Pokey 3x1 transformed into spacious 4x2 in Wembley

* A pokey, badly laid out 3x1 duplex has been transformed into a spacious, light and airy 4x2 with a contemporary kitchen and indoor/outdoor living area.

* An extension has been added and 80 per cent of the original house altered as part of the new, functional floor plan.

* The build took eight months.

Details of the full transformation

QuinName: Tenneille and Greg

Suburb: Wembley

Background: When Tenneille and Greg bought their home in 2008, it was a tiny 3x1 duplex with a narrow living area and a terrible layout. The property had originally been one half of a large house, but had been split into two homes several decades ago. Tenneille and Greg’s side of the property had ended up with pokey rooms and a layout that didn’t flow. The lovely great hallway that ran from the front to the back of the original house had ended up on their neighbours’ side.

Need: Tenneille and Greg love living in Wembley, but they quickly realised that it was going to be too expensive to move to a house that gave them both the lifestyle and space they were after in the area. To get the functional, flowing floor plan they wanted and the extra rooms they needed, it became clear it was going to be cheaper to renovate. They could get exactly what they wanted, rather than trying to find the perfect house.

Solution: About 80 per cent of the existing home was changed to deliver a functional layout. Extending out to the side and out to the rear added new bedrooms, bathrooms and living space, increasing the home by 80sqm. An impressive new entry hallway was also included. All the pokey aspects of the house disappeared during what was essentially a rebuild and the home is now light and functional. What had been a tiny duplex has been opened up to create a large kitchen/dining/living area leading out to a new alfresco. Tenneille and Greg say the renovations have added significant value to their property, making the project a great investment financially, as well as enhancing their lifestyle.

After Kitchen Quin After Living Quin

Why Dale Alcock Home Improvement?

“We shopped around for builders, speaking to multiple companies and getting designs from a few different places – both small local operators as well as bigger names, such as Dale Alcock Home Improvement,” Greg said. “From there, we chose the best company for our needs. We’ve heard stories from people who have renovated in the past and the stories haven’t been good. We, on the other hand, couldn’t have had a better experience and couldn’t be happier.”


“We knew what we wanted, but didn’t know how to achieve it and couldn’t picture how to design it. Don Surjan from Dale Alcock designed our perfect house by chatting to us and listening to us. He came up with multiple different designs until he had created exactly what we wanted. He was very patient and talented,” Tenneille said. 

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