Before joining Refresh Renovations Guy served a 25+ year apprenticeship: writing, thinking and advising about home renovation, architecture and interior design via the pages of many of Australia’s leading newspapers and lifestyle magazines. Guy is a past Design Editor at Belle Magazine, ex-Domain Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and he has written countless articles, published both here and overseas, about building, extending, re-imagining and re-inventing the contemporary home.

Guy’s peak skill is understanding and interpreting clients’ hopes and needs for their home – within the bounds of a realistic budget – and being the agent, intermediary and key point-of-contact for turning a renovation dream into reality. He’s a strong advocate for good design and innovation mediated by an understanding that smooth and achievable renovations are all about navigating a middle path in design/construction. This is the path, in other words, that marries a homeowner’s taste and wishes with the right design support (depending on the scale, complexity and scope of a particular project) alongside practical, streamlined and expert construction management.

Guy’s in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of building, extending and renovating homes around the globe, allows him to understand a homeowner’s vision for their house and to help translate this into a project plan that considers the latest building techniques and value-for-money materials. Guy is your one point of contact for all your renovation needs.

Guy is the author of a couple of architecture and design books, has a Masters Degree in Communications and has worked with a number of leading architecture and design practices furnishing their written and communication needs. When he’s not obsessing about renovation and design, you’ll likely find him on his road bike, reading a good book or binge-watching the latest Netflix series.



2020 Best Of Houzz Service Award

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