Architect: Stuart Formosa, Formosa Design Office
Completed in December 2013 taking 5 months in total
This property was the winner of the Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Housing Awards for House Additions/Alterations/Renovations in the $450,001 to $550,000 category for 2014.
Genuine Building Services sat down with the client and architect to reduce the cost of the renovation by recommending changes to several materials and finishing details.
These changes included using a different type of recycled brick for the feature wall, reducing the scope of the electrical work and only using timber flooring in the hallway.
Several areas were re-designed, including replacing the structural steel beams with timber LVL beams, using structural Blackbutt timber dressed on site for the rear pergola. Blackbutt would also be used on the dining room ceiling and rear eave to save costs.
It was decided to paint the rear extension bricks instead of rendering and to install a more cost effective practical air conditioning system. These alterations all made an extreme saving for the client without compromising the major design features.
During the build, Genuine Building Services were required to perform a very difficult re-construct of the front bay windows in keeping with the other terraces in the street. This was done by recreating all the timber trimmings themselves. Templates were created of the existing next-door’s fascia and decretive concrete and both were re-created for this project by hand. Fedtrim were enlisted to recreate the decorative fret work for the bay window. The trim pieces above the window were pieced together using different sized timbers. The end product was perfect and fitting with the rest of the street.
Special care was needed in the court yard, as it had a lot of cedar cladding and a hardwood pergola with a stained finish. It took two carpenters two weeks to complete this work as there was no tolerance for gaps and the attention to detail was high.
The hardwood pergola was dressed on-site and where possible concealed fixing was used during construction. If this was not possible, cut timber plugs were used in the fixing holes.
The design of the rear extension was extensive and therefore difficult. It had a very high pitch with flat sections around the edges and windows in the high sections. This also called for a great attention to detail and precision.
The existing house contained several damp issues, including extensive salt damage. This was rectified by Genuine Building Services by striping the render in the four front rooms. Once this was done, a silicon damp course was injected, followed by the walls being rendered and white set.