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Make Your Dreams a Reality

John Say Designs

John Say Designs is a small personal Residential Design and Drafting business.

We specialize in interpreting your ideas and needs and work with you to bring the project to completion through the various design and approval stages. 

John Say Designs has 20 years experience in  navigating through the process including knowing all the rules and regulations, working with you during Concept Development, dealing with Planning departments, building surveyors and various other consultants needed for their professional input.

John Say

John Say is a qualified Product Designer. 

Building Projects taken on benefit from mature design skills as well as from a comprehensive knowledge of the building industry and all the associated regulatory bodies.

"I am passionate about helping my clients develop their ideas into a beautiful reality - A design and construct solution that has achieved their dreams with the minimum of complications along the way" 

John Say

John Say

Owner/Director, Building Designer



Realistic Solutions

Contemporary Facade Form


Creative Outcomes

Jonathon O'Donoghue, CAMBERWELL. VIC.

I contracted John Say Designs to do all the design work for my family home. It was very important to me to have a lot of space and natural light throughout our period home. John did an amazing job listening to my vision and also making very good suggestions that at the time we were happy with but now that we are living in the property, are so grateful that John made those suggestions. He was very prompt in getting back to me and also getting our drawings done. I would have no hesitation in using John Say Designs next time and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a designer.

Simon and Sandy Purssey, CARLTON NORTH. VIC.

Please find my honest review of your company John Say Designs.

Excellent - if you're looking for a professional caring designer who follows through right to the end of the build, who understands, listens and then delivers, then look no further than John Say Designs. Both Sandra and I could not be happier with his attention to deliver a quality product. We could not be happier.

Cam Stockdale, HAWTHORN EAST. VIC.

I am a builder/developer and have built numerous homes around Melbourne and have dealt with countless architects and draftsman much to my frustration. If only I had have found John Say Designs earlier! 

John was fantastic to work with, prompt in responses and alterations to plans, in which there were scores! His knowledge of Boroondara’s strict heritage policy really helped with my project getting through council in what was in hindsight relatively quick timing. 

The tedious process of obtaining a building permit these days was made easy by his knowledge and documentation, which on my most recent application had zero RFI’s from the building surveyors. Those in the industry would know this is extremely rare 

I have recommended John Say to a number of colleagues already and will continue to use him in the future and would highly recommend anyone who is thinking of starting the building process to use him

Emily Whitechurch,


It was great to work with John as he seamlessly interpreted our ideas and transformed them into our family home. John was responsive, showed attention to detail and care in explaining the detail of our design. John was often one step ahead - considering questions the planning department would raise and how we could provide necessary information to avoid delays. 

Jake & Sarah Turnbull, NORTHCOTE. VIC.

We commissioned John to draft our design for submission to Council for a planning permit. He was very responsive and worked with us to maintain our design intent but also to ensure the proposed alteration was compliant. Once planning permission was granted, John prepared our building permit drawings and assisted with changes as requested by the Building Surveyor. John was always prompt in his responses and was a pleasure to work with. Our house is a pleasure to live in and John played a pivotal role in realising our vision.

Gretta & Norm Cockerell


We had a clear idea of what we wanted and John listened to our thoughts. The plans he developed incorporated them all and one addition from John that was a game changer to how we live. His idea of adding north facing clerestory windows brought height and light to our open plan kitchen living meals space. Letting the winter sun in and keeping the direct summer sun out was a masterstroke that provides a quality of life that we appreciate every day. Thank you John.


18 Morris Street Parkdale VIC 3195

0413 314 620

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