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In the News: Summit Homes Group scoops gongs at Master Builders awards

Summit Homes Group is celebrating a successful start to the year, scooping a swag of Master Builders awards and predicting a resurgent market in 2017.

After a slow 12 months, the Myaree-based homebuilder is reporting renewed interest, particularly from people keen to enter the property market for the first time following a $5000 increase to the First Home Buyers Grant.

Summit Homes Group metropolitan general manager Tony Harvie said a relaxing of Keystart lending criteria had also had a major influence.

“The changes mean people are talking more positively about the state of the building industry and that is giving potential clients a lot more confidence about pushing forward with their plans,” Mr Harvie said.

“It’s not just first time home buyers either, for every one of them we are also picking up either an upgrader/investor or someone interested in home improvement.”

Mr Harvie said both suppliers and tradespeople had been forced to adjust their rates during last year’s slowdown and that those savings were still on offer.

“The quality of work out there at the moment is much better in general too,” he said.

“When there are not a lot of jobs going around the trades are really conscious of doing the best job they can to try and ensure they pick up more work.”

The market for existing Perth homes, where prices have tumbled 4.4 per cent in the last 12 months, remains Summit Home Group’s biggest competitor.

“It really comes down to the value of buying second hand as opposed to building new,” Mr Harvie said.

“We are seeing a lot of people investigating home improvements after buying in areas like Leeming, Bull Creek and Myaree where you can get a good deal on an existing home.

“Some of those people are building second levels and others are bowling over the existing homes completely to build new.”

Mr Harvie also said home improvement remained popular in Applecross and Mt Pleasant and that there were a number of triplex and duplex development blocks available throughout the City of Melville.

“At some point those blocks will become very popular again, they are probably slightly overpriced at the moment,” he said.

Summit Homes Group picked up both best project builder and best customer service at the recent Master Builders awards and Mr Harvie said he could not be happier.

“We are built around people and we are extremely mindful that we are in this business to build better houses for our clients,” he said.

“You don’t win these kinds of awards if your past clients don’t like you so we are particularly pleased.”

MASTER BUILDERS AWARDS

Project Builder of the Year
Best Customer Service
Best Contract Home, $210,000 – $240,000, Easystart Homes
Best Display Home, $240,000 – $260,000, The Fleetwood
Best Display Home, $260,000 – $295,000, The Tropicana
Best Alterations & Additions, $300,000 – $400,000, Kensington
Best Ancillary Dwelling, The Grayson, 94 Manning Road
Best Modular Home, The Lawrence, 83 McCoy Street

Originally published in The Melville Times Newspaper on March 10th, 2017. To view the article online, click here.

Summit Home Improvements recognised for home renovation excellence

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For nearly four decades, Summit Home Improvements has been transforming thousands of houses into stunning homes, and it was a wonderful accomplishment to learn that we have been recognised by the 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards with an award for Best Alterations & Additions, in the price category of $300,000 – $400,000, you can read more about this stunning renovation here.

We were also finalists for two more Best Alterations and Additions Awards in the Under $200,000 price category, read more about one of our finalists here.

Proudly part of the Summit Homes Group, our number one priority is to provide WA homebuyers with the best experience, every time and the industry has recognised our people-focused approach with awards for 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards Best Customer Service (Project/Volume Builder) and 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards Project Builder of the Year. It’s all part of our “Built Around People” commitment and mission to build WA’s best places to live, and it’s something we’ve been doing for close to 40 years.

And with the news that Summit Homes Group has been named as one of Australia’s best workplaces for the second year running, you’re clearly in great hands!

While this news is clearly a great result for the group, it is our customers that truly benefit.

With the industry showing signs of a recovery, there is no better time to renovate or build than now.

The full list of awards and accolades are as follows:

WINNERS:

– 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards: Lyn Bennett Memorial, Project Builder of the Year – Summit Homes Group
– 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards: Best Customer Service, Project/Volume Builder – Summit Homes Group
– 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards: Best Alterations & Additions, $300,000 – $400,000, Kensington – Summit Home Improvements

FINALISTS:

– 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards: Best Alterations and Additions Under $200,000, Rossmoyne – Summit Home Improvements
– 2017 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards: Best Alterations and Additions Under $200,000, Melville – Summit Home Improvements

And you can see the full list of other awards won by the Summit Homes Group here.

So if you want to renovate your home with WA’s best builder, call Summit Home Improvements on 6365 2901 or contact us online today!

2017 Housing Excellence Awards WINNER

I Want To Renovate. Where Do I Start?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to renovating your home. A well-planned and executed renovation can add value to your property and of course make it much more comfortable to live in. Plus, by renovating rather than re-locating, could save time and money.

Not sure where to start? Here are our top four things to tick off your list before you start your renovation:

Begin with your budget
Understanding how much you can spend is vital when you are preparing to renovate your home. Speak to your financial advisor or bank to get an idea of how much money you can dedicate to renovating your home. Your budget will shape your plans, and will help you prioritise your wish list.

How will your use the space?
Often times when it comes to home renovations, we find our clients have been inspired by the home designs of their friends and family. While your Uncle Mike’s entertaining area might look great, make sure you ask him about what it’s like to live in. Your home renovations will have a huge impact on day to day life, so it’s worth considering how you will use the space. Consider the future when you renovate as well, making multi-purpose rooms could mean the kids play area now could transform into the study/chill out space when they are older.

