people are involved in the decision-making process, group dynamics often override individual preferences. We take the time to understand the needs and aspirations of everyone involved, before moving to a collective decision.

We keep your project on-brief. Some architects have pre-conceived ideas with regards to design and methodology. We use our experience to ensure that architects have what they need to focus on a solution that’s right for your project, rather than individual bias

We’ll find you the perfect match. With our work we establish an in-depth knowledge of you. Alongside this we invest in strong relationships with peers in our industry to understand their approach and goals for practice – so we’re in the position to help you find the perfect architect.


We translate your masterclass findings into a masterplan for your home

MASTERPLAN is designed for people who aren't looking for full service architecture yet are keen to get the design right before to brief their draftsman or builder. We take forward the outcomes of your Home Masterclass to translate your preferences into a plan and basic concept for your Ideal Home. 

What’s included:
* We guide you through the process of getting measured drawings of your home and a site survey
* We review your town planning situation and obtain a building certification report so you know the rules you need to work within.
* We do two rounds of masterplan concepts to explore different ways you can configure your home
* You receive Floor plans, an indicative section and square metres rates of your masterplan suitable to take to an architect or draftsperson to develop into a set of plans suitable for construction.

More about MATCH

We’ll find the architect that’s right for you

There is no such thing as a standard architect. Each has their individual design philosophies, strengths and specialist areas. If you’re not familiar with building projects, making the right choice can be a game of chance.

That’s where we come in.

As architects ourselves, we know who’s out there – and what they do well. We believe in working with only the best talent. And we know that the best outcomes are reached by matching a client’s personal aesthetic ideas and preferences with like-minded architects and designers.

We’ve put together a shortlist of some of the best architects in their field – and we’ll be happy to review your project and make an impartial recommendation. 

How we work with our architects

Surroundings is committed to working with architects and designers who genuinely understand our clients and share their vision. That’s why we take the time to discover as much as possible about all our partners, from your individual preferences and interests to details of your dream project.

The more we know about you, the easier it is to match you with suitable clients. If you’re one of our shortlisted practices, and your profile is a great match, you’ll benefit from an introduction to a client who’s ready to go – someone who has completed a HOME workshop and knows what they’re looking for in a home.

We’re here to help

Our job is to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. We’re happy to provide peer reviews at key sign-off stages, to help your clients feel comfortable with their decisions and reduce the likelihood of design changes or reversals further down the track.

We also encourage clients via simple pulse surveys at key stages of the design – giving you invaluable insights into what you’re doing well and areas you can improve.

What we don’t do is tell you how to do your job. You control the design, the format, and the delivery of your design, documents or models to the client. We’re simply here to ensure that what you provide aligns with the agreed outcomes of the brief.