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Engaging a good interior designer to manage your luxurious renovation, to source both products and trades people, deliver on time and to a budget is not always an easy task. But it is the both best and the quickest way to turn your long held dreams into a reality.

Make sure your designer can hand over a completed, luxury renovation in a short period of time – no one wants to wait months while their home is being renovated!

So follow these three tips to make the design process as simple and painless as possible.

Award winning Sasha deBretton

Find a designer who connects with your dreams

Finding the right designer is possibly as important as finding a good designer. While some designers are able to create stunning spaces, the design may have no connection with your lifestyle and your dreams. A good designer listens to your dreams and ideas and brings them to life.


Don’t limit your designer

Working with a top interior designer often involves giving them the ability to take a fresh look at your home and to meld your ideas and dreams with what will really work in your home. Your designer has a vast amount of experience and will take all your ideas and embellish and enhance them.


Don’t become overwhelmed

Whether designing a single room or an entire house, the choices can become overwhelming. A good designer will lead you through the process of choosing the fabrics, colours, textures, fittings and furniture that will make your home look spacious and stunning – and remain within the design theme that you have chosen.

Trusting your designer is a key part of a successful collaboration. A designer is an artist and if you spend a lot of time second guessing your designer – then you are not making the best use of your designer’s skills.

Achieving the glamorous look and the luxurious lifestyle you want is much easier with a professional interior designer – the design and renovation process will flow much more smoothly. So spend the time to choose the right designer and work with them as a partner. You can finally have your dream home at last!


If you want to know more about transforming your house into your dream home – be sure to check out Sasha’s TV channel and see how she transforms Drab into Fab and instantly increases her client’s wealth!


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3 Tips for Renovation Success

If you want to renovate your property – and have the home of your dreams – here are three things you need to consider before you start buying the paint or knocking down the walls!

A budget

You need a realistic budget for your renovation. There may be a lot of things you would like to do, but do you have the cash available right now? The last thing you want to happen is to be in the middle of a renovation and have to wait for more funds before you can finish.

One good solution is to engage an interior designer who can present you with the completed designs and the projected increase in the value of your home – following the transformation. Many financial institutions will lend on this projected valuation.

Sasha debretton shares 3 tips for renovation success

Trades people

You need reliable trades people who have a good reputation in the industry, are insured and will work to a time frame that you dictate. You don’t want them turning up late, going home early or trying to juggle different contracts at the same time.

You want them on site and ready to work when you need them. Many trades cannot work until other work has been completed and having one trades person turning up days late can place your budget and timeframe in jeopardy.

An interior designer will be able to recommend good reliable contractors – and if they are a really good designer will have them on staff!

Project management

Who will manage your renovation? If someone is not on top of the comings and goings of the trades people, know whether orders and deliveries have been organized and completed – not to mention the budget and timeframe kept on track – your luxury transformation can turn into a nightmare.

An interior designer who has their own building company is the answer to all your problems. You want a professional person who can manage your renovation and who has reliable trades people on hand, stakes their reputation on keeping within budget and on time, and can guide you with selecting furnishings, fittings, colours etc.

An interior designer with management skills and a good business sense will take your ideas and hand you a completed dream home and dream lifestyle – on budget and on time.


If you want to know more about transforming your house into your dream home – be sure to check out Sasha’s TV channel and see how she transforms Drab into Fab and instantly increases her client’s wealth!


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Sasha deBretton and her Million Dollar Makeover team renovate old drab properties in a flash! Tired out-dated homes are transformed into fabulous modern creations that ooze both BLING and GLAMOUR!

Sasha knows that kitchens are one of the prime spaces in your home that will create instant wealth for you – if done right! Everyone loves the kitchen, it is where family and friends congregate and feel comfortable sharing a cup of coffee, completing school homework or just raiding the fridge! So it is important that you preserve both the warmth and family feel of the kitchen, whilst updating its functionality, feeling and appearance.

Sasha and her team are expert designers and avoid all the common design mistakes that renovators can easily make

Luxurious Kitchen Makeovers

when updating their kitchen. So in today’s blog we are going to take a look at 6 of these kitchen design mistakes:

Storage space

You need to maximise the storage for all your bench top appliances to keep your work surfaces clean and tidy. So many people under estimate how much storage space they really need and once the kitchen is fitted, the addition of extra storage cabinets can make it look disjointed and clumsy.

Bench top space

This is one area where you need as much space as possible – so maximise! You need room for all those appliances that you want to remain on the bench top for ease of use as well as plenty of chopping and food preparation areas. You might even want a kitchen island with bar stools for quick breakfasts. If you don’t include sufficient counter tops in your design you will reduce the kitchens functionality and find it very difficult to fix your mistake later on.

Poor lighting

You need good lighting above all the main working areas, not just one or two ceiling lights in the kitchen. Think of how difficult it is to work in darkened areas or even in your shadow if the light is behind you. Make sure that the lights shine down well onto all the preparation areas and also the sink area. Many people use downlights to target certain areas in the kitchen and the trend is to have pendent lights running along a breakfast bar – they look fabulous!

Bad design

Examine how the foot traffic moves through your kitchen and design for unobstructed flow. Bottlenecks and dead ends cause frustration, especially in a small kitchen. Situate the island where you can move between the sink, refrigerator and stove easily – you don’t want to walk around a large island every time you need to use the fridge!

Poor ventilation

No one wants to smell yesterday’s cooking in the kitchen so good ventilation is important. The problem is that the average range hood just recirculates the air and traps the larger particles in a filter – it doesn’t remove the odours from the room to the outside. A good ventilation system will reroute stale air to the outside of the building using quality ducting.

