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Kenmar Crescent

Testimonial for Wendy Holmes

My wife and I purchased a rather dated home in Upper Claremont that required renovation of the kitchen and bathrooms. The use of space was suboptimal and critically, there was no direct access into the house from the garaging.


We appointed Wendy Holmes after meeting with her and being impressed by her vision.  Having two young busy children and demanding work schedules, we needed a project manager who would coordinate and supervise the project in totality. We did feel we were taking a risk, given that Wendy is not a qualified architect.  This was a massive project that involved new roofing, creating kitchen and living areas in the pre-existing bedrooms, creating 2 new bathrooms as well a study and 3 bedrooms in what was previously the lounge and living rooms. The entire house was knocked down save the back wall! There was also excavation to create a third garage as well as numerous unexpected issues. All issues were handled professionally by Wendy and definitely reduced the inconvenience one would have incurred had she not been there.


A year later we have no regrets with our decision, enjoying a breathtakingly beautiful house that has been moulded and crafted to our needs. There are a few core elements that have impressed us immensely re. Wendy. She is extremely honest, with a no-nonsense, pragmatic and practical approach. Her understanding of the use of space, light and flow is at least as good and if not better than most architects. She took responsibility for every element of the project from coordinating significant structural and engineering features to the curtains and letterbox cover! There were some complexities included, such as installation of a lift and a complex IT and security system. This was dealt with without fuss. There is no issue re. passing the buck. Her time management and coordination of a team of subcontractors is excellent.


Her valuable advice on almost every aspect of the final finishes was heeded and jointly we came up with some stunning solutions. We were concerned that we may end up with a house that was more her style than ours…. but our unique vision has  been realized.


In conclusion, we are grateful to Wendy for providing us with our new family home in which we hope to grow old.  We have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone needing assistance with rejuvenating a home.

After Visuals

  • Study
  • Salvalged Oregan Beams Re-Used
  • Patio View
  • Open Plan Living & Kitchen
  • Main en Suite Shower
  • Main en Suite Bath
  • Main Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Guest Cloakroom
  • Front Patio to garden
  • Feature Wall
  • Family Bathroom
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2
  • Aerial Picture

Before Visuals

  • Old Main Bedroom now Dining with Lift
  • Old Lounge
  • Old Family Room now Childrens Bedrooms
  • Old Entrance
  • Old Bedroom Section now Lounge
  • Not Much Left
  • Bedroom Section