Testimonials

C & A Dobson

From our first meeting with Jo we knew she was the one for the job. Her enthusiasm and passion for architectural and interior design was infectious and we were immediately excited by her ideas and vision for the renovation and extension of our Victorian home. We were thrilled by her family oriented design ideas, her amazing bathrooms and kitchens, and timeless style.

The design process was just so enjoyable and meeting with her was always fun! Jo was happy to incorporate our ideas into the plans while giving her clear, open and honest opinion. She was always very approachable and generous with her advice during the design and building process. Our builder was very impressed with the level of detail on the plans and finishes schedule and as a result was able to quote very accurately prior to starting the job.

Since moving back into our home we could not have been happier with the design, layout and style. The kitchen is a highlight and is a pleasure to work in. The drying room she included as an extension of the laundry is a simple but now indispensable zone – I’m not sure how we managed previously without it. The dryer has not been used once since moving in and there are no more ugly clothes horses hanging around the house in winter! There is beautiful cabinetry everywhere providing a well thought out space for everything (with plenty leftover). Our previously dark home is now flooded with light and the spaces are now beautiful and practical. Many of our friends have commented that the house feels like ‘one’ house – not an old house with an extension. It flows seamlessly from one end to the other whilst still maintaining the beauty and integrity of the original home.

We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Jo – she has been an absolute pleasure to work with and has exceeded our expectations in creating our dream home. Thank you Jo!

C & A Dobson

Con & Kerry Stambanis

We purchased a 40 year old holiday home 3 years ago on Lake Eildon in Mansfield which was far too small for our Children and ever expanding Grandchildren, we now have 6!

At our very first meeting with Jo we knew she was the one! She totally got our style and more importantly she got us! She understood what we wanted to achieve which was a spacious, comfortable, child friendly home and we definitely wanted the Wow Factor!

It was a 2 year project gutting and totally redesigning the existing house and adding a large extension. Jo’s Architectural Design work was perfect, her attention to detail never ceased to amaze us and she gave us so many fabulous ideas that we would never have thought of ourselves. Her colour and finish choices were gorgeous and she held our hand through the whole daunting process of choosing all of the hardware, sanitary ware, kitchen appliances etc. She was ever the professional, nothing was ever a problem for Jo (if it was we never knew about it !).

She also spent many hours with me doing the interior design, this has all resulted in an absolutely beautiful home that we and our family love and enjoy living in.

On a personal level Jo was extraordinary, Con became very ill in the middle of the build and I had to lean on her a lot for decisions he and I should have been making together, she was always happy to listen and help me any way she could, I would not have coped during that time without her care and kindness – not to mention her never ending patience!

I emailed Jo not long after we moved back in and thanked her for making our dream home a reality, because of her amazing design skills and undeniable expertise, we have a home that takes our breath away every time we arrive there. Besides being very beautiful, it is warm and welcoming for our family and friends and yes we got our Wow factor in bucket loads.

Jo made the whole process stress free because of her positive attitude and support and we had a lot of fun and laughs on the journey.

If you are fortunate enough to be working with Jo on your new home, enjoy the process, we know she will work her magic and give you a dream home you couldn’t imagine possible.

Con & Kerry Stambanis

The Helder Family

Dear Jo,

It is with much pleasure that I write to tell you how thrilled we are with our newly renovated home. We have now been back for 5 weeks and can honestly say that there is not a part of our renovation we would change.

We purchased our 1890 Victorian Home in 2008, as there were many beautiful features we loved. The large block, the arches, the high ceilings on both levels and the way the house sat elevated in the street. We did, however, inherit a 30-year-old renovation in which the kitchen and laundry were virtually non-existent, the bathrooms badly designed and dated, the lovely staircase was in the completely wrong place and the zones of the house did not flow.

We entrusted you in 2014 with the very difficult task of solving all of these issues without compromising the things we loved about our home and without changing the back of the house. We have only added 15% more living space to our house but it feels like you have given us an entire new wing!

