About the Designer

About the Designer

I have always designed:

As a child I designed underground forts that I built with my brothers. As an adult I have designed new houses and additions and experienced the pleasure of seeing how these living spaces bring joy to the people who live in them. The excitement of creating a one-off custom home or home improvement from a blank page has never dimmed.

I am experienced:

I am an award winning, fully qualified Building Designer. I can design Custom Homes and Home Improvements to meet any budget, from small to the exceptionally large. I have spent over forty years designing for architects and builders including:

  • Woods Bagot Architects
  • Jansen and Treloar Architects
  • A V Jennings Homes
  • Scott Salisbury Homes
  • Regent Homes.

I specialise in designing for sloping and irregularly shaped blocks, and as an Adelaide Hills resident, I also design in ways that understand the characteristics of the unique environments that shape Adelaide suburbs and that can incorporate sustainable design principles.

In addition to designing, I have worked as a Sales Estimator and Operations Manager with various builders and so have gained many years experience in construction and costing processes.

Let my experience guide your experience:

I created Niche Building Design Studio to provide a design service for people that will also enable them to enjoy the design process that brings their home to life.

I have worked with people from all walks of life, cultures and religions. One common factor that links everyone together is that the word “daunting” is used a lot; “…Simon, this is a very daunting process, I simply don’t know where to start!”. I understand that doing something that you have minimal or no experience with can be “daunting”, especially when it comes to planning for your largest financial asset, and the space where you and your family will live. My aim is to create a design experience for you that is smooth, informative and enjoyable.

I have had many clients come to me with plans from designers and architects that don’t meet their budget when finally estimated, and this causes unnecessary stress. Whether I’m designing your new home or home improvement, I will use my experience to guide you in making the best decisions to achieve your budget.

Designing your house does not have to be stressful. Sure, there are a myriad of different things that must be thought about and considered, but I will explain the process to you every step of the way as we work together to bring your ideas and living needs to life through the design.

Niche Building Design Studio is nestled in a small valley next to a winter creek in the Adelaide Hills suburb of Blackwood. This space is shared with our local wildlife, including a family of magpies (you may see Casper, Hilda or Agnetha on your way in), inquisitive kookaburras, parrots and koalas.

I look forward to meeting you to discuss your dream home or home improvement soon.

Simon Tippett

My Design Studio in Blackwood