Prospect Project – Dale & Glenys
After the initial meeting of clients we discussed their needs and desires for a large extension, renovation and upgrading of their original 1910 villa. The next step was to introduce the building designer, who does quite a lot of work for us on a freelance basis to re-draw the home & prepare a concept plan on CAD (computer generation) based on our clients brief, budget and understanding of the council requirements of their zone.
A pricing estimate quickly followed before proceeding to final drawings/ engineering/ timber framing etc. Whilst documentation was being finalised & council approvals were obtained we confirmed costings with a fixed price lump sum quotation with a highly detailed quote of inclusions, allowances and exclusions. A HIA contract was signed and work commenced!
Demolition of the rear lean-to was laborious – done largely by hand to ensure no damage to remaining structure & cellar below. After demolition a large rolled compacted base layer ensured a solid, firm foundation. Marrying-up with an existing ‘aged’ building is never straight forward. Careful consideration to join into walls that are commonly out of square, not plumb and parallel are what we are used to – here at Prospect was no different. We ponder, we plan, we blend, we do it with a smile – its what we do!
Some of the lovely features of this extension and renovation are: maintaining the floor levels and 3.6m ceiling heights throughout, a wonderful under cover – tiled rear outdoor living of generous proportions (10mx4m), complete removal and replacement of existing baltic flooring and replacing with ‘blackbutt’ hardwood, addition of new double length bullnose carport in-keeping with the era of the home.
We are also proud of the transformation of the existing ’tired’ front section. Rewiring, plumbing, repair and plastering of cracks etc. Our clients also saw the advantage of completely removing and replacing the front verandah – remodelled to exacting proportions off the original, even down to the curved plinth steps! This gave the added bonus of underpinning the front elevation that had ‘dropped’ over the decades and caused substantial cracking of masonry in front rooms. The finishing touches of repointing all sandstone/ bluestone base and painting throughout brought this beautiful family home back to life!