designing your vision
Angela and her team understand that communication is the key to making your new home design or renovation a success.
They are with you every step of the way, guiding you and answering every question.
They create efficient and intelligent home designs that are responsive to your vision and the environment, evolving into a design that expresses your personality and accommodates your lifestyle.
If you are starting from scratch, renovating, or just need advice on where to start and how the building process works, call for expert and up-to-date advice.
For more information about their philosophy, motivations and intentions as they relate to residential design please read Angela's manifesto.
Angela Elliss possesses a BSc (Architecture) degree from Newcastle University. She graduated with merit in 1998. Angela is principal designer as well as project & business manager at the Central Coast based design studio.
Tracey Sharples graduated from Newcastle University in 2006. She has a BSc (Architecture) degree, graduating with merit. Tracey has extensive experience in residential building design and project management.
Denise Hughes graduated with a BDes (Architecture) in 2019 and is a valued member of our team.
From Stewart & Lyn Bubb (Client)
Thank you Angela for redesigning our home-away-from-home. We love the modern skillion roof design with modern finishes and often receive complements about the amazing transformation. We have even had people just walking past stop and chat about the verandah addition and how it has improved the entire street scape in our area! Thanks again.
Wendy Lalor (Client)
My husband and I used Angela Elliss Design to help us create our new ‘Hamptons’ style home. This is the first time we have built a house this way, so it was quite a daunting process for us to consider using an architect. However once we spoke to Angela, and meet on the building site it seemed to become all that much easier.
The whole designing process was made much more manageable having Angela provide ideas for us to think about. We found this very helpful. Angela gave us contact details of professionals to give us advice on particular parts of the project, which was also very useful.
From the initial meeting we were happy to use Angela Elliss Design. She took us through the whole process including dealing with councils and right through to DA approval. Nothing was too much trouble.
Ted Rule (Client)
Yes, it was Angela Ellis's terrific website that first put me onto her but soon I discovered that there was more to her than just a pretty website.
Thing is, renovating a house that is in a difficult position and neglected for 15 years is a complex and potentially stressful exercise.
That was our starting point. We had a pole house at Avoca Beach on a steeply sloping site. We'd been overseas for years, and it had suffered the depredations of generations of renters. We weren't even sure that it was structurally sound - disturbing cracks had appeared in odd places and the floor was sagging alarmingly under a much too heavy fireplace.
Now you may think that architects are only good for twirling their bow ties as they think up ever more impractical ideas. Many of you may have had that experience. Angela is different. She does beautiful designs but she thinks carefully about practical matters and manages their execution. She got us an engineer who told us that our building was structurally sound, and advised on what loads we could put on it. She managed the process of tendering for builders. She's a Central Coast local so she knows who's good and who isn't. She managed the relationship with the builders, always a potential source of conflict and angst. It soon became quite clear that the builders respected her and would listen to her ideas and instructions. One builder told me that they preferred to deal with her over most other architects working on the Central Coast.
I have done several major renovations and I don't recall one which went so smoothly. And at the end of the process she listed all the small defects and oversaw their rectification. All in all a very satisfactory experience. You can put your work in her hands with confidence.
From: Client at Copacabana, NSW
(Contact details available upon request)
We would be more than happy to recommend Angela's design flair to anyone. We purchased a beach side home half build and Angela was able to incorporate our needs into the building. Her practice prepared all the changes to plans & reports for council and construction.
We love the modern concrete design, it's so warm in winter and cool in summer. We can certainly see the benefits of a properly designed house and would have no hesitation to use Angela again. We would be happy to provide a verbal reference if required.
From Les Smith (Builder)
I have worked with Angela on many projects over the years ranging from large renovations to beach front homes and I can honestly say it is always a pleasure working with her. Angela is a great communicator and very well managed. She understands construction and structures really well and leaves nothing to chance. I have no hesitation in recommending Angela for any new home design or renovation.
Ian Winn (Client)
About 15 years ago we bought an eclectically designed home on a acres in Ourimbah NSW.
We knew it needed renovating but we needed someone to help us relate our needs, and the way our family lived, into plans. We also needed to improve the overall aesthetic of the home, and Angela's help was pivotal in designing spaces that worked for a young family.
Angela has helped us with two renovations over the years. The first was apparently the quickest DA approval Angela had ever experienced, the second, Angela mentioned, was one of the most trying DA applications she has worked on.
For both DA's Angela was tenacious in ensuring council had everything they needed to assure DA approval. We are now starting the construction of our second renovation and have no hesitation in recommending Angela.
Susan Zaia (Client)
Working on the design of my new home with Angela Elliss has been a stimulating and enjoyable experience.
Angela was quick to realise what the important criteria were in designing a functional, beautiful and comfortable home for my requirements.
Angela has been supportive and flexible when I’ve needed help with problem solving or changing my mind on some aspect.
I have no hesitation in recommending Angela Elliss Design to anyone wanting creative, professional architectural services.
From Barbara Glass (Client)
Angela I would like to thank you for a great job done on our home at Killcare. Our house used to be a very dark and cold mud brick house that really was in desperate need of an overhaul. It was poorly orientated and uncomfortable to live in.
We approached Angela to design an addition but to also improve on the existing house that needed to be environmentally friendly, would capture the wonderful north east breeze as well as the northern sun that we now enjoy in our living areas.
We are really enjoying our modern addition and have settled in nicely and love our new home and the beautiful bay. We are extremely happy with the finished products and appreciated the suggestions as well as the referral of Adams Garden. Angela your design ideas are working beautifully and people often ask about the designer of our renovations. Hope we can use your services for our next purchase
Marilyn and David Lambert (Clients)
It has been a pleasure working with Angela over the years. Angela has completed two projects for us so far, our home renovation at Wagstaffe and our cottage at Moppy.
Our home had a very poorly designed downstairs area, it was dark and damp. Angela redesigned this space so it functioned much better. She was able to connect us with the right people to complete various parts of the job including a colourist as well as a waterproofing specialist.
Our very modern cottage in Moppy is just about complete and we just love it. The bathroom has corner walls that slide away leaving the bathroom open to private acres, just wonderful during a downpour, and our kitchen doubles as the outside BBQ area.
We would certainly recommend Angela Elliss Design to friends and may again be calling upon Angela's skills in the near future!
From: Yuri and Natalia
We engaged Angela to help us find the perfect block to build a new home on a budget.
Angela vetted potential blocks for us, so we could make the smartest investment choice. We all agreed that a block at Copacabana would allow us to have the beach lifestyle we were looking for, as well as the holiday rental return that made good financial sense.
The site we chose is within walking distance to the beach. We bought it for a very good price but the site was extremely steep. As an owner builder I was very happy with the design as we didn’t need to excavate or retain a lot. The job could have been complex and expensive.
Due to the slope & tree coverage we did not think we would get ocean views. As we removed a few trees we now see views to Copacabana Beach and may have designed a little differently had we known we would definitely get views.
The main deck location is in the best spot for views and receives the morning sun, and we see beautiful winter sun penetration into the heart of the home throughout the day. Anybody who enters the house notices there is a good deal of natural light in the living spaces facing south. This is due to a great deal of planning and good design around the; sun, views and window locations. During summer the living areas are protected from harsh heat and we enjoy cooling summer breezes.
Visitors just love the design. It’s a simple shaped three storey building but as a result of adapting to the site slope it’s also very unique.
Angela suggested the external materials on the house and we are really happy with the recommendations.
The site was difficult to build on and I was an owner builder. Would I do it all over again? Yes. It was challenging but also very rewarding. I would definitely recommend Angela and her team to help you create your new home.