Having had no experience in the building game, Luke made us feel confident to move forward with our project from our first meeting. We engaged Luke to design a contemporary addition to our heritage listed house and the outcome is an outstanding, light-filled modern extension that functions incredibly well for our family!
He managed to add significant new floor space without compromising the front external appearance to meet the heritage requirements.
Luke was able to listen and understand our needs, he was clear, always punctual, very professional and easy to communicate with. We love living in our new home and our guests love to be entertained here! Thank you Luke
We absolutely love our new house. You have been so supportive right from the beginning. When we were packing I found the brief which Darren and I wrote and showed you when we first met you. I'd have to say each wish we had written has been fulfilled in the design. We have absolutely no regrets. Owner building was made much easier knowing we had your advice on hand and support. You have managed to capture the views and create a home which we love. You are absolutely fantastic at what you do !!!!!!! Thanks again.
JOSIE & DARREN CACHIA
“We commissioned Luke Van Jour to deliver a re-design to the rear of our Heritage listed property in Concord. Our brief to him was to challenge the expected and to create a light filled space for an active family and to do so within the confines that are placed over Conservation and heritage listed properties.
From the moment we met Luke, through seeing his work on our home come to life through drawings and finally when the pieces came together in bricks and steel, we could say nothing less than what a joy it was to work with him. He beautifully navigated the Heritage office of our local council and the perfect balance he achieved between the old and new is a credit to him.
Luke by nature is extremely professional, punctual, communicative and extraordinarily talented. The key ingredients you need in a Building Designer. All of these critical traits are wrapped up in extensive knowledge of sustainability and how to eco-build, something that was very important to us in the design of our property.
Luke’s expertise delivered us a gorgeous looking home that uses nature through the saturation of light and glass and louvers meaning that our home requires no synthetic cooling in summer and very minimal heating in winter. It is a beautiful and easy space to live in.
Quite simply there is something very special about Luke Van Jour. He has a finely tuned sense of the nuances that can take a home from ‘lovely’ to ‘WOW’. We are already thinking about ways to work with him again in the future on our next adventure. We happily recommend him to anyone considering his services.”
SEAN TAPLIN & TABITHA FEHER
"After numerous weekends spent looking through exhibition homes all over Sydney, we found it difficult to find a house that would suit our corner block and take into account our design ideas and the view of the surrounding golf course. As we had a limited budget we believed a custom designed home would be beyond our budget. Eventually we were recommended by a close friend to call Luke Van Jour from Distinct Innovations.
We discussed our situation with Luke Vanjour from Distinct Innovations and were relieved to find out that a house designed for our block may be within our budget and our best option.
We then had our first meeting with Luke who we felt completely at ease with. After a site visit and a follow up meeting at Luke’s office a concept design was developed during our 2 weeks holiday in October. Narelle and I were very excited about viewing our design and we were not disappointed.
We looked at the concept design and found it had taken into account all our ideas and looked just right. We then spoke to two builders and confirmed that the house design could be built within our budget. Luke then over the next few weeks finalised the detailed building plans of the house. This included a few more visits to Luke’s office to keep us up to date on the progress and show us our home design in a 3D model. Well it was not long before we received our lot number after our land was released. During the course of the house design Luke organised all the basic requirement, consultants and reports required to lodge our plans with Council. There were no cost surprises during the design phase as Luke’s initial estimates in the cost proposed were spot on. The necessary approval from Twin Creeks was soon received and Luke called us to say our plans were ready to be lodged with Council. The lodgement at council was hassle free and it was not long before we received our DA approval by council.
Our house commenced in December 2010 and through the course of its construction always found Luke only too happy to find time for us to discuss any questions we had for him. This included a site meeting towards the end of its construction to discuss internal colours and finishes.
We have now been in our house for over 6 months and thought we should let some other prospective home owners know of our experience with Distinct Innovations. Luke would talk to us about house position and our living areas in relation to the sun and we probably did not completely appreciate what he was saying at the time.
Well after our first summer in our new house we were surprised how much cooler the indoor living areas were compared to the outside temperature.
We have also now seen the first half of winter and love the winter sun shining into our living areas and only needing the gas heating for the nights. We now can appreciate completely what Distinct Innovations has done for us in a place we love being at.
We now consider Luke as a friend and would recommend him to anyone considering having a home professionally designed."
NARELLE & RON SMITH
"During our first meeting with Luke Van Jour of Distinct Innovations, we explained our desired project and in response Luke went through all the positives and negatives of the site and the risk factors involved in submitting an application to Council for dual occupancy.
With Luke’s expertise our proposed development met all the requirements of Council’s Development Control and Local Environmental Plans and was submitted to Council for approval. However due to strong neighbour objection the process took 190 days and went before a Council meeting on two occasions.
During this entire process Luke remained as passionate about the project as we did and spent many hours and days making calls and even waiting to see officers at the Council to try and assist with the decision making process.
As a result of Luke’s overwhelming support, determination and expertise, our development was approved. We are of course delighted with the result and cannot express our gratitude to Luke for his efforts, which went way beyond those expected.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Distinct Innovations to any associate or friend as Luke’s professionalism, attention to detail and genuine care for his clients we believe to be unmatched”.
MR & MRS JOHN AND VICTORIA HABIB
“Prior to meeting Luke Van Jour of Distinct Innovations, we had sketch plans drawn by two other design firms but were very disappointed with the service and quality of design we were given. After almost a year of trying to get somewhere with these firms an acquaintance that had used Distinct Innovations successfully had highly recommended that we speak with Luke Van Jour.
Luke’s approach was totally different from other designers. We had a brief discussion over the telephone and he asked us to prepare a page of likes and dislikes for our new home, and also to prepare a scrap book with as many pictures and photographs as possible before the first consultation.
The initial consultation lasted about two hours. We happily signed contracts in which we were given estimated time frames for completion of various stages of design and completion. During the whole process Distinct Innovations was well within the estimated time frames.
Our plans were approved without any objection and we are now almost ready to move into our new home.
I had taken the project on as an owner builder and on many occasions I needed further advice on various product recommendations and as to how I should approach the next stage of building. Distinct Innovations was always more than willing to provide that ongoing support.
We are extremely happy with the service and quality we received from Distinct Innovations and would have no hesitation in recommending them to family, friends or acquaintances”.
MR TONY GIGLIOTTI
Distinct Innovations was referred to us by a neighbour who spoke highly of Luke Van Jour. Our first impressions of Luke were exceptional. He was knowledgeable and gave his honest and educated ideas about the design and approach for our house in Concord in a Heritage Conservation Area. Due to this we knew Luke would be the right designer for our house. His long list of qualifications and credentials were impeccable.
On presentation of our Concept Plan we were taken aback. It was outstanding. Luke had really taken notice to what we needed and wanted as a family, while also taking into consideration the requirements of our Council.
As a result of this the plans and the Development Application were submitted. Luke assured us that every criteria had been met. This was true, as the plans were approved with no issues at all.
Luke throughout the design, lodgment and construction process was more than happy to discuss any questions we had and more importantly offer his invaluable advice.
We are very grateful to the dedication and professionalism that Luke Van Jour has applied and demonstrated in our house designs. We would like to sincerely thank him and would have no hesitation in recommending Distinct Innovations to any person.
LORETTA & COREY MURATORE