Abode Restoration is a boutique heritage restoration building company, specializing in both residential and commercial buildings.
Abode Restoration was formed because of a growing need within the Heritage Restoration market to be able to source the expertise and skill being exercised on larger commercial restoration projects, and make it available for the domestic and smaller commercial market.
Abode Restoration brings a breadth of experience to any restoration project. We can find the right solutions to most repair problems, by drawing on this experience and a wide range of practicing artisans. Detailed carving and restoration work often carried out in-situ, requires a consistent degree of empathy to match the work of the original craftsman.
We are a company committed to providing the highest possible standards in the maintenance of our residential and commercial built environment. At Abode our team consists of experienced project managers, site supervisors and specialist trades people, to ensure our high standards are adhered to, and your expectations are met.
Abode Restoration has a history of involvement in projects where special expertise and craft skills have been developed to conserve historic buildings. This permits us to respond to sensitive restoration within a restrictive time frame, which is vital to restoration in a sympathetic interpretation of damaged historical fabric.
Abode Restoration holds the license for the use of the international award winning Facade Gommage Cleaning System.
We listen to you.
Our process begins by understanding what is important to you. What your vision is and what your needs are.
We find solutions for you.
As heritage consultants, we understand what is important to protect and what can be changed.
We restore for you.
We employ experienced site managers to supervise skilled tradesmen.
At Abode we are committed to the Preservation and Conservation of all facets of Historical Residential and Commercial Properties and Façade Restoration Repairs which include:
• Building appraisals, condition reports and budget forecasts; working with engineers and architects
• Heritage and period building consultancy
• Façade make-safe’s
• Specialists scaffolding, rope access and security
• Repointing of brick or stonework
• Render and solid plaster repair/replacement
• Stone and brick repair/replacement
• Window repair/replacement
• Slate, lead, copper, terracotta and metal roof repair/replacement
• Painting; including replicating existing paintwork
• Interior repairs, painting and solid plastering
• Carpentry; both structural and architectural repair/replacement
• Concrete repair/replacement
• Chimney repair/replacement
• Ironwork, lacework, wrought iron, cast iron repair/replacement
The sectors Abode deal within:
• Places of Worship
• Workplace & Retail
For a small fee we will arrange a consultation at your home, office or on-site to discuss use, needs, desires, budget, time and materials to develop an achievable plan that will meet your requirements. A reduction of our consult/quote/call out fee will be made from your invoice if you are to proceed with us.
Comprehensive written quotation and reports
Following your consultation, we will develop a detailed costing of your project so that you completely understand what your restoration project will entail. Where necessary, this could involve a photographic report and detailed scope.
Business Development Manager & Creative Director
Soma, a co-founder of Abode Restoration, has over 28 years experience as an Artist and Designer. She traveled extensively in her career as a Fashion Designer, Style Forecaster and Sales/Marketing Manager. She has lectured in 'Design Foundations and Development' at RMIT University and has a deep and abiding interest and respect in all things to do with our built environment. At Abode, she is responsible for business development, marketing and administration.
Soma is passionate about ensuring that Abode excels at its customer service and gets intimately involved in the finer details with clients to ensure the outcome fulfills their expectations. She enjoys painting and is interested in all arts, especially music, and cooking, architecture, interior design, philosophy and Buddhism.
Director & Heritage Restoration Consultant
Tom, a co-founder of Abode Restoration, has 38 years experience working on some of Australia's most important landmark buildings. He was previously Founder and Director of HBS Group, one of Australia's leading heritage conservation building companies. Throughout this time he was involved with projects such as the restoration of Central Station, Sydney Town Hall, Hong Kong House, St Mary's Cathedral and St Andrew's Cathedral, in Sydney. As well as St Patrick's Cathedral, The GPO, The State Library, Fitzroy Town Hall, North Melbourne Town Hall, Myer Emporium, Brunswick Town Hall and Newport Train Clock Tower, in Melbourne.
At the end of 2015, Tom sold his shares in HBS Group to devote himself full time to the running and development of Abode.
He has a deep and abiding interest in building conservation theory and has studied widely both in Australia and in Europe to discover, and learn methods and systems of repair that will preserve our heritage into the future. Tom holds a Commercial Builders License and has learned the trade of Bricklaying and Stone-masonry. He did further studies in Stone-masonry at the Basilica Di San Marco, Italy and in Languedoc, France.
Tom has demonstrated a commitment to the restoration and conservation of historic and ecclesiastical buildings in Australia throughout his career, focusing on efficient and professional service. He has provided a source of advice and assistance to government and professional organizations on conservation procedures and restoration methods.
Tom’s extensive restoration experience as both tradesman, artisan and consultant, has made him sought after Australia wide. Along with these skills, Toms' artistic talents have enabled him to create various sculptures, including carving a number of gargoyles for St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne (one of them being a controversial satire of the politician Jeff Kennett) and a large sacred sandstone sculpture in the forecourt of Marcellin College Chapel, Bulleen. He is also a keen flautist and passionate cyclist.
