Welcome to Studio West Design

Building Design • Architectural Drafting • Energy Efficient • New Homes • Additions • Owner Builder • Sustainable & Solar Passive Design • Feng Shui Principles • Certified Greensmart Professional • AIBD Member • Traditional or Alternative Building Materials • Energy Efficiency Compliance Reports • Kit Homes

I need an experienced building designer who really understands what I want ...

The design of your new home or home addition can be quite a daunting task for most people.  Hiring the services of professionally accredited and certified* building designer and architectural drafter Sharon Ponsford of Studio West Design is a wise choice when you consider the many benefits and peace of mind it will bring. Every project is as unique as the individual. Sharon includes solar passive design principles where possible as standard in all her designs and works with you to develop your own ideas to create a design you will be proud of.

A long-time resident of the foothills of Perth, Western Australia Sharon has a wealth of experience working in many areas of Western Australia both metro and country including (but not limited to) Chidlow, Gidgegannup, Wooroloo, Toodyay, Darlington, Mundaring, Sawyers Valley, Northam, Bullsbrook, Gingin, Brigadoon, York, Midland, Beechboro, Swan View, Middle Swan, Guildford, Melville, Herne Hill, Swan Valley, Bridgetown, Margaret River and many more.

Sharon works with a variety of traditional and alternative building materials including double brick, timber framed, steel framed, brick veneer, stone, reverse brick veneer and of course the beautiful rammed earth, stone and straw bale.  Sharon may also be able to refer you to a respected local builder so please don't hesitate to ask.

Unlike working with an architect, with a custom solar passive design by professionally certified and accredited* building designer Sharon Ponsford you are free to take your plans to any builder for quotes or even owner-build without fear of copyright infringement.  Sharon will give you copyright to use the design as you wish, with any builder or even to owner-build, for the life of your building project.  Read more ...

For excellence in architectural drafting, with solar passive building design principles and good old fashioned service just contact Studio West Design!

*for your peace of mind, Sharon is a professional Member of AIBD, (The Australian Building Designer's Association);
a professional member of both the EBAA (Earth Building Association of Australia) and Ausbale (Austrlasian Strawbale Building Association);
a committee member of Ausbale;
and is also a HIA Certified Greensmart Professional!


New Home

Gingin house - a rammed earth beauty capturing the essence of solar-passive design. Builder: Owner-builder/Murchison Rammed Earth



Toodyay Studio - a country studio featuring classic zincalume exterior with high raking ceiling, recycled timber french doors and lazy verandah. Builder: Owner/Builder


New Home

Under Construction - Another rammed earth house under construction. Builder: Owner-builder/Murchison Rammed Earth


Home Addition

Northam house - a beautiful example of a character home addition featuring high ceilings, angled walls with french doors to deck area blending beautifully with the original home. Builder: Stallion Constructions


Eco-Design for the Owner Builder Exciting workshops in Wooroloo WA.  Learn how to design an eco-home.  Learn how to draw design concept plans.  As seen in The Owner Builder magazine.  See Training Course page for details.

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