Sunday, 1 May 2016
The additions and alterations of this home, perched up on a ridge in Sydney's north, delivered a large open plan living area connected to a spacious outdoor entertaining deck, continuing along the same floor level, as well as opening up and maximising the available (and impressive) views to the north.
Polished Blackbutt timber floors provide a warm and inviting platform for the interior living space. Western red cedar widows doors and trim border expansive views to the north. Decorative period cornices connect the tall walls and high long spanning ceilings continuing the federation theme.
Re-roofing allowed for new insulation to be installed at the roof line providing an important complete thermal and moisture barrier that was not existing before, helping to improve comfort levels inside and reduce ongoing energy costs.
In traditional Australian timber cottage style the whole outside was re-clad in a rusticated profile using dressed western red cedar, well known for its fine finish and resistance to mould and rot. All the existing windows were replaced with a federation style design to match the new windows and, also made from western red cedar.
SCOPE OF WORKS: New hardiplank-clad timber framework with aluminium windows, pitched timber roof frame covered in corrugated steel to match existing, hardwood bearers and joists on brick piers, new kitchen, dining & living space, new ensuite, new bedroom and new verandah/deck with timber handrail and stairs.
SCOPE of WORKS: structural upgrade of timber framing to cater for new floor loads as well as existing ceiling loads; all-but demolish roof and re-build to suit minimum floor space/head height ratio and structural requirements, new colorbond roof and replace roofing on whole of dwelling, new dormer window to front with storage either side, large custom dormer window to rear, new timber stair case, new full size window to balcony below, structural upgrade of timber framing to existing garage, new full height custom wardrobe to master bedroom.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
SCOPE OF WORKS: demolish rear of house, build new timber framed additions including lounge, dining and bedroom, new timber windows, western red cedar cladding; new colorbond roofing to whole roof and verandah; polished timber flooring; new verandah to three sides of dwelling; new entertaining deck plus alterations to existing floor plan.
The additions and alterations to this building were designed to maximise the views of the lake to the south, increase living space and provide a functional entertaining deck convenient to the house. Being exposed to periodic strong southerly winds ensured all the important components were properly secured and sealed not only with the finished product but during construction as well.
Local suppliers provided the hardwood the sub floor framing, Oregon for the wall and roof framing, western red cedar for cladding, WRC windows, brushbox timber for the strip flooring and colorbond steel roofing.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
SCOPE OF WORKS: Demolish rear of house, new double brick addition including new living, dining, kitchen, entertaining deck, laundry and bathroom; 7 door bi-fold unit to deck, timber windows, slab to laundry floor, polished timber floors on bearers and joists to living areas and new deck, flat colorbond roof,
Building works proceeded beyond existing secured walls until the new perimeter walls were in place providing security to the occupants during construction.
The period theme was carried through to the new works using decorative cornices, ceiling roses, period architraves and skirting, window and door components.
We installed a full width timber bi-folding unit with seven panels that opens onto the extra deep verandah.
Jarrah known for its durability qualities, was chosen for the verandah flooring and Tasmanian Oak was chosen for the internal living area
A range of new features were installed in the bathroom with one existing feature carried forward which was the small lead light window above the toilet.
Some of what can be seen in the before and after comparison
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
SCOPE OF WORKS: New 1st floor bathroom and wc incorporating a separate bath, shower and vanity; new windows; repairs to brickwork; new flooring; new ceiling.
The building was old and required constant care during demolition and construction. The trades on the job understood the need for care also.
The finishes included floor to ceiling tiling including return tiling to the window reveals, a shower screen with semi frameless door, drop-in bath tub, temperture controller for hot water, ceiling shower rose, convection heater, heated towel rail.
Available access to the underside of the floor allowed for easier upgrading of the drainage system.
Monday, 25 April 2016
SCOPE OF WORK: New flooring, linings, drop-in spa bath, separate shower, custom vanity, toilet suite, full height linen, partition wall with highlight above the new door.
The original building on this job was build around 1918 and the existing bathroom had a basic upgrade sometime during the 70's which didn't include a bath tub. Building a new bathroom in a more functional location was the first step in the master plan.
With no existing bathtub in the dwelling, upgrading provided an opportunity to incorporate one. This unit includes a spa function. You can see the pump access door on the right - its location provides easy access and blends in.
A comfortable size shower with semi-frameless shower screen was installed.
A first for this house was the installation of internal toilet suite.
Period buildings like this did not incorporate fire, thermal or rodent protection features and access during the construction period allowed the installation of these simple preventive measures.
The alterations to this building included many additional and much needed storage areas such as this high linen cupboard with adjustable shelving.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
SCOPE: Demolish rear of house, construct new timber frame addition consisting living room, kitchen, office, combined laundry/bathroom, verandah: Colorbond steel roof to whole of building; polished timber flooring on bearers and joists, new timber windows and doors, skylights over living room.
With each project we complete, immediate capitol gain is delivered to the owners. Today we seek to work with smart, reciprocal owners who also value this factor and know that the outlays are an investment towards this gain and who also understand that the transition to the new finish can be inconvenience but is typically part of the process of building.
The work begins.