Custom Building Designs for the Mid North Coast.
Designers of HIA special purpose project of the year award.
Designers of B.D.A. NSW public buildings/special projects award finalist.


At Coffs Harbour Building Design we provide experience, knowledge and innovative advice from the initial meeting, through concept, to final working drawings and development application
By combining the client's ideas with our building design experience, we are focused on reflecting our clients vision with affordable and personal service. We produce quality design outcomes with professional CAD documentation turning your dreams into reality.

About Us

This boutique design firm was started in 1982 by Jeff Mackay. Jeff's original work experience stems from an engineering & construction background, which gives him "hands-on" attention to detail. This allows Jeff to design buildings that are not only attractive, but also functional and practical whilst striving to achieve the client's budget.
Jeff is an Accredited Building Designer and Chartered Member of the Building Designers Association of N.S.W. Inc.


specialising in:

  • Residential new
  • Alterations & Additions to Existing Buildings
  • Commercial including shop/office fit outs
  • Childcare and Pre-School including DOCS licencing
  • Access and Mobility


Jeff offers an on-site consultation service which is charged at a minimum fee, this service enables Jeff to work with his clients to ensure that the preliminary concept meets with individual needs.

The aim of this consultation is to:

  • Open communication between the client and designer.
  • Establish compatibility of our firm with your expectations.
  • Establish the project brief, including project budgets.
  • Provide advice on achieving your requirements.
  • Provide construction/develop advice in general.
  • Ensure that the clients achieve their goals, in the most effective way.

Childcare & Pre-School

After many years of Jeff's own children going through the child care system Jeff became very interested in ensuring that children in the childcare system reached their full potential in a nurturing environment. This ignited Jeff's passion to improve the childcare environment, working closely with the DOCS personal Jeff developed his knowledge of the licensing regulations to deliver a transparent professional service to DOCS and our clients. In our society many children spend more of their waking hours at child care centres and preschools than they do in their own homes. That is why it is vitally important to design centres that are friendly, warm, and stimulating to inspire young minds. They must be comforting and fun for children whilst being safe and secure to reassure parents, architecturally interesting but still practical.

Later Stages

  • Research Council requirements.
  • Jeff will advise you without prejudice, when your budget expectations are unreasonable.
  • Jeff may even refer you to other sources, where the area or Proposal is outside of our expertise.