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Apr 17, 2020

Why NOW is the best time to renovate

Apr 17, 2020

If you have been thinking about renovating or extending your home, but have always been too busy to stop and think about it, now is your time. There has never been a better time than NOW. Why? The construction and design industries are open, are in full swing (albeit with social distancing and other safety measures in place) and look set to keep going strong even with the COVID19 precautions currently in place in Western Australia.

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Laundry chute from the second storey bathroom straight into the laundry below.

Building and construction are essential services according to Sco-mo and are vital to get the economy ticking along. The ‘business as usual’ message applies to all sectors of the construction industry from commercial projects, residential building, home additions, renovation projects and even smaller trade services for break-fix issues such as a plumber for blocked drains/toilets. All essential. All open for business.


With most of us – if not all of us – spending more time at home, this is a great time to take a look around your home and think about whether it still meets your needs.


    • Does it have enough space for your growing family? Is it ok now, but in a couple of years be too small?
    • Do you feel like you are living on top of each other and need more space?
    • Are you finding there is nowhere to go where you can find ‘your own space’?
    • Perhaps you are cooking more and are finally fed up with your old and dated kitchen?
    • Are you tired of your old poky bathroom?
    • Perhaps you would love to have the convenience of an ensuite?
    • Take a look at the most neglected room in the house, your laundry. Could this benefit from remodelling? Some overhead cupboards?
    • Is it time to use your space better and added more storage around the home?
    • Perhaps a new alfresco area with an outdoor kitchen is a good idea? With cleverly designed outdoor living you can extend your living areas and create more space for everyone to spread out.
    • And of course…do you need a home office or one of more study nooks?


I am sure you can think of plenty of ideas for extending and renovating your home.

So the question is, why is NOW the best time renovate and add space to your home?


You have the time to think about it

While you are spending more time at home you have the chance to hit the pause button and assess your lifestyle and your home. Take a look around. Are you getting in each other’s way? Do you need separate living areas so you can work from home while others are doing their own thing (which can be distracting if you are trying to manage Zoom calls while others are gaming, Netflixing or cooking!!!).


Now is the perfect time to establish what your home needs. So what’s next? Where do you start? Start looking for inspiration online. Look for ideas about you want in your home. Check our some before and after pics of renovations (we have stacks here on the Amerex website). Look up Pinterest (type in keywords such as hamptons style) and Instagram for inspiration for your new kitchen, open plan living etc.. What do you like, what do you keep going back to and gravitating towards?


Collect your ideas and images that inspire. These can all be valuable input for a designer to help you achieve your vision. Get the kids involved, you might be surprised at some of the fun ideas they come up with for their own bedrooms!


Walk in robe in renovated character home by Amerex Renovations and Additions

Custom walk-in robe created by repurposing an old bedroom at the front of the character home.

Avoid the post-pandemic rush

When we get thru to the other side, many are predicting a construction boom (particularly with planned government projects being brought forward) and more demand for trades will potentially start to drive prices up.


Start planning now and you will benefit from a fixed price contract based on current prices which are the most competitive that they have been for 10 years.


In addition to this, the predicted boom in construction is expected to put pressure on local councils and their approvals process. We recommend finalising your design AND getting it approved NOW before their systems get clogged up with a rush of submissions. Get on the front foot and stay ahead of the curve!


Character home extension and renovation including Home Addition with Custom built cabinetry for study nook

A hallway has been cleverly redesigned to create a study nook with storage

Interest rates are at an historic all-time low

It is no secret that interest rates are low which is great for anyone that needs to borrow money for a renovation project. It has never been cheaper to do so. This is very deliberate as it is intended to provide a stimulus to get more people building.


Instead of delaying your plans to build a new home or renovate later on, now is most definitely the time to take advantage of these all-time low borrowing costs by kicking off the planning and design of your renovation, extension or second storey project.


Getting a loan from Banks is easier with a quality Builder

Did you know that it is easier to get a loan if you have signed a fixed price contract with a registered builder than it is to get an Owner-Builder loan? The banks are becoming more conservative with lending all the time and view Owner-Builders as a risk to the asset (the asset being the home). As such, you are more likely to be able to borrow more money and achieve more with your project with a renovation/extension with a quality, registered builder on board.


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New lounge room addition with feature stone wall, built-in fireplace and wall-mounted TV and highlight windows.


We have our Designer on standby

We have a Home Designer on standby that works closely with Steve Burke (Builder) to ensure your design will meet your budget while also delivering the WOW factor. Our designer is turning around design times faster than ever and creating fantastic 3D designs that help you visualise your home transformation.


If you have been thinking about your home extension and are not sure where to start, or perhaps you have a few ideas, get in touch! Your first consultation is FREE and we are happy to discuss your ideas and suggest some things you probably haven’t thought of too.

Second storey addition with extra kids bedrooms

Children’s bedrooms are the perfect way to add space with a second storey addition


Fast Completion Times and Complete end-to-end Service

We have a small army on people to help you plan your renovation from the very first idea right thru to completion, all in the fastest turnaround time possible.


Our complete service ensures that you don’t have to worry about a thing. We coordinate all planning aspects of your project such as engineering certification, council approvals and provide the services of an Interior Designer to ensure that your home will have all the finishing touches to ensure you love everything about your home renovation.


When it is time to build, we have our army of trusted tradies delivering their best quality work that they know we expect and demand at Amerex. With the Amerex team on board you can be assured of the best quality home renovation in Perth that will be built to stand the test of time.


