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


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