TDF Talks is fortnightly podcast by The Design Files — Australia’s go-to destination for design inspiration since 2008. Join founder and host Lucy Feagins as she interviews inspiring local creatives to discuss renovating, sustainability, and more!

You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen along right here in your web browser.

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Building A Sustainable Home On A Small Footprint, With Hannah Pannell + Joel Barker

Landscape architects Joel Barker and Hannah Pannell built their sustainable Perth family home on the smallest possible footprint — in order to save most of their block for the garden of their dreams. Hear why the resulting 110-square-metre home is one of the most energy-efficient properties we’ve ever featured, and how why building small was worth it.

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Everything Courtney Adamo Learnt Building Her New Coastal Home

Courtney Adamo has renovated houses before, but nothing compared to the process of designing and building her family’s beach home. She shares the highs and lows of the design and build process — plus what she’d do differently if building a house again.

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Restoring A Suburban 1970s Time Capsule With Georgia Frances King + Mete Erdogan

Lucy Feagins sits down with Georgia Frances King and Mete Erdogan who are currently renovating a 1970s brick veneer home in Melbourne’s north. Despite having no renovating experience, they’ve been able to revive the home mostly through DIY updates and some advice from the original owner’s family! Georgia and Mete share what renovations they’ve done so far, what they’ve learned from YouTube tutorials alone, and how much it’s all cost.

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Restoring One Of Melbourne's Oldest Mansions, With Julie + Vincent Fodera

In our last episode for the year, we speak with lawyers-turned-renovators Julie and Vincent Fodera who are restoring one of Melbourne’s oldest mansions, a historic homestead in Caulfield known as Heatherbrae. They share how they’ve been sympathetically updating the grand abode and the importance of preserving heritage builds.

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A First Home Buyers' Never-Ending Renovation, With Pat + Ruby Shields

Melbourne couple Patrick and Ruby Shields bought their first home in Mount Evelyn in 2018. Since then the carpenter and interior designer have landed new jobs, gotten married, but they’re still working on their renovation — five years later! Hear how they bought the house in a half-renovated state, Ruby’s tips for styling on budget, and why it’s taken them so long to complete.

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Building A Sustainable Home From Scratch, With Al + Imo Roberts

When furniture makers Al and Imogen Roberts found themselves priced out of Torquay’s real estate market, they decided to buy a block of land and build their sustainable dream home themselves. They join us to share how the challenges of this ambitious project, the hidden costs that come with new builds, and why they decided to start from scratch rather than renovate.

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The Highs + Lows Of Renovating A Beach Shack, With Lucy And Gordy

We speak to our very own Lucy Feagins and her husband Gordy Johnson about the amazing transformation of their family’s Blairgowrie beach shack! They reveal the biggest costs, challenges, and how they navigated working together as a married couple to create their idyllic coastal retreat.

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Australia's Path To Renewable Energy, With Momentum Energy’s Lisa Chiba

When we ditch fossil fuels, where will we get our energy from instead? And what’s really driving the challenges of the grid? Momentum Energy’s Lisa Chiba breaks down some of these questions and explains Australia’s pathway to a future with greener energy!

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