Our Story

Welcome to Retreat In Style.
Within these pages, we will document the progress of our build with Clarendon Homes on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

It has been a slow start with more than enough hurdles to jump but we have managed to get over them all so far.
My name is Paul, I have a beautiful partner Lisa and two amazingly gorgeous daughters, Sonja and Taylor. I met Lisa while living in Sandgate on the north side of Brisbane. Work commitments have seen us move back to the south side where I had spent all of my younger years. I look back and laugh a little as I always had the opinion that I would NEVER move to the Gold Coast. Too many snobs and far too expensive. That was until my mother moved to Coombabah and we went to visit over Christmas one year. After realising that it wasn’t actually all snobs, and it was in fact a fantastic location, we moved!.
Now after spending the last 15 years here we have decided it’s time to add our first home to the list of life experiences.

After looking and looking at pre-loved homes we found that finances just wouldn’t stretch that far. They WOULD, however, stretch above and beyond if we gave up on pre-loved and went with a new home. Got to shake my head at our countries leader for making it easier to buy new than it is to buy second-hand. One day that’s going to become a very real problem for current homeowners.

Anyhow… Enough of my rambling. I hope you enjoy the journey we will take you on through our build and I hope that we might be able to inspire, educate and entertain you like so many others have done for us.

Please feel free to leave us a comment or three (I think I have set this blog up correct to do that haha) and constructive criticism is more than welcome.


Paul, Lisa, Sonja & Taylor.