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You dream it, we'll achieve it!
At the Design Mill, we don't just design homes,
we design lifestyles.

'After fifty years in property development I have never met anyone who could tune into not only what we wanted to achieve, but take many of my scribblings and turn them into features far beyond what I anticipated.'  

Steve Mays

On the board & Project updates

The Hemp House

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Location: Bridgetown

Materials: Hemp-lime blocks and timber-framed internal walls

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Multi-generation living. Designed with three 'pods' connected by a timber walkway. 

Energy Efficiency and sustainable details:

Designed to capture the northern winter sun and cross ventilation. Eaves are calculated to allow winter sun and block summer sun. Hemp blocks are a sustainable resource and carbon neutral.

Driftwood Rise


Location: Quinns Rocks

Materials: Formcraft external walls, timber-framed internal walls

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Oceanside living. A private estate of eight townhouses, with six individual designs to cater for a variety of buyers. 


Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:

Formcraft walls provide an R-value of 1.86 for a 174mm panel (double brick is 0.7), together with an insulated solar span roof and double glazed windows the homes will be efficient in summer and winter. They will require minimum heating and cooling. 

The Curved House


Location: Sorrento

Materials: White render,  Viroc Concrete raw panels

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The site is rather challenging with a 5m drop from the rear to the front. 

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:

There is a large amount of glazing facing west to maximize the ocean views, this is protected by the balcony overhang. Whilst northern windows gain winter sun to the living areas. Exposed concrete floors to the upper floor provide thermal mass for heat gain in winter. 

The White House


Location: Hillarys

Materials: White brick, exposed steel and a colorbond concealed roof.

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A multi-generation home to house adult children in their own separate wing. The master suite is separate to allow for the parents' privacy. High raked ceilings in the living areas allow Northern light to stream through the apex windows.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:

The facade is designed to protect the northern windows yet allow the sun to warm the living areas in winter. The exposed concrete slab provides thermal mass in winter to heat the areas.

Who we are

The Design Mill was established by hands-on award-winning designer Julie Ann Canal in 1999. We specialize in building design and drafting of new homes, renovations and additions. We believe that you know what will work for your home, your needs and your family but you can't quite put it together. That is where we come in, as Julie has an uncanny gift of being able to 'tune in' to your ideas, understand the plethora of pictures, the scribbles and thoughts you have, and turn them into more than you ever thought possible.


If you are looking for some-one to read your mind, you have just found her. Come and talk to us


Why we do it

We live for design, well Julie does anyhow! Design is crucial, it is the fundamental aspect of any new home or renovation. When designing many important aspects are taken into account; the flow and connectivity between areas, external and internal appearance,  light and ventilation, but more importantly, the comfort for you and your family to live in and enjoy.


Your home governs and aids your lifestyle, how you interact with each other and how you entertain. At the Design Mill, we don't just design homes, we design lifestyles.

Contact The Design Mill today for a free consultation 

What do we do

We design individual custom homes and renovations to suit our clients needs, not our egos! After all, it's your home not ours. It is the largest investment you will likely ever make, so make it count.

You gain so much:

  • A design specifically tailored for your family

  • Designed to suit the block's orientation

  • A functional and practical home with the WOW factor

  • A home you will love in years to come

  • Designed for energy efficiency

  • Higher resale value

  • Consultation on  the plethora of building materials and sustainable options

  • Created for your needs now and any future planning


MOST IMPORTANT, all our clients are provided with photo realistic renders AND 3D walk-through video's with NO

additional fees.

Remember, it's YOUR home, so design it for YOUR needs,

"Julie is with us every step of the process and offers help above and beyond." 

Lesley Coffey

"Julie Ann was an absolute dream to work with"


Steve Mays

"The end result was far better than we could have imagined"


Steve Nicholl

"From start to finish Julie’s professional & friendly approach put us at ease"


Coral Parker



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