Berg house, Bundeena
Clinton Murray, of
Clinton Murray Architects
Tony Berg —
Most builders simply say 'Give me your plans and I will build the house'. John isn't like that. He respects great architecture.
His joy lies in using his knowledge and skills to complement the architect's vision.
He immerses himself in the plans until he understands and absorbs the architect’s intent. Then he sits with the architect for as long as it takes to work out how they can deliver the finest house they can imagine.
We loved Clinton’s design. A great joy for me was our weekly site meeting where Clinton and John and I would work our way through all the issues on how to execute it as perfectly as possible.
Invariably those discussions lead to refinements and improvements.
John is committed to excellence. An example was in the pouring of the concrete walls, several of which join at angles of less than 35 degrees. This gives the building very clean, sharp edges—but also made them very challenging to cast. Whenever there was a concrete pour John was there to work the vibrator. As a result the walls are perfect, straight off the formwork.
I also like the way John mentors his people. Our house was Mike’s first as project manager. It was a challenging task, but John was always there when needed with support, or advice, or a helping hand. Mike did a great job.
We just love the house.
Clinton Murray, of
Clinton Murray Architects —
John is a master at understanding the architect’s needs. He leaves you feeling that you might just perhaps be the best he’s worked with in quite a while: and certainly, that this is the best house he’s ever built.
What John does so well is to salute architects by his deeds. He takes our plans, our ideas, our uncertainties, and transforms them into seemingly effortless creations that are strong, robust, and filled with integrity—buildings that are admired for the beauty of their crafting.
Hopefully, people might even notice the architecture.