We have used Adrian’s services for two seperate jobs and both times we have been extremely happy with the results. He was great to deal with and his knowledge and advice were greatly appreciated. Without doubt we will use his expertise and craftsmanship in the future when the need arises.
We asked Adrian to give us a quote to replace a rotting timber porch with one of Jarrah for our California Bungalow house. Right from the first few minutes of meeting him I felt at ease with him and was confident with the price and, more importantly, his integrity.
After finishing laying all the flooring Adrian suggested that he delay fixing the quad trim so that I could oil the deck and paint the trim, to ensure a better/neater finish, and that he would come back and fix the trimming when I was ready. Unlike an earlier experience I had when paying before full completion of a job, Adrian was true to his word and did return.
The finished job is much better than we had anticipated, reflecting the skill and attention to detail of his workmanship and confirming we had made the right choice in asking Adrian to redo our porch.
Thank you very much for finishing our wall! We are so pleased with it – it blends into the house really well. It is exactly what we envisaged, and you obviously put a lot of thought and work into it.
I would like to thank you for the great job you performed on our Victorian house. Your suggestion for Veranda Post restoration rather than replacement was an excellent idea and dealing with you from interstate was a breeze. Many Thanks.
Sam, Moonee Ponds
Adrian O’Brien is a master of his craft. We engaged him to restore and re-build the exterior of our 1860s single-fronted cottage in Fitzroy North – the job included the installation of block-pattern and straight-edge weather-boards (and insulation) as well as the demolition of an existing verandah to be replaced by a complete overhaul of the existing structure. As we are bound by the guidelines of a Heritage Overlay, and also had guidance from Heritage Victoria throughout the approval process, the job required historic sensitivity and an ability to replicate techniques not commonly used by less experienced carpenters. Adrian had a lateral and efficient approach to problem-solving, did his research on the era of construction and was a great communicator from first contact until completion of the project. The quote was prompt, the cost was competitive and Adrian’s dedication and energy were commendable. We brought our first child home during construction, and needless to say were pretty stressed at times, however the process was as smooth as anyone could expect and we’re ecstatic with the result. We’d highly recommend Adrian O’Brien’s services, we’ve recommended him to our family and friends, and will not hesitate to engage him for further work. And, he’s not a bad bloke!
Marcus & Fiona, Fitzroy North
From the moment Adrian came to see us, we could tell by his considerate manner that he would be someone who takes pride in his work. Our requirements were lots of small jobs; replacing barge boards, fixing our Dutch Gables, replacing architraves, repairing weather boards and rebuilding our front porch. Right away Adrian provided professional and thoughtful advice that was very flexible for our schedule. He always came when he said he would, cleaned up after himself and was more than patient with my young children (who were very keen to be involved in everything he did!). We are thrilled with the ‘facelift’ he has given our Queen Anne weatherboard home. It now has a new lease on life and is ready for the next hundred years!
Thanks to Adrian O’Brien’s delicate craftsmanship and attention to detail, our Federation style house has been restored to its original beauty. Adrian took great care in repairing rotten weatherboards, and decorative facade features, and maintained the house’s character. Adrian’s work has made us fall in love with our house all over again.
From the moment Adrian O’Brien came around to quote on our front verandah, we knew the end result would be great. We were not disappointed.
We engaged Adrian to rebuild our house verandah exactly as it would have been, sympathetic to the period of our Edwardian house. Adrian’s carpentry skills & knowledge of period homes is second to none. Where possible original parts were saved & decorative features that would have been there originally added to period authenticity.
Both Adrian & Lou are very lovely guys to work with, always respectful & worked very hard to help us achieve the best possible outcome. As such the project was stress free.
Adrian transformed our house from an eyesore to the best house in the street. We look forward to working with Adrian again & highly recommend him.
Mark & Diane, Northcote
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