To ensure their family could grow comfortably right where they were in a fresh and current home, Tim and Ashleigh Longley decided to renovate their Wembley abode.
The couple shared their experience with New Homes.
Was this your first time renovating? How did you decide now was the right time?
We had lived in our Wembley home for a few years but now, with two small children, the original two-bedroom, one-bathroom brick-and-tile home was no longer going to be big enough for our growing family.
Works included the demolition of the existing laundry, removal of the outer-leaf brickwork and construction of a new master bedroom with a walk-in robe and ensuite, as well as a new laundry, kitchen and dining and living area.
We also replaced the ageing terracotta roof tiles with Colorbond.
Now we have a beautiful, four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with open-plan living overlooking the back garden.
We renovated our previous home, but this is the first time undertaking a larger extension. With a growing family the decision needed to be made whether to demolish and rebuild, move, or stay and extend.
We decided to extend as Summit Renovations was accommodating of us living in the existing house while the extensions were under construction, which meant we didn’t need to move elsewhere and disrupt the day-to-day routines of our family.
What was the most important thing that you wanted to achieve through this renovation?
The most important element we wanted to create was a primary area that could be used by the family and which incorporated the kitchen, dining and living areas.
The existing house was situated on the south side of the block, so it made sense to extend toward the north, incorporating highlight windows to let in the winter sunlight.
How was your experience with Summit Renovations during the design stage?
Upon submitting an enquiry form online, the response from Summit Renovations was almost instant.
It wasn’t long before the designer was at our doorstep to commence the planning phase.
We discussed high-level ideas about what we were after and soon after they produced preliminary drawings illustrating exactly what we wanted.
How was your experience during the construction stage?
Our project coordinator was very professional with the way he set up and coordinated the project and was always only a phone call away to answer any questions or concerns relating to project execution.
The project seemed too easy with our site supervisor supervising the works. He was always available for an early morning meeting onsite or in the afternoon to discuss progress and to iron out any details or decisions to be made.
The trades were also very professional, treating the property with respect and cleaning up after every day.
Summit Renovations, 9317 0141, www.summithomes.com.au/renovate