Bryant Alsop worked with Fortem Projects on a substantial addition and renovation to an Edwardian house in Malvern.

The project delivered ahead of schedule, and a high level of finish was achieved throughout the project. Equal levels of care were attributed to the restoration works as was the contemporary addition. Fortem Projects coordinated all aspects of the project from landscaping and pool to window furnishings. This ensured a smooth and coordinated project where design details were thoughtfully considered. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Fortem.

Sarah Byrant, Bryant Alsop Architects

Fortem Projects have showed us it is possible to have a professional, high-quality building experience.

Following bad previous experiences with other builders, Fortem Projects have showed us it is possible to have a professional, high-quality building experience. Recommended by a family member, we were in good hands the entire time and felt consistently reassured by their commitment to quality work.

Liz & Will, Wilson Street South Yarra

Fortem Projects were fabulous on all fronts

Fortem Projects have been fabulous on all fronts. Not only have they succeeded in managing a somewhat challenging project which is sympathetic to the original Victorian bones of the house, but they have constructed a home that is also modern and clean with the capacity to make it live again.

All of the challenges faced along the way have been transparently and effectively handled. I am delighted with their work and look forward to living in the house for many years.

Louise Jenkins - Umula South Yarra

We were drawn to working with Fortem due to their professional ethos and attention to detail. 

We felt confident from when we first met with Fortem that they would deliver an outstanding outcome and that we would have a positive experience. They were focused on delivering an exceptional service with a strong pursuit of quality throughout the entire project. Consequently, we created a strong partnership and had a mutual respect from start to finish. 

We worked in close collaboration with the Fortem team and found that they took a meticulous and methodical approach, throughout the whole process. When/if challenged by situations they applied innovative and practical strategies to find a solution. In addition, their keen eye for detail ensured that they created a luxury and functional bespoke home for us.

We are delighted with our newly renovated house and would highly recommend Fortem, as it was a harmonious experience and the work was to the highest calibre. As first time renovators the project definitely surpassed our expectations and we look forward to renovating with Fortem again!

Sarah and Edward - Hunter Street Malvern

Fortem Projects never let us down

Both Stuart and Chris understood the level of care required with high end architectural projects and ensured both our team and client were updated and engaged at every step of the way. Their strength in bringing our architectural design to life, realising our client’s vision and dream renovation was invaluable.

Anna Dutton - Architect Director, Bower Architecture & Interiors

From the very beginning of our association with Fortem we knew we were in good hands.

We were pleased to recommend Fortem to our family members, one of whom engaged Fortem for their own renovation. We would highly recommend this professional team and have complete satisfaction with the final product.

 Lucy, Lysterville Avenue, Malvern

We had approached two other builders before being introduced to Fortem Projects.

The communication from Fortem was exceptional throughout our build. As we lived off-site during construction, we relied on email and phone updates from Chris and Stuart, and always felt we knew what was happening on our project. Their Procore system also allowed us to stay up to date with everything that was happening and meant we didn’t feel the need to visit our home constantly during the build.

We found the Fortem team to be friendly, professional and ready to go above and beyond to bring our design to life. We would recommend them to anyone looking to undertake a heritage restoration or extension.

Ben Cooper, Manning Road

I now have a house that has been uplifted and refreshed throughout.

The aim of the renovation was to enlarge my main bedroom and bathroom as this had been compromised by planning restrictions when we built the house 20 years ago. I also wanted privacy in the rear of my house as a new three-storey house was to be built behind me which would look directly into my rear garden and kitchen.

The design delivered on my goals and much more. The new main bedroom is a generous size and filled with light, while the ensuite huge and gorgeous. I also now have a rear garage with a rooftop garden which connects to the rear of the house. This not only provides privacy and prevents overlooking, it is also a wonderful outdoor area for relaxing and entertaining.

Fortem delivered the project earlier than tendered which was a welcome bonus for us. The quality of the workmanship is excellent, and all trades took enormous care to ensure every detail was addressed.

Nothing was too much trouble for the on-site supervisor. He dealt with sensitive issues with adjoining properties and smoothed relationships with testy neighbours.

Fortem project managed and scheduled the various trades expertly and made recommendations for improvement along the way. Nearly all of these I accepted as I could see they would improve the outcome.

I now have a house that has been uplifted and refreshed throughout. The architects and builders worked collaboratively and resolved challenges along the journey, only some of which needed my involvement.

I am very grateful to have completed the project with a minimum of stress and to be so pleased with the outcome.

I love my ‘new’ house, and would certainly recommend Fortem and Bower to others without hesitation.

Jennifer Williams - Fawkner Street South Yarra

Fortem were a refreshing builder to work with

Fortem knew the job inside out, brought a commercial mind to managing all the details and always delivered a resolution.

Their online App, Procore, was also a huge bonus for both us and the client. It kept everyone updated in real time on how each stage of the renovation was progressing and ensured any drawings made on site were executed accurately and efficiently. They were also just really good people to work with.

Chris Stribley - Managing Principal, Cera Stribley Architects

We look forward to building with them again when the time comes

Both Chris and Stuart were always in close communication, and we felt that any issue that arose was dealt with in a professional and timely manner.

We renovated an inner city site, and all the Fortem staff were kind to our neighbours which helped created a seamless experience for us and the neighbourhood.

We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and look forward to building with them again when the time comes.

Cameron and Dan Reid

Fortem made a process I was dreading, incredibly easy

From the moment I met Chris and Stuart, I felt instantly at ease and had complete confidence in their ability. Their broader Fortem team were brilliant too. No dramas, no nasty surprises and excellent communication. Even after the job was complete, they’re still responsive to any small queries.

If you’re after expertise, attention to detail and a team that go above and beyond, then I cannot recommend the Fortem team highly enough.

Irene - Armadale

2021 Victorian Master Builders and HIA-CSR Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards Winner

Renovation / Addition Project
$2.5 million – $5 million

Renovated Bathroom of the Year

Renovated Bathroom
$30,001 – $50,000

Best Bathroom over $30,000

Best Kitchen over $40,000

Contact Fortem Projects