Premium post-completion Customer Service backed up by our 12 Month Maintenance Guarantee

Our quality work and friendly ‘can-do’ customer service is often mentioned by clients when writing a review for us. In particular, they often comment on our amazing post-completion service. This includes our impressive 12 Month Maintenance Guarantee. While other builders typically offer the minimum 4 months or 6 month maintenance period, at Amerex we provide a FULL 12 months Guarantee. This ensures you have peace of mind of being able to live in your home renovation for all 4 seasons of the year. In the unlikely event you experience any problems, we will happily resolve the issue at a time that is convenient for you. This is a fact that previous clients are happy to attest to.

While this point is not necessarily COVID19 related, it is an important consideration for whenever you decide to build!

Character home extension and renovation including Home Extension at the Rear with outdoor lounging area

Home Extension at the Rear with outdoor lounging area and undercover deck.


Be Careful with DIY – Stay Safe!!!

While it is a great time to indulge in a little DIY, just a friendly reminder that there are some tasks that you should NOT attempt yourself. These include:

  • Drilling, sawing or demolishing before finding out if and where you have asbestos in your home. If disturbed asbestos can release deadly fibres into the air that can be dangerous to you or your family. Learn more about asbestos in the home here.
  • Plumbing and Electrical work must be done by a licenced professional. Don’t risk electrocution or flooding your home! Make the safe choice. Learn more about DIY dangers and common DIY accidents here.
  • Structural work must be approved by your local council and building any new structures such as a carport, alfresco or any structural addition to your home should not be built by yourself or anyone else without approval. Unapproved work can be a safety risk but in addition to this, you could be ordered – by your local council t0 to remove an unapproved structure at your own expense.

Stay safe and leave it to the experts where appropriate.


If you are interested in kicking off a large renovation or extension project, we are standing by to help. Amerex are Perth’s leading home renovation company with a stack of industry awards including the WINNER of the WA HIA Professional Small Builder/Renovator of the Year for a state record of 5 times.


We live and breathe home renovations and are here to help you.


Do you have a renovation question? Are you interested in a FREE consultation about your home renovation? Give us a call 9227 1822. We are standing by to have a chat.

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Graham Crooke
Graham Crooke
07:24 06 Jun 20
I can't say enough good things about this company! Everyone on the team was extremely professional, but also friendly and easy to deal with. Communication by them was first rate. We gave them approved architect plans for addition to our home and they quickly responded with a well-thought-through bid that was very competitive in price. As soon as we agreed on the contract, they were very quick to get started, and then built exactly what was in the plan, making only a couple of (clearly communicated) changes to increase strength and reduce cost. Subcontractors showed up when promised and were very friendly, as well as tidy with their work, cleaning up at the end of each day and doing a general cleanup at the end of the week (we lived in the rest of the house during construction). The work was completed a very high standard. They also helped with some other repairs around the house (like fixing a gutter that flowed down a wall rather than the down-pipe). The project was completed on time and on budget. They are very nice people and were a pleasure to work with. I recommend them highly and would definitely hire them again!
Garth Mason
Garth Mason
12:29 03 Feb 20
We can recommend Amerex without hesitation. Steve Burke & his team really do produce renovations of the highest quality and standard. Their many Master Builder and HIA awards demonstrate this and look at any of their online case studies and you'll see why Amerex have such an A+ reputation. We contracted Amerex to design, manage and build our character home renovation and 2 storey addition. It was, in Steve's words, "a big job" and took 14 months from demolition to completion. What sets Steve apart is his attention to detail and his integrity, and that of his contractors and staff. Whatever you have signed on for is what Amerex will take great pride in delivering. And even post-build, the customer service is still outstanding. We couldn't be happier with the end result. - Garth & Shelley Mason
Natasha Sealey
Natasha Sealey
13:23 28 Jan 20
We are really happy with the quality of the work done by Amerex. Everyone comments on how fantastic our place looks and how seamlessly the renovations integrate with the existing house. They have a great team who go above and beyond and are lovely to work with. We may even renovate again one day.... :)
Karen Simpson
Karen Simpson
14:32 07 Jan 20
Amerex recently completed a renovation/extension for my parents and the experience was positive from start to finish. We initially discussed the brief with a number of builders and decided to sign up with Amerex as we felt we could trust Steve and his team. It was absolutely the right decision. Steve insisted on good 'old fashioned' service, honesty, integrity, quality products and exceptional craftsmanship from all involved including Amerex team members, designers, tradespeople and suppliers. Everyone was polite, punctual and respectful of the neighbours. As the build progressed, Amerex's reputation became evident. Suppliers, tradies and designers all spoke highly of Steve and commented on the exceptional quality of his renovations and extensions. This was reassuring. Members of the Amerex team were outstanding from the outset. They all went above and beyond what was expected to address any concerns we had, to initiate changes when required and to ensure that the build was on time and on budget. Post completion customer service has also been exemplary. Nothing was ever too much trouble and Kelly's ongoing coordination and responses continued to be prompt and friendly. Mum and Dad love their 'new' home and couldn't be happier with the end result. The old and new sections of the house blend seamlessly and they are continually receiving comments from neighbours, family and friends about how beautiful the house has become. We can recommend Amerex without hesitation.
Cymbie Burgoyne
Cymbie Burgoyne
01:41 17 Jan 19
I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension. Their's is a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion. This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project management ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency. Very Happy!
Laila Gizzarelli
Laila Gizzarelli
07:11 19 Dec 18
We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations. We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complemented on the amazing final result. We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way( Kelly, Loretta, Maryanne and Pete !)
Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
Rachel Green
Rachel Green
03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Phillip Madden
Phillip Madden
02:52 24 Nov 16
From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for. The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes. Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain. We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
Dona Mecham
Dona Mecham
04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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