THE PRINCESS PRECINCT

Having owned these heritage listed terrace houses for a long time, I have wanted to renovate them ever since. After receiving unsatisfactory ideas from other architects I commissioned REFRESH*, who came up with a very creative solution for converting the dilapidated residences into offices. Additionally they provided a fantastic scheme for the next stage, which allows for three (3) additional 4 level freehold townhouses facing the rear lane. With a heritage restriction and a very tight site, I was amazed how creatively they fit everything within the envelope. Clever design and project management skills were very influential for achieving a development approval with fantastic yield on this complicated site. 

Completing these offices in stage one of the project, Corinne and Erhard were always there to guide me through the elaborate process. They successfully managed heritage restrictions and fire safety requirements, often through unconventional performance solutions. I can strongly recommend the REFRESH* team and continue to engage them on my other projects I am currently working on.

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HABITAT ON TERRACE

We bought at Habitat on Terrace (Toowong) after looking extensively through the city fringe suburbs for an apartment or townhouse offering a point of difference; something fresh, both in design and thinking. Refresh’s H.O.T. townhouses stood out from the crowd – the whole design has been brilliantly thought through; tying together the wonderful indoor/outdoor living elements in a seamless manner.  Nothing has been overlooked, from the wonderful way it maximises the use of space, thought to the way it captures the elements to ensure you maximise ventilation and flow. Finally the build quality is second to none, with the finest of detail being considered and executed flawlessly.  This care and attention flows over into Refresh’s after sale services as well, with nothing really being too much trouble.  We have been delighted with the whole experience and looking forward to spending many happy years enjoying this wonderful property. 

Trisha & Russell Shooter

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NORTHERN RIVERS BEACH HOUSE

Monika and Erhard’s design for our South Golden Beach house has been a joy for us. While aesthetics is the most obvious attraction, it comes as a result of form following function. The simplicity of design belies the sophisticated and clever hidden engineering details that produce a building that sits lightly on the ground. The house has been orientated to cater for all seasonal changes. In summer exposure to the western sun is minimized and in winter advantage is taken of the northern course of the sun to gain extra warmth. Internally there is optimal use of space. Extending wardrobes and cupboards to ceiling height creates abundant storage and it appears more spacious than the actual dimensions would have us believe. Refresh has ticked all our boxes and we love our house.

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WOOLLOONGABBA GARDENHOUSE

After completing a project with REFRESH* in Herston, in 2015 I made a decision second for a second gardenhouse project in Woolloongabba.
I had no hesitation in engaging REFRESH* to manage for the entire process including project management. This decision was the best decision I could have made. Allowing the experts to reflect on the context and use their creative imagination to design and manage construction of a fantastic and award-winning project. I absolutely love REFRESH*. Monika and Erhard are my architects for life.

Wesley Vasile

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HERSTON GARDENHOUSE

Since first engaging REFRESH* in 2013, the entire process of consultation, design and action has been nothing but a breeze and a pleasure to deal with. Throughout the whole process I have been impressed, in each stage the communication has been incredible and prompted and the fee structure has been nothing but fair. REFRESH* truly is an inspiring business to deal with. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Erhard & Monika and will be using them on future projects.

Wesley Vasile

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BYRON BAY GARDENHOUSE

Refresh provided us with an amazing service. We had never built before and found it very reassuring to have such competent and skilled professionals guide us through the process. We engaged Erhard and Monika before we bought the property to seek their views on its potential. They worked with us through the design phase to bring to life our ideas. The process was very smooth thanks to Erhard‘s drafting of the DA documents and liaison with council and the certifiers. Erhard monitored the construction phase and was quick to sort out any problems. When difficulties arose with contractors Erhard was fantastic at providing solutions in a calm and professional manner. We always felt very supported by Erhard and Monika. They were accessible throughout the process and their advice often saved us from making mistakes and costing us money. We love the finished product - the studio really has a ‚wow‘ factor. 

Dan & Trish M.

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