Abefre Designs

Abefre Designs
  • Address: 152 Lockhart Street, Como
  • Mobile: 0407 229 615



Abefre Designs’ clients approached them to design their dream home; one that would meet their family’s needs, the all-important budget, and also a home that would reflect the greenery and relaxing lifestyle of The Vines Resort golf course, which is at the property’s back fence. The clients – a couple with two adult sons – frequently have guests over, so they wanted their new home to cultivate a comfortable atmosphere where everyone could watch the football, have drinks and relax. Their sons also visit often and occasionally spend the night, so it was important to have a separate area for them that could be closed off from the rest of the home when not in use.

With a relaxed lifestyle and focus on entertaining at the forefront of the brief, Abefre Designs designed an entertainment area with a walk-in cool room that can be serviced from the sports room and bar, as well as the kitchen/dining area and theatre room. The large, functional kitchen makes entertaining a breeze, while the alfresco area, complete with a pizza oven, provides views over the golf course.

The clients met with designer Sue Abernethy from Abefre Designs to discuss how they wanted their house to look. The site was a challenging one due to its shape – it is narrow at the front – and it was essential to have a larger-thannormal garage to house the clients’ cars and the husband’s “favourite toy”, his golf buggy.

A relaxed vibe is evident immediately; from the moment you enter the driveway and view the tranquil water feature, through to the stunning entry and hallway, which features a raised ceiling, crystal chandelier and feature highlight windows. An earthy stone cladding on the turret provides a warm yet sophisticated touch, while the carefully selected front door complements the airiness of the foyer. The foyer leads to a central hallway with high-ceilings; a feature that has yielded the homeowners many compliments from visitors.

An office has been located at the front of the house and has been designed to look onto a private courtyard, which is accessed from the main bedroom. Parts of the hallway receive shaded light from the courtyard via full-height windows.

The home has numerous display niches – a feature the clients loved – thanks to the suggestion of Sue. The clients found the design process smooth and stress-free, saying “there were many laughs along the way”. They developed a rapport with Abefre Designs, and were able to relax while the company took care of liaising with the developer and submitting the necessary documentation on their behalf.

The clients were thrilled not only with the end product – their dream home – but also the service they received from the company, saying, “it has been a pleasure dealing with Abefre Designs and we are extremely delighted at … our beautiful home”.

Abefre Designs can help clients each step of the way, from designing your home to assisting you throughout the construction process, including securing a builder and liaising with them regarding tenders, quotes and construction details.

Abefre Designs specialises in one-off designs that have the ‘wow’ factor. The company’s designs boast all the features listed in each client’s brief, and are exceptionally practical. Importantly, they are within the estimated budget. With more than 27 years of experience in designing, drafting, contract management and administration within the residential building industry, the company can create homes to suit any style, block size and budget.

All designs and drafting are done in-house at a very competitive price, with option of assisting with project management. A limit is placed on how many clients are active at any one time in order to maintain quality and personal service.