First Steps

If you're new to home design or renovation, our free guides will help give you some insight into what to expect and what to discuss with your architect. Download to gain insight into the process of having a house designed and built plus our eight tips for avoiding budget blowouts when building or renovating.
Avoiding Budget Blowouts
In this guide we cover 8 common situations in which budgets can run over, leading to financial stress and frustration.
Designing and Building a Home
In this guide you'll find useful information on the development process, from design and drawings to planning and consent.

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  • Throughout the time we employed Vince Abela and his company, ABELA Architects Limited, we found Vince and his team to be considerate and helpful. Their timeliness in meeting deadlines and their expertise when responding to our questions was greatly appreciated. We have no hesitation in recommending their services.

    Murray Kay, Partner, Webb Morice
  • We have found ABELA Architects to be accommodating and very helpful throughout the project, and I would have no hesitation in recommending them for future work carried out by us or for a potential client.

    Martyne J Dunne, Pleiades Trust
  • Vince has superbly grafted substantial new additions that result in an excellent modern design. I am very pleased with the result and strongly recommend Vince for both his professional approach and excellent design skills. 

    Dr. Paul Hutchison, MP
  • I have no hesitation recommending Vince Abela to any person both professionally as an Architect and also as a person of genuine qualities with the highest levels of integrity and honesty.

    John Gasson, Managing Director, The Surveying Co.