• Planning your reno


    Cameron Frazer takes us on a tour of a recently renovated home with handy tips on how to plan your home renovation.


    It's spring and it's auction season, but one option you've got is to renovate instead of buying.

    Today, we'll look at a beautifully renovated home, that's created a fabulous lifestyle for its owners, and increased the value of the property.

    Today we'll meet Jeremy who bought this house, and Leon his architect, who helped Jeremy and his wife Michele, deliver a beautiful renovated outcome.

    With clients who are thinking about renovating, how do they get into the process of starting their renovation?  

    Well one of the things we often ask people to do is create a functional brief and an aesthetic brief.  Now a functional brief is perhaps a little more obvious. It's things like how many bedrooms they might want, and bathrooms etc.  An aesthetic brief is something where we ask them to put together photos of things that really appeal to them.

    Tell me about this project.  

    Part of being in a heritage overlay area means to retain and respect the front of the building.  We really encourage retaining the cornices and period features and mixing it with modern elements, modern art. We retained the first four rooms and then we've built a two-story extension at the back, maximizing the envelope that we could within the town planning guidelines.

    We have a south-facing backyard, so to increase the sunny aspect, we put in a vertical wall and a vertical garden and that even captures the Sun during the winter months, and reflects into the pool as you can see now.

    To bring more light into this particular house, which is south-facing backyard, we use this void element and a large north facing two-story window.  And what it does is it scoops all the sun and brings it down into the living and dining room spaces.

    What was the budget for the whole project Leon?

    The building contract was around $600,000.  It's a complete renovation from the front gate, through.  So when we add in landscaping and we add in the pool costs and we add in some of the supplies or the fittings and fixtures, the figure goes up, closer towards the 800 mark.

    Jeremy, you and Michelle have got a beautiful home.  Can you tell me why you decided to renovate?

    We couldn't afford to buy in the current market with a fully renovated house.  So in the end we loved the suburb, we loved the location and the schools.  So we very happy to stay here.

    What was the house like before you started work?

    Lots of concrete out the back,  asbestos sheds, Hills Hoist, some arches.  It was a renovator's delight, I guess you would say.

    In terms of the investment you've made on your home - do you think you'll see a return?  

    If you get a good architect, a good build, then you can certainly make really good money. We all really love the renovation and very glad we did it.

    With the right combination of client, architect and builder, the process can go really smoothly and deliver a beautiful result.

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    About the author

    • Cameron Frazer

      Cameron Frazer from Archicentre is on hand to help avoid thousands of dollars on costly repairs that can turn that dream home into a nightmare. As our resident architect, Cameron, will show buyers what to look for and the questions to ask when purchasing a property, and how to get the right professional help for your renovation or building project.

      With over 20 years of experience in design, construction, project management and sustainability, Cameron has led significant architectural projects in the private and public sectors. He will also look at how to assess a property, consider the potential renovation costs and how to best unlock future capital growth.

      Cameron Frazer

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