Where are you based?

We are an Australia-wide service covering all areas – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin and everywhere in between.
All consultations are conducted remotely where you share photographs, plans (if available) and details about your home via email/Dropbox/Google Drive etc. Every single ‘Before and After’ on our website (including on our gallery page) has been done remotely and without ever setting foot near the homes!

Why Hotspace?

Great exterior design is not just about choosing a nice colour scheme and updating your landscaping (otherwise you end up with the same house; just in a different colour and a tidier yard).
At Hotspace, we design houses differently and we know from years of experience that the most stunning creations result from;
1) a clever blend of new design details (eg Modern, Contemporary, Hamptons, Coastal etc) and existing house features to ensure a beautiful and cohesive transformation that is sympathetic, in a way, to the original style of the home.
2) a stunning combination of neutral colours, materials and landscaping to provide interest, warmth and depth to your home, ensuring an eye-catching, inviting home that lasts the test of time.

Why not DIY my design?

It can be tempting to try and DIY design your home’s exterior renovation (or new build), especially with all the ideas & inspiration available online these days. But a gorgeous, well-designed exterior is not something that can be whipped up with a few nice colours and a peppering of design ideas from the internet (in fact, this is the biggest mistake we see people make). A superbly designed home consists of many unique design principles working together to create a well balanced, cohesive and eye-catching look. If you’ve tried and not yet succeeded in coming up with a suitable solution for yourself, perhaps it’s time to seek professional guidance. At Hotspace, we are are specially trained to turn your existing exterior into a thoughtful and striking design that is specific to you, your home’s shape/style, and of course, your budget. Whether you need a detailed renovation plan or a quick mock-up of your home’s new exterior, we can help.

What do I get from you?

Exterior Design Plans;
Much like an architect, we provide you with all the colours, materials, dimensions and details your tradies or builder needs to carry out your exterior renovation (or new build). However, instead of pages of complicated drawings and legends, we provide you with an easy-to-read ‘Exterior Design Plan’ so you can easily understand the details of the design, completing it all in one hit, or chip away at it over time. Best for renovations AU$50,000 and above. Read more here
Exterior Design Plan Example_1.PDF (Contemporary example)
Exterior Design Plan Example_2.PDF (Hamptons example)
Exterior Design Plan Example_3.PDF (Brick home + Extension example)
Exterior Design Plan Example_4.PDF (New Build example)

90 Minute Make-Over
We’ll do a mock-up of your exterior renovation and provide you with a checklist of all the main colours and products to use in order to achieve that look. Best for renovations under AU$50,000. Read more here
90 Minute Make-Over Example_1.PDF (Contemporary example)
90 Minute Make-Over Example_2.PDF (Hamptons example)

How many options do I get?

We believe it’s better to focus on developing one outstanding design for your home, than two or more average ones. Our job is to provide you with the best, most thoroughly thought out exterior upgrade – not confuse you with lots of options.
Exterior Design Plans – If you receive your design and decide to change or tweak it, we’ll happily do that for you.
90 Minute Make-Over – We’ll adjust and tweak the design ‘Live’ during our video call to make sure you love it before we hang up!

Do you build/manage my renovation for me?

Hotspace is a design-only service (like an architect, but focusing solely on cosmetic exterior renovations). We provide you with the complete exterior design (in the form of an Exterior Design Plan or 90 Minute Make-Over) which you use to implement your renovation; managing the individual tradies yourself, DIYing or passing on to a builder to manage the whole project for you (**Builders LOVE being given a document showing them what you want!).

Are you architects? What happens if our design is structural?

Most of our designs consist primarily of cosmetic updates. Some minor structural changes may be required in some cases (around 20-30% of our projects) but these are generally very simple and inexpensive to achieve.
Exterior Design Plans – All dimensions and details are included inside your Exterior Design Plan. If further documentation/working drawings are required by your builder or council, these can be easily be drawn up by a local drafts-person once they have visited your property.
90 Minute Make-Over – We will provide as much detail as possible during our video call. If you prefer not to make structural changes or additions, just let us know and we’ll stick with cosmetic updates only!
PS no we are not architects!

