Nestled within the peacefully green suburb of Prospect only 5 minutes from the city, this vintage cottage is brimming with loads of character.

So it was no surprise this family did not want to leave the area and wanted to add value in the longer term. But their timeless period home was in desperate need of seamless modernising with elegance and glamour.

Described as one of the nicest places to live in Adelaide with grand homes on big blocks, Prospect has a reputation not to be tampered with.

Changing a home in a prestigious location will make anyone nervous and cautious.

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 many different suburbs of Adelaide.

We do this every day and realise you don’t.  Since 1980 several generations of Adelaide families have asked us the same question:

‘I love my location, but my home needs updating – can you help us?’

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.

The finished extension has more than doubled the size of the home and its lifestyle features. We even helped them gain finance approval for the project.

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

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

This extension was completed early, allowing the owners to move back home and start enjoying their new lifestyle well ahead of schedule.

Adding rooms to this house was a smart choice.

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.

Here are the details:

Our canvas

This home is a character cottage with original features to the front of the house and a rundown lean-to at the rear of the property which is servicing as a kitchen area and bathroom.

Customer’s request

Demolish the back lean-to and create more living space and a new kitchen by extending the rear of the home.


Adding long-term value, the finished extension has more than doubled the size of the home and its lifestyle features:

  • Large kitchen
  • Large meals and living areas flowing from kitchen
  • Family bathroom
  • Separate laundry and WC
  • Study room
  • Ensuite with custom vanity and large shower
  • Large WIR accessed from one of the existing bedrooms, creating master suite

The kitchen boasts extensive cabinetry storage space, stone tops and island bench with power provision.

Quality fixtures and finishes were used throughout including final fix of the kitchen appliances was included.  A GPO was included to the living room floor for owners’ convenience.

Other luxury features include:

  • Western Red Cedar windows
  • Large sliding door
  • Timber flooring
  • Colorbond CGI wall cladding
  • Comfort Plus glazing

The site created some challenges in the access to the rear from the street due to established vegetation and narrow drive. A large significant tree to the rear garden required protective fencing around during the build due to closeness of the extension to ensure damage was avoided.


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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