Hi, I’m Adrian Fratelle, Director of Ecohabit. I started working in the industry in the early nineties when I took a job as a designer in the residential building industry. I quickly realised, however, that I wasn’t satisfied with the homes the market was producing.
Most were built with brick or concrete, with large air-conditioners and far too many down lights to compensate for their inefficient design. So, after only two years in the industry as a designer, I knew I wanted to create something different.
I wanted to architecturally design liveable homes, with an eco-edge – something that wasn’t happening in Perth’s market.
That’s when I first started designing energy efficient homes. Several years later I decided to further my studies to become a builder and started working on-site as a tradesman and supervisor. During this time I continued designing homes.
Clients saw the benefit of my on-site experience coupled with my willingness to design homes that were different. With each new design I began to get a reputation for designing homes that “worked”. They were practical, not oversized and, most of all, comfortable. Before I knew it, I was designing so many energy-efficient homes that I downed the tools and started designing full-time.