We realise that redesigning our house mainly within existing walls was not an easy task. On top of that, we are first time renovators, renovating our forever home. From the outset we felt so comfortable entrusting the design with you. Your knowledge, understanding, clever design ideas and amazing taste made us feel reassured we were in good hands. In looking back at the process now, I can also say that we are particularly grateful for your conviction, as it is that which ensured we did not stray from our overall vision for our forever home.

Throughout the process you were continually available and accessible. You held my hand when I needed you to and you left me free to make my own design decisions when it was applicable. We will be forever grateful to you Jo for making the experience such a pleasurable one. We are also grateful that we decided to use the builder you recommended, who continued to make our renovating experience quite joyful!

If I walked into my house as a stranger, I would say to myself, “This is my dream house”. I fell blessed to be lucky enough to live in it. Thank you so much Jo for not only creating a beautiful home for us, but an incredibly functional one.

With tremendous gratitude,

The Helder Family

Claire and Rodney Piltz

We have recently moved back into our renovated home in Hawthorn which was designed by Jo McIntyre. Jo came highly recommended and she exceeded our expectations with her style, ideas, attention to detail and fabulous customer service throughout the 2 year planning and building process. Jo designed an aesthetically beautiful home which is a delight to live in due to its flow, functionality and storage (we have SO much storage!!). Our home has been designed to cater for our current and future needs and lifestyle. Jo understands the needs of a young family and has designed many smart and functional features into our home. We are still marvelling at the end result!

We engaged Jo for architectural design as well as all internal finishes and cabinetry. The internal design consulting service was incredibly helpful and saved me countless hours trawling around shops, feeling overwhelmed. The end result is stunning, we could not be happier and I could not have achieved it without Jo’s guidance.

Our property has a heritage overlay as well as a covenant on the title which made the planning process challenging for us, particularly as we were first-time renovators. Jo was knowledgeable regarding these requirements and successfully supported and guided us through the council planning process. The completed house sits beautifully in its heritage surrounding whilst still meeting all of our requirements for a modern and stylish home.

Jo maintains very high standards for her work and we found that any other service provider or trades person recommended by Jo operated at a similar level and was a delight to deal with. Having access to these contactors made the building process easy. Jo remained in-touch and available well beyond the design phase. I often turned to Jo for advice or suggestions well beyond the scope of our contract and Jo was always incredibly engaged and helpful.

We absolutely recommend Jo McIntyre of Beautiful Home, you will be amazed at what she can create!

Claire and Rodney Piltz

Ceri & Peter Lloyd

Amazing & considered design! Exceptional use of space. Phenomenal storage design! Contemporary but still respecting the period aspects of our home.
These are just some of the phrases we would use to describe Jo McIntyre’s approach to designing our renovation and extension.

Nothing was too much trouble for Jo. I knew we were onto a winner in our choice of designer when I visited Jo’s home and saw first-hand what her design creates. Being time poor and both working, we needed someone who had a vision, understood we didn’t have a limitless budget and really understood that our home needed to be functional for our children.

Jo spent hours with us taking us through each draft drawing, making changes, considering all aspects of a beautiful but functional home. She assisted me with colours, tiles, paints and every aspect of my design. She was happy to answer my emails on heating and carpet colour and all manner of lighting queries.

Her true skill though is seen in her cabinetry design. Her design for us in every room was phenomenal. We have a place for everything, even kids school bags, laptops and all their stuff!!

When I stood in my new kitchen and living area I was overwhelmed with happiness at what Jo had created for our family. There is nothing I would change and I know many people who have renovated that cannot say that. Our friends cannot believe our house is the same home!

We could not recommend her highly enough if you are renovating your home!

Ceri & Peter Lloyd

Andrew & Claire Nichol

From the first meeting with Jo to discuss the renovation of our Victorian home in Hawthorn, we were impressed with Jo’s professionalism and attention to detail. Our design brief was relatively simple – we needed a functional home for our family of six, we wanted it to be timeless and classic and we needed lots of cupboards! Jo delivered on all requirements to the highest possible level.

Having never renovated before, we expected to be overwhelmed at times, however Jo’s passion for what she does and commitment to getting the end product perfect allowed us to enjoy the experience – Jo took the stress out of the entire renovation process.

