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Character Home Extension and Renovation in North Perth

Amerex designed and built a Character Home Extension and Renovation to this classic Californian Bungalow style character home in North Perth. With a young family on the way, the clients were anxious to get started on their project very soon after buying their new home. Amerex provided excellent design advice, drawing on their many years of experience with homes of this era.

The scope of this character home extension and renovation involved adding 2 new Bedrooms, a Bathroom, Laundry, an Ensuite (which is so stunning you have to see it to believe it), and a Walk-in robe. In the existing areas of the home, a comprehensive renovation was performed on the existing Kitchen and Living areas re-using existing space.

This project came with some challenges which included designing around the existing deck which the owners wanted to keep. Amerex happily adapted around this, and new Doors to lead out onto the deck were cut into the existing brickwork to make the openings much wider, and to allow the flow from inside to outside to be more inviting. There was also a challenge in matching the new brickwork with the existing brickwork and mortar, however the result turned out to be an excellent match and the owners were delighted.

Amerex were also able to exhibit their renowned ability to show attention to detail and being heritage sensitive by re-using and renovating existing leadlight windows, frames, and window sashes. The end result being that it is hard to tell in some areas what is new, and what has always been there.

All new areas of the home included character features that provided a nod to the heritage of the original character home. These included polished jarrah floorboards to match the existing, custom timber joinery, high ceilings, fancy cornice, and architraves to the match existing. Matching gables were constructed externally, and as such the heritage streetscape character was faithfully retained.

‘We purchased our property December and in January welcomed our second baby and just a few weeks later we were muddling over drawings and plans with Steve and his designer Loreta. It didn’t take long after that to have the approvals in place, and demolition and construction underway. We moved in early Nov that year. The schedule was very important to us, as we need to move out of our rental and our family and dog all needed more space so we were very eager to move into our new home. We were pleased with the 10 month turnaround. We were very pleased that we were able to utilise some of the older leadlight windows from the original home and we were very pleased to introduce significantly more natural light into the kitchen and living area. Steve and his team are very proud of their work (carpentry in particular) and we were particularly impressed with his attention to detail.’

Names withheld (at request of owners for privacy).

HIA _ 2010 _ HA

Finalist in the 2015 HIA Perth Awards

Category: Renovation and Addition $250-350k



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PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
ABN: 67 009 252 680   Builders Registration: 10250


10 Monger Street, Perth WA 6000
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
t: (08) 9227 1822
e: info@amerex.com.au

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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.
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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