We approached Anton Makea to design us a house with plenty of 'wow' factor. We wanted something unique and contemporary, with state-of-the- art finishes and facilities and at the same time, diverse functionality for our family needs. Lou delivered. His professional supervision and attention to detail made the building process an enjoyable experience - something which is pretty rare today. Our house quickly became (and still is) a recognised and often talked about
house in the neighbourhood. Mission accomplished!

Andrew and Di
Surrey Hills

"Anton Makea did two architecturally outstanding projects in our street which we greatly admired. Therefore we retained Anton Makea to design extensive renovations to our Balwyn residential property and to supervise the construction. The service provided has been exemplary and we are extremely pleased with the creative result".

Joan and Mervyn

We have undertaken two projects with Anton Makea and have found the process to be enjoyable and stress free.
Lou Antonino is a pleasure to work with and unlike some architects, strikes a perfect balance between actually listening to his clients' ideas and coming up with invaluable suggestions of his own. His work is extremely professional and is not only extremely creative but also practical.
He ably took on the management of the builders when we were away for part of the project, and was flexible enough to make changes that surfaced along the way.
We were really knocked out by the end results and will no doubt be using Lou again for any future projects.
Abby & Greg

Lou's ideas were contemporary, unique and most importantly practical. He was willing to listen to our ideas but also brought to the table many new concepts which would never have entered our minds. He also took off a lot of the leg work and time in choosing fittings/accessories, often gaining an understanding of what we liked and what would work in with the design of the house and directing us to the source.
Lou's experience and background enabled him to have a very good rapport with builders/tradesman and coordinated the project perfectly without us having to get too involved .
Lou was wonderful in reducing the the high stress levels often associated with building or renovating.
At the end of the project we had a house that not only had the WOW factor but felt very much like a home.

Leanne and Ray, East Malvern

“We have been fortunate to have Lou act as our architect for 2 home renovations. Both times the experience has been very professional, responsive and friendly. Lou has been able to interpret our ideas and come up with plans that exceed our expectations. It has been a pleasure to work with him.”

Narelle and Peter
Mont Albert

My father/in law was the builder and was at first very much against going to an architect. Now that that the house has been completed he can see the benefits and merit in using Anton Makea and is very proud of the result...... We would recommend Anton Makea to anyone looking for architectural services.

Mary and Evan

I have been involved with building and developing a number of
residential and commercial properties in the last 25 years.
Lou Antonino is one of the few architects who delivers what he promises to an agreed timetable. He brings his own ideas to a project but respects the client's wishes and ultimately follows the brief he is given. Lou has been unfailingly polite, professional and constructive even when we have disagreed.

East Hawthorn


We engaged Anton Makea Design for a major renovation to our home and were thoroughly delighted with the result.
We held some fairly firm views about what we wanted and found Lou Antonino a willing listener, able to understand our priorities, help us establish a budget and gently coerce us to see that he could, indeed, produce something quite spectacular from the “good bones” of our existing tired house, well beyond our initial expectations. We liked Lou’s ability to present concepts and ideas to us that complemented our vision but also delivered something special that we could appreciate and reap the benefits from year by year after the project was completed.

Peter & Robyn

Lou Antonino completed a major renovation design for our home in Glen Iris approx 10 years ago, coordinating work from design concept, through to the contract documentation stage and ultimately construction. We worked with Lou for almost twelve months on this project.
Lou is a meticulous and totally professional person to work with. He is always prompt, and always does what he promises to do. We absolutely trust his design skills, his experience and his dedication to his work. Whilst our home was renovated approx 10 years ago we still to this day get comments from family, friends and even strangers on how well designed our home is.
Bruno and Kerry, Glen Iris


Lou listened to our ideas and created a new dimension with his innovative and functional design of our outdoor area. Importantly, Lou blended the needs of today and maintained the charm of our period California bungalow. He has transformed our outdoor living with a feature enjoyed by all our family and friends. We certainly appreciated Lou’s approach, flair and attention to detail.

Stephen & Terri, Surrey Hills

When we decided to renovate our modest home for the second time we called in the professional. Lou provided us with some very sound but innovative ideas. He was extremely accommodating, patient and insightful when it came to discussing and drawing up plans. One of our favourite things is Lou's specialty – “A Curved Wall” - in our upstairs study.

Julie and Mark, Box Hill South

We have used Anton Makea twice at our 1940's Surrey Hills home. The first was for a significant renovation which involved an upper storey for our growing children and a major reconfiguration of the older part of the house downstairs. The second - 8 years later - was for a new kitchen and re-modelling of adjacent rooms. Our house is now an extremely comfortable and practical family home. We were delighted with the design and with the construction phase of each project and found Lou to be always approachable and helpful. He has a very client conscious manner, while also being very design-oriented. A good design can solve many problems, and Lou's design for our house exemplifies this principle.

Bob and Lynn, Surrey Hills

Lou did an excellent job designing the renovation and extension of our 1920s period home. He listened carefully to what we wanted and came up with some first-rate design ideas to make it work. People who walk through our home comment on how well the new part integrates with the original structure. Lou's design is original but sympathetic with the existing.
Lou was also very helpful with the details of the project including interior design for kitchen and bathrooms. Further, his experienced and responsive work in dealing with the council and tendering the job to builders, allowed us to complete the project in a short time frame - yet still to a tight budget.
We would not hesitate in recommending Anton Makea - and have already to several of our friends.
Romina and Guy, Camberwell