Even following the design phase, Jo was available for decorating advice and collaborated with trade professionals to ensure the result was what we wanted. It was refreshing to work with someone who always delivered on what she promised.

We could not recommend Jo more highly to anyone about to embark on a renovation project.

Andrew & Claire Nichol

Ruth and Eric Passaris

We have recently moved back into our home having just completed a significant renovation and would like to acknowledge the outstanding assistance we received from Jo McIntyre of Beautiful Home.

We started planning for our renovation a number of years ago working with several architects trying rather unsuccessfully to perfect our design plans, but didn’t ever feel that they understood exactly what we were looking for. After much frustration, a friend suggested that we talk to Jo McIntyre.

Living in the Mont Albert/Surrey Hills area, we were familiar with some of Jo’s design projects, and realized that she might just be the person we were looking for.

Right from our first discussion on the phone with Jo, she was enthusiastic and engaged in our project. Jo seemed to know intuitively what we were looking for and we had no hesitation after our first meeting with her that she had a similar vision to us for our home and engaged her the following day. It was one of the best decisions that we’ve made. We just wish we’d met her much earlier!

Jo was absolutely fantastic to work with – in fact there probably aren’t enough superlatives to describe how fabulous she actually was/is.

Jo’s knowledge of the whole process of renovating is extraordinary. She understands designs, costs, building issues, practicality, resale value, – we could go on and on! Jo worked with (and recommended) a number of people throughout the building process, all of whom were also outstanding and whom we would have no hesitation recommending.

Jo particularly understood the needs of our growing family (we have three teenage children and a dog) and our home caters for this in so many ways. From the abundant, clever storage; natural light; separate, well-planned living areas; hidden food preparation areas/appliance cupboards/ breakfast cupboards/study nooks; and even an integrated dog bed and door in the laundry.

Jo made the whole renovating process relatively easy and fun. She worked with us to ensure we understood and were happy with our plans. Where we had specific requests, she seamlessly incorporated them and was even able to convince Eric that one wine room above the ground would be enough (thank you for that Jo!). Her attention to detail – including things we would never have thought of, has meant everything works perfectly. When it came to internal finishes, having ascertained what we might like, Jo narrowed the final selection process for us, making it very easy to select beautiful colours and finishes. Jo was accessible at all times and so accommodating whenever we had questions or needed her advice throughout the building process.

We highly recommend Jo McIntyre – Beautiful Home for any design/renovation project. Jo was professional, creative, practical and passionate about our project. We cannot thank her enough for designing our beautiful home.

Ruth and Eric Passaris

Sarah & Simon Goodison

Dear Jo,

Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you for designing us the house of our dreams! From our very first meeting, we knew that you understood our style and how we wanted our house to look. Having 3 kids like yourself, we had complete faith that you would design us a house for a growing and ever evolving family. The result is we have a wonderful floor plan that works with our young boys now and will also work when they are teenagers/young adults. Our house flows beautifully and it is an absolute pleasure not only to live in, but also to entertain in.

Your vision and attention to detail is amazing and it is evident in the finished product. You remained true to the character of our Californian bungalow while adding modern touches, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms
and laundry. Your guidance and advice with internal colours, tiles, cabinetry etc was invaluable as you took all the hard work out of it. Your knowledge on what works & what doesn’t meant that Simon & I were never
second guessing anything. We felt confident that the house would reflect us and our needs and one thing for sure is, it has made our household a lot more organised. You are definitely the ‘storage queen’ as now there is a place for everything. People are always commenting on how tidy our house is, and that is because everything is hidden behind cabinetry doors!

Thank you again for making the whole renovating process completely stress free. We couldn’t have done it without you! As you know we have recommended you to many friends already, and we will continue to do so.

Thanks again,

Sarah & Simon Goodison

Simone and Darren

We recently completed a major renovation and extension to our Heritage Listed home in Hawthorn with Jo, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with not just the outcome, but also the process along the way.

Jo was able to come into our old house and see visions and ideas that we had no idea even existed, and within days we had all of this on paper and we were able to visualise and discuss all the options with her.  From this point on, we were very comfortable with the process of planning and conceptualising our new home.