Spending too much money

We all want the best design for our kitchen but if you are not careful you can spend too much money and still not achieve your dream kitchen! Make sure that you talk to professional designers who can help you achieve the kitchen you have always wanted for a fraction of the cost of going it alone!


The Million Dollar Makeover team has won numerous awards for their high-end transformations and if you want to learn more, visit their website at


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Sasha deBretton has been renovating properties for nearly 20 years and with her million Dollar Makeover team has won numerous awards for her designs and successful high-end transformations. But can just anyone do what Sasha has done? Can you make instant wealth by renovating? And what are the basics that you need to get started?

Well if you want to follow Sasha and perform fast, high-quality renovations there are four fundamental principles that you need to understand – if you want to Make a Mint in a Meltdownclaremont luxury renovation and renovate your way to wealth!

  1. Have the right mindset

    – if you are stuck in a 9 to 5 mentality and think that all you need is a salary with 4 weeks annual leave every year – then you do not have a money mindset. You need to change the way you think, stop thinking like an employee and think like an investor. You have to make money work for you and invest it in your future.

  2. Have the right dream team

    – You can’t do everything yourself. You need expert help to make your investments and your renovations run smoothly. So make sure you investigate and find the right people for your team – real estate agents, mortgage brokers, lawyers and trades people. Find your dream team who will help you renovate your way to wealth!

  3. Buy the right house in the right location

    – Investing starts with finding the right house in the right location. You have heard people say that it is all down to the location, well that is only half of the equation – you need to buy at the right price – and that is under market value. Buying an undervalued property sets you on the first step to making money – if you buy at or above market value you are behind the eight ball before you even start your renovation! And you can even drill down the location to the best suburb and the best street! Buy the oldest, most tired and drabbest house in the best street in the best suburb and you are walking the path to success!

  4. Do it fast

    – This is a key principle that Sasha follows in every one of her renovations – do it fast, but don’t skimp! Make sure you do a fast, high-quality renovation that people will fall over themselves to want to buy. You don’t want your money tied up in property, to make it work for you, do a fast renovation, sell, pull your money out and do it again! Combine a rapid high-quality renovation with a house bought under market value and in the right location – and you have a Million Dollar Makeover winning combination!

If you want to learn more about Sasha’s innovative, turnkey renovation formula go here to read her sassy, no punches renovation book: Make a Mint in a Meltdown – Renovate your Way to Wealth.

The Million Dollar Makeover team has won numerous awards for their high-end transformations and if you want to find out more about Sasha’s luxury transformation, visit her website at


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    • Sasha deBretton infuses her heart and soul into her fabulous home renovations in Perth – to give her client’s their dream home and dream lifestyle that they have always wanted. Over the years Sasha has received many, many thank you letters and testimonials from her ecstatic clients – and in this blog Sasha shares a recent testimonial from a very happy client in Perth.

      Client History

      Sasha’s client returned to Perth after 17 years and moved into a townhouse in West Leederville. It had been rented out for the last 15 years and was looking very shabby and unloved. Sasha’s client knew that she wanted to stay in the area and was keen to do a total renovation – but after hearing horror stories of friends’ renovations that had gone seriously over budget and dragged on for almost a year - she wasn’t looking forward to what lay ahead. Knowing her busy lifestyle and lack of interest in DIY and after watching Sasha’s Million Dollar Makeover stories on the ‘Home in WA program’, her sister-in-law suggested that she contact Sasha about her home renovation in Perth.

      Too easy!

      They met on Thursday 8 August and just over 2 months later after a complete guttering of her townhouse - her delighted client moved back into her completely renovated dream home.

      Sasha bowled me over at our first meeting and came up with some fabulous design ideas to complement the few of my own.  I never imagined that work would even start before Christmas but when Sasha heard that I was leaving for a 3 week trip to Europe in early September her immediate response was that she could start and have most of the work completed while I was away, thus minimising the inconvenience of having to vacate my home for 4 weeks”.


      The MDM rapid renovation, home renovation express ride!

      Within a week Sasha’s client had visited the Million Dollar Makeover showroom in Perth for a consultation with Rachel the interior design consultant and had a house full of assorted tradesmen who were providing quotes on all the work! Disaster! It all came to a (temporary) grinding halt when her client couldn’t face the prospect of storing all her furniture and possessions after having moved and unpacked less than 2 months previously. But Sasha came to the rescue so that when her client boarded a plane she was relaxed and confident knowing that her house was being packed by professionals.  

      “Without exception everyone on the Million Dollar Makeover team has been professional, friendly and accommodating and has done everything possible to take the stress out of renovating. I’d particularly like to thank Sasha for seeing the potential in my home and Rachel for her design guidance, impeccable taste and for gently encouraging me out of my comfort zone at times. Finally, I would like to thank my wonderful and always upbeat Project Manager Julie for whom nothing was too much trouble or any request too trivial. Your attention to detail and insistence on quality and excellence has meant that we have been on the same page throughout the renovation”.


      “Sasha your business concept is amazing and fills a real gap in the market.  I can’t believe how easy and stress free the process has been and what a beautiful home you have created for me - on time and on budget. You’ve delivered what it says on your sign and my home has gone from “drabulous to fabulous” in just over 4 weeks.  At the same time my family and friends have gone from being sceptical to totally amazed at the transformation and the quality of the workmanship”.

        This testimonial from a delighted client brought a tear to Sasha’s eye - as it her clients that inspire Sasha to work her amazing miracles and change the lives of so many deserving people. Sasha started her Million Dollar Makeover home renovation business in Perth because she knew that she could make a difference to the renovation industry and make home renovations easy and hassle free. Sasha is very proud of her team who help her show that what everyone thinks is IMPOSSIBLE is POSSIBLE with a touch of Million Dollar Makeover

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