Emeritus Professor Paul W Thomas AM
24 / 501 Queen Street
Brisbane 4000, Qld.
7 July 2018
Re: Matthew Hunsche, Finer Living
I have offered this reference voluntarily, not from a request.
My wife and I initially had a long conversation with Matthew Hunsche about a major demolition and renovation of our kitchen, two dated bathrooms and a laundry in our city apartment. The details of the conversation covered projected costs, timeline, professional experience, insurance, body corporate liaison, the oversight of a range of trades, interpreting the designer’s plans, amongst an even broader range of topics. We agreed to proceed with Matthew’s proposals.
My wife and I were overseas for 3 months during the project, but we know there was minimal disruption for neighbours, cooperation with the Building Manager, full physical protection of the rest of the apartment, plus regular texts and photos updating my wife and myself on progress at every stage.
We were really impressed with Matthew’s genuine personal style as well as his personal oversight over every detail of the renovations, including returning the whole apartment to an impeccably clean state.
When I returned from overseas and saw first-hand the quality of the work and how the apartment had been transformed, I was even more impressed.
There had clearly been obstacles that could have caused potential delays and cost over-runs, but they were averted because of Matthew’s persistence, professionalism, discriminating respect for the design, and adherence to our agreed parameters established at the outset.
I have worked with many architects, builders and designers over the years, especially in my role in developing a new University as a Vice Chancellor, and I can honestly say I have never experienced a higher standard of meticulous workmanship.
I would unconditionally commend Matthew to anyone considering these kinds of undertakings, for which he is demonstrably highly qualified, experienced and successful.
Emeritus Prof. Paul W Thomas AM
I recently used Finer Living for a complete apartment renovation which included full custom designed kitchen, bedroom, office and bathroom. In conjunction with Anju Designs, Finer Living tailored and delivered a clean modern living space that presented as desired; minimal, clean and functional. Attention to detail was immaculate, and the organisation was effective in communicating and solving any issues that arose. Matthew is easy to contact and committed to completing all minor touch ups without extra charge. Both build and design worked hand in hand in order to produce the home I visualised living in. I would recommend Finer Living to anyone looking for a custom high-end result with minimal issues.”
True craftsmanship is a rarity in this day and age and Matthew Hunsche has created several pieces of furniture to complement our lifestyle that you could simply not go out and buy. The way Matthew and his team integrated my ideas into practical and detailed designs, turned the work into something that was beyond what I could have even imagined. The refined aesthetics of his work have completely transformed the space into something both practical and quite beautiful. I am delighted with the results.
We were first introduced to Matthew by our designer Penny from Anju Designs, as we wanted to do a complete renovation on our apartment in Kangaroo Point.
We selected Matthew to do the work as his quote was acceptable compared to others, but he was able to do the complete renovation from demolition right through to the finished product, including all joinery. This proved to be the best solution for us.
We have been totally happy with Matthew and his team throughout the whole process, and the quality of the workmanship is second to none.
Thank you Matthew and your team for making our project go so well and we are absolutely delighted with our finished apartment. We highly recommend Matthew and Finer Living.
Paul & Lesley Langdale-Hunt
We used Finer Living to complete an extensive job removing and installing all of our kitchen cabinetry and dining room cabinetry. They were very professional and provided a high quality finish in all aspects of the job. They were also very innovative in providing solutions to maximise our cupboard space and make it more efficient to use. We would have no hesitation in recommending Finer Living.
Suzie and Al
After the outstanding restoration job they did of an old mantle we decided
to ask the Finer Living team to custom build a piece of furniture for our
cottage. The result was a beautiful and functional custom built wall unit
for our cottage. Their meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail has
ensured that the wall unit integrates well into the space.
We strongly recommend Finer Living for their high standards and professional work. We were impressed by Matthews ability to find solutions to non-standard antique repairs… whose skills match those we had been used to in Europe.
Professer A. Lopez and Dr L. Mikkelsen
Kangaroo Point, Qld
Over the past five years, Matthew and his team at Finer Living have provided first-class services to both my company and clients.
Due to the nature of high-end property we create, we require the finest craftsmanship in all aspects of our developments and the Finer Living team were able to exceed our expectations for quality, with each piece delivered on time, to the very highest standards.
I’m proud to say I now also own some hand-made custom joinery furniture in my own home. I look forward to working with Matthew and his team on future projects.
Tom Dooley Developments
[Finer Living] restored a silky oak dining table and made 6 matching chairs and 2 carvers. We were very impressed with Matthew’s knowledge of furniture and timber, his attention to detail and pride in his work. The quality of workmanship from Finer Living is excellent and we have no hesitation recommending them.
J.P. and M.C. Hanson
Experience and meticulous craftsmanship combined to give an exceptional result for the wall and ceiling panelling. An added bonus was the efficient and smooth, hassle-free installation of the work. Highly recommended.
“I was really impressed by the standard of workmanship of the Finer Finshers’ team. I roughly designed what I wanted and Matthew suggested some enhancements. The end product exceeded my expectations and we have to say that the wall unit with bookcase has really finished off our downstairs open plan area. It has really brought it to a new level. I couldn’t be happier. Matthew’s team were very approachable and professional and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. For the quality of product and the impact it has made on our home, it has been more than worth the investment.”
“I was really impressed by the standard of workmanship of the Finer Finshers’ team. I roughly designed what I wanted and Matthew suggested some enhancements. The end product exceeded my expectations and we have to say that the wall unit with bookcases has really finished off our downstairs open plan area. It has really brought it to a new level. I couldn’t be happier. Matthew’s team were very approachable and professional and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. For the quality of product and the impact it has made on our home, it has been more than worth the investment.”
Joanne and Rod
Matthew and the team at Finer Living designed and delivered something unique and beautiful for every room in our house. Using an environmentally sustainable product called Eco-Core we commissioned Matthew to build functional yet creative pieces that would make our house a home and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Matthew is a true master craftsman and along with his team of artisans delivered more from this product than we thought possible. Everyone was extremely professional and we had a very positive experience from start to finish. Thank you all so much. You haven’t seen the last of us!
Andrea and Enver Adams