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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

hemp house

Location: Bridgetown

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

Hemp link:

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.

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Karrinyup Home


Location: Karrinyup

Materials: Double brick, acrylic render, feature stone cladding 

A family home with extensive rear entertaining areas. Skillion roofs and raking ceilings to the living, meals and kitchen. 

A beautiful Alfresco adjacent to the lap pool.


Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:

Extensive Northern windows in the living areas to gain winter sun, protected in Summer with a vergola. Western windows are protected. Cross ventilation to all habitable rooms.

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The Curved House


Location: Sorrento

Materials: White render,  Viroc Concrete raw panels

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. 

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The White House


Location: Hillarys

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

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.

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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 and Kym have 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 a design team to read your mind, you have just found them. Come and talk to us


Why we do it

We live for design! Design is crucial, and it is the fundamental aspect of any new home or renovation. When designing, many essential elements are considered: the flow and connectivity between areas, external and internal appearance,  light and ventilation, and, 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 client's needs, not our egos! After all, it's your home, not ours. It is the most significant 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 videos with NO

additional fees.

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

"The team has been excellent throughout the process very experienced and a pleasure to work with." 

Dean & Deanne Kell

"Julie Ann was an absolute dream to work with"


Steve Mays

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


Steve Nicholl

"We have now used the Design Mill on 4 separate owner build projects. Its been a long term relationship.
That speaks for itself"


Bill Byrne



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