Jo then helped with every step including her specialty of storage and cabinetry, layout, choice of colours, tiles, lighting, soft furnishings and just easing our mind with every decision that was made. Jo was always available to answer every question we had in full detail and nothing was ever a problem.

We believe one of Jo’s biggest strengths is to work with a family and then make the house work for them.  This ideal comes from her strong sense of the family unit and making a house a home.

Thank you Jo, we now have our own “Beautiful Home”.

Simone and Darren

Paul & Lynda Landgren

Hi Jo,

We just wanted to let you know we’ve been in our place a month now and could not be happier.

Aesthetically the place is wonderful but perhaps even more pleasing is the practical functionality of the design which makes managing a young family much easier. Everything from great storage, we now have a place for the kids school bags, homework and laundry separation (which the kids are loving) through to little things like ensuring we have adequate coverage of power points in exactly the right location across the house has been thought of. Many friends have already commented they love the butler’s pantry layout which means our kitchen work area is concealed from the main kitchen area making entertaining simple.

We hope all is well with you and again just wanted to say thank you for your help in designing our beautiful home.

Paul & Lynda Landgren

Caroline and Julian

We were recommended Jo after we admired her work on a friend’s recent renovation, where she had done a beautiful remodelling of a Californian Bungalow with upstairs extension. Knowing our friend’s had a keen eye for a well costed and practical solution to their home we approached Jo to look at our home, an architect designed, 1980’s modern, two storey, flat roofed house that needed significant reworking to fit our expanding family and manage the separate needs of four children, particularly with respect to zoning the living areas.

Jo set about designing a home that fulfilled these needs, working with a long “wish list” and working as much as possible within the existing structure to minimise cost. She has an excellent ability to judge the spaces and fit a house together in a way that is always aesthetically pleasing but very practical as well. Her interest in is the outcome looking fantastic but she appreciates we all need to live in our homes and they need to work for us and not against us! This is something we think is unique about Jo and her designs, based on previous experience with other architects and building groups.

Her ability is not only with the structural design but then with the amazing cabinetry, kitchen and bathrooms she puts together and then the final and all important touch of the finishes. She is a winner on all these fronts and then is a delight to work with on the project, she is easy to contact, easy to approach and works with you to solve any problems. She will truly create for you a Beautiful Home. Her relationship with her preferred builders is also an incredible asset to the design and build. One friend remarked to us that our renovation (the source of major life stress for many) had seemed to be an aberration in its easy execution, this is in no small way due to Jo’s design, organisation and planning and relationships with key stakeholders in her industry. We cannot highly recommend her enough and she won’t need this testimonial as through word of mouth she will be working for years to come!!

Cheers, Caroline and Julian

Jules Hetherington

Dear Jo,

Thank you so much for our beautiful home. We are all thrilled with the result and are settling in well.

I adored working with you right from the beginning. Simon and I were extremely comfortable that our home was in good hands and promised to be spectacular in your care.

Your understanding of our family’s needs and what we would require in the future with two growing children was insightful. The trouble now of course is that it is highly unlikely that they will ever want to leave!

Jo, you made our renovation process so enjoyable and I will be forever grateful to you for your patience during my ‘moments of panic’. Not only did you support us in the beginning by instilling us with confidence, but, you continued to deliver that support right through our whole build and still even today four months after moving in!

The way you listened and allowed us to discuss every question we had without once making us feel silly, rushed or persuaded was greatly appreciated. In turn your approach made us relax, laugh, see clearly, adjust and decide those thousands of decisions together that prior to meeting you had seemed daunting.

Thank you for your many recommendations and trade contacts you shared with us, they were all excellent to deal with, reliable and professional. The trade discounts you passed on to us saved us thousands of dollars, allowing us to have a far greater result!

I love that our home has such a warm, happy and earthy feel to it. I put it down to a great design from a clever woman who understands family, functionality and beautiful finishes.

Good luck with your future projects and best wishes always,

Jules Hetherington

Caroline and Mark

Dear Jo,

Mark and I wanted to thank you for all your assistance with the renovation of our home. You went above and beyond our expectations in terms of your professionalism, assistance and availability to us. You always answered every call, every question no matter how trivial or silly.

