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Ambitious extension creates scenic oasis

Have you ever had a birds-eye view of Flagstaff Hill?

A hidden gem located in the driest city, in the driest State, on the driest continent on Earth – it is amazingly green and tranquil, only moments from the beach, the city and the hills.

It’s a great place to raise a family – peaceful, secluded, quiet, with natural parks and birdlife, hills, valleys, creeks and rivers.

Not to mention everyone’s favourite, the koalas – and the occasional kangaroo passing through.

It’s no wonder then that our friends at Flagstaff Hill who needed more room, did not want to give up their much-loved location.

Does this sound like you?

Looking across the tree-tops of your local suburb really changes your perspective about where you live.

In fact, it’s a world-away from the hustle-and-bustle below.

So here’s the thing.

How amazing would it be, to bring some of that into your daily life?

Well you can get away from it all, simply by extending up instead of out.

A few short stairs is all takes to unwind and relax in your own oasis at home.

As this ambitious transformation demonstrates, adding elevated space to your home is guaranteed to improve your lifestyle without the hassle of moving.

Our canvas

Our friends at Flagstaff Hill wanted to extend their average sized three bedroom property into a completely transformed two level family home with additional bedrooms and open family space.

Specifically tailored for family living, the renovation included removal of existing ground floor walls in preparation for the stairs and better access from the existing lounge to the kitchen.

The result

Walking up the new staircase to the second floor leads you straight to a newly crafted living space. An impressive gas fire place draws your attention, perfect for a cosy winters’ night. The open upper floor plan with a casual living environment was designed for a growing family with a wonderful contrast to a much more formal setting downstairs.

The master suite, fitted with an ensuite and spacious walk in robe that would please any clothing enthusiast.

This double story extension includes:

  • Opening up the ground floor walls to the third bedroom and access to the kitchen
  • Stairs
  • Master suite, ensuite and walk in robe
  • Two additional bedrooms
  • Large open living area
  • Gas fireplace to upper floor living
  • Concrete tile roof

The upper level rendering colouring was carefully selected to match the existing bricks and complete the overall look of the home without any mismatching.

The process

The owners were very appreciative of our administration people who were always at hand to ensure paperwork and council processes were conducted and completed on time. We are also proud to say our Project Supervisor was incredibly professional and on time with arranging all trades and work performed on site.

We were able to make this transition quite smooth for the family so they were able to keep living in the home throughout the renovation, even with a young child on site at most times.

Even though it was a generously sized property to work with due to being located on a corner block, access was at times was very challenging for the construction team.

However, with careful planning and attentive arranging of trades, the renovation progressed well and on time. Some other challenges the team faced were addressing the on-site pool, which needed to be safely worked around. We were also dealing with scaffolding that was difficult to erect due to the existing roof to the lower story. To resolve this issue we first set up supports to these roofs before the scaffolding could be fully erected.

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.

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 renovations 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?

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.

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 renovations 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?

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?

From oozing potential to oozing class

Perfectly nestled within the leafy foothills and characterised by charming family homes with large gardens, the trendy and stylish suburb of Torrens Park is a little pocket of Adelaide greatness within a moment’s reach of the rolling countryside.

It was little wonder then our professional family of four did not want to leave their location, despite having outgrown their home.

The Adelaide Foothills has a reputation not to be tampered with and changing a home in such an admired location will make anyone nervous and cautious.

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

We put their minds at ease by quickly establishing a friendly and understanding, yet professional working relationship that endured throughout the entire transition from old to new.

We even provided a temporary kitchen during construction!

Adding rooms to this house was the right choice and a smart choice.

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

Our friends at Torrens Park have now settled into a better way of life without the hassle of moving and said they would highly recommend Southern Home Improvements to their friends, family and colleagues.

We’re excited to be sharing this project with you because it captures the true essence of what it means to efficiently and sustainably improve your lifestyle in the world’s most liveable city.

