Liesl & Paul

Hawthorn East

Thanks to Anton and his team our renovation was completed to a high standard, on time and within budget during 2014. Anton took great pride in our job and was always contactable during the life of our project. He is committed to his projects and works with reliable project managers, quality tradesmen and well researched suppliers.

Our renovation involved the following:

  • working within heritage overlay planning requirements
  • adding a first floor with 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom
  • ground floor kitchen, dining & living area
  • ground floor bathroom, laundry and butler’s pantry
  • pool, landscaping and shed

Our specification included integrating our pool into our renovation, polished concrete floors, hydronic heating and quality cabinetry.

Any challenges that arose during our renovation were quickly and effectively resolved by Anton.

We would enthusiastically recommend Anton to anyone thinking of renovating or building. Our recommendation would include involving Anton in the decision making process during the design phase because we think his experience and ideas would add value & sustainability to any job.

We very much enjoy living in our renovated family home.

Liesl & Paul (and 3 kids), Hawthorn East

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Chris and Steph Betts

Dandenong

Anton Engelmayer and his crew rescued us after an extension project went badly wrong with a major insurance builder.  They took a poorly implemented project that was two years behind schedule and completed it to a very high level of quality within three months.  We were so impressed with their work that we extended their engagement to include a number of fire-resistant balconies with which we’re very happy, and an extensive re-fit of double glazed windows throughout our house.

Aside from the simple technical competence and the friendly attitude of Anton and his team (the kids still miss Ron, Travis and Chris!) one of the great attributes Anton brought to the project was a keen designer’s eye.  He made a number of simple suggestions around the use of light and space that have altered the entire character of our house, and opened it up considerably.

Overall we are very happy with the work of Calm Living Homes, and have no hesitation in recommending them.


Lyn and David Pitts

Prahran

To whom it may concern

We were planning to renovate when we had the good fortune in finding Anton Engelmayer.

Anton was already renovating a house in our street not far from us.

We asked to meet him as we had already heard how well things were going with our neighbours.

We had already spent time with design and concept and all of those issues but we needed costing’s and a builder.

Anton was asked to quote on the total renovation.

He then gave us a detailed breakdown of those costs and was quite objective in his assessment – “I will get quotes on any part that you are unhappy with as long as it meets my quality standards”

We got what we paid for – outstanding.

Anton was quite determined in using all his contacts and that proved to be the best for us.

From the draftsmen to the plumber, carpenters, electrician, they were all excellent.

And because of Anton’s relationship with them he coordinated the timetables so that everything flowed well.

They were all fantastic to work with and have in our home as we lived on the premises while the renovation took place.

It was completed in only 8 weeks – must be some sort of record!

Anton is passionate about his work and his attention to detail is extraordinary.

And he would always go the extra mile to make us happy.

We would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone and would certainly use him again.

15 April 2014

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Brett Jenkin

Prahran

My partner and I engaged Anton Engelmayer of Calm Living Homes to build the upstairs extension on our single-fronted house in Prahran. The renovation commenced in February 2013. The brief was to extend and existing upstairs area to incorporate a new bedroom, TV nook, bathroom, internal balcony and attic conversion.

The build was not straight forward and involved different ceiling levels downstairs and many different ceiling and roof angles upstairs.

During the construction, Anton regularly demonstrated his excellent building skills when having to adapt the vague building plans to fit in with the existing structure – something he had to do on more than one occasion.

We chose to live in the house during construction and Anton was very considerate by changing his construction method so as not to impinge on our day to day living downstairs, until he absolutely had to. This is something that Anton did not have to do and it also made the construction more difficult for him and his team. The difference this made to our lives was

immeasurable and enabled our family to live comfortably through most of the construction.

Anton and his team were very fast and we were amazed that the extension was all but completed within 3 months. We had allowed 6 months plus and were thrilled to be able to utilise the new part of our house so soon.

The end result is a solid and quality built extension that we are absolutely thrilled with.

We have since used Anton and his team to lay a beautiful new timber floor in our living area and an outdoor deck all of which meet the extremely the high standard of construction we have come to expect from Anton.

I would recommend Anton and his team for any building project.

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A. M. Hahn

Glen Iris

My partner and I engaged Anton in late 2012 to build a downstairs extention and a first floor to our Edwardian home in Glen Iris. He was always forth coming with ideas for the design and advice that became invaluable throughout the entire building process.

Anton allowed me to do preparation work on site prior to the build commencing as we were on a fairly tight budget to achieve our goal. He was always on hand to advise me, and managed to retain the period charm of the home by paying attention to the smallest of detail whilst not neglecting functionality and modern conveniences. The end result is a beautiful, comfortable quality family home that we are very proud of.

Anton’s team of trades people really cared about the project and this was displayed by the quality of their work despite the difficulties that were incurred whilst trying to blend the new with the old. These challenges were over come with satisfatory solutions without having to make too many compromises on building design. I could not have asked for more professionalism from his team.
The compact building site was always kept clean and organised despite frequent reshuffles as materials arrived. Space was always at a premium, yet Anton and his team worked around existing plants/trees and fixtures without creating any damage to them — a great achievement in my view.

One of the conditions of my build was a very tight completion date and this was met despite some unforeseen challenges. Anton managed to complete the project in only 13 weeks leaving only a few small detail jobs that were finished shortly afterwards. We also lived on site throughout the building process and he and his team showed a high level of respect and consideration for what was for us still a home.

I would highly recommend Anton for any renovation or new build. Given his credentials and awards, Anton certainly can deliver quality in all aspects of the building project without compromising on value.

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Joe Chappell

Balwyn North

My name is Jo Chappell and in the capacity of owner builder I employed Anton Englemayer as a labour contractor on two large projects over an 18-month period.

