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Built in 2001, this large two storey home had 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office, formal Living room, informal living, kitchen and dining with an outlook over the upper reaches of the Swan River. The homeowners were close to retirement, and even though they initially bought the property as an investment property, they fell in love with the unique location and decided to customize the home to suit their unique needs and live here instead. They decided that this would be the ‘ forever’ home they retire to and live in for the next 20 plus years, along with their two large and lovable Mastiffs – Chester and Paddington. 

 

The brief was to create a more open plan feel to the home and to create more livable outdoor spaces as the living areas and alfresco area were rather poky. The existing swimming pool took up a lot of the outdoor space and the owners decided they had no need for a pool. Internally they also wanted to make better use of the spare rooms, rather than have empty rooms. 

 

As this is their forever home, they were mindful that the stairs could be a problem in the future and as such one of the big-ticket items they wanted was to install a lift. The idea for the lift was also with their pet dogs in mind. With two large mastiff dogs that weigh upwards of 75kgs, they knew that they would not be able to carry their dogs upstairs and wanted to be able to have their companionship as the dogs got older too.  

 

Overview of the Major Renovation and Remodeling Project 

This was an extensive and comprehensive home renovation project to an existing 2 storey home that included a significant remodeling of the floorplan, remodeling and renovation of the exterior and outdoor living areas and a complete top-to-toe renovation of every room internally. Many unique and custom requests have been built into the home, including the installation of a lift, construction of a custom-built fish tank and modifications to allow for the two very large and pampered pet dogs! 

 

At the rear of the home, Amerex remodeled the floorplan to open up the segmented rooms in the living area to create a more spacious look and feel and to create a better flow from the indoors to the outdoors. The owners decided they had no need for a pool, so the swimming pool was removed and in its place a sunken conversation pit was created, surrounded by stunning travertine paving and with a focal point of a central fire, a custom-built water feature, all with a view across the green to the Swan River. 

 

On the ground floor, the living areas were remodeled and opened up to create space and light. The kitchen was transformed with a more modern layout. The floorplan was remodeled to include a scullery which sits discreetly tucked away from sight behind the kitchen and this was the location of the old kitchen. The new kitchen features many custom requests from the clients including a double integrated fridge and a large feature stone benchtop with custom rolled edges to prevent the owner’s dogs from bumping their heads on any sharp corners or edges on the stone. 

 

Creating the open living areas on the ground floor sounds rather straightforward however it was more complex than it appears. Because the home was already a two storey home with a suspended concrete slab, it required clever engineering and building know-how to remove supporting walls to open up the living areas without compromising the structural integrity of the second floor. To do this required a lot of support props and new steel beams to be craned onto site and columns installed to provide the support required for the second floor. 

 

Further remodeling of the floorplan on the ground floor converted the large laundry area into a powder room along with a purpose-built dog shower room with half-door doggie door and a new smaller laundry with access from the garage. What was once a large ground floor bathroom was turned into a large custom-built aquarium, complete with a service room behind it, for the owner’s stunning aquatic creatures.  

 

 

At an overview, the following renovations took place externally: 

Removal of the old swimming pool. 

Completely new hard and soft landscaping including extensive travertine pavingtree planting, flower beds, fish ponds and a water feature. 

Built-in barbecue with limestone feature wall and custom-built timber doors and a flatplate with granite surround. 

Circular, tiered, sunken conversation pit with terraced travertine paving and a custommade fire pit with led-strip lighting. 

Installation of a water feature using the owner’s own unique metal artwork. 

Undercover alfresco area with a custom-installed sunroof that allows the light and shade to be controlled creating an all-year-round outdoor area. 

New garage door to match the updated colour scheme. 

New fencing and wrought iron gates to the front to match the rear and to provided an enclosed yard space for the dogs. 

External painting. 

 

At an overview, the following renovations took place on the ground floor: 

Significant remodeling and engineering of the living areas with a flow from the indoors to the outdoors. 

Installation of a stunning and unique three-sided gas fireplace with granite surround and a custom-built gyprock curve in the living area. 

Custom-made triple fish tank with complete osmosis and filtration with a custom granite surround. 

Completely new kitchen featuring two ovens: a free-standing entertainer’s oven and a wall oven for everyday use. The high-end cabinetry features an integrated fridge and freezer and an integrated dishwasher with blue pearl granite throughout the kitchen 

A large scullery is neatly tucked away behind the kitchen providing stacks more storage space, preparation area and a sink. 

Dog shower with custommade doggie door! 

Increased the width of doors to the bathroom and toilet to allow for potential future accessibility requirements. 

Installation of custommade feature timber Marri doors to the kitchen from the entry, installed with pivots to make them easy to open and close by pushing either way. 

The stairs that provided the link from the ground floor to the second storey remained in place and alongside it a new lift was installed. 