Here are the details:

Our canvas

A modest art deco home oozing with potential, consisting of two bedrooms and limited built-in storage.

Customer’s request

Redesign rear of home for open-plan living with additional rooms, all flooded with natural light and maximising use of in-built and walk-in storage space throughout, keeping to fixed home extension costs budget.

Result

Adding long-term value, the finished extension has more than doubled the size of the home and its lifestyle features with the seamless flow of the following new additions:

  • Large foyer
  • Open-plan living area
  • Generous dining area
  • Two large bedrooms
  • Large open-plan Kitchen
  • Pantry
  • Separate laundry

The kitchen boasts a large feature island with custom stone bench, double sink with white gloss porcelain tiled splash-back, dishwasher, microwave and a spacious pantry.

The expansive dining and living area is complimented with stacker doors opening into the entertaining and garden area.

Quality timber flooring completes the look in the generously lit family area all designed for today’s modern living requirements, with north facing custom windows flooding the rooms with ample natural light.

New bedrooms include built-in robes.

The new laundry was designed with a large trough and ample bench space with additional room for an under-the-bench washing machine and dryer. An external access door was also fitted for convenience.

Matching gloss porcelain tiles on the walls coupled with sandstone floors complete the new bathroom look.
External materials were chosen to seamlessly connect the extension to the existing home with an appealing high-quality finish.

The process

The owners expressed their gratitude our administration staff and site supervisor were at all times attentive, ensuring the large transitional stages of the extension so it ran smoothly with minimal disruption.

Sometimes the unexpected happens and the owners were very pleased our supervisor and trades people resolved all issues in a prompt and professional manner, ensuring their ongoing happiness and comfort.

This was a great outcome despite challenging times, in particular during the reconstruction of the kitchen and laundry.

A temporary kitchen was provided for the owners during construction.

We are proud to say our site supervisor was always on-hand to ensure the transition was as smooth as possible for our owners, especially regarding any booking of tradespeople, considering fit-out choices, as well as assisting with access and any sundry difficulties arising on the site.

One of these difficulties in particular was the limited area for works storage as the property is located on a busy street near a school, with children frequently in the vicinity.

Even with these limitations we created a safe environment for the surrounding neighbourhood.

We met every safety standard ahead of the site preparation, especially in regards to the removal of asbestos and demolition of the existing lean-to, kitchen and laundry.

Gallery

Building on to 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 renovations 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?

 

Are you our next winner?

Congratulations to Jude and Robert and their award-winning custom home extension

Having settled into their new lifestyle without the hassle of moving, Jude and Robert were surprised to learn their new home won Best Renovation or Addition at the recent 2017 HIA Housing Awards

It was our absolute pleasure to host these deserving winners at the awards ceremony and dinner

Jude and Robert welcome you on a tour of their new spacious home and to read about their project

Enjoy

To view the gallery and read about this project click here

Thinking extension or addition? Beware the ‘Jack of all trades’!

If you’re considering a home upgrade, then you know there are many different companies competing for your business and offering many different ways to improve your lifestyle.

There are lots of builders out there and many deals to be had.

The building game is tough.

A disturbing trend in recent times is the home extension and second-storey addition industry has attracted a lot of ‘Jacks’.

You would think this works in your favour, but many of these builders are not specialised and simply churning projects.

Signing with a jack-of-all-trades could turn into your worst nightmare ever.

A key sign you’re talking to a jack-of-all-trades and not a specialist is how rushed everything is.

In particular, if you’re considering a second-storey addition it pays to team-up with a true professional that is highly experienced in big projects.

A key sign your dealing with an experienced specialist is the attention and time given to pre-planning and frank discussions about what is achievable.

An experienced specialist will never rush you.

Why?

Whilst your dreams and goals are always a priority, an experienced specialist will be up-front about what is realistic, what is achievable and what needs to be sacrificed.

