The Timber Whisperer's Blog

Complete New Farm Apartment Renovation

October 17, 2019
by Matthew
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Anju Designs contacted Finer Living to carry out a full transformation of a very tired looking 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Apartment in Arthur Street New Farm.

Penny (Manger Director) From Anju Designs arranged a meeting with the owners and myself (Matthew Hunsche) to discuss  how we could open up the space and create a very modern but timeless feel.

Anju Designers and Finer Living worked very closely together throughout this project, every detail was taken into consideration, from lighting, to extra storage under the bed to even considering the water filter. Every room had to fit into the brief from the owners, from Sarah’s bathroom to Craig’s office.

Since there is no room for a dining room table, Anju Designers took the risky move of making the stone island bench larger and longer, which fitted into the space beautifully. The kitchen design with builtin LED lighting, works wonderfully with the stone material.

We also created a new feel in the bedroom by way of new joinery furniture, with LED lighting and more storage space in the upper cupboards.

New BBQ Area , with a pop up Tv  makes the courtyard a really relaxed atmosphere to sit and unwind.

Everyone is overjoyed with the success of the project and the apartment now looks like new, breathing a fresh life into the space and creating a living environment that works perfectly and compliments the lifestyles of the owners.

 

Bespoke Kitchen in Toowoomba Homestead

March 7, 2019
by Matthew
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We were asked to create a unique kitchen with a big WoW factor for this historic homestead.

This kitchen is stunning with Stone benchtops  and wall backings from Granite, along with a soft moulded edge detail that works well with the fluting on the cabinets. The doors are layer moulded, made in three sections.

The timber in the display cabinets is French Walnut, with soft interior lighting installed.

Window bench seat near the wine chiller creates a space to relax and chat while the flavours are simmering.

After many consultations with our client, considering all the needs of the family we built this bespoke kitchen and the client is very happy with the final result.

There are before shots included here also, so you can see the transformation.

Home Office Storage, Filing, Display unit

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We built this home office from an empty space in the apartment of the Abian Apartments in the city. We made the zen style sliding doors from French Walnut and used fabric inserts to allow air flow. The sliding doors allow a divide between the office space and home space. The owner was very specific about needing filing cabinets and cupboard storage. We used French Walnut and created fun nooks in the centre for display objects.

We worked with Wrightson Stewart Interiors to design the space.

The owner is very happy with how the office space was created and we will be making a desk to complete the space.

Built In TV unit with LED lit Shelves

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We were contacted by Wrightson Stewart Interiors to create specialised joinery pieces for an apartment in the new Abian Apartment building in the city.  This custom built TV unit has a sliding door in the centre that balances the design of the shelves and the TV. The whole unit was finished with a two pack polyurethane finish for lasting durability.

The client is extremely happy with the level of detail and the final outcome of this design, build and installation.

Built In Fireplace for Apartment Living

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We installed this stunning fireplace. The fireplace is controlled by remote and has built in speakers for sound. It is run by electricity and water and we had to install all of this and needed to remove a wall.

To give the top section a floating look and feel we needed to build a inner support from steal and suspend this from the ceiling,  the steal gives strength to the top section. The apartment is very high up and strong winds can be known to blow in and this added to the brief to make this unit extra sturdy, as it is close to the balcony doors.

We covered the interior columns with 24 carat gold leaf which add a warmth and glow to the living area. When the morning light comes through onto the columns a beautiful golden glow fills the whole living area.

The owner is extremely happy with the level of detail and installation.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.

 

 

Dressing Room in the Sky

October 5, 2018
by Matthew
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We were asked to turn one of the bedroom spaces in the Abian Apartments into a walk-in dressing room. There needed to be a sensational space to display handbags and shoes and it needed to be protected by glass. We decided to add LED lighting to highlight the viewing. We used American Cherry Solid timber and veneer to create all the shelving, doors, sliding draws, jewelry pocket draws, hanging spaces and mirrored sliding doors. We also covered the interior column with 24 carat gold leaf which really adds a glamorous feel to the whole room.

The owner is over the moon with their new dressing space and highly complimented our level of detail.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.

Black Gold Rub French Style Chairs – Restored and Reupholstered

August 13, 2018
by Matthew
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Our client is overjoyed with the end result of the restoration and reupholstering of their French style carved chairs.
We had to fully remove the old white coating and then re-gold them by hand with gold rub. They were finished in a clear coating.

Super Comfortable 3 Seater Lounge and side Table

July 19, 2018
by Matthew
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The lounge was designed with curved arms and it has springs and extra webbing to give it a no sag look and feel, and provide super comfortable supportive seating.

We used three different types of foam and feathers in the cushioning.  This Lounge will still have it’s shape and comfort for many years to come.

The spotted gum side table was made to match the spotted gum dining table (see in next blog).  We designed the table with a turned centre leg and a solid top and base. This table fits well in the room, and brings the feel of timber into this space. Simple, elegant and perfect for ease to move and match all the pieces together.

Complete Renovation of HighRise Apartment

June 28, 2018
by Matthew
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Emeritus Professor Paul W Thomas AM,  501 Queen Street

Brisbane 4000, Qld.

 

7 July 2018

Re: Matthew Hunsche, Finer Finishers

I have offered this reference voluntarily, not from a request.

My wife and I initially had a long conversation with Matthew Hunsche about a major demolition and renovation of our kitchen, two dated bathrooms and a laundry in our city apartment. The details of the conversation covered projected costs, timeline, professional experience, insurance, body corporate liaison, the oversight of a range of trades, interpreting the designer’s plans, amongst an even broader range of topics. We agreed to proceed with Matthew’s proposals.
My wife and I were overseas for 3 months during the project, but we know there was minimal disruption for neighbours, cooperation with the Building Manager, full physical protection of the rest of the apartment, plus regular texts and photos updating my wife and myself on progress at every stage.
We were really impressed with Matthew’s genuine personal style as well as his personal oversight over every detail of the renovations, including returning the whole apartment to an impeccably clean state.
When I returned from overseas and saw first-hand the quality of the work and how the apartment had been transformed, I was even more impressed.
There had clearly been obstacles that could have caused potential delays and cost over-runs, but they were averted because of Matthew’s persistence, professionalism, discriminating respect for the design, and adherence to our agreed parameters established at the outset.
I have worked with many architects, builders and designers over the years, especially in my role in developing a new University as a Vice Chancellor, and I can honestly say I have never experienced a higher standard of meticulous workmanship.
I would unconditionally commend Matthew to anyone considering these kinds of undertakings, for which he is demonstrably highly qualified, experienced and successful.

Emeritus Prof. Paul W Thomas AM

TV unit

June 20, 2018
by Matthew
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This TV Unit is made from Spotted Gum and we stayed with a simple functional design. Inside houses the equipment for Foxtel and DVD and sound.