You have a dream and you’re itching to finally get started

AVOID THESE RENO PITFALLS…& SAVE $$$ + LOADS OF STRESS

IT TAKES MORE THAN A DRAW FULL OF DOODLES, OR FOLLOWING HUNDRED’S OF DROOL WORTHY INSTA FEEDS OR  BINGE WATCHING ALL 16 SEASONS OF ‘THE BLOCK’ TO SUCCESSFULLY SAIL THROUGH YOUR HOME RENOVATION PROJECT

Well, it happened…and you’re finally decided to commit to making your dream [home] a reality.

You’ve been dreaming about your forever home and how it’ll feel to finally get it for weeks, months, or… admit it…it’s been years…

Equal parts jumping out of your skin with barely contained excitement and worried sick about it all going horribly and expensively wrong… 

All the horror stories that everyone you know regales you with ad nauseam, the minute you share you’re thinking about building,..you know the ones… the horror stories about budget blowouts, the overruns, the dodgy builders, the egotistical architects and most of all the shattered dreams… 

 

But you want this… you want it badly…

So pushing those worries aside, you’re finally ready to get serious about making your dream home become a reality, and you’re willing to do what it takes… no matter what…

 

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Yet despite your willingness to work hard and your desire + passion to create the home you’ve always dreamt of things just haven’t gone to plan, you’re spinning your wheels, frantically devouring information and advice about everything from everywhere… feeling more and more confused and overwhelmed by the minute

The truth is…

You have no clue how or even where to start, you’ve never done this before … [weekly trip to the Bunnings sausage sizzle aside]

And front and center in your mind is the thought, if you could just figure this out – today can be your day one…. Forget someday or one day,..

And if that sounds like a plan then you’re in just the right place…

That’s where The Zen Reno comes in.

The Zen Reno is a home renovation education hub that gives homeowners, just like you, the tools, the knowledge and support they need to nail their home renovation or new build project.

Hi,

I’m Sarah,

Hi I’m Sarah, and I help homeowners just like you, confidently start, sail through and nail their home renovation journey…

in other words, if you want to  understand the renovation process without having to get a uni degree or hire an expensive consultant and you want it served up plain and simple,  without the ‘fluff’ and the BS but with all the inspo you could want  {it’s your dream- inspo is NOT optional]

I’m your girl with over 20 years of experience ready to guide you through this once-in-a-lifetime adventure so you can confidently take control of and manage your project.  Know what + who you need, when, and why, what to do and when…and what’s next…

I ALSO LOVE:

  • Reading..well .reading pretty much anything… I’m not fussy… as long as I’ve got a book, mag, or my trusty kindle at hand…I’m good…
  • Emojis and exclamation points [I know!!!!!… I’m trying to detox 😳 ]
  • Alternative 90’s music...H+C…The Smiths…the soundtrack to my life 🎶 🎧
  • Catching up with my girls over a glass of wine or 2   –  I’m a MOB so girl time is essential …
  • Painting…the art kind is my secret pleasure …though I’m handy with the wall painting brush too..
  • Did I mention I love ☕️, 🍷🥂 + chocolate?

MY BACKSTORY

I have a double degree in Landscape Architecture, [landscape is my first love] and this background gives me a solid foundation in the processes + planning occurring behind every successful residential design and construction project. 

Over my career, I have extensive experience working on and running projects as part of a collaborative team – on projects big and small, domestic and international…,   

After working in multi-disciplinary Architectural firms for 15+ years, I set aside corporate life to focus on raising my babies.. While juggling family life and all that entails, my husband and I renovated multiple houses  – some for-profit and others for us.  

Fast forward a decade or so,,to 2017, when we renovated our dream home… 

 

this is your dream, your hopes,  your future on the line not to mention your bank balance…

 

Home renovation or building a new home is not simple… it is complex and confusing especially if you’ve never done it before.