Some of your ambitions and hopes may get a reality check, but it’s very important to be realistic and completely aware of goals versus reality during the pre-planning stage.

Here are some of the key considerations when planning and designing a big home improvement project such as a second-storey addition:

  • Engineers Report
    • Existing structural support and any additional structural support needed
    • How much weight can the existing structure hold?
    • What needs to be added to hold another level?
    • An experienced builder knows how to handle on-going engineer’s inspections, so final approval is a formality
  • Soil Report
    • If analysis of your soil reveals any issues that makes it difficult to build, then you may incur extra costs to proceed a second-storey addition
  • Electrical and Plumbing Report
    • How the new second floor can be serviced with such things as electrical and plumbing has a direct impact on the design
  • Ground Floor Report
    • There are other structural issues to be considered such as where will the stairs go
  • Planning and Building Approval
    • Second-storey additions are complex and need to be designed with the Council in mind
    • There are additional standards and codes that need to be met when building up, not out
    • An experienced builder knows how to handle on-going Council inspections, so final approval is a formality
  • Living Arrangements
    • It’s likely you’ll need alternative living arrangements during a second-storey addition and will need to prepare for this as early as possible
    • Second-storey additions are quite intrusive and will expose the ground floor
    • Services such as power and water will be turned off for periods at a time
    • An experienced specialist will know how to protect and weatherproof the existing ground floor and other structures
  • Insurance
    • An experienced specialist will ensure you have an adequate amount of the right type of insurance
    • Should something happen, not having the right insurance cover will be a disaster
  • Blending
    • Achieving a seamless blend of old and new to keep the existing character of the home and its location is something only an experienced builder can achieve

A second-storey is not a project that should be rushed into.

Your builder should not be distracted by churning through many other projects.

The help of a highly-experienced, big project builder will ensure no nasty surprises.

How do you find the right big project builder with the specialist experience required?

  • How long have they been in business?
    • The building industry is tough and builders come and go
  • Can they show you a history of similar projects to explain?
  • What testimonials do they have?
    • Can you speak to some previous customers?

Changing your home is a big step, these comments will ease the pressure

We’re the big project people you can trust.

Here’s why.

 

Compared to others

 

“Choosing SHI was the result of two years research to find someone we could trust.”

Phillip and Debra

 

“We tell everyone about SHI, because we mattered to them and that mattered to us.”

Linda and David

 

Trustworthy tradesmen

 

“SHI has restored our faith in tradesmen during what was an unexpectedly difficult build.”

David and Tracey

 

“Your tradesmen are the reason SHI wins so many awards. Outstanding result finished well-before time.”

David and Kaye

 

Easy process

 

“We initially dreaded the thought of renovating.  The trust and integrity of SHI ensured we had nothing to worry about.”

Irene

 

“I have exactly what I wanted, because SHI let me control the process.  They listened and were very responsive to my needs.”

Smaroula

 

“Thanks to SHI, building was a surprisingly easy process despite having heard all the pitfalls.”

Michael and Jane

 

Amazing results

 

“Because SHI were flexible enough to work-through our special needs, we now have a house that is a total pleasure to live in and move around.”

Anne and Gunter

 

“Thanks to the professionalism and skill of SHI, our new extension perfectly matches the original character of our home.”

Helen and Tony

 

“The transformation of our home is unbelievable.  Everyone thinks we’ve built a brand new house.”

Steve and Rebecca

 

Great people

 

“Everyone associated with SHI were the deciding factor for us; from the testimonials of previous customers; to the hands-on approach of the owner; to the tradesmen that have been there for many years and vouched for the workmanship and culture.”

Egon and Vivienne

 

“Everyone at SHI treated us with respect and sensitivity, led by a true gentleman.  That’s why we trusted SHI to access our property during an overseas trip.”

Mergho and Bhavanamurti

 

 

Need a new perspective?

