The Mundaring Community Men's Shed has operated in the heart of the Mundaring township since 2007. Due to it's increasing patronage over the years it needed to grow into a bigger space & a new location. The government stumped up some funding in the form of substantial grant from the government to support it's future development and relocation to a new site. The future move is part of an extensive 10-year vision, including plans to construct a new fit-for-purpose facility, which would see the Men’s Shed equipped to expand and thrive for years to come.
The vision for the Men's Shed development is expansive in it's utility and function and needed to accommodate a range of trade / hobby tasks & community usages. These included administrations offices, main hall for gatherings & social events, commercial kitchen, separate metal & word working sheds, repair café, hobby / model building shed, community garden / nursery area, foundry / blacksmithing shed & storage units to support various community groups beyond the Men's Shed's direct needs.
The Shire of Mundaring agreed to lease 2 existing sites previously used as drainage easements closer in the industrial area of Mundaring. The site was bounded & traversed by the Golden Pipleline heritage trail, had significant native & exotic trees, an old terminated roadway & the remainder of other remnant ad-hoc site usages of historical purpose. It also had powerlines, telephone / NBN, 600 diameter water main pipeline & stormwater drainage services scattered around the site that needed protection in perpetuity.
Plot Design worked with the client & shire to create a Mater Plan for the site, outlining the functions & arrangements of the key elements, rationalised around retaining existing significant native trees, utilising the old roadway for vehicle movements , maintained universal access between the buildings & worked in and around all the necessary setbacks from the services traversing the site. Not an easy task, but one that has developed into a walkable, functional & ecologically responsive design that meets the many faceted usages needed on the site.
Our other key deliverable was to design of the Admin Building which needed to accommodate a gallery for selling of wares, the administration offices / meeting spaces, smoko / outdoor / veranda spaces, main hall , quiet / first aid room, commercial kitchen & ablutions. We designed it to be operable for a range of hierarchal utilities & uses that would be adaptable to the function required at any set period. To facilitate this we designed the spaces to mainly be accessed from a universally accessible veranda that linked the buildings so access could be controlled easily, with linkages between usages i.e. if theres a gathering in the main hall the commercial kitchen may choose to provide supporting refreshments.
The design itself was bold & aimed to convey the Men's Shed's intrinsic value of being a shed after all. So we designed it around the key idea of being shed / shack-like, creative, industrial, rustic, open & bedded in to the landscaping around it. The design is our best take on delivering a building that sets the tone for years to come as the Men's Shed community grow into their new home.
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Drawing upon skills in building, landscaping & sustainable design we offer a complete building design solution. Experienced in residential, commercial & development scale projects. We take pride in working with our clients to deliver projects that benefit the community & reduce environmental impacts.
We aim to forge long-lasting relationships, we want you to be happy when the job is done & work hard to meet your budget, timeline & expectations.
To keep it simple our complete building design & drafting service is tailored to you & we can arrange all the needed Engineering, Building Certification, Bushfire Attack Level Assessments (BAL), Building Thermal Performance & more.
Our design studio is located in Parkerville in the Perth Hills. We keep things simple and flexible. We can meet wherever you are or collaborate from afar.
Aaron Boultbee is the Director of Plot Design and is a professional building designer, architectural draftsman & sustainability consultant, with over 20 years of experience on residential and commercial projects. Aaron is a Full Member of the Building Designers Association Western Australia BDAWA.
Aaron's diverse experience includes project, operation, and office management as well as working extensively with engineers, landscape and building designers/architects, and operating his own building design practice.
As Director of Plot Design, Aaron draws upon these skills to understand each project and work with the project team in a forward-thinking, responsive and collaborative way. Providing high-quality design, drafting, and consultancy services on residential, grouped housing, small commercial, and development scale projects.
Aaron takes pride in working with our clients and the project team to achieve best practice sustainability outcomes. These include passive solar design, renewable energy systems, energy assessments, development scale design guidelines, productive and water-efficient garden design, and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) projects.
Aaron is an HIA Greensmart Professional and has experience as a building thermal performance assessor accredited under the Nationwide Housing Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
Aaron enjoys the hills lifestyle and Plot Design operates from his home studio in Parkerville.
James Taylor joined the Plot Design team as a Draftsman in 2020 & brings with his professionalism & keen attention to detail that adds value to our project's documentation / detailing. James works alongside Aaron to develop the detailed 3D models & drawings need for the construction of our hills homes.
He has completed a Bachelor of Design at UWA and completed the Diploma of Building Design at TAFE. He also has a long history working as a bookkeeper & admin in his family's accounting practice, is a dab hand on his farm in Gidgegannup farm & on the dance floor as an instructor.
James's design interests include passive solar design, liveable home design principles & interest in alternative building systems. He is a strong proponent of adopting innovative building systems & applying these where practical.
Plot Design is the Perth Hills Complete Building Design Service & can make your idea a reality.
To keep it simple & easy for you, we can arrange for help with your Engineering, Building Certification, Bushfire Attack Level Assessments (BAL), Building Thermal Performance & whatever else it takes.
We want you to be Happy, and take pride in creating beautiful built-form environments.