Melbourne Refresh Renovations franchise owner Leigh McDonald provided these homeowners with a complete house renovation.
WORDS Mina Phillips
When Melbourne Refresh Renovations franchise owner Leigh McDonald first met with David and his family, the owners of this beautiful semi-rural lifestyle property, they were deliberating whether to knock down and rebuild their home or completely renovate it. After gaining some further understanding of their options, they decided that renovating was the right choice for their needs. Working with Refresh meant that they didn’t need to worry about organising and managing the project themselves.
Apart from arranging the installation of solar panels, David and his family asked Refresh to take care of every aspect of their home renovation design and build. Following the Refresh process, Leigh provided the family with design options, an all-inclusive quote, a project duration estimate and feasibility assessments. Once these stages were approved, Leigh and his team moved on to request council approval, ordered the project’s supplies and scheduled in an experienced team of more than 15 trades - who they then managed through to the project’s completion.
“From the initial consultation and design discussions right through to completion of the renovation, Leigh provided friendly, informative and very responsive customer service”, says David in a 5-star Google review. “We were always kept updated on future activities and any decisions that were required, to ensure everything progressed efficiently.”
Re-roofing to a pitched roof
An important aspect of this project was the family’s request for a roof replacement. Originally a flat roof, they wanted their new roof to be pitched with scissor trusses. Working with Colorbond Basalt, Leigh’s team carried out the roofing project to the homeowners’ specifications.
The dining room, living room and kitchen renovation
Practicality and modern aesthetics were carefully taken into consideration within the new kitchen design. The open-plan, indoor-outdoor layout caters for family living while white paint and recessed lighting add to the spacious feeling of the kitchen, dining and living areas. Storage requirements are amply catered for with cabinetry from Rode Designs, and modern appliances optimise the functionality of the kitchen.
A new outdoor entertaining area
Outside, luxurious elements have been combined to provide year-round outdoor entertainment spaces. Leigh’s team carried out external rendering, installed stacked brick feature wall tiling from Decor Stone, upgraded the garage with a new roller door, built new decks leading out from all of the home’s entry points and constructed a new high-end barbeque area.
Modern bathroom designs
Moving onto the bathrooms, Leigh’s team designed and built a new bathroom and modernised the family’s existing ensuite. Notable features include the fishtail backsplash tiling and shower recess, timber benchtop, farm style vanity and spacious walk-in shower.
House renovation results
Now enjoying his transformed home with new flooring throughout, laundry updates, new wardrobes, updated windows and modernised doors - David says he and his family “couldn’t be more pleased with the fantastic end result.”
“During COVID we experienced several delays with restricted trades on site and managing the timeline based on lockdown issues”, explains Leigh. “I projected 180 days and we finished in 150 days, 1 month earlier.”
“Even with the COVID restrictions, Leigh managed to limit the impact on the overall timetable and, importantly, we had no surprises along the way”, continues David in his review. “We had an excellent experience using Refresh Renovations East and South East. The attention to detail by the builder: Richard, and the quality workmanship by all the tradespeople ensured that our renovation was of high quality with an exceptional finish. From our initial thoughts and concepts, what eventuated as the final product exceeded our expectations and we were blown away with the end result. We would highly recommend Leigh, Richard and his team.”