YHD was born in 2011 in Newcastle by Creative Director, Zoe Pohlmann. After studying architecture, she felt disconnected from the everyday client, so she branched into building design where she could relate and deal with clients on a practical, more mutual level. Zoe prides herself in being approachable; and is always ensuring that her clients feel relaxed and assured that their dream home, renovation or extension is in good hands.
She has worked for, and alongside with builders, building designers and architects in many places; learning many skills and design styles along the way.
She practices what she preaches, renovating and building many homes herself. After renovating in Newcastle, she then moved to Darwin where she learnt the importance of energy efficiency and tropical design benefits. Designing hundreds of homes as the head building designer for Killarney Homes - Darwin’s largest and most respected builders in the NT - she brought a fresh design perspective to the industry, helping design a number of display homes; and consequently winning the 2015 HIA Award for Project Home up to $400,000.
Deciding on a sea change she moved to Byron Bay, founding and developing one of Australia's most successful Architectural Concrete companies, " Slabshapers " with Tyson. Being blessed to work alongside so many creative and influential architects, designers and clients, (including Shelley Craft from the Block, and Spell Designs) and having the opportunity to be a part of residential, architectural multi-million dollar building projects, the realisation of her passion as a designer was inescapable.
After all their travels around Australia, and a lot of hard work; it was time to set roots down to grow YHD in beautiful Nelson Bay. Being here for the long term, with such respect for the area, she strives to only produce designs that will reflect her, and her past design experiences to the highest standards.
Over the last year YHD has grown from 1, to now 3 designers, proudly servicing Port Stephens, Nelson Bay, Newcastle, Hawks Nest, Tea Gardens, Catherine Hill Bay, Lake Macquarie, just to name a few! Sammy, our building designer works closely with Zoe to draft up the designs, completing them ready for DA approval and construction. YHD also has a part-time interiors and selections specialist, filling the gap from plans to construction, helping our clients select all materials, fixtures, colours with mood boards, samples and guidance through the whole process.
From concepts to construction, we've got you covered.
Our consultants range from a selected base of Drafters, Building Designers, Architects, Surveyors, Town Planners, Engineers, Private Certifiers, Interior Designers, Stylists & Interior Decorators, Carpenters, Builders, Real Estate Agents, and much more whom we work alongside every day.
The rapidly growing team at YHD take pride in all works big or small, whether it be a New Home, Renovation, Extension, or a simple deck. Contact us for a free site visit & consultation, or email us below to get started on your project.
Zoe Pohlmann, Creative Director at YHD
Tyson Mcduff, Building & Design Consultant
Tyson is a licensed builder, liaising with our designers along every step of the way from concepts through to completion of the build.
Sammy Richards, Building Designer
Sammy started at YHD in 2018 when she completed her Bachelor of Building Design and is a vital part of the YHD team.