3 Year Review – Cottesloe Renovation

cottesloe project review

As part of our ‘Renovation Review’ blog series we will be revisiting some of our previous projects to get a feel for how our clients have settled in to their spaces and what their thoughts are a few years on from project completion.

This month we are featuring the impressive full home renovation in Cottesloe we completed 3 yrs ago. The scope of works included re-configuring the existing lower level floor plan, relocating the kitchen and removing a dividing wall to create an open plan living, dining & kitchen space with plenty of natural light. Retreat Design completed the kitchen, alfresco, two bathrooms and laundry as well as coordinating the design and building works in conjunction with Chartwell Construction. The major renovation also included replacing the windows, doors and laying new pre-finished washed oak flooring to compliment the overall design.

For project images please see the portfolio page here.


We’d like to thank our clients for allowing us to review their renovation and for answering these questions so openly. We hope you find this information helpful when planning any new projects.



What have you found to be the most functional aspect of your kitchen?

Love the coffee nook, the ability to close the door and hide this ‘messy’ area when we have guests or leave it open for normal day to day use. Love the large sink with additional drainer and chopping board. Love how bin is directly beneath the area I prepare food for easy clean up.  Makes the island bench incredibly easy to keep clean.


Aesthetically speaking, are you happy with the design choices and finishes 3 years down the track?

Yes, the white and pale grey is easy to live with.  I still love the texture we get from the splashback tiles. We largely left the drawer and cupboard organisation to the designer and its all exactly what we need and use.  I wouldn’t change anything. I’m really glad we kept the sink off the island bench, it was something we were really specific about because I hate having dishes on view and it also makes the island bench so versatile for entertaining- e.g we can stand around it, it can be a buffet, it can be a dining table etc, and at the same time there are never dishes piled on it next to a sink.


Do you entertain in and around your kitchen?

All the time.  Its the hub for family and everyone that visits automatically stands around it.


 Are you satisfied with the quality and longevity of the finishes?

Yes, it all still looks the same as the first day.  Almost no wear and tear.


One of the things people get concerned with is how stressful a renovation can be.. do you have any advice for people about to embark on the renovation process?

Choose a designer who has an aesthetic you like, and then trust their advice.  They do this everyday, you do this hopefully only 2-3 times in your life!




If you’re interested in obtaining a quote for a renovation or new build, please give us a call on (08) 6101 1190 or drop in to our new showroom when it opens in mid August at 156 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park – we’d love to meet you!


Cottesloe – BEFORE photo

Cottesloe – BEFORE photo

Transformed – living, kitchen & dining area

Light, bright & open-plan living

Looking out from the kitchen to alfresco area

Timeless kitchen finishes

Coffee station integrated in to the cabinetry

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Welcome to the Design Blog. Here we're sharing the latest kitchen and bathroom products from our Italian manufacturers. We'll also bring you inspiring kitchen renovations and beautiful bathrooms. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.