 

Upstairs, significant remodeling and renovations took place including: 

In the master bedroom, three windows in the master bedroom were replaced with one large window which provides for spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Swan River. What a spectacular sight to wake up to each morning! 

The ensuite bathroom was completely renovated with an avocado shaped bath made from a stunning matte black stone. This was specifically chosen by the owners to remind them of a special holiday in the Maldives. The existing window was removed and replaced with a much larger window to provide a better view over their landscaped gardens across to the Swan River. 

On-trend black matte plumbing fixtures were chosen throughout the renovation – including a black toilet! 

A spare bedroom was converted to a fully fittedout dressing room.  

The new lift was installed into the area that was previously an entrance foyer which conveniently provided the perfect place on the floorplan for the lift.  

 

This extensive and comprehensive renovation also included overall improvements: 

Internal painting throughout in colours chosen in some rooms to complement the owners artworks and tapestries that they have collected over the years from their world travels.  

Restoration of the timber floor parquetry which was sanded back and polished to look brand new again. 

High-end Caesarstone to wet areas such as LaundryEnsuite and Bathrooms. 

Electrical – use of the Clipsal Iconic Range throughout and new lighting fixtures throughout. 

Security – top of the range, high-end monitored security system and cameras throughout. 

New window treatments were installed throughout. 

High-end quality workmanship throughout. 

 

Renovation with Innovation 

There are many innovative features in this home that set it apart from a standard renovation. These include: 

Engineering solution required for the opening up of the living areas on the ground floor to support the suspended second floor concrete slab. 

Sun-roofs externally to allow control of light and shade utilising solar passive design principles. 

Installation of a stunning and unique three-sided gas fireplace with granite surround and a custom-built gyprock curve in the living area. 

Custom-made triple fish tank with complete osmosis and filtration with a custom granite surround with feature lighting. 

Installation of a residential lift. 

Replacement of three windows with one large opening. 

Custom-built circular conversation and fire-pit alongside the custom-built bbq area. 

 

Design effectiveness and Visual Appeal of the renovation

The remodeling of the external areas of the home has provided the homeowners with much more liveable spaces than they would have had otherwise. It has also provided several zones externally to provide for greater liveability. There is the conversation pit zone, the bbq area and the undercover alfresco. The rear of the home has been designed to be used all year round by providing a firepit that can be used in winter but put away in summer if required. The rear of the home now allows the owners to use the outdoor space more effectively but also enables them to better enjoy the unique location of the home and create a better connection to the location next to the river. 

 

The design effective of the existing home itself has also been enhanced to allow the owners with the ability to enjoy the river aspect and view. This has been facilitated by replacing rear facing windows upstairs with much larger windows in the main bedroom and in the luxury bathroom, providing great personal spaces from which to enjoy the great and beautiful aspect over the Swan River. 

 

Downstairs, remodeling of the floorplan has opened up the living areas which were previously segmented and did not flow. In particular the re-design has created a flow from the indoors to the outdoors and with increased space both inside and outside, the owners have more space and more ways to use their space. Many of the dead spaces have now been activated and the home feels much bigger, lighter and welcoming than before. 

 

The home has now been transformed from a home that was started to look dated, to a modern and inviting home that has set the owners up for a comfortable future all while meeting their specific requirements. 

 

Innovation in Construction

Some of the innovative aspects of this home include: 

The installation of the steel beams to support the second floor slab while removing supporting walls below required some innovation. In doing this, we developed an attachment to the spider crane to lift the steel beams in place up and under the suspended concrete slab. The attachment was a fabricate bracket that was fitted to the crane to allow for the unique situation of lifting up while under the existing suspended concrete slab. 

The curved gyprock top to the fireplace was designed by Steve and creates a separation between the rooms while also allowing the eyeline between the rooms to be maintained. This is a feature of the new open plan living area that the owners particularly love. 

Installation of water tanks as described below in environmental sustainability. 

 

Renovation with one eye on Environmental sustainability  

The owners were mindful of creating a home that was as future-proof as possible and as such there were many features related to environmental sustainability, including: 

Installation of two large water tanks underneath the sun-roof to capture the stormwater. The wastewater produced from the reverse osmosis system for the fish tanks is also directed into these tanks. This water is then used to flush the 3 toilets in the home. 

Upgrade of the solar system to produce electricity that goes into the grid. 

Landscaping selections were made to ensure plants were water-wise choices and sensitive to the location being close to the river system. 

All windows have energy-efficient glass with sun block-out blinds. 

The sun-roof is located on the north-side to maximise the aspect of the block utilising key principles of solar passive design. 

Security screen fly-doors on all opening doors to allow glass doors to be open and to allow a natural breeze flow of air through the home – as per solar passive design principles – while maintaining the security of the home. 

The house has been reinsulated with R4 ceiling batts. 

 

 

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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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