Adding a second storey to a house 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 (08) 8277 6655

The cost of second storey additions is a wise investment

What are your house extension plans?

From urban jungle to green oasis, without hassle of moving

Have you ever had a birds-eye view of Adelaide?

For a place that is said to be the driest city, in the driest State, on the driest continent on Earth – it is amazingly green.

Looking across the tree-tops of your local suburb really changes your perspective about where you live.

In fact, it’s a world-away from the hustle-and-bustle below.

So here’s the thing.

How amazing would it be, to bring some of that into your daily life?

Well you can, simply by extending up instead of out.

A few short stairs is all takes to unwind and relax in your own oasis at home.

 

Adding elevated space to your home is guaranteed to improve your lifestyle.

Here are some other key advantages of building a second storey addition.

Preserve yard

  • Increase living space without using up precious yard space
  • Retain a great sized yard for family activities
  • Room for further improvements e.g. pool or alfresco area

Stunning views

  • It’s hard to put a financial value on the lifestyle advantage of capturing a great view
  • The value added to your home is definitely worthwhile
  • Take advantage of an awkward block

More space

  • Another floor could potentially double your living space
  • A growing family can live comfortably

Same place

  • Gain more living space without the hassle of moving
  • No need to leave a great location you love

Add value

  • A second storey addition will add value to your home
  • Especially if you’ve also preserved good-sized outdoor space
  • Good marketing tool if ever you need to sell

Save money

  • Building up creates financial leverage i.e. the overall property value increases at a rate greater than the value of the addition itself
  • People are surprised to learn that in many instances, adding a second storey can be more cost-effective than building outwards

Redesign space

  • Improve and personalise the flow of the house e.g. bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, common living areas downstairs
  • Make the home more universal if ever you need to sell

Make changes

  • Save money by simultaneously improving the ground floor, while it is being altered to support the new second storey addition

More privacy

  • An important aspect of lifestyle is privacy
  • Living above the roofline can greatly improve privacy

Better lifestyle

  • Adding elevated space to your home is guaranteed to improve your lifestyle

 

Adding a second storey to a house is a smart choice.

 

Need a new perspective?

 

Adding a second storey to a house 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 (08) 8277 6655

The cost of second storey additions is a wise investment

What are your house extension plans?

Avoid extension budget shock – Save 000s

Don’t pay for building plans

We will do it for free

Please consider the following before spending 000s on an architect

Did you know that many people are disappointed to learn the budget estimate they were given with their expensive plans were totally incorrect?

In fact, many of these plans can’t be used at all.

With Southern Home Improvements you will never be disappointed.

We will design and build your new lifestyle – no headaches.

Over the many years we’ve been doing this, we’ve talked with lots of people who are disappointed to learn the budget estimate they were given with their new extension plans from an architect were incorrect.

In most instances, they were heavily underquoted.  In our opinion, this is because architects are not builders and consequently struggle to accurately cost the full building process.  To avoid disappointment and wasting 000s of dollars, we recommend not getting your plans drawn and costed by an architect.

For peace of mind, use someone that provides a full project management service according to your budget and plans.

A lot of people still come to us with plans that have been drawn by an architect, draftsman or a building designer.

We are always amazed too hear what they have paid, sometimes several thousand dollars, to get these plans organised.

Unfortunately, we need to change these plans so much it would actually be much easier for everyone to throw them away and start fresh.

In our honest opinion after many years of doing this, building draftsman and architects do not understand the true cost of building and in the majority of cases it costs a lot more than the client’s original budget.

At Southern Home Improvements we do the following:

  • Sit with the clients at their home and listen to their needs
  • We look at the home to explore the best and most practical and economical way to meet all their needs within their budget
  • We liaise with engineer and council to obtain building approval and we supervise all work to achieve the best result at the least time possible

Adding rooms to a house is a smart choice.

All the extensions we design and build, we consider them an entry for best extension of the year.

 

Building on to 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.

 

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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

 

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

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