Cinzia Gagliardi - Illawarra
Matthew Green - Project Manager / Construction Supervisor
Project description
Renovate bathroom and create a small laundry
Mark and Lera Everett
Oct 2018
Project duration
4 weeks (includes part 2: kitchen)
Actual cost
$65k (includes part 2: kitchen)
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Oliara Pty Ltd in NSWOliara Pty Ltd in Illawarra is an independent Franchisee of Refresh Renovations

Mark and Lera Everett desperately needed help renovating their unit. Check out part 1 of this kitchen and bathroom transformation.

WORDS Persephone Nicholas

When Mark and Lera Everett of West Wollongong, NSW booked an appointment with Cinzia Gagliardi and Matt Green of Refresh Renovations Illawarra they desperately needed help renovating their unit. In addition to their kitchen requirements, their bathroom was poky and basic and their washing machine was squeezed into a storage area. To make things worse, they’d already contacted other builders and trades but no one was interested in taking on their job for a fair price.

Cinzia says that when she and Matt first met Mark and Lera the couple didn’t feel good about their home.

“Mark and Lera couldn’t see how the unit might be transformed, but when Matt and I walked in we saw it as a challenge. We knew it would be difficult working around the unit’s existing masonry and concrete, but it was hard, not impossible.’

Cinzia and Matt listened to the brief and developed several designs that would give the couple more usable space. Once they’d decided on a layout and agreed on a soft industrial theme, they could start work in earnest. As the unit was so small, it made sense for Mark and Lera to move out while the work was happening and they headed overseas for four weeks.

The tiny bathroom was demanding. The room was dominated by pipework hanging from the ceiling. As the pipes belonged to the unit above they could be disguised, but not removed. Fortunately, Cinzia and Matt came up with a brilliant solution – painting the ceiling, the upper walls and the pipes black so the pipes ‘disappeared’ against the paintwork.

The walls were lined with Spa panel, a low maintenance alternative to tile, in Arctic Stone and more Camaro vinyl flooring in Smoked Concrete was laid. A sleek new vanity with San Remo finish from Harvey Norman Commercial plus matt black tapware and small bathroom accessories complete the look.

We’re really happy with the way our unit looks and functions now. The design is so much better

Cinzia and Matt also created a compact laundry from a small storage area.

With the renovation taken care of while the couple was on holiday, Mark says the result is a dream come true.

‘We’re really happy with the way our unit looks and functions now. The design is so much better – it’s not just new and fresh, but it has a distinct style and looks amazing from every angle." 


Check out part 2 of this project: Kitchen transformation in West Wollongong, NSW


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