Site Manager & Carpenter
Dominique holds a Certificate III in Building and Construction and has vast experience with extensions, renovations, refurbishments and restoration. From 2011-2015 Dominique worked for HBS Group as an Estimator, tendering for large scale projects and as a Foreman, programming work for clients and overseeing all contracted works, such as The Grand Hotel Refurbishment, Kew Cemetery Clock Tower Refurbishment and The Yorkshire Brewery.
Dominique is Tom's middle child, a keen football player, Abode Restoration's primary Carpenter and Site Manager, and is valued for his calm and deliberate management of projects.
Project Administrator & Coordinator
Louise is a South African born American expat with 15 years of experience working in the field of Architecture prior to transitioning into the Construction Industry. She holds a Masters in Architecture, is a skilled photographer, artist and publishing content-creator. She is passionate about custom design, sustainable building, and heritage restoration.
A detailed and efficient project coordinator with extensive experience in design development and
implementation, Louise is passionate about team building environments, efficient and environmentally sensitive design solutions, communicative management styles, and detailed documentation of construction projects. She specialises in high-end projects, sustainable developments, and custom designs. She received a Presidents Award for Customer Service at GLY Construction.
Since coming to Melbourne, Louise has traded in her ultra-marathoning barefoot runners for a pair of ballet slippers and a bicycle. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new towns, hiking trails and taking dance classes. Louise is also a member of The National Association of Women in Construction.
Stonemason, Sculptor & Master Restorer
Jura comes to us all the way to us from The Czech Republic. He has a Masters of Fine Arts and Classic Sculpture, from AVU Prague. He has also studied Stonemasonry and is a talented Photographer.
He excels in being a highly organized, professional individual who is self-managed, detail oriented and experienced in working under pressure. He is passionate about the restoration of monumental stone works and prides himself on a high level of refinement and quality in all he does. In 2009, he won the Henkel Art Award and in 2008, The Essel Art Award for sculpture from The Czech Republic. Jura has an exceptional talent for restoring and conserving intricate architectural features and is fascinated by the mysteries of the universe and outer space.
Solid Plaster Craftsman, Tiler & All Round Super Tradesman
Robert's background is in tiling, however the reason he is part of the Abode Team was his strong interest, passion and borderline obsession with traditional solid plastering. He was relentless in his pursuit to learn this trade with us, alongside our skilled artisans Simon and David. He also is managing to pick up some stone-masonry skills along the way with Tom Carson.
Rob claims he originally approached us because he had seen the solid plastering work we had done and knew immediately that was where he too wanted to be. He is here now and its where we want him to stay. Robert is in high demand for all kinds of work on our job sites for his can-do attitude and skilled, thoughtful, hardworking demeanor.
Solid Plaster & Render Master
David holds a Certificate III in Solid Plastering and is also a legendary professional drummer/musician. His success to-date has been based on his sense of pride, integrity and positive reputation, gained through the quality of work that he produces. He has experience working on a broad range of plastering projects from private houses/specialist restoration work, to large government/private heritage listed buildings . He is also highly competent at general building and construction work, such as bricklaying and tuck-pointing . David was recognised as Solid Plastering Apprentice of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won the Master Builders Overall, Metropolitan Apprentice of the Year in 2014.
Some past building projects that he has been proudly been associated with include Fitzroy Town Hall, North Melbourne Town Hall, Myer Emporium, Brunswick Town Hall, Newport Train Clock Tower, The Economiser at Upper West Side and The Old Treasury Building in Perth.
Solid Plaster & Render Grand Master
Simon, belovedly referred to as our Danish Prince, holds a Certificate III in Solid Plastering and is a multi award winning Plasterer who is passionate about restoring heritage buildings. For over a decade, he has worked on some of Melbourne's most iconic architecture including The State Library, Myer Emporium and The George Hotel. His knowledge of the trade, attention to detail, initiative, creative thinking and fine handcraft skills, set him apart as a true artisan.
Simon has been awarded the Florence Taylor Medal, Melbourne Restoration Heritage Fund Award in 2009 and 2010, and was recognised as Master Builders State Apprentice of the Year in Solid Plastering. Simon is deeply interested in religion, can read and speak Hebrew and play riffs on guitar that sends chills up your spine.
Carpenter, Scaffolder & General Expert On Everything
Peter, Tom's older brother has been a passionate Wood-Craftsman and Carpenter involved in the construction and restoration of commercial and residential properties for over 20 years. He has worked on countless heritage projects.
He also manages the erection of our Scaffold works, as well as general repairs such as carpentry, painting and window repairs. Peter is particularly skilled at finding access solutions for hard to get to places and has very sound engineering knowledge. He has built his own home amongst the trees in Apollo Bay from reclaimed materials. If you have a question, or a problem, Peter has an answer and solution for you.