Featured Renovations: Windsor
Rosemount were really friendly, customer service was great and at all times they wanted to make sure they delivered a quality product that met our needs and that we were really happy with. They were just really wonderful to work with.
As Bree unlocks the door to her renovated home, she can't help but feel a sense of pride and amazement at what she and her partner, Chris, have accomplished.
They have turned a dated Windsor townhouse into a spacious and luxurious haven that Bree says “feels like a hotel”.
The couple worked closely with Rosemount to realise their dream home by renovating their kitchen - plus four bathrooms (yes four!), a laundry, second living space and a study area.
“No room went untouched,” says Bree, sipping coffee at the bench in her stunning new kitchen.
“It feels pretty incredible to be honest. We often say to each other, ‘I just love our house. I feel so lucky to live here’. It feels like we live in a hotel and is pretty amazing to come home to at the end of the day.”
The couple spoke to several renovation companies but are delighted they chose Rosemount for such a large and complex project. Bree says the Rosemount team worked tirelessly to implement her ideas and she came to regard them as “extended family”.
"Rosemount were really friendly, customer service was great and at all times they wanted to make sure they delivered a quality product that met our needs and that we were really happy with,” adds Bree.
“What was really great was when I found products Rosemount hadn't used before, they were really willing to give them a go. They were just really wonderful to work with.”
Read on for the whole story of this remarkable renovation. You’ll also find more customer stories like Bree’s at the bottom of this page.
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A Kitchen and Laundry Transformed
At Rosemount, we emphasise visiting a showroom as an essential first step in any project, and this kitchen renovation is a perfect example of that principle.
When Bree visited our Oakleigh showroom she was so inspired by what she saw that it completely changed her plans.
The three-storey townhouse Bree and Chris bought in 2020 had a separate kitchen and laundry, which was a poor use of the space.
Bree saw a walk-in pantry in one of the display kitchens at Oakleigh and decided she had to include one in her new kitchen.
“When I saw the walk-in pantry I started to think about how that might work within what we had,” she says. “And from there I came up with the idea of knocking out the wall between the kitchen and laundry, putting in a Euro laundry, making the kitchen bigger and putting in the pantry.”
The bigger kitchen has improved the feel of the home’s open-plan ground floor. The new Euro-style laundry pictured below is super practical, stylish and convenient - a far better use of a space and it can be hidden behind the bi-fold doors when not in use.
The adjacent walk-in pantry has transformed how Bree and Chris spend time in their home.
“Because we can put appliances, utensils and other stuff in the pantry, it has given us a whole lot more bench space,” says Bree.
“We probably eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together at the kitchen bench more than we do the dining room table. It’s become more communal how we use it compared to feeling like you’re in this pokey little kitchen at the back of the house.”
Walk-In Pantry Benefits
Bree would recommend a walk-in pantry like the one above for any renovator who has the space for one.
She raves about the benefits, including:
“I would definitely recommend it to people if they have the space for it,” says Bree.
Great Kitchens Add Value
During the renovation process, Bree spoke to a friend who had also used Rosemount for a kitchen renovation. Her friend subsequently sold her house and told Bree:
I wouldn't have got as much money for the house if it wasn't for that kitchen
Everyone is different when it comes to how they approach a renovation. Some come to companies like Rosemount with a blank slate and ask us, as the experts, to come up with the best solutions. Which is what we love doing.
What we also love is working with clients who are more hands-on and have a more definite idea of what they want.
Bree was very much in that category. She took a renovation course in anticipation of the project, researched other renovations and compiled vision boards before working with the Rosemount team to turn those dreams into reality.
You can see how that has paid off, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms.
In the kitchen the Talostone benchtops, beautifully profiled dark Polytec Cove 25 cabinetry and stone floating shelves are great examples of that attention to detail.
When I went to the designer with an idea, he was so open to thinking about it and figuring out how he could incorporate it, and I wasn't afraid to go with more ideas. And so the finished product is nowhere near where we started. But it's so much better than what it would have been and I think that is through the relationship we built. And that has led to a really great outcome.
Four Bathrooms With Their Own Unique Identity
The renovation included a main bathroom, an ensuite, a bathroom in the top floor living area and a “powder room” with a toilet and sink on the ground floor.
