Who We Are

Interior of Sydney building design and drafting company Design Plus Drafting in Newtown

Based in Sydney’s Inner West in the vibrant bohemian enclave of Newtown, Design Plus Drafting provides residential, commercial and corporate clients with a flexible approach to building design. We work mainly with AutoCAD (2D) or Revit (3D) software to provide the plans and images you need to review your project, or to submit to the relevant authorities.

We work with a diverse range of clients and bend over backwards to provide designs that meet the needs of your family, tenants, employees and customers.

We provide all residential design and drafting services, from renovation plans, construction certificate drawings and DA drawings to total new home design.

Our team also works with national corporate clients to consolidate office spaces, designs functional offices for small businesses, and provides owner builders with 3D rendered concepts for projects from palatial homes to compact kitchens.

The Design Plus Drafting team can help with every stage.

Email us at info@designplusdrafting.com.au if you have any questions or require more information.

Our Beginnings

Design Plus Drafting is the building design division of Drawable Pty Ltd, a company which since 2007 has undertaken some of the biggest trade drafting jobs in Australia. Drawable works for 500 trade-based companies throughout the Pacific Rim and has completed over 10,000 projects. Some of the most memorable jobs we have worked on include the Sydney Opera House, Westpac headquarters, Warragamba Dam, the City of Perth fibre optic network and World Youth Day.

Design Plus Drafting was formed to provide residential, commercial, government and corporate clients with cost-effective building design solutions of the highest quality. Because of our trade background, each draftsman on the team thinks differently to architects and approaches design projects with practicality and the client’s needs as their primary focus.

Visit us in our state-of-the-art studio, in the gorgeous setting of the heritage Crago Flourmill, to discuss your project.

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I approached Design Plus Drafting last year because I needed a creative solution for my renovation. I had a 10-year-old architectural drawing, very little budget and big ideas. Thanks to Cameron and Dave I had no problems with the DA and it was approved within the timeline they specified.

Angie – Marrickville
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Dave Starr, principal

There aren’t many aspects of the construction industry that Dave hasn’t worked in. He qualified as an electrician after serving a civilian apprenticeship at Sydney’s Garden Island naval base, and honed his trade skills wiring warships before setting off around Asia and Europe to broaden his horizons. A two-year stint in London saw him designing the data refit of a major media company, before he returned to Sydney in 1994.

Dave’s career then took him in a dizzying array of directions: electrical salesman, estimator, project manager and even home automation product development. But Dave finally found his niche in construction design and formed his trade drafting company, Drawable, in 2007.

From the success of this business came Design Plus Drafting, after Dave noticed there was a need for residential drafting and affordable home design that wasn’t being met. “What we do for our customers is remove stress!” he says. “Owner-builders don’t just need design solutions, but also want help steering their DA through council – and that’s what we do.”

Dave’s wife Lorna occasionally manages to persuade him to take time off work to indulge their shared loves of travel, music and art.

Cameron Francis, chief designer

With a maturity way beyond his years and a work ethic that’s second to none, Cam’s talent and dedication have been integral to the success of Design Plus Drafting and its trade drafting sister company, Drawable.

In 2009, an even more fresh-faced Cam joined Drawable as a trainee drafter and soon became an AutoCAD guru. However, not content to limit himself to ‘as-built’ construction drawings, Cam studied at Ultimo TAFE to achieve a Diploma in Architectural Technology. Since then he has established himself as an intuitive and perceptive home designer, while his calm and considered approach has garnered a universally positive response from planning authorities.

Cam’s home design philosophy is simple: “Really listen to what the client wants, then create what’s achievable within the guidelines. The most liveable spaces are free-flowing with innovative storage.”

When he’s not working his magic on other people’s houses, Cam tends to his semi-rural property with his lovely wife Liz, two dogs, one horse, nine hens and a rooster.

 

 

Lorna Gow, interiors specialist

After 20 years spent subediting Australia’s leading fashion and homes magazines (Marie Claire, Vogue Living, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, House & Garden), Lorna decided to swap her Macquarie Dictionary for a colour wheel and embrace her passion for interiors. This led to studies in Interior Decoration accredited by TAFE’s renowned Sydney Design Centre Enmore.

A career change from journalism to interior decorating makes perfect sense to Lorna. “Both fields are forms of storytelling,” she explains. “The finishes and objects within a space tell the story of the people who live there just as eloquently as words on a page.” Under the banner of New Black Interiors, Lorna offers consulting services to Design Plus Drafting customers as well as outside clients, and specialises in unique interiors that are sensitive to the homeowner’s budget. “Great design is great design, regardless of price point,” she says.

Her greatest decor weakness? “Handles,” she admits. “I can’t begin to describe how happy a beautiful piece of door hardware makes me feel!”