Working in collaboration with Iain Halliday Principal of BKH (architecture & interior design), this Hampden style cottage renovation on the northern beaches involved a complete refit of the ground floor living areas and kitchen. The external works included carport, decks, balustrades and screens.

BKH Architecture & Interior Design

Paul Gray undertook a unique renovation of our Clareville home in 2015. The house is a Hampden style property and Iain Halliday Principal of BKH suggested we do an interior renovation in keeping with its 1920’s style.  The work involved initially fixing structural and finish issues including poor quality work in ceilings and walls and almost a random adherence to any real design integrity. Paul is uncompromising in ensuring the highest standards of workmanship and values his reputation as a tradesman and builder.

Iain Halliday is a demanding and inspired Interior Designer and the design concept he developed involved many features that captured the uniqueness of the 1920’s period. Amongst these were: interior wood panelling, battens on walls and ceilings, changes to lighting, inclusion of picture and chair rails, colour changes to floor boards, fire surround and hearth, wall papering and a colour pallet that moved away from the totally white interior finish. Iain designed a kitchen that was inspired and reflective of the period but also a room that was to become the heart of informal living in the home.

Paul worked on the project from day one, he costed and managed all aspects and all trades over the period of construction. We remained in the house throughout the period and hence he had the additional challenge of managing that aspect of the relationship.

We got to know Paul both professionally and personally and have no hesitation in recommending him to any prospective client. Our observations in relation to Paul are:

– He shows respect for the client, be it the owner or the architect/designer. At no time did we feel that he intruded on our space, he communicated continually, he showed respect and there were no surprises.
– He interpreted the design concept and showed a real interest and understanding of what Iain was trying to achieve. He responded to Iain’s challenges on quality and standards. Paul can work where the highest level of detail and quality is involved.
– He manages a project tightly. His use of software and spreadsheets to cost and manage against a budget is impressive. He comes in on time and to budget. He communicates continually, where decisions need to be made he gives options and costings and guides the process with control and confidence.
– He has a set of tradesman and sub contractors who reflect his own high standards of quality and reliability. Plumbers, electricians, joinery, floor sanding, painters, etc. work well with Paul and have the same values.
Overall, we do not hesitate to acknowledge Paul’s ability to manage complex projects and deliver at the highest level of quality.

Geoff and Robyn Payne

0410 510 920