The Dawn Home Project Brief
Our clients were looking to renovate their existing 2-storey property to maximise its holiday rental earning capacity. Positioned just 50m from the famous Callala Beach, coupled with surrounding luxury holiday homes (that fetch significant income), made this the ideal opportunity.
The aim was to turn a cold, drab house into a luxury spec’d home that could accommodate up to 14 guests.
The demolition and general construction stages moved through the usual steps, but it was the finishing stages where things really started to shine. Some of the homes outstanding features include 6 bathrooms with floor to ceiling mosaic tiles, mitred niches and detailed setouts, simple but effective joinery, two way tiled fireplace, Victorian Ash timber stairs with vertical timber balustrade and copper bracing rail, oak veneered flooring to the first floor living areas and a copper front door. It was a true transformation from what the home once was.
Obstacles that we overcame
Once we started to open up the home and strip all the wall linings, the true extent of the task ahead was revealed. We found extensive termite damage, wall frames that were jammed in place with no fixings, two bee hives, a leaking non-compliant roof and generally, a poorly built house.
What we would do differently
With the clarity of hindsight and now knowing what we would find as we started to strip back the layers, some difficult decisions could have been made at the outset about whether to start fresh or to proceed with the renovations as we did. But such are the hazards of renovating old homes.
Three things we’re most proud of
I am proud of the finished product and the collaborative effort my team of employees, subcontractors and trades have pulled together to produce. Everyone was able to understand the intended outcome and ensure it was protected and achieved through detailing.