The styling is superb, maintaining consistency of look and feel throughout but with elements that give each room its own specific identity.
A good example of that consistency is the large Maximo tiles across all the bathrooms, but different feature tiles and tapware help give each space its own feel.
In the main bathroom on the first floor, Bree at first wanted to put the smaller tiles underneath the bigger Maximo tiles but heeded advice from the Rosemount team.
My initial plan was to put those smaller tiles down the bottom behind the vanity and then have the big tiles at the top. One of the Rosemount guys said too many of the smaller tiles would get lost behind the vanity and that I should make a feature out of them. So even just before it was about to be tiled they were giving us suggestions to consider that might look better. I'm glad that they did that.
The late change worked out beautifully. The larger tiles run seamlessly from floor to wall, offset by the floating vanity with contrasting Polytec Black Woodmatt drawers and a Quantum Quartz Michaelangelo 20mm bench with Levenge sink and gunmetal tapware.
Above, the 900mm circle mirror provides relief to the feature New Grey Tundra tiles from Signorino.
“That bathroom is a bit of a sanctuary for me,” says Bree. “It's a really nice space where I can relax.”
Top Floor Living Area
The couple regard the home’s top level as their “weekend space”, and wanted a more laid-back feel than the rest of the house.
The custom cabinetry in the image above might not take up much space but a lot of thought went into its design and function. Bree says the finished result really “packs a punch” in a room that flows out onto a large balcony.
The lower cabinetry contains a bar fridge, half-drawer dishwasher, pullout bin and another drawer. In order to be able to get spirit bottles to fit in the drawer, and the recycling bin deep enough to hold empty bottles, the height of the kicker was reduced.
“We’ve really maximised the space to get all of that in there,” says Bree. “And also the old bar had the sink in the middle which made the rest of the bench a little bit unusable. So moving that over to one side and putting a small sink in there has meant that whole space is now quite usable.”
The fluted glass fronted cupboard presented different challenges.
“Without handles the cupboard looks too plain,” says Bree. The problem was that the doors weren’t designed to accommodate handles, but a solution was found.
“I worked with Rosemount to try and find handles that we could make work, and it looks good,” says Bree.
Partnering With Rosemount
Bree and Chris got quotes from several companies before entrusting their renovation to Rosemount.
The couple chose us because they felt we appeared most invested in what they were trying to achieve.
“We could tell from the showroom and just from customer service that we received at that point in time,” she says. “The quality, the attention to detail.”
That impression was enhanced at the in-home design appointments that followed.
“Once we had the first couple of appointments we knew the quality was going to be there and it was going to last,” she says. “There were definitely other companies we got quotes from that were cheaper. But we felt that we were going to get what we wanted and get a really good quality product from Rosemount.
“In the first couple of meetings the designer was here for two hours at a time. He wanted to make sure that he fully understood us as people, how we were going to live in this space, what we wanted to achieve, what was really important to us, what was non-negotiable. So he really spent the time before he even started designing to really understand what it was we wanted and what we were trying to achieve, and what the budget was.
“And he was really honest with us in terms of where we might have to flex and where we might have to scope things down if we wanted to work within that budget.
“So I think it was honestly the time that they invested to make sure that they were really clear on what we wanted and whether or not they could deliver it.”
During the design and renovation process, Bree was impressed by how Rosemount worked with her to get what she wanted.
“I would say that I went to Rosemont with ‘this is what I want’ and they helped make it happen and also guided me along the way. From a design and layout point of view, I was probably giving more direction of what I wanted and Rosemont were absolutely coming to the party.”
A renovation of this scale and complexity requires an excellent and open working relationship between the company and the client.
Bree, Chris and the Rosemount team built a strong relationship that was the basis for a successful renovation. The couple came to think of our designer and project manager like “extended family”. They’re thrilled Rosemount went above and beyond to ensure we understood their needs and helped them achieve their dream home.
Bree and Chris are thrilled with the end result.
You feel a sense of pride when people come to the house. We live in an area that traditionally has small terrace houses, and even though ours is over three levels, it doesn't look very big from the outside. When people walk in now, they go ‘oh wow, I didn’t realise it was this big’. Compared to how it was before, it just feels brighter and lighter. To come in and see how much space we now have is quite incredible.
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