July 2018

Visionary extension for historic blue ribbon hills property

Cherry Gardens is a wonderful area in which to live, the ultimate escape so close to Adelaide, offering diverse lifestyle opportunities only limited by your imagination.

This visionary home extension masterpiece is bursting with the owners’ imagination and innovation, responding beautifully to their dream of taking advantage of the idyllic bush setting and elevated views across the valley.

The result is a property with historic charm that now has the feel of a sanctuary, successfully combining a slice of modern living with the relaxing cathartic experience of country life amongst the gum trees.

Our canvas

A historic three bedroom home built in the early 1800s with a cramped, low-ceiling lean-to kitchen extension added in the 1970s.

Customer’s request

The owners had approached other designers and builders who could not provide them a design within their budget to meet their lifestyle ideas and requirements.

They desired a home specifically trailered for open-plan family living showcasing the amazing views of the surrounding country side and featuring the history of the original stone home.

The result

Our team were able to design a new plan that achieved their lifestyle within budget. We enhanced their home with an open plan family room, new kitchen and walk-in pantry.

A spacious external deck with stairs was included ready to entertain family and friends.

The new features of this significant extension are:

  • Large open-plan kitchen
  • Large walk-in pantry
  • Large open-plan living area
  • Spacious decking area
  • External stair access

The open kitchen was fitted with quality fixtures and finishes, which included stone benchtops designed to assist with modern open living requirements and spacious walk in pantry – both of which were personally customised and designed by the owners.

A large family room was constructed with ample windows for generous natural light, including a combustion heater ready for those cosy winter nights in front of the heater.

External bi-fold doors welcome you from the family room onto a generous deck ready for entertaining with access into the garden using the external stairs.

The process

The owners lived in the house throughout the build due to our team working efficiently to ensure timing of trades was well organised. This included even working around a lack of kitchen during one of the stages for a short period of time.

There were several challenges that the team were able to work around as the property is situated on a sloping block. This created access challenges at times, especially during several bad weather days, in particular the tricky installation of a suspended steel frame ready for the addition.

We are proud to say that even with these additional challenges, the supervisor constructed his team of trades to complete all work on time and on budget. We are pleased to say the owners were very happy with their extension and claimed they would highly recommend our team. They were very grateful for the admin staffs that were always available for a call or assistance, helping to ease any concerns with the council before they ever arose.

 

Experience counts for many things especially when deciding on a builder to manage such a big transformation of your home

The cost of a new home extension or addition and the process involved is not as scary as it sounds, if the project is managed by an expert and the person shaking your hand owns the business

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.

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Why?  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.

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When your two-storey extension stands head and shoulders above the rest

Despite only being a short drive to surrounding busy service centres, Aberfoyle Park is an exclusively peaceful foothills suburb, boasting character homes featuring magnificent views of rolling hills, reservoir and coast line, all neatly contained within a leafy, family-friendly environment.

Needing more room but not wanting to leave all this behind, the owners decided to build their fabulous new oasis of grand proportions right where they lived.

Experience counts for many things, especially when deciding on a builder to manage such a major transformation project to extend a basic three bedroom property into a beautifully upgraded, modern open-plan two level home.

That’s why for this family it was reassuring to know the person shaking their hand was the owner of the business, with 38 years’ experience improving homes of all types around the many different suburbs of Adelaide.

Perhaps most importantly what people love is someone who can design high-quality, generously sized extensions for a fair price.

The finished extension has more than doubled the size of the home and its lifestyle features.

Achieving this whilst keeping the culture of the area is the experience factor shining through in this project.

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

Adding rooms to this house while building up was a smart choice and the type of project we are used to managing.

We’re sharing 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.

Our canvas

This is a modest 3-bedroom neat brick home typical of the Aberfoyle Park area, located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, owned by a growing family seeking more room to move.

Customer’s request

Redesign ground floor and build second storey to double the area of the house, so everyone has room to move, relax and grow within a modern spacious and comfortable living environment that is also well-suited for entertaining and formal occasions.

Final result

Adding long-term value, the finished extension has more than doubled the size of the home and its lifestyle features, including seamless flow into a new second level:

  • The ground floor was demolished and existing interior walls removed, expanding the living space into one large open floor plan and two new bedrooms added
  • A large main entrance was built with expansive tiles flowing into and across the new open plan family area combining lounge, dining and kitchen into the one living area
  • A beautiful Victorian Ash staircase entices you to the new living area upstairs
  • The second storey consists of an additional family room, a large master suite with ensuite and spacious walk-in-robe and a large second bedroom also fitted with built-in-robe
  • A large second-storey balcony overlooking the cul-de-sac with timber posts and stainless steel wiring handrail
  • Fully rendered front façade

Our friends at Aberfoyle Park now have the perfect home for a growing family with a new upper level casual home living environment, providing a wonderful contrast to a more formal setting downstairs

All of the external selected materials were chosen to impress, upgrading this eighties built house into a modern rendered exterior with high insulation features to suit todays modern, efficient lifestyle

The owners are very happy with their beautifully expanded, well-crafted home

The process

A professional and friendly relationship was quickly established between the owners and our builders throughout the entire design, administration, approval, building and handover process.

With our assistance, the family was able to live at home during the building process and only had to leave for a brief period which saved thousands and provided minimal disruption to their day-to-day life.

This was a great result for such a large project.

Our site supervisor was always available to ensure a smooth transition for the owners, especially regarding any booking of trades, considered choices and assisting with access to any unforeseen difficulties on the site.

The location in particular had limited parking and minimum areas of storage due to being a cul-de-sac.

It was also near two schools with children frequently in the area.

We are proud to say even with these limitations we were able to create a safe and smooth transition for the owners and surrounding neighbours and community.

 

Improving your home is not as scary as it sounds

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.

Love your location, not your home?

Let’s talk

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

Why?  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

 

Already got an idea? Call now 1800 232 177

The trusted name for home extensions Adelaide

 

Worried about home extension costs?

 

The cost of adding a room or adding rooms to a house is a wise investment

 

What are your house extension plans?