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.
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.
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.
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.