Heading up the design and project management team is company owner Garrett Hebden. Garrett is a registered builder with more than 30 years of home, kitchen, and bathroom renovation experience.
Garrett’s career in the building industry continues a family tradition of exemplary home building and renovating. Both his father and grandfather ran highly regarded and successful businesses, in Essendon and the surrounding suburbs.
After completing a five-year apprenticeship working with a well-established Master Builder in Essendon (responsible for many of the landmark homes built in the area built in the 50’s and 60’s), Garrett’s father purchased a Cabinetmaking Business. Utilising his building skills and his own father’s business knowledge, Garrett’s father was able to expand the business into building and renovations, specializing in kitchen and bathrooms. After attending a conference in America and noticing the changing styles and trends that were changing the face of the industry in the US, this was an area he had identified as a coming growth area. This forward thinking allowed Hebden's Kitchens & Bathrooms to rapidly expand and become an industry leader, gaining the support of the Australian Kitchen & Bathroom Association, now commonly known as KBDi; The Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia.
When it came time for Garrett to choose a career, the decision was easy. Growing up seeing the inner working of the building and renovation industry, Garrett knew that he wanted continue the family tradition. Determined to learn all aspects of the business, he took up a carpentry apprenticeship with the family business, Hebden's Kitchens & Bathrooms. In 1988 he completed the apprenticeship and became an accredited building practitioner.
“Fathers are hard task masters, but learning this way enabled me to learn from first class tradesmen throughout the various fields used in the housing industry.” – Garrett Hebden.
The high standards of workmanship, and ethical values that his father instilled into him, have guided the principles upon which Garrett’s business, Better Bathrooms and Kitchens operates. Correct and thorough planning, listening to the customer, respecting regulations, watertight procedures, using high quality materials and equipment, together with reliable qualified support tradesmen and an accurate accounting system are vital in the Better Bathrooms and Kitchens success story. Garrett believes that this success translates into a business that produces the best results for clients, is always looking forward and leading the industry, is sustainable and can stand the test of time.
While expectations and styles may change over time, Garrett’s enthusiasm for the industry, and desire to produce industry leading designs and builds remains as intense as it was when he entered into the building industry many years ago.
“I enjoy the challenge of bringing each client's dreams to life. I pride myself on having gained a creative talent for design and proficiency, two components that contribute to successful projects and satisfied customers, along with a reputation of our name being linked to a job well done.” – Garrett Hebden.
Garrett’s award-winning work has been recognised by his industry peers and featured in multiple publications including; Melbourne Kitchen + Bathroom Design magazine, Melbourne Home Design & Living magazine, Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, Kitchen Yearbook and Bathroom Yearbook.
Kitchen & Bathroom Design Specialist
Perri joined the team at Better Bathrooms & Kitchens Pty Ltd in early 2016. She has had over 8 years’ experience working in showrooms and as a designer.
Perri enjoys working directly with her clients, sharing her experience and building strong relationships throughout the renovation process. This involves taking customers through the design stage, presenting products and fittings and explaining the renovation process and timelines. She also has experience in designing and delivering quality design projects for some of the major retailers in the industry. Perry is happy to schedule in-home appointments to sit down, discuss and understand your needs. She is hands on, and remains involved with each project journey the entire way through, including taking her own measurements and preparing quotes on the work to be done.
Perri's work is mainly focused on the Greater North Western Suburbs of Melbourne. She enjoys staying abreast of industry trends and this allows her to make valuable suggestions to clients on new technology and design trends in kitchen renovations. Perri has a young family and is a keen cook herself, and believes that a great kitchen. and a practical approach are the key ingredients to successfully juggling working, parenting and home cooking. She enjoys sharing her experience and ideas with clients, many of whom are in a similar situation, to help them create a beautiful, yet practical kitchen that helps to maximise enjoyment, and minimise the stress of home cooking and entertaining. She is down to earth, friendly and committed to ensuring your project is customised to suit your needs exactly, from the design stage to the final build.
Contact us today, and request your one on one meeting with Perri for your upcoming renovation project!
Showroom & Accounts
Carolyn is our Office Manager, and the Administrator who coordinates projects once the design & quote has been finalised. If you drop by our showroom, or call us you are likely to speak with Carolyn as she is our first point of contact.
Carolyn’s career started in her families printing business, Moule Print, where she gained qualifications in Graphic Design & Prepress. Later she became the company’s bookkeeper, a role in which she continued in for 13 years.
Carolyn left the family business to setup a Wholesale Meat & Retail Butcher Shop with her husband, and this experience helped to broaden her Administrative and Design skills. After successfully setting up the new business, Carolyn took up a new role as an Administrative Support Officer working for Lewis & Lewis Psychological Consultants. In this role she was the key administrator for a program for students with disabilities at the companies private assessment clinic.
Carolyn joined the team at Better Bathrooms & Kitchens in January 2015, in an Accounts Support role, and has since become our Office Administrator. She has a keen interest in all aspects of the Building and Renovating Industry and has a great eye for detail. This eye for detail ensures that we can maintain high levels of customer satisfaction, and deliver outstanding project design and builds.
Design Specialist & Technical Detailer
Matthew is our newest member of the team at Better Bathrooms & Kitchens and a professional kitchen and bathroom designer. Matt has worked in the building and renovating industry since 2012 & previously freelanced his technical detailing skills for Better Bathrooms & Kitchens.
Originally an architectural draftsman, Matthew quickly developed a passion for kitchen and bathroom design and his ongoing committed attitude enables him to produce highly aesthetic, detailed, and functional designs to meet his clients renovation needs.
Kristy is part of our Administration and Office support team at Better Bathrooms & Kitchens. She joined our team part time in May 2016 after spending some time out of the workforce for family committments.
Kristy’s previous employment includes 14 years within the Investment Banking sector working for International banks RBS and ABN AMRO as a personal assistant to the Institutional Equity sales trading team. During this time Kristy also spent time studying building design & technology at NMIT.
She is a highly motivated and well organised individual with a keen interest in the design & building industry.
Kristy works 2 days a week in our office and showroom.
Kitchen & Bathroom Design Specialist
Antoinette joined the Better Bathrooms & Kitchens team in February 2017. She spent 17 years as a self-employed technician in a different industry. After renovating her home she had a passion for bathroom and kitchen design and renovations.
She completed an Interior Designer course to further pursue this passion and career path and with her previous sales and retail experience the transition to the BBK team came natural to her.
Antoinette works hands on with her clients from the design of their new space right through to execution of the project. She is happy to schedule in home appointments to sit down, discuss & understand your needs.
Antoinette’s ongoing passion in the industry means she is always up to date with on trend design by attending regular showroom and industry events and recently became a current member of the KBDi (Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Industry).
Contact our showroom today to make an appointment with Antoinette.