Why the 2nd Opinion Consultation was created?
"I have been in the design and construction industry for over 15 years including nearly a decade of lecturing building and interior design at Tafe Queensland & Griffith University. I have worked on projects from a few thousand dollars to $150m+ and have critiqued thousands of designs, drawings, specifications from students and other industry professionals.
One of the most genuinely upsetting things I continue to find is that through a lack of love for people, some designers and builders will offer uneducated advice, poorly resolved designs and painfully short sighted design or construction solutions. This rubbish is then sold to lovely people who simply trusted the integrity and opinion of someone they believed to be an expert. I love helping people, I obsess about the detail of the home as if it were my own and it is my family I am designing for. My clients are my friends and I hate having to be the bad guy and point out issues, but sometimes it's the loving thing to do and avoids a far, far worse result than if the building were to follow that plan.
I just wish it were easier to convince people to come and have a chat to us, their friends, to get some proper advice before it's too late"
~ Todd Ryan, Urban Chieftain Founder & Director