The MWa Way: Building The Past Into the Future

The MWa Way Builds the Past Into the Future, Embracing How We Live Now and the Next Generation of Family Living.

MWa specialise in residential architecture, interiors and outdoor living. Many of our past projects have been in Heritage Conservation Areas of Sydney’s north shore and northern beaches, including Mosman, Northern Beaches, Willoughby, Ku ring gai and The City of Sydney Council areas. Our approach to older homes is to work with our clients to update their homes to suit contemporary residential amenity, while retaining the best of the existing character of the original home. Building the past into the future.

Our clients live in homes which were built for another era.

Older homes were built to suit the requirements of their day, and don’t reflect how we live now.

These homes have character but don’t provide modern residential amenities (like outdoor entertaining, inside/outside connection, site responsive sunshine and daylight, generous main bedrooms, bathrooms, adequate storage, good garaging.)  These homes don’t embrace how we live now, don’t facilitate our contemporary lifestyles.  These homes don’t anticipate flexible uses over time, adaptable living for ageing occupants or multi generational living.

Typically, these are the issues we deal with when working with older homes, the things lacking in older homes which our generation of family living expect.

  • number of bedrooms
  • number of bathrooms
  • storage
  • car parking
  • open plan living
  • natural light and solar access to sunshine
  • connection between the house with the garden and outdoor living


The MWa Way builds the best of the past into your future.

We have worked with homes which are heritage listed, homes adjacent to heritage listed homes and in many cases, homes within heritage conservation areas.

We have successfully achieve Development Consents in the above council areas.

We have successfully achieved consent for minor maintenance works for homes in heritage conservation areas, without having to go through a full DA (using the heritage clauses in council Local Environment Plans).

We have even successfully achieved minor renovation works at the rear of properties in heritage conservation areas using the NSW SEPP for Exempt and Complying Development (Complying Development Certificate using an independent certifier).

Michelle Walker is on the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage website heritage advisory listings.


If you have a home in a heritage conservation area, MWa can help you to make the most of your house and navigate through the approvals process.

Take a look at our Portfolio of projects, for inspirations about how good a home can be.

Please read our Client Testimonials on the blog to understand how positive a renovation journey can be.

Download our Information Pack.

Read our Client Advice articles on the blog.

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As everyone seems so crazy busy, SATURDAY ON-SITE CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE from MARCH 31ST 2019.  $400+GST 

Book an On-Site Consultation

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Or call on 0421 088 110


What is an On-site Initial Consultation:

An initial consultation is a 1 to 2 hour meeting to discuss any aspect of your project that you need to discuss.

It’s  an active consultation session which provides advice based on years of local experience.

It can include design, planning, tendering, builder selection, building contracts, design consultants, specialist sub contractors, local suppliers, costs, program and relationships.

It’s also the first opportunity to find out about your objectives and ideas, your brief and initial budget expectations, and for us to see your home and site, and start evaluating the possibilities with you.

Useful information to have at hand is:

  • any site and block information
  • your brief
  • photos of the things you love and
  • indication of your project budget (how much you will be spending on your project)

Following an initial consultation, we will be able to provide you with an MWa tailored fee proposal.   

To progress with your project, we will need a recent section 149 planning certificate from your local council (can be ordered on-line) and an architectural survey of your site, undertaken by a registered surveyor.  If you are able to organize this documentation, you will have made the first steps towards getting your renovation underway.

Please read through our Client Advice articles and download our MWa Information Pack off the home page which answers many initial questions prospective clients have about the typical architectural process of creating or updating a home.

“Thank you for your practical and honest advice.  60 minutes with you saved us weeks (and weeks) of work.”  Client feedback on an initial consultation.

To book an initial consultation, call 0421 008 110 or email us via our contact form or   $400+GST. 

As everyone seems so crazy busy, SATURDAY ON-SITE CONSULTATIONS AVAILABLE from MARCH 31ST 2019. 




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