About the client
We were approached by a young couple who were just about to have a new addition - not just as part of their house renovation but they were also just about to have a baby.
At Excel Tradeworks we know that additions can be exciting but can also add a new level of stress to a family. Our job is to make sure we go out of our way to deliver a project smoothly, on time and on budget. And that's exactly what this family needed.
With a growing family shortly upon them, we needed to renovate their house to add new living spaces and functionality. This was in the form of a new bedroom and granny flat for guests to stay. They also needed to create a new bathroom and laundry.
Being an older house, we needed to be mindful of the existing asbestos cladding. The safety of this young family with a baby had to be taken very seriously.
The first thing we needed to do was demolish areas to prepare for the new extension. We engaged asbestos professions to remove the existing cladding to the house and dispose of the material correctly.
Once this was completed, we began building the two extensions for the new bedroom and the new laundry / bathroom. Knowing that we needed to work to an unmovable deadline - a bundle of joy arriving - we worked quickly to ensure we found as many efficiencies as possible to allow us to get an interim occupational certificate for the family to move into the new nursery.
Once the family had settled in, we started to lay the slab and build the granny flat. The timber clad granny flat included a new storage area with a roller door, a main living/ bedroom area, bathroom and kitchenette. All external finishes were matched to the existing house to bring the two dwellings together and maintain a succinct look to the entire property lot. This new space allows them to accommodate their extended family and friends and in the future it could serve as a home office or even a rental to provide passive income.
To finish off the entertainment deck area, we used a beautiful product which looks just like glass. It's a poly-carbonate composite, designed and manufactured by an Australian Company to provide 99% UV protection from Australia's harsh sun. The benefit of this product over standard polycarbonate is that it wont discolour, craze or crack. And unlike glass, it is not heavy and wont shatter. This makes it a winner in our books!