The Timber Whisperer's Blog

Bar Cabinet, Creating Spaces that Serve

May 24, 2021
by Matthew

Our Client wanted to bring a unique bar cabinet into their dining room space, that leads onto the deck. This cabinet doubles up to serve the dining and deck dining spaces.

Our client, came to us and asked for a bar with character and style. They selected this timeless style, that works with all other styles of decor.

We used Am Walnut timber , with a leather insert in the pull down section for serving. The inside of the cabinet is also Am Walnut, with solid brass supports and we added two leds lights in the display area, to give this section a soft glow at day and night.

Our client’s words: Matthew and his team have created something unique that could not be bought from a store at any price.  With exceptional quality displayed in the construction, finishes, and details, I look forward to enjoying my dry bar with friends and family for many years to come.  To complement the end result, the design, construction and installation process was hassle free.  Would recommend Finer Living to anyone who is looking for that special piece. ( Wesley Cummins, Yerongapilly)

Queenslander Renovation

April 1, 2021
by Matthew

Trebilcock Architects engaged us to craft all the joinery for an old Queenslander having a complete make-over. Working with an old house can bring many dilemmas; how to work the old into the new without losing the integrity of the historical elements. We created a Hamptons style interior with a difference.

Working closely with the clients and the Architects we were able to achieve a flowing and timeless modern home.

Apartment Renovation

March 8, 2020
by Matthew

We offer a unique service

We have just completed another Apartment Renovation on a 10 year old apartment in New Farm.

We worked alongside Anju Designs and the owners to renovate the kitchen, laundry, staircase and front entrance.

The brief was to “turn this apartment into a modern Home, within a tight budget”

We replaced the kitchen cupboard doors and the island bench, repainted the whole apartment. Stripped back, stained and repolished the staircase in a black finish and added a glass hand rail. Replaced the front door with a solid Oak door and custom built handles, to match the staircase and compliment the entrance.

The owners are really happy with their new look home, all completed within budget.

Apartment Renovation by the River

February 5, 2020
by Matthew

We offer a full apartment renovation service, we take care of everything.

We were approached by Anju Designs to renovate an 80’s apartment by the river. We transformed this four bedroom, three bathroom apartment into a fresh new look and feel, that the owners are very happy with.

The kitchen had a large pole on the edge that needed to be integrated into the open living space and we came up with a reshaping solution using timber pieces, that creates a lovely transition into the kitchen from the living.

We completely renovated all the bathrooms, bedrooms, including joinery, tiling, painting, lighting plan and installation to create the look of a new apartment.

The owners were very impressed with our work and the final result.

Anju Designs were great to work with and we often collaborate with designers and between us we find good design solutions for many of the problems that often arise with renovation.

Our Clients Testimonal:

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

Watermark Residences

Complete New Farm Apartment Renovation

October 17, 2019
by Matthew

Anju Designs contacted Finer Living to carry out a full transformation of a very tired looking 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Apartment in Arthur Street New Farm.

Penny (Manger Director) From Anju Designs arranged a meeting with the owners and myself (Matthew Hunsche) to discuss  how we could open up the space and create a very modern but timeless feel.

Anju Designers and Finer Living worked very closely together throughout this project, every detail was taken into consideration, from lighting, to extra storage under the bed to even considering the water filter. Every room had to fit into the brief from the owners, from Sarah’s bathroom to Craig’s office.

Since there is no room for a dining room table, Anju Designers took the risky move of making the stone island bench larger and longer, which fitted into the space beautifully. The kitchen design with builtin LED lighting, works wonderfully with the stone material.

We also created a new feel in the bedroom by way of new joinery furniture, with LED lighting and more storage space in the upper cupboards.

New BBQ Area , with a pop up Tv  makes the courtyard a really relaxed atmosphere to sit and unwind.

Everyone is overjoyed with the success of the project and the apartment now looks like new, breathing a fresh life into the space and creating a living environment that works perfectly and compliments the lifestyles of the owners.

Our Clients Testimonal:

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.”

Craig Waterhouse

Library, Fireplace and Built-Ins in French Walnut

June 25, 2019
by Matthew

We were contacted by Turul Building to design and build an old fashioned Library and Mantel Piece and make storage with built-in cupboards, all to bring character and a sense of warmth into the home.

We decided on hand made mouldings and fluting, and to work with French Walnut with use a 20% Finish, and brass shelf supports were also included.

We designed the Mantel Piece to compliment the character of design, and to add to the feel of the room.

The client is very happy with the final result and now has a beautiful relaxing sanctuary to read, relax and entertain, all in front of a warming fire.



Bespoke Kitchen in Toowoomba Homestead

March 7, 2019
by Matthew

We were asked to create a unique kitchen with a big WoW factor for this historic homestead.

This kitchen is stunning with Stone benchtops  and wall backings from Granite, along with a soft moulded edge detail that works well with the fluting on the cabinets. The doors are layer moulded, made in three sections.

The timber in the display cabinets is French Walnut, with soft interior lighting installed.

Window bench seat near the wine chiller creates a space to relax and chat while the flavours are simmering.

After many consultations with our client, considering all the needs of the family we built this bespoke kitchen and the client is very happy with the final result.

There are before shots included here also, so you can see the transformation.

Built In Fireplace for Apartment Living

October 5, 2018
by Matthew

We installed this stunning fireplace. The fireplace is controlled by remote and has built in speakers for sound. It is run by electricity and water and we had to install all of this and needed to remove a wall.

To give the top section a floating look and feel we needed to build a inner support from steal and suspend this from the ceiling,  the steal gives strength to the top section. The apartment is very high up and strong winds can be known to blow in and this added to the brief to make this unit extra sturdy, as it is close to the balcony doors.

We covered the interior columns with 24 carat gold leaf which add a warmth and glow to the living area. When the morning light comes through onto the columns a beautiful golden glow fills the whole living area.

The owner is extremely happy with the level of detail and installation.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.



Dressing Room in the Sky

October 5, 2018
by Matthew

We were asked to turn one of the bedroom spaces in the Abian Apartments into a walk-in dressing room. There needed to be a sensational space to display handbags and shoes and it needed to be protected by glass. We decided to add LED lighting to highlight the viewing. We used American Cherry Solid timber and veneer to create all the shelving, doors, sliding draws, jewelry pocket draws, hanging spaces and mirrored sliding doors. We also covered the interior column with 24 carat gold leaf which really adds a glamorous feel to the whole room.

The owner is over the moon with their new dressing space and highly complimented our level of detail.

We worked with the interior designers Wrightson Stewart Interiors on this project.

Funky Wall Length Bed Head Board for Boys Bedroom

August 30, 2018
by Matthew

Wall to wall bed headboard creating a funky and comfortable vibe for the bedroom. We mixed tones to bring in a more funky feel and installed power and light fittings at arms length. Our client’s son loves his new room.