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Lea Design Studio Award for Best of Houzz 2019 for Service

Lea Design Studio Awarded Best Of Customer Service

It is with pleasure we announce Lea Design Studio is a recent winner of the award, Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®. Houzz is recognised as a leading source for home renovation and architectural design ideas. With more than 40 million monthly unique…

Grand Designs Australia Magazine

Lea Design Studio features in the story, The Source, in Grand Designs Australia magazine, discussing the nitty-gritty of functional elements of your home, specifically the shape of your roof.

Gold Coast Bulletin – Clive Palmer Expands His Sovereign Empire

Clive Palmer has emerged as the mystery buyer of the mega mansion, Chateau de Reves at Sovereign Islands, designed by the principal of Lea Design Studio, John Lea.

The Medical Link – Top Tips for Building to a Budget

Building or renovating a home is often the biggest capital outlay many of us will make during our lifetime. Consequently, it can be the most stressful experience as most people won’t have navigated this course before.

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The Daily Telegraph – Australia’s 100 Cool Pools

The magnesium pool at this Palm Springs-inspired home designed by John Lea, has been featured in the Top 100 pools in Australia.

The Medical Link – Architectural Design Trends for 2021

Architectural trends tend to evolve relatively slowly, unless of course there is a major disruptive global event that significantly affects our lives in the way that COVID-19 has done.

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Gold Coast Bulletin – Two Big Sales Pull in $17.2m

This Broadbeach Waters house on Monaco Street designed by John Lea has sold for $8.5m as multimillion-dollar sales run hot.

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The Medical Link – What Did We Learn from the WFH Experiment

John Lea discusses how working from home due to COVID has changed the way we look at home design.

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Gold Coast Bulletin – Surfers mansion to make way for tower

Designed by John Lea in the 90s, this Cannes Ave riverfront mansion in Surfers Paradise is due to make way for a tower project.

The Medical Link – Housing Trends for Living in a Contagious World

John Lea presents 5 predictions as to how the Covid 19 pandemic is likely to change our lifestyles and the way we design our homes in the future.

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Tips for Selecting Your New Home Site – Medical Link

When you are planning a new residential home build or renovation, there are many points to consider, not least of which is selecting your site. Before an architect starts the design process, essential research and decision making must be made.

Disaster in the Construction Industry

We look at the impacts of new regulations that came into force on 1st July 2021 in response to residential high rise building failures.

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Oceanway Battles

An overview of Oceanway related issues our client is currently experiencing building a new beachfront home on a southern Gold Coast site.

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Top Tips for Building to a Budget

Designing to a budget when building is important. In this article we outline useful tips to assist you in achieving your goals.

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What have we learnt from the WFH experiment?

When a life changing event like COVID causes dramatic disruption to our lifestyles, it ultimately requires an architectural response.

21st century construction disruptor


Recent advances in engineered timber products have resulted in mass timber construction (MTC) becoming considered as a commercially viable alternative to concrete and steel.

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Gold Coast House Design Guidelines

We are fortunate on the Gold Coast to have reasonably lenient planning restrictions in relation to residential design. Unlike many larger cities in Australia that have strict codes governing heritage conservation, building aesthetics, right to views, over shadowing etc, on the Gold Coast we have much more design freedom.

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Contrasting colours and our perception of space

With the current Covid 19 pandemic confining most of us to our homes for extended periods every day for the foreseeable future, the perception and enjoyment of our indoor spaces has probably never been under such intense scrutiny.

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10 Reasons to Use an Architect

Gold Coast Architect John Lea takes a look at 10 Reasons to Use an Architect including vision, budget, time, expertise and sustainability.

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Designing for the Future

Architects must be aware of the latest advances in technology, materials, and societal changes ahead to impact greatly on how we will live.

Blue colour guide inspired by Pantone Color of the Year 2020 Classic Blue

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 – Classic Blue

The news is officially out. The much-anticipated Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 has been announced and they’ve selected 19-4052 Classic Blue.