MORE than a year after her renovation businesses went in to liquidation, Sasha deBretton has returned to the industry and is still working with several tradespeople she owed money to following the sudden collapse of Million Dollar Makeovers and World of Renovation.
— Ms deBretton has spoken exclusively to the Western Suburbs Weekly about how she went down in flames and will rise from the ashes.
SASHA deBretton is making a comeback. The 2011 40under40 winner’s businesses Million Dollar Makeovers and World of Renovation went in to liquidation last year owing more than $600,000 to tradespeople and the bank.
Ms deBretton said bookkeeping and accounting errors led to the liquidation.
“I was stung,” she said. “Everything I worked for over 25 years went down the drain.”
The single mum sold her Saunders Street, Mosman Park home on Friday and the Fremantle property where World of Renovation was based, at “substantial losses”. She now rents a house in Fremantle from her parents.
There’s no guilt, I’m very ethical and loyal and I always gave these tradespeople work time and time again
“I had a dream home with my dream man and that all fell apart,” she said.
Ms deBretton is now working with friend of 25 years Maria Byworth at WAM Renovations that offers six-week home renovations.
Ms Byworth has owned the Malaga-based WA Marble and Granite for 26 years after buying out her business partners last year and recently launched the renovation company.
She had no hesitation going in to business with Ms deBretton saying she deserved a second chance.
“Sasha’s a very smart businesswoman and if she had someone like me by her side then, that wouldn’t have happened,” Ms Byworth said.
The duo, along with Ms deBretton’s Million Dollar Makeovers project manager Renee Hunt, have already completed two renovation projects under WAM Renovations using tradespeople that previously worked for Ms deBretton in her failed businesses.
“There’s no guilt, I’m very ethical and loyal and I always gave these tradespeople work time and time again,” Ms deBretton said.
“For years and years I provided good money and an income to these tradies.”
The duo’s next project is one close to their hearts – rebuilding Ms Byworth’s family home in Dianella that burnt down in September last year.
“We lost everything,” Ms Byworth said.
“I wouldn’t have anyone else help me rebuild my home.”