The work involved extensive renovations and an extension to my existing home. In my role as owner builder I came to trust and appreciate Anton’s high standards, natural aptitude, and professional conduct in relation to all areas of building.

Anton encouraged a team ethos in relating to others on site. His sense of humour, coupled with a thoughtful approach to co-workers was a motivating factor in driving the project to a highly successful conclusion. Anton is to be commended for his ability to encourage self-efficacy amongst co-workers. This is an outcome of his ability to engage in active listening as well as making the most of every opportunity to learn from others.

Anton consistently reflected upon, evaluated and modified the progress of the project as well as his own professional performance throughout the course of the day. He was highly organised, reliable and was consistently engaged in planning ahead. The project was completed on target but would have been ahead of time if not for the inclement weather.

Anton proved his extensive experience in the quality of work he produced. He approached problems with a resourceful and positive attitude and was never defeated by challenges
that needed to be confronted or was able to anticipate and avoid.

Anton’s confidence in his abilities was a testimony to his unquestionable building experience, knowledge and resourcefulness. His attention to detail was also outstanding.

Anton’s interpersonal skills were excellent. When changes needed to be made he was always able to approach the issue in a diplomatic fashion, citing reasons clearly and giving invaluable advice. Likewise when I had issues to discuss no matter how trivial, Anton always made my ideas valued.

Anton displayed an aptitude for current building standards and legislation which was invaluable to all that were involved in the project His imaginative and creative flair coupled with his knowledge of the latest building products never ceased to amaze me. The result in so many areas of the home is individual and captivating.

I have no hesitation in recommending Anton Engelmayer in his capacity as a builder. His performance and conduct is of a high professional standard. I have full confidence that he will be successful in all future ventures.

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Louise Gerrard and John Kett

Upper Beaconsfield

Three years ago we started to think about renovating and extending our 1950’s farm house. That house is now complete and it would not have become a reality without the talents of Anton Engelmayer. We approached Anton on the recommendation of friends. He and his team were outstanding in every way.

The house was a challenging project. It was a large farmhouse that had retained many original features but had also been unsympathetically updated over the decades. The brief was to extend the home significantly, modernise the interior, create an uninterrupted style throughout the house, maintain the funky deco look of the 50’s houses, build a thermal blanket into this rambling old house and allow us the flexibility to make some decisions as the work progressed. These expectations were underpinned by the need to be sensitive to the fact that the family were going to live in the house as the renovations and extensions were completed. All of this presented huge challenges for a builder.

In the months before the start of the job we developed a great rapport with Anton and as the work began, this easy relationship extended to his team. During the build it allowed issues to be addressed on site before the working day began. If alterations were required, the change was made. When necessary, Anton met us out of hours for site meetings and discussion about alternatives and options. We came to appreciate Anton’s ability to think laterally when presented by particularly difficult issues. Anton kept to budget and if it had not been for Victoria’s wettest winter in decades, he would have kept to time. This was a great achievement given the number of design decisions and changes that were made during the construction process.

Key to Anton’s approach is the following:

High level of organisation including meeting schedules, key issue reporting and financial updates;

Effective programming and anticipation of critical items to maintain the project’s direction;

A construction team dedicated to quality and the overall project’s interests;

Professional site presence, including health and safety;

An ability to meet the clients’ expectations of cutting edge design and building techniques and high standard of finish;

An understanding of local authority regulations and obligations of both resource and building consents

The result? Anton built us a stunning home where the outward appearance is high end 1950’s cream brick and the interior is contemporary and pure luxe.


Gary and Kim Cartwright

South Yarra

We recently engaged Anton Engelmayer of Calm Living Homes to do significant building works to our home in South Yarra.

Mr Engelmayer and the team that he brought on site achieved a great refurbishment with first class finishes to the timber floor, marble benches and other related works. All of this was achieved within the estimated time frame and within the quoted price.

Mr Engelrnayer was punctual and pleasant to deal with and we would have no hesitation in using his services again or recommending him to others (as we have already done.) His attention to detail and on site problem solving was particularly pleasing.


Stephen and Pamela Mason

Ferntree Gully

Thank you for the wonderful job you did for us.

Time has passed very quickly and I still have not completed the finishing touches, but it will be soon and I would love to have you come back and see the results you have created for us.

The floor is being laid in the next couple of weeks and then we can really enjoy our new room. I still walk in and find myself just gazing around the new room; it has opened our kitchen area to feel large and modern and the rear glazed door constantly draws our attention to the view.

From our first discussion where I asked you if it was possible, you smiled and made the process very easy.
Perhaps the best compliment you received was from your suppliers. More than a couple of them made the comment that we were lucky to have such a competent builder. At the time I thought it was interesting that they made the comments but now I have seen the results and your devoted attention to detail, I think I understand how well I did in choosing you.

I would be happy to recommend you to anyone. Thanks again, Anton.


Ann Donaldson

Surrey Hills

I wish to acknowledge the high level of professionalism and quality that was delivered at my home by Calm Living Homes in 2010. These included a major deck and store room construction along with significant landscape and retaining works along the rear of my property.

In addition, Anton Engelmeyer managed the project on time and co-ordinated the various subcontractors in a methodical

manner. He consulted widely with me before undertaking any additional scope and outlined the cost impact before hand.
I would be happy to recommend his services and am available for a telephonic referral if required.

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Ricardo

Patterson Lakes

We are very happy with the work done and result achieved by Anton Engelmayer and his fantastic team from Calm Living Homes in building our alfresco, pergola and deck extending our home.

They have started and finished the project on the dates promised and delivered within the agreed budget. Anton and his team had consideration for our family and our home.
Overall we had a very pleasing experience and are very satisfied with the end results.

To Anton, Russel, Ron, Travis, Waz, Dough and Mark, our big Thank You!