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The homeowners have lived in this classic Mt Lawley home for decades. Now as a retired couple they are entering a new stage in their life. A large part of the existing backyard was taken up with a pool surrounded by a lot of overgrown vegetation. With the pool sitting unused and a garden that was starting to look like a jungle, they decided it was time to give their outdoor areas an overhaul to suit their current and future needs too. 


The Outcome 

Thoverall result is an optimised and highly effective and innovative design that activated many of the spaces in the yardThe endresult is the owners now have multiple outdoor liveable zones and areas to undertake various activities and hobbies. They have the perfect yard to entertain in and the gardening zones have been created with both the interests of the male and female owner in mind. There are herb gardens, a vegetable patch, flower beds, rose gardens and a perfectly smooth bowling green.  

Along with the soft landscaping there are multiple entertaining and sitting areas with the entertainer’s pavilion, the everyday alfresco area and the delightful green canopy of the pergola area. These multiple liveable and active outdoor zones provide for all types of activity for the retired couple. 

This was all achieved while keeping the design, layout and selection of materials within the existing character and charm of the home. The outcome is a grand home with a stunning landscaped front, side and back areas that draw you in and invite you to walk around the home. This is in stark contrast with the overgrown and messy yard that was at split levels and with an out-of-use pool taking up a large amount of the space there was not much usable space at the rear. 


Scope of Work 

This extensive and comprehensive front to back fence outdoor project included a major amount of site works before work commenced on creating the many different zones in the yard. Significant demolition and site works included using a rock-breaker to remove the old concrete pool, pool fencing, paving around pool and steps leading up to the pool.  Excavation and preparation work inlcuding removing all root-bound vegetation, existing paving, boundary fencing, demolition of the old alfresco. Essentially we created a blank canvas!


The Front Yard  

Being a classic character home in the heart of Mt Lawley, the owners wanted the landscaping in the front yard to complement the heritage style of the streetscape. The front fence was built with a combination of brickwork, limestone and wrought iron while the soft landscaping focussed on the planting of a traditional rose garden. Roses were planted along the boundary and a feature centre rose garden bed was also created. This is all complemented by the beautiful new arbour entrance from the street with quality travertine paving leading to the front door. 


The Bowling Green 

A simple yet beautiful stretch of plain green lawn was planted down the side of the home with a perimeter garden bed and mature fruit trees. This area was made completely level as requested and is the perfect space to play grass games such as Bocce or Lawn Bowls. This area is separated and secured from the front yard by a lockable gate and a single curved arbour – to match the front entrance arbour – and limestone brick feature wall and piers.


The Entertainer’s Pavilion and Outdoor Kitchen

The new pavilion stands roughly in place of where the modest old barbecue once stood. The grand new pavilion is complete with an undercover outdoor kitchenpizza ovenjarrah decking, tiled roof with feature scrolls and timber fretwork to match the character of the existing homeThis is now the perfect entertaining space and has already been used for several large family events. 

Pavilion features include a Limestone boundary feature wall with tiled roof with scrolls and timber fretwork to tie in with the character of the existing home, elevated deck with quality jarrah decking with limestone pillars with feature bricks to match boundary fence and style of home, built-in appliances include a gas burner, stainless steel rangehood, deluxe BBQ, under bench fridge and a pizza oven.

The pavilion has been designed to sit alongside a purposely assigned area for a vegetable patch. The owners are keen gardeners and having their veggies growing alongside the pavilion allows them to simply reach over and select fresh produce to use for their pizza toppings, salads or on the BBQ. This takes the concept of ‘from farm to plate’ to a whole another level! 


New larger Alfresco area to replace the old alfresco 

The existing alfresco was not at the same level as the pool and was a dark and cold area that was not inviting to sit in. This was demolished and rebuilt with an innovative sunroof to allow natural light and airflow when required and to be closed when shade and waterproofing are required. This provides the perfect all-year-round solution to the west facing rear of the home and is a fantastic example of using products to support solar-passive designAs such, it importantly allows more light into the rear of the home which was often dark during the day. 

The sun-roof louvres are conveniently controlled by a remote control so can be easily operated from inside the home with no effort required. The sun-roof features LED strip lighting to the perimeter of the frame, creating a beautiful ambience in the evenings. 


Tiered Gardens at Rear 

Construction of retaining walls at the rear has created some beautiful terraced gardens for the owners who are keen gardeners. As the owners were retired and getting older, climbing up onto the walls was going to be difficult, so the design included limestone steps into the retaining wall to allow easy access to the different garden bed levels to the owners do not have to climb. 


Pergola with a Green Canopy 

A separate standalone pergola was constructed at the rear. This was constructed with large timber beams and stainlesssteel wire to support the creeper that has been planted to grow over and provide a natural green canopy which will provide a beautiful cool place to sit in summer. In each pergola post we have installed an uplight which can be switched on/off from inside the house which provides a beautiful and ambient space to sit on a warm summer night. 


Outdoor kitchen and pavillion with jarrah decking by Amerex renovations and additions


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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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