I am often asked about how Jo's makeovers came about and more particularly about how I came to be a registered builder ...

My family lived in East Bentleigh and after finishing school, I had different careers until one day I asked a family member to show me how to use a power tool. I then became more interested and capable of doing maintenance around the house. I purchased a small property, renovated and sold. My best friend and I went on to renovate several properties over a couple of years and that venture ended after 9/11 as the bubble seemed to burst.

In 2004, I started working for Peter Brown. Peter specialised in large renovations and upper level extensions and he became my mentor. Peter was the HIA Renovation Builder of the Year a few years prior to my joining the business and he inspired me to apply for my builders registration. Whilst working with Peter, we won the HIA Customer Service Award and I was a finalist for the HIA Business Partner of the Year award.

I obtained my Domestic Building Managers Licence in 2008 and Jo’s makeovers commenced operations in March 2009. Since that time we have completed over 200 projects including several extensions.


Jo's makeovers utilise the services of local tradespeople. We use the same people for all our projects and the contractors all work well with each other. Having a full time carpenter and carpentry apprentice ensures that the projects run smoothly from beginning to handover and within the team we have all trades covered – plumbing, electrical, plastering, cabinetmakers, tiling, bricklayers, rendering, roofing etc.