From concept to creation,
it's the little things that count

Our dedicated team. One simple philosophy.

When we founded Ultimate Kitchens and Bathrooms, we made a promise – to be the team you can trust to bring your dreams to life. Thousands of projects later, we believe we’ve lived up to it and continue to do so. Our collaborative approach, out-of-the-box thinking, and attention to detail set us apart.

We have a passionate team of experts and we work with experienced tradies who are just as dedicated – carpenters, electricians, plumbers, plasterers, tillers, stone & glass manufacturers and cabinet makers – so you don’t have to do anything.

Rest assured, we’ll only recommend the best value products, quality finishes, and we only use Australian cabinetry and joinery. We’re here to add value to your home and your lifestyle. So, if you’d like a renovation that comes with real peace of mind, talk to us.

Meet your team


Your ideas people. They listen closely, think deeply and work collaboratively to turn your vision into something amazing.

Jeff Richards

Director, Designer and Registered Builder

Jeff’s passion is for beautiful design and helping clients make their dream kitchen or bathroom a reality. His structural knowledge and determination to overcome design challenges are the driving force behind every job. Jeff enjoys the uniqueness of each project and his skills benefit our clients by creating individual unique and space-enhancing designs. With 40 years in the building industry, Jeff has a wealth of experience and is a member of the HIA and Cabinet Makers’ Association.

Ray Micallef

Senior Designer

With over 40 years in the kitchen industry Ray has helped thousands of clients realise their dreams to own beautiful, functional kitchens and Bathrooms

He has received many awards in the industry, with his projects also featured in magazines. Ray is happy to work with all his clients from inception to total completion and remains on hand throughout the project.

Beata Brzozowska

Senior Designer

Passionate about providing the very best designs that work the way you want, Beata has been awarded Designer of the Year twice and has designed over 4000 kitchens and bathrooms in Melbourne and its surrounds. Her obsession with great design never stops. She regularly visits Milan to keep up with latest international design trends and takes great pride in the finished product of her designs, as well as the happiness they bring to our clients.

Eugene Lombard

Senior Designer

Eugene’s background in engineering shows in the workflow and layout of his designs as well as in his meticulous attention to detail. With over 10 years experience, he has delivered many luxury kitchens and bathrooms and designed kitchens for reality television shows. Eugene has a Eurocentric design ethos and enjoys attending European design expos to expand his knowledge. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Building Design and Certificate IV in Building.

Stephanie Micallef-Smith

Senior Designer

Stephanie started in the industry, following in her father’s footsteps. She has since become an accredited and certified designer.  She loves to help you visualise the space and get a better feel and understanding of what your new space will look like, using 3D CAD software.

More importantly, she enjoys having a cup of tea with her clients once it’s all finished, to see the smile on their faces.


Showroom specialists and account management

Interior professionals, who will help, inspire and guide you through all the design possibilities and the best finishes, fixtures, and fittings for your new renovation. Our experienced account manager will oversee all contracts and payments.

Chelsea Gomes

Showroom & Marketing Manager

Chelsea oversees the front end of the business. With a solid background in Interior Design completing both a Bachelor Degree and Diploma, along with her marketing experience she is involved in various stages of your project. Whether it is initial design ideas, knowledge of materials or the visual design concept you require, you can be assured Chelsea will give you clear incite to our processes. She enjoys engaging with our clients and seeing your project transform to a finished product, where she will potentially contact you with respect to organising photography for our website, magazine publications or social media.

Sue Eldridge

Showroom Consultant

Rita Linnestad

Showroom Consultant

Rita works in both our Hawthorn & Essendon showrooms and will often be your first point of contact when engaging with Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms.  Rita holds a ‘Cert IV in Interior Decoration’ and enjoys discussing your initial renovation ideas and providing information about how UKB can assist you with your project.  Rita can guide you with colour, material, fixture and fitting selections, as well as inspire you with layout options and kitchen and bathroom trends.   With a strong passion for interior design and as a keen renovator herself, she enjoys working with clients to see their initial design concepts transform into beautiful and functional spaces.

