Wanting to modernise an attached 2 bedroom brick and tile unit in Devonport our client approached us for help.
The house was very dated and stuck in the 1970’s. Having been a rental for many years it was also lacking in maintenance and finesse. The bones were good with good foundations, a solid brick exterior and a concrete tile roof. The attached unit next door was identical but a mirror image of this one.
Modernising one and leaving the other one untouched was going to be a challenge, both in terms of design and negotiating with the neighbour.
Our client was retired and looking to create a modern low maintenance lock and leave home.
The budget was realistic but constrained by the fact that it needed to stack up in terms of resale.
During the design phase we worked with the existing structure, keeping what we could, and removing those items that were not useful. Aesthetics were important inside and out so we looked to use modern materials to bring the building into the new century.
Insulation and sound reduction were also important and much easier to deal with now with new modern materials.
Dealing with the neighbouring attached unit brought some challenges but by breaking with the look completely we were able to visibly seperate the two buildings while still having them attached. There is symmetry between the buildings but there is a definite break between new and old.
Construction went smoothly under a big purpose built shrink-wrap tent and the end result made the client extremely happy. Nice modern interior with a large well spec'd kitchen opening out to large decks with louver roofs front and back.
Thrilled was a comment frequently used.
We were delighted with the end result and a happy client is the most important factor for us.