From the moment we employed your services you worked tirelessly in the planning stages of our home. Designing and re designing where necessary to ensure that we didn’t make design compromises. You encouraged us to consider the home and it’s design not only for the current stage of our lives, which involved young children but rather other design elements which will allow us to move flawlessly into our children’s teenage years. Your persuasion on matters for which we were initially not so inclined, resulted in features that we never realised would make the home so aesthetically pleasing.

Having now lived in the home for a while we know it has such a spacious, open feel and has accommodated, on numerous occasions large numbers of family and friends.On these occasions we have witnessed first hand how the design of our home accommodates effortlessly adults, teenagers and very young children alike, disbursed through the different living areas of the home.

Further, you have enabled us to create not only a beautiful looking home externally and internally but more importantly a home which functions incredibly well on a day to day basis. When people enter my home they literally comment on all the little things and great simple ideas which could be overlooked in design stage but resulted in providing some of the core functionality features of our daily living. Everything has a place. There is no reason for clutter or mess as the home has more storage then I can fill. I love the additional functions and features which considered the children’s school bags and every day clutter, which again is all taken care of through your clever design.

Importantly there is nothing in the home that we look at and think we wished we had have done that differently. In fact we find ourselves actually thinking how lucky we were to have had your input because we know there would have been a number of things which we would not have turned our untrained renovators eye to and on completion stage we would have be left thinking if only we had have known that in advance, we would have changed it. We love the home you created for us and because of your attention to detail the building phase went exactly to plan without a single hitch.

Finally your industry knowledge allowed us to source items for our home at very competitive prices. You were always willing to give design advice to the point where you completely changed our perspective on the size and design of our couch to which we are now eternally grateful. I have had to date had no hesitation in recommending your service to others and I will continue to do so in the future. In the event that we ever decided to renovate again we would most certainly call upon your services again despite the fact that having now been through a renovation and learning all the little tricks, we appreciate that your service provides invaluable input into the design and overall finish and functionality of our home.

Kind Regards, Caroline and Mark

M & B Dalling, Hawthorn

Our home renovation and extension is now under construction after the easiest process with Jo McIntyre of Beautiful Home. Jo was meticulous with the design of our home, looking at the relationships between the old and new and in particular paid attention to the dimensions needed to have easy family living. She understands life with three children and has designed cabinetry and storage to cope with the years to come. Jo always makes herself available to return calls and guide us through unknown territory. She is decisive and professional and has made our journey easy. We can’t wait to live in the beautiful home Jo has designed for our family.

M & B Dalling, Hawthorn

Kelly and Troy Stambanis

No regrets and everlasting appreciation’ is the best way that we can think of to sum up our experience having commissioned Jo McIntyre to design our home renovation / extension and it is with much delight that we provide this testimonial.

When we embarked on our project, never in our wildest dreams did we think that we would be living in such a wonderful creation and we have no hesitation in declaring that the amazing results were largely due to Jo.

Many words come to mind when we reflect on our experience and time spent working with Jo; consummate professional, dynamo, highly organised (always many steps ahead), unwavering support (she was with us every step of the way), passionate attention to detail, willingness to listen to our needs and adapt the designs to meet these needs, friendship and quite simply a design eye that many of her colleagues would die for.

However it’s not only Jo’s design talents that she brings to the table. Thanks to her wealth of experience Jo has an intimate knowledge of the complex building process and is always willing and able to provide advice and guidance throughout the entire project. She also applies an intelligent understanding of function to her beautiful designs; resulting in a floor plan that ‘works’. There is nothing in our design that we would want to change or wish we had done differently and now having lived in the home we continue to be delighted with its functionality, thereby making every-day living a pleasure and a breeze.

One last word about Jo; she takes on each project as if it was her own and works tirelessly to deliver a design and creation that she herself loves. It’s refreshing and extremely satisfying to work with someone who has as much passion invested in the project as you do and an imperative attribute to ensure a harmonious process and amazing end product.

We always wanted to create a beautiful home in which to raise our family and now thanks to Jo we have!