How much do you charge?

There are two different design options to choose from, depending on the extent and budget for your renovation. Here is an overview;

1) Exterior Design Plan – this is a full spec/PDF document + colour illustration. Best for budgets $50k and upward since we can recommend all the exact products and finishes for your entire façade/exterior renovation. Exterior Design Plans range from AU$5900+gst – AU$6900+gst (for facade/exterior) up to around AU$9900+gst (including facade/exterior and outdoor living spaces/pool etc). We’ll give you a fixed quote once we’ve seen your home and had a brief discussion. Send an enquiry here if you’d like to talk with us about this option.

2) 90 Minute Make-Over – this is a 90 minute video consultation where we design your exterior for you in real time. Best for budgets up to $50k. Most of your main colours, finishes and details will be selected during this session, but not all the finer details. This option is AU$890 (incl gst) and you come away with a colour ‘mock-up’ of the design plus a list of all the colours and products we recommend to create that look. Find out more here…
Send us a message here to discuss this option.

What's the process to work with you?

Renovation Design Plans – We have a 6 step process to your new exterior design;
Step 1) You send us a selection of photos (and plans if available) of your home, together with a Pinterest board link or any inspiration images you love.
Step 2) You complete our pre-consultation questionnaire about your current home, what you’re wanting to achieve, your budget (if known) and a few other things.
Step 3) We meet over Zoom for a thorough briefing session (1-1.5 hours) where we discuss everything about your home’s exterior in detail; a) the existing structure and finishes, b) potential design styles and colours, materials and themes, c) council requirements (if required), and d) anything else we need to know/discuss.
Step 4) From there, we have all the information we need to get started on your design and preparing your Exterior Design Plan.
Step 5) Next we complete your 3D colour illustration so you can see exactly what it is going to look like! Total design and illustration time is between 5-8 weeks depending on our workload.
Step 6) Now your Exterior Design Plan and 3D colour illustration are completed, we send these to you for review. You are absolutely free to change the design at any time (but 99% of our clients never do – they love their designs so much!).
To start the ball rolling, we require a 30% deposit and a confirmed date for our telephone briefing session. Click here to get in touch about this option.

90 Minute Make-Over – We have a 3 step process to your new exterior design;
Step 1) You send us a selection of photos of your home, together with a Pinterest board link or any inspiration images you love.
Step 2) We meet over Zoom where we’ll design your home’s exterior/facade in ‘real-time’. You’ll see the design coming together so can adjust and tweak it as we go, ensuring you absolutely love your new exterior by the end of our session!
Step 3) Immediately following your 90 Minute Make-Over, you’ll receive the colour mock-up (your new design) together with a checklist of all the main colours and products to use to achieve that look.
To book in click here or send us an enquiry here.

I can pay a regular colour consultant to help me with my renovation – why should I use Hotspace?

Colour has a very important role in improving the look of your home’s exterior, but there is a lot more involved in creating an amazing transformation. Our exterior design team will help you achieve Street Appeal that would be impossible to do with paint alone.

Do you have a minimum requirement for the size & budget of renovations you'll work on?

Not really, but as a general rule;
– Budgets over $50k are suited to our Exterior Design Plan service.
– Budgets under $50k are suited to our 90 Minute Make-Over service.

Our builder/tradies say they will give us free advice about our renovation. Why is using Hotspace any better?

There are hundreds of renovating possibilities for every property. Builders/tradies do generally have some ideas (usually just based on other home’s they’ve worked on), but it’s the pulling together of the ideas to create a cohesive, designer looking exterior that they are not skilled at. Yes, you could save some money by taking free advice from your builder or tradies, but in 3 years time (after you’ve pulled into your driveway over 1000 times), will you regret not getting professional design advice on updating your biggest asset? Just a thought!