WONGA PARK EXTENSION | RENOVATION
We were initially contacted by the clients in early 2017 to look at plans for extension and renovation work to their large 1980s home.
The drawings, done by Ace Drafting involved renovating, extending and altering about half the house including upgrade both bathrooms (including a small extension and large window unit to the main bathroom) and extending and raising the roof to the kitchen/meals area to create a 3400 high ceiling and extensive north facing glazing including clerestory (ceiling height) windows. A large merbau outdoor entertaining area with several deck height changes and an alfresco area and an added parents retreat all combined to transform a tired, dated home into a modern, light filled comfortable home, ideal for entertaining.
After several meetings and an itemised quote the owners chose us as their builder. They said there was a cheaper quote but the attention we payed to the details that were important to them and time spent explaining options and how to weigh up which option would be the best choice for them in the quoting and preliminary stage made us their preferred builder.
As the home was large and spread out, by splitting the project into 2 stages the clients were able to live in the home for the majority of the construction period. This isn’t all that common, but the layout of the home, having separate wings made it possible for them to have access to about half the house throughout construction.
During construction we discovered a few structural and design details that wouldn’t work as shown in the plans. We came up with the most practical workable solution on each occasion that most closely followed the intent of the original plans, explained to the owners what we proposed as a solution and liased with the draftsman and engineer where required to provide drawing revisions and submitted those to the building surveyor to ensure the building work followed the building permit.
The project took 6 months to complete the 2 separate stages and the results were phenomenal. We almost surprised ourselves with how great the completed project looked, particularly the raised ceiling kitchen/meals area, outdoor decking and the extended main bathroom.