Growing up in Mount Hawthorn
Suburb: Mount Hawthorn
Background: Rebecca and Gavin bought their 1930s Mount Hawthorn bungalow in 2012, but six years and two children later they craved more space than the original three-bedroom, one-bathroom home offered them. They loved the community feel of Mount Hawthorn and wanted to stay in the area, but couldn’t find anything for sale that they liked that would suit them. They considered demolishing the old house and building a new one in its place, but they loved their home’s character too much to see it go. A renovation project proved to be the answer, giving them the chance to achieve a dream home for sons Nathan (4) and Edward (1) to grow up in.
Need: Although Rebecca and Gavin wanted more room for their growing family, they didn’t want to sacrifice backyard space for their young sons to run around in with Gidget the dog, nor did they want to lose space for outdoor entertaining. Bringing light into the existing home was another priority, along with a sense of separation between spaces for adults and spaces for children.
Solution: Adding a 2nd storey has meant the family now has a bigger home to grow into, as well as a generous back garden to enjoy. Going up, instead of building a ground-floor extension, also provided good design flexibility in terms of layout.
Rebecca and Gavin now have their long-awaited new master suite with its big walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite complete with the luxurious shower the couple had always wanted. The new upstairs ‘parents wing’ also includes a guest room that doubles as a home office and there’s a second sitting room away from the main living areas, plus a balcony with city views. The balcony is the perfect spot for twilight drinks. One of the downstairs bedrooms has made way for the new statement staircase, and a big window and skylight were added in the stairwell to help keep the whole home feeling light and spacious. Further city views from the upstairs landing were a surprise bonus.
By improving their home instead of moving or re-building, Rebecca and Gavin have also been able to keep all the original character features that they love. The renovation took six months to complete, during which time the family lived in the house, moving out briefly on just a few occasions. Staying in the house for the majority of the time meant they could watch their project unfold as it happened and ask questions along the way.
Why Dale Alcock Home Improvement?
Rebecca told us: “The Dale Alcock Home Improvement demonstration home that was open in Mount Hawthorn gave us a good feel for what was possible. Ultimately though, we went with Dale Alcock Home Improvement because we clicked with the designer and started to see the potential in the plans we were playing around with. We also had a great site supervisor who helped us stay involved through the journey. We are very happy with the outcome and are looking forward to enjoying many years here ahead.”
Rebecca has the following advice for anyone considering a home improvement project: “Spend the time upfront getting the design right and get a feel for your designed space by walking around other houses and display homes with features similar to the ones you’re looking for.”