Add to that the emotional piece -this is you dream, your hopes,  your future on the line not to mention your bank balance…

All through those many years, homeowners would ask me the questions over and over…. questions like what to do, how to do it, who they needed to help and when and why…with varying degrees of desperation and bewilderment depending on where they were at in their project…

[Being a designer is a little like being a doctor. People constantly ask for advice and help…

The truth is, You’re Not magically born knowing how to renovate, let alone do it well… 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

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I started my business because I saw this gaping hole in our industry...a disconnect between dreaming, making it happen, let alone succeeding….

And I know it doesn’t need to be this way… not if I have any say that is…

The Zen Reno was created to bridge this gap between what you want, [your dream life + your dream home without going nuts or broke} and how you successfully get there and reach your goal…

We demystify and simplify the home renovation industry so you can confidently take control of your project without having to hire an expensive project manager or get a uni degree…or worse resort to the age-old yet hopelessly flawed approach of cross your finger and pray “she’ll be right’

I’ve pinpointed what makes a home renovation or new build project successful – turns out there are steps that every single project – every single successful one that is,  has to navigate through regardless of its size and complexity.

And over the years, I worked on some pretty big projects [ and lots of smaller ones too] with companies like Mirvac, Walker Corp, PLACE Design Group, DEM, and 100’s of homeowners on projects big and small –  i want share all I’ve learned and give YOU the DIY tips and tricks to how I do it so you can confidently do it too.

I’m obsessed with figuring out how to help homeowners, just like you, turn their dreams into reality…without the nightmares and the stress and overwhelm.  

 

I want to help you leave your legacy in the form of your forever home –  a home you love living in and are proud to show off each and every day, satisfied in the knowledge you played an important and pivotal role in making it all happen…you’re going front seat, scratch that drivers seat all the way baby… and loving every minute of it.

HERE’S THE KEYS, GET READY FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE…

I CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE YOUR DREAM HOME JOURNEY…

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our beliefs

We’re Stronger Together
We strive to create an environment to encourages connection, sharing, support and inspiration.

We value Collaboration over Competition
We strive to work together + with others in a way that inspires community and loyalty;

We value Honesty + Integrity.
We strive to be authentic in our interactions and communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully;

We Care
and understand our empathy makes us stronger…
Our mission + our dream is to help you realize yours;

You deserve to have a home you love, love living in and you can proudly show off to tell your friends…
Our goal is to make your reno experience meaningful, relevant, transformative, and most of all, FUN and ENJOYABLE!

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beautiful modern interior scene
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mY 'house + GArden' moment

I love a glossy home mag…this is my guilty pleasure… and I particularly love the section in Australian House and Garden Mag called Life + Style

Where each week the person in the spotlight shares some firsts and fav things… today I’m in the spotlight...

First Adult Home…

A very rundown 100 yr old workers cottage that my husband and I went on to renovate. Our first of many.

Bucket List Destination…

That’s easy…Machu Picchu.. Ever since yr 10 history class I’ve been obsessed with visiting the Inca capital in Peru. 

Dream Car…

A mini [i can feel my car obsessed oldest rolling his eyes at my lame answer.] 

Which Designers Inspire You…

Frank Lloyd Wright, The Eames Brothers, Martha Shwartz, Louise Olsen…and I could easily  list about another 50 names…

Fave Artist…

Monet + Brett Whitely are the two that spring to mind…

Something You’ve Dream’t of Buying…

A ‘Birken’ handbag… a girl can dream

Fave Books…

So many to choose from… but I really can’t go past the Harry Potter books…my boys +I simply cat get enough of Harry, Ron + Hermione… I even have a wand to prove it…;-)

Your next work or passion project…

I’m in the middle of developing a Garden Design Course. Stay tuned.

We believe that everyone can, and should have, a great renovation experience – that it is possible to bring your renovation project in on time, on budget, and get the home you’ve always dreamt of … without the nightmare and stress … no matter your budget or the size of your project.

We know there is a better way to approach home renovation. one that puts you in control – one where you have the confidence to go forth and conquer your reno journey and seize your dream.

Get INSIDER TIPS

We do this thing where we email aspiring home renovators free tips + tactics + inspo every week… so they get a head start of their reno journey….   

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