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Project Review │South Fremantle Residence

This impressive 1800 sqm residence in South Fremantle includes a main house with kitchen, 4 x bathrooms, laundry and living room cabinetry. A guesthouse at the back is well equipped with a second kitchen, office, bathrooms and rooftop terrace to take in views over the Port city. Working directly with the client who had a [...]

Rethinking Our Homes Post Covid

If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that our home is our sanctuary and a place where we hope to be safe and comforted from the outside world. With this new way of living, it has us wondering how we will ‘rethink home design’ in the future. The team at Retreat Design has certainly seen [...]

Renovate or Relocate in 2020?

After an initial positive start to 2020, Australia has been hit with the COVID-19 bombshell and everything that comes along with it. Fear, uncertainty, a diving property market and of course, much more time spent at home. According to ABC’s 7.30 report “Analysts say property prices could fall between 15 and 30 per cent”. Plans [...]

How Much Is A New Kitchen?

The latest 2019/20 HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey found the average value of a kitchen installed in new homes to be $22,403 which is now lower than the $24,014 average value of kitchens installed as part of renovations. This is also lower than the average cost of the previous year which reported it as $26,280. [...]

5 Year Review – West Leederville Renovation

As part of a new 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. First up, we are featuring this lovely West Leederville project we completed close [...]

Showroom Open For Business

As of Monday 4th May 2020, the Retreat Design showroom will be back open for business from 9.30am – 5pm weekdays and 9am-3pm on Saturdays. Due to the nature of our business, you can be rest assured there is low foot traffic and we will be adhering to social distancing and best hygiene practices as [...]

Abbetthaus featured in Inside Out Magazine

    We were thrilled to see Abbetthaus featured in the April 2020 issue of Inside Out Magazine. Completed in 2018, this Certified Passivhaus (or Passive House as its known in Australia) was built on a compact 213 sqm block in Scarborough, adhering to strict sustainable and thermal properties in its construction to achieve optimal [...]

Project Update From Retreat Design

Update from Retreat Design… To all our valued clients and suppliers, we hope you are keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. Retreat Design would like to assure people that whilst our showroom is now open by appointment only, we are working hard behind the scenes delivering several projects and working through the design [...]

COVID-19 Update from Retreat Design

We wanted to put a message out to all our existing clients and Retreat Design team to address the current health situation around COVID-19. We are keen to follow government advice and provide a safe and clean environment for our customers and staff given we are all feeling uncertain in these tough times. We’ve included [...]
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