about us



At Design Better Buildings we are committed to providing individuals with a positive home design and building experience. After all, creating a living space that reflects who you are should be an exciting experience, not a stressful one!

Director, Mario Figliomeni, has been in the design and building industry for over 25 years and is as passionate today as he was when he first started. He loves being able to help each client realise their dream; a home they adore or an investment project that generates them a return.

Mario is a registered builder and designer and has been a member of the Building Design Association for over two decades. His extensive experience not only ensures that he provides each client with the right guidance and advice but gives him an in-depth understanding of the nature of home building and an eye for creating cost effective, aesthetically pleasing homes.

Mario and the talented team at Design Better Buildings are not sales people. They are design specialists who believe in working collaboratively with each client to create a home or development that reflects their personal style.


  • Custom home designs from $300,000
  • Designing for difficult blocks, narrow lots, corner blocks
  • Investment properties, apartments and townhouses

Our Team

Owner / Director
Senior Draftsperson & Designer
Draftsperson & Client Liaison
Accounts & Admin manager

Find out more about us in this video!

What our clients are saying

We would like to thank you for your expert help and advice you gave us with designing our previous two homes and for your wonderful designs on our third home with you. You always listened to what we wanted and provided many ideas and options and the plans you provided us were exactly what we were after.

What was particularly outstanding was the constant communication that you kept with us to make sure everything was going to plan during construction.

Byrnes Family – South Lake

We would like to thank you for your professional services in designing our new home. We have completed the building process and have moved in and we wouldn’t change a thing! The design is perfect for the location and aspect and you have managed to make it suit our lifestyle perfectly too.

From our initial meeting, through the design phase and in your introduction to a builder we found your company to be professional, relaxed and friendly and value for money.

Thank you Mario, designing a home is such a personal, emotional and involved task and you made it easy. We are very happy and just love our new home.

Ritchie Family – Perth

I have built several family homes in the past, my most recent was a substantial home where I acted as owner builder. So I consider myself to be reasonably familiar with how the building industry operates and what expectations I should have from various players within that industry.

When my wife and I decided to build another family home on a recently acquired site, we were looking for someone to design the home that would have the ability to extract the concepts my wife and I had in our heads onto a set of drawings. We were also looking for someone who had the ability and confidence to contribute to the ideas behind these concepts as the site was special. It was a water front block overlooking a series of islands that lay in a Marine Park, so we needed to get this right.

I’m happy to say that Mario was very successful in meeting our expectations. In fact its fair to say that his ability to understand what we wanted in the design exceeded our expectations. It didn’t take him long to give life to what for some time had been a mere collection of ideas in our heads.

So it’s without hesitation that I would recommend any prospective new home builder to talk to Mario for their design service requirements.

M. Giles

In 2007 my wife and I decided to construct two dwellings on a block however we did not know where to begin. We attended the 2007 Home Show and were fortunate enough to meet Mario Figliomeni. We spoke about our plans and what we wanted to achieve but admitted that we didn’t know where to start.

Mario presented in a calm and professional manner that made us feel comfortable and confident. Mario skillfully guided us through the process of developing our property, patiently explaining each step. At the conclusion of drafting our development plans Mario was able to introduce us to a builder who was within our price range. Even after signing with this builder, Mario continued to remain supportive. I have no hesitation in recommending Mario to assist with your property development needs.

M. Fisicchia

We first came to see you in January 2008 to help us design a home for our block in Beeliar. We were pleased with the plans you developed for us and with the tendering process which saw us decide to build with Danmar Homes. We have moved into our new home and we love it! It is even better than we imagined it would be. The design really suits our needs and the home is both comfortable and luxurious. Your design really captured what we wanted both from a lifestyle and aesthetic perspective. It is really the loveliest home we have ever lived in. We thank you for your work on our home. We look forward to living here for many years, but if our plans change we would certainly be pleased to work with you again.

Cumming & Airey – Beeliar

We would like to thank Mario for his professional service in designing our home in Attadale. Mario was extremely professional and patient with us and the final result is a home that worked perfectly with the block, maximizing the solar orientation and perfectly fitting our requirements and lifestyle.

Not only did Mario design us the home of our dreams but he was also involved throughout the building process and provided us with valuable advice and assistance. By the end of the building process we not only considered Mario as a competent building designer, but also a friend.
We would, without hesitation, recommend Mario to design your home.

Tinley Family – Attadale

We were introduced to Mario about 4 years ago when we were wanting to develop some investment units on a block of land. Being new to the building process we needed advice on not only the design of the units but gaining council approval and then obtaining the right builder for what we required. Mario listened to what we needed, offered honest advice and directed us through the whole process making it extremely easy. Building 3 units whilst being away a lot had been made very easy for us and we were grateful for Mario’s help.

When we found a block of land that took our fancy in Karrinyup we again called Mario, we valued his advice and we didn’t want to make an offer until he confirmed we could achieve what we wanted with what was going to be a difficult block. Mario understood this was going to be a family home and designed it to not only take in the views the block offered but also to suit our lifestyle.

When it came time to seek builders’ prices, Mario gave us direction to achieve the best price but more importantly with a builder that would give us the high quality home we expected.

We are appreciative for all the help and advice Mario has given us, from start to finish of each project Mario knew what we were up to and we cannot recommend him highly enough.

Emma & Jason Madden

We would like to offer an unsolicited testimonial to Mario Figliomeni of Design Better Buildings for his most diligent and comprehensive work he did in designing our new home.

Our block was not a normal shape but Mario found a way for the block to be utilised and took into account all the requirements that we wanted included in our new home.

We found Mario was easy to work with, as he listened to our requests and then set about incorporating these ideas into the design. In addition, Mario would offer professional advice to us as to whether what we wanted was realistic or, if not, give us other alternatives.

We are very pleased with the finished design and the final product, and we are happy for Mario to use our final product as a reference for future clients.

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