The warm and fuzzy bit

We've received a number of client testimonials over the years that have left us with a warm and fuzzy feeling. We'd like to share a few of these with you...

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Absolutely love our design by James & his team at Altereco. He listened to what our needs were and transformed our tired Californian bungalow into free flowing, warm, functional, light filled home providing us with a better quality of life.

Being north facing, the renovation captures the sunlight in winter reducing the need for heating and cools quickly in summer due to sliding doors & bi-fold Windows.

Even our 3 & half y/o boy says everyday “Mum & Dad, I love our new house!” along with the many compliments from friends and family. I really couldn’t recommend James & his team highly enough.

I will be using Altereco for any projects undertaken in the future.

Luke N.


When asked to renovate a very dull, boring office into something with style and statement I contacted James at Altereco.

James and his staff came in to the office, and listened to what was required. A week later, we were presented with an outstanding and innovative design.

Altereco took care of sourcing the tradesmen, planning permits, landlord permissions, fire personnel inspections and the only thing I had to do was select the wallpaper and furniture.

The renovation took 3 weeks. The "wow" impact on anyone who walks into the office is forever.

Sharon M.


You guys have done a lot of work both in our Council and others and would know it’s near impossible to get no RFI + a permit in less than 50 days let alone for 3 dwellings in an NRZ.

This is a testimony to a well-rounded proposal and also using all available resources, including our Heritage Advisor to help refine it.

We need more applicants/architects like yourselves!

Ramsay J.

Senior Urban Planner, Glen Eira Council


We can’t recommend James and the team at Altereco enough – they designed a renovation for us and then supported us through the build of about 6 months. The whole team are delightful to deal with and really listened to what we were trying to achieve. The design exceeded our expectations and when we hit a couple of issues during the build, James came up with solutions that turned potential disasters into features that are the highlights of our renovation! We couldn’t be happier with the home they helped us create.

Anna T.


James and his team at Altereco did a fabulous job on a particularly complex build! The results show their attention to detail, problem solving ability, and knowledge about sustainable materials and options. The Altereco staff were really easy to communicate with and clearly showed their passion for what they do.

Jen K.


Altereco Design were a great crew to work with. James certainly had an eye for design and detail, was engaging, professional, approachable and respectful. James and Mel worked really well with our building team, and answered all the questions that I just didn't have the skill to do. Our home is amazing and is a true reflection of Altereco Design.

Anita S.

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We are so very pleased with the care, thought, and expertise that we experienced with James, when we designed our beautiful home here in Apollo Bay so many years ago.

10 years have passed now, and we still love the family friendly, perfect for entertaining style of our home just as much as the day it was built, and this is all due to the brilliant work of James, who was able to put our vision of how our home should work onto paper and ultimately into the design of our house.

I will always remember James going to the trouble to visit our block of land before we began our plans, to understand the aspect of the land and how our home would best suit its location. Now that the home is a reality, I can now understand his vision for every window and door placement and size, that really makes the most of the beautiful landscape that surrounds us.

I often hear of people saying that building their first home is stressful and they often have regrets, and I can honestly say, that with James guidance (and a great builder), we found it completely opposite.

If we can bear to leave our beautiful home and build again in the future, we will be sure to be using James again, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his service to anyone wanting to find a quality architect who understands his customers

Jenny R.


James, I have always liked the way in which you guys go about things.

Really like the way in which you think of form and function.

Without clever people like yourself and your team these suburbs wouldn’t be what they are today.

We can only build on your ideas.

Jared H.



We've now worked with Altereco on 2 projects. The first was a renovation of a small terrace house which had a bad 1970s renovation in the back half of the house. James came up with some great ideas about how to maximise light and space within the narrow site. He was also very willing to listen to our ideas and took all of our needs into consideration when coming up with the final design. Several years later we engaged Altereco again for a renovation of a larger, Edwardian house. James again developed a wonderful design for a complicated site. His design beautifully tied in the heritage features of the front part of the house with a modern, spacious extension at the back.

Both projects were in heritage listed areas, and James' technical knowledge was invaluable in negotiating through council regulations and neighbours objections.

We wouldn't hesitate to work with Altereco again. James is a creative designer who really listens to clients and is very responsive throughout the whole process. He was also very helpful during the building phase, and had a good working relationship with our builder. This was extremely important as we relocated overseas during the last part of the second renovation, and it was a great relief knowing we could trust James to work with the builders in our absence. Highly recommended.

Karola C.

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We engaged James from AlterEco for our sustainable home which included a renovation and extension. James was great to work with, my husband and I are very particular, we know what we want and choose to be very well researched. James helped us learn along the way, was able to capture our vision perfectly. We interviewed many architects and found James to be incredibly great value given the price & quality of his work.

Leanne T.


We used Altereco to draw up our home renovation plans. James was great to work with, he understood what we were after and had great ideas. The job was done quickly and professionally - he really knew what he was doing!

Vicki P.


Altereco were great to work with, always thinking of ways to improve the concept and never a hassle if you change your mind (eeek!!!).

Trudy H.

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James succeeded in getting to know our preferences, design aesthetics and in translating our ideas into reality. He has incredible vision and has a knack for incorporating special design solutions specifically for each space.

Denise T.