Samantha Lamers

Office Manager/ HR/ Accounts 

Samantha manages our accounting systems, client contracts and payments. With qualifications across payroll administration and bookkeeping as well as 15 years’ experience in payroll and accounts, Samantha has an eye for detail and accuracy. She enjoys the challenge of applying her wealth of knowledge day-to-day and keeping up to date in her ever-changing field.

Sophie Cunningham

Showroom Consultant

Sophie is one of our showroom consultants who primarily works at our Essendon showroom.  Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Administration and has found a new passion for kitchen and bathroom renovations from her time at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms. With previous experience in customer service, Sophie enjoys interacting with clients and providing a helping hand with any of your renovation questions or selection needs.

Technical detailers

Our technical detailers immerse themselves in all the tiny details of your renovation. They’ll provide in-depth technical drawings that keep all suppliers informed and focused, in order to produce the outcome you’re looking for.

Rosie Osano

Technical Detailer

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture and a Diploma in Interior Design, Rosie has always had a passion for renovations and interiors. The love for construction and aesthetically pleasing interiors has given Rosie the desire to design spaces suited for individuals and client’s needs. Rosie has very good attention to detail and produces design detailed drawings for clients. She has an appreciation for architecture and enjoys seeing clients finally see their newly renovated spaces.

April Stroud

Team Leader – Technical Detailing

April strives on the creation of beautiful and efficient spaces for clients’ everyday lives, the variation and detail of utility spaces and how people use them based on their personality, culture and lifestyle. April creates 2D images to accurately convey a designer’s ideas to our clients, and takes great pride in refining them to perfection. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Building Design and a Certificate IV in Building.

Vrushali Deogaonkar

Technical Detailer/ Trade Administrator

Originally from Auckland, where she worked in a technical design position for a kitchen and cabinet manufacturer, Vrushali’s initial training was a Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Design in India followed by a Master of Architecture in Melbourne. Vrushali is a knowledgeable, valuable member of our detailing team who enjoys working out the finer details for our clients.

Project managers

Your one point of contact. They’ll co-ordinate the team, manage the tradies, ensure your renovation runs smoothly, and keep you constantly updated.

John Matkowsky

Operations Manager

With over 30 years’ experience in the building industry, mostly in kitchens and bathrooms, John holds a Certificate IV in Building and Construction and has owned and managed a manufacturing and installation business for over two decades. John is a Registered Builder and a member of the HIA. He is responsible for scheduling projects and overseeing project managers and tradespeople to ensure the team all work cohesively.

Tim Kibby

Project Manager

Timothy brings with him a wealth of building and construction knowledge.

He has been specialising in kitchen and bathrooms for many years and has a Certificate 4 in Building and Construction. Formerly a plumber, Tim moved into the role of Project Management as he loves to renovate.

Tim is most enjoyable to work with and will take the time to listen to and work with your individual needs.

As a dad with a young family, you are bound to hear a story or two about his children.

Kenny Robertson

Project Manager

Kenny has been in construction for 20 years with a range of experience to draw on, ensuring a high end delivery of product. This ranges from plumbing and façade project management, through to construction of custom built homes. With experience in both extensions and renovations, coupled with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction, Kenny has the expertise to oversee your project to the exemplary standards.

Nathan Crump

Project Manager

Nathan aims to keep our clients informed throughout the timeline of your project to ensure your mind is at ease. With 12 years experience in home renovations and a carpenter by trade you can be assured Nathan will take great pride in his role and oversee the workmanship of all our trades to the highest of standards. In his spare time, Nathan loves waterskiing.



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1035 Burke Road
Hawthorn East (cnr Canterbury Rd)

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Or by appointment

Phone: 03 9882 4103
Fax: 03 9882 4763
Email: [email protected]