Kelly and Troy Stambanis

Fiona

Dear Jo,
I just wanted to send you a quick email before you go on holiday tomorrow to say thank you so much for designing such a magnificent and beautiful house for us. It is absolutely perfect and I would not change a thing. We would love you to come over and have a glass of champagne to see it finished when you come home (hopefully I will be more unpacked then and able to show it to you at its best). You were a constant reassuring presence throughout the process and answered so many questions for me, from toilets, to couches, shutters and teflon coated fabrics. Simon and I found the whole process so easy thanks to you and also to Rod’s amazing professionalism and quiet ability to get things done so well.

Have a really wonderful trip. Please let me know when you get back and are free to pop over.

Thanks again
Fiona

Natisha Fodor

After seven years we had outgrown our house but did not want to move. We approached Beautiful Home to design a renovation that would offer us more storage and space without compromising our outdoor living areas.

Jo’s mix of practical design and flair has transformed our humble Californian Bungalow into a spacious, inviting home which meets all our growing family’s needs. We are delighted with the end result.

Natisha Fodor

Narelle and Shaun Smith

Dear Jo
We would like to formally thank you for designing our dream home. You have been an absolute pleasure to work with and given our lack of experience in this area our security blanket all the way. We cannot thank you enough for your guidance, support and tireless work throughout the entire process.

When we purchased our land we had no idea of the type of house we wanted. We always loved the period style homes, but having seen some poor reproductions we did not think we could build an authentic one. As soon as we met with you and saw your work we felt confident that we could achieve our dream.

At the commencement of the project you undertook to design our home and to provide guidance through the build stage. We were thoroughly impressed by your dedication and attention to detail during the design stage which produced an amazing design far in excess of what we expected and hoped for.

Having worked through the design stage with you so closely it was with some nervousness that we embarked on the build phase. To our amazement and relief you were with us all the way. It took a huge amount of pressure off us (and gave us a significant amount of confidence) that both we and the builder could contact you at any time for questions or clarifications and you always made yourself available.

We can honestly say that the whole process has been relatively stress free for us and that this largely attributable to you. Whilst we have no intention of rebuilding or renovating in the future (now that we are in our dream home) we would have absolutely no hesitation in working with you again or recommending you to others in the future.

Please feel free to pass this letter onto anyone you see fit. We are both more than happy to provide a verbal reference for any prospective clients.

We are truly thankful for everything you have done for us to enable us to live in a house that has absolutely exceeded all our expectations. Thank you again.

Yours sincerely
Narelle and Shaun Smith

Julie Darmody

Throughout our entire renovation planning process, Jo has always been efficient, honest and professional.

Her attention to detail has been brilliant.

Her ability to create amazing storage areas for everything from school bags and DVD players to hanging out the washing is amazing.

I didn’t think I could ever be this organised!

I have had a lot of friends recently who are renovating, use architects who have designed grandiose plans.

They have paid an absolute fortune for the plans and in 3 separate occasions the clients have been unable to use the plans, as the clients initial budget brief has been extended by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jo works with you to ensure the plans you decide on are within the budget you want to spend.

She definitely has an eye for creating the WOW factor in a home due to her practical nature and good taste in colors and materials.

She has made the process of renovating and making decisions a much easier one and I have had a feeling of confidence throughout the renovation.

I have no hesitation in recommending Beautiful Home to design your home or renovation.

Julie Darmody

Nina and Jeff Azzopardi

This is the second project we have engaged Jo McIntyre for. Her ideas are innovative, stylish and practical.

As a mother of three, I’m always interested in finding better organisation and storage solutions to make our busy lifestyle more calm and relaxed And I have to say, this is Jo’s specialty. I look to Jo knowing as a mother of a growing family herself, she has already been where I am about to go -and makes the whole journey look streamlined and effortless. Jo has also achieved this for us through her creative and bespoke approach and subsequent design.

The impact she has had on the two projects we engaged her for have been incredible. In fact it is our experiences with Jo which have given us the confidence and excitement to do it all again and again.
I have and will continue to refer friends and family to Jo based on our journey and would highly recommend discussing any renovation project with her. You will not be disappointed I can assure you!

Nina and Jeff Azzopardi