December 2016

A clever home extension full of surprises

Described as a charming and family-friendly hidden gem on the city fringe with quiet tree-lined streets and beautiful parks, it was no surprise this family didn’t want to leave Clarence Park.

Several generations of Adelaide families have asked us the same question

“I love my location, but my home needs improving – can you help us?”

Renovating a home in the perfect location will make anyone nervous and cautious. Every suburb has its own personality and culture not to be tampered with.

That’s why for this family it was reassuring to know the person shaking their hand was the owner of the business, with 36 years’ experience improving homes around the different suburbs of Adelaide.

We do this every day and realise our customers don’t. So to them, experience counts for many things.

Perhaps most importantly what people love is someone who can design high-quality, generously sized extensions for a fair price. That’s the experience factor shining through in this project.

Our friends at Clarence Park have now settled into a better way of life without moving.

Award-winning home

Like many of our other customers, they were also surprised to learn their new home won Best Renovation or Addition at the recent Master Builders South Australia Building Excellence Awards 2016.

Here’s what the judges said:

Southern Home Improvements were contracted to complete extensive additions and renovations to this bungalow and more than doubled the home’s size. The result is a good balance between modern open plan living whilst retaining the beauty and character of the original home and it’s location. The builder delivered on time and on budget and the client was particularly complimentary of their design and building expertise – a very good result for all involved.

See before and after images below.

6-star energy rating

SHI has the skills and experience to design a home with less reliance on heating and cooling appliances.

This family has now reduced their ongoing household costs, by building a 6-star rated energy-efficient extension.

Importantly, we can achieve a 6-star energy-efficient home without compromising on quality, practicality or visual appeal.

25-year structural warranty

SHI has a long-standing partnership with its suppliers and trades people.  We design and build sustainable home extensions by carefully sourcing and using the highest quality, environmentally sound products.

That’s why this family scored a 25-year structural warranty on their new extension.

We want to share this project with you because it captures the true essence of what it means to efficiently and sustainably improve your home in the world’s most liveable city.

Here are the details.

Customer’s request

Create a 4-bedroom home that achieves a good balance between modern, open-plan living whilst retaining the essence, beauty and character of the original home and its location

Our canvas

A modest three bedroom character bungalow family home on a large block in Clarence Park

Result

This home is now more than double in size.

  • Spacious open plan family living room
  • Ajoining open plan kitchen and meals area
  • Large walk-in pantry
  • Large laundry with extra storage space
  • Large family bathroom with seperate WC and powder room
  • New master ensuite and walk-in robe
  • Study (4th bedroom)

Extra nice-to-haves

  • Increased value
  • Award-winning home
  • 6-star energy rating
  • 25-year structural warranty

 

Love your location, not your home?

We’re like family to generations of South Australians who have used us time and time again to improve their lifestyle.

Why? Because we’re creative people who build awesome homes.

Since 1980 we’ve been South Australia’s most trusted home improvement company specialising in home extensions, home additions, home renovations and second storey additions.

For more inspiration view our Gallery of stunning home extensions, home additions, home renovations and second storey additions here: INSPIRE ME

 

Renovating or extending your home is an opportunity to reduce your energy bill

We improve peoples’ homes every day and realise you don’t.  So our experience counts for many things.

This includes being able to improve your lifestyle whilst reducing your energy costs.

It means you can achieve a new, generously sized extension or addition and take advantage of open-space living, without your heating and cooling costs skyrocketing.

So remember to ask “can you build me a 6-star rated energy efficient home?”

It’s one of the first questions you ask any builder who is quoting on your new home extension, home renovation or home addition.

Why? Because like us you are cost-concious.

Concious of the cost to environment and to your household budget.

 

We have a solution for you.

SHI has the skills and experience to design a home with less reliance on heating and cooling appliances.

Our customers have been able to reduce their ongoing household costs, by building a 6-star rated energy-efficient home extension or home renovation.

Importantly, we can achieve a 6-star energy-efficient home without compromising on quality, practicality or visual appeal.

This means your home is less reliant on heating and cooling appliances, saving the environment and your wallet.

If you’re considering a new home extension, home renovation or perhaps a second storey addition, then be sure to ask the builder if it will be a 6-star rated energy efficient result.

We’re here to stay

We don’t like to brag…..but……we’ve been doing this for a very long time.

We know that changing your home can be an anxious time for many reasons.

So we just wanted to say, we’re here to stay.

Here’s why: AWARDS ROOM

Home improvement means different things to different people.

We do this every day and understand you don’t. Renovations, extensions, alterations, add-ons – all terms used to describe improving your lifestyle.

Sounds confusing?  It’s hard to visualise the end result – we get that. Experience tells us there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

No one knows Adelaide like we do. At SHI we know where you live: the suburbs, the streets and the seasons of Adelaide.

We know that a valued ritual is to share the family home and enjoy your surrounds with the people you care about.

For 36 years we’ve been inspired by Light’s vision that people enjoy open spaces to live and celebrate.

For many we’re part of the family, with several generations living in homes built by us. Some have been back time and time again.

Although we’ve won many awards, our goal is that people love their location and enjoy their spacious homes. With SHI

you’ll get the highest skill for integrating the essential form of open-plan living around the central rooms.

Free air – all new projects

Guess what?!

We’re giving away free airconditioning.

That’s right, book a new home improvement project by the end of January 2017 and we’ll throw-in free airconditioning.

Don’t miss out.

To get you started, our new home improvement website is packed with stylish ideas: Southern Home Improvements

This special offer applies to all new home renovation, home addition, home extension and second storey additions booked by the end of January 2017.

No one knows Adelaide like we do. At SHI we know where you live: the suburbs, the streets and the seasons of Adelaide.

We know that a valued ritual is to share the family home and enjoy your surrounds with the people you care about.

For 36 years we’ve been inspired by Light’s vision that people enjoy open spaces to live and celebrate.

For many we’re part of the family, with several generations living in homes built by us.

Some have been back time and time again.

We want to hear your home improvement ideas.

Make your home a tribute to our great South Australian lifestyle by calling SHI now to arrange a no-obligation discussion with our team about a stunning new home extension, home renovation or home addition.

Special offer – holiday season summer special

Here’s a little something from us to help make your holiday season extra special.

Refer a friend that results in a new home improvement project and we’ll give you $500 cash.

We’ll also give your friend free airconditioning.

You don’t need to be an existing customer and can refer multiple friends – there’s no limit.

So get cracking and round-up your friends by using the floating Facebook button located on the offer page below to share this holiday season summer special offer now.

Everyone wins.

It’s our way of saying thanks heaps South Australia.

Full details at this link: $500 CASH

This special offer applies to all new home addition, home extension, home renovation and second storey additions.

It’s reassuring to know the person who shakes your hand owns the business.

That’s why we’ll never treat you like a commodity.

We know that changing the family home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

In an industry where many companies farm-off their work and move on to the next sale, our family’s mission is to give you old-fashioned, personalised quality service.