Research Renovations
Take a look online to find examples of renovations which could suit your lifestyle or home. The Summit Home Improvements website has a wide range of case studies for you to view and gain inspiration from. When you meet with a consultant, make sure you bring these examples – so they can have a clear idea of what to incorporate within your home renovation design. Having a clear understanding of what is involved when you renovate when your researching will also mean you are organised and prepared for when you have trades onsite. This will help minimise the disruption to family life when your home in getting renovated.

Secure The best Builder For The Job
A house extension is an investment and a specialised project – so how do you know which is the right builder for the job? First, make sure you speak with home builders who specialise in home improvements such as Summit Home Improvements. Renovations are a specialised field and only a builder with extensive experience in house extensions will understand the complexities and costs involved. Look at how long they have been in the industry, their design capabilities and quality of their renovations to determine if they are the best for you.

Ready To Renovate? Make Summit Home Improvements Your First Call

Summit Home Improvements is one of Western Australia’s oldest and trusted home renovation builders in Perth and the South West. Make us your first call, and ask about our free in-home design consultation today.

Transform your home using modular wall frames

Ever wondered how the team at Summit have been able to achieve those stunning home transformations so quickly on Matt and Kim to the Rescue?

This time – in just four days – we gave the Bates family in Waikiki a massive extra 126m2 of living space, and here we share our secrets on how you can achieve the same at your home.

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The secret lies in modular wall frames which is a proven building technique and fully engineered meaning 100% precision in construction and 100% speed in time. Yes, it pretty much guarantees you an instant home!

Extending your home’s footprint using modular wall frames can be achieved using Australian steel or timber and for the renovation at the Bates family home in Waikiki we used timber.

Modular means more living space

The entire rear of the Bates family home now boasts a massive extra 111m2 of living space including a gourmet kitchen, integrated living and dining areas and even a purpose built activity room which Amber is using as a classroom for her children’s home-schooling, plus an outdoor alfresco which Russell is using as his “man cave”!

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The extra area to the main family home was built using timber frame and then clad in Masterwall for a smooth and seamless finish before being painted and decorated.   And – as you saw on Channel 9’s Matt & Kim to the Rescue – the whole process took just a matter of days.

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Using the approved building plans, the timber walls were cut to precision, then assembled into wall frames and then transported to Waikiki for installation onsite at the Bates’ home.

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The walls and roof structure were erected in a matter of hours and then at a rate of knots the angled ceilings were installed.  External walls were clad in Masterwall which not only looks great but has fantastic thermal properties too.  This time we also used Masterwall’s umbra product as a decorative feature to frame the doors and windows as a stylish design feature to the existing beach shack.

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Once the home was secure, all the internal finishes like painting and tiling got underway before we unveiled it to the overwhelmed Bates family.  See, we pretty much told you it was an instant home!

Modular means modern street appeal

Did you know we were able to deliver the stunning front porch and totally revamp the front of the Bates family home using modular wall frames too? It’s true!  For the porch, framed timber posts were erected into concrete footings and then clad to form the walls and magnaflo steel was used for the roof.

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The porch was designed to look like a seamless extension to their home and it totally does!  Plus, it’s a great retreat for Amber and Russell to use as another living space – this time outdoors!

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Modular means more outdoor space

We wanted to breathe fresh life into the backyard too which is why we added a stunning outdoor entertaining space, again built using the latest in modular wall frames.

By building the free-standing alfresco, and positioning it away from the main roof line, we were able to achieve a space that encapsulated a sense of intimacy and seclusion – perfect for Russell to unwind in, or to host guests!   With the inclusion of both an outdoor shower and a place to hang towels, this outdoor area serves as the perfect multi-functional garden feature.

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Having taken inspiration from the finishes used inside the home and in the interests of quality and time, the alfresco was built using premium modular wall frame techniques too. And, with a path leading directly from the home onto the elevated decking, the new area delivers in functionality, versatility and a ‘wow factor’ for the whole family.

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This is not the first time modular wall frames have been used in our work with Matt & Kim to the Rescue.  Check out how we made Australian TV history when we transformed the home of the Flavelle family and also the HoyPoy family.

As you can see, modular wall frames can be used to add more space to your existing home’s footprint or it can be used to add a second storey – both in just a matter of days.  This proven building technique is really only limited to your imagination.

If you’d like to transform your home using modular wall frames, call the home improvement specialists, Summit Home Improvements on 6365 2901 (Perth metro) and 9760 1914 (South West).

And, if you want to watch the episode again, you can at https://www.9now.com.au/matt-and-kim-to-the-rescue

Top Tips for Adding a Second Storey

There are many success ‘storeys’ of Summit extensions involving adding a second storey. When you think about it, the benefits of 2nd storey additions stack up!

At Summit Home Improvements, we understand moving house can be one of the least appealing outcomes, especially when you love your neighbourhood. Building upwards can be the smart solution instead of moving. You get to keep your backyard, while adding the space you want – whether it’s a luxurious parents retreat, home theatre, additional bedrooms, second bathroom or all of the above!

A 2 storey extension with Summit is the smart solution, because you can give your family more room to move, without having to actually make a move. From the expert Summit Home Improvement team, here are our tops 3 tips to top off your home with a double storey extension.

Save Time And Money With Modular Construction, Which Is Installed In Just One Day.

If there are two things we all want more of, it’s time and money. At Summit Home Improvements, our expert (Summit) renovations team have nearly 40 years’ experience in Western Australia’s building industry, so it’s no surprise they’ve come up with a game-changing process for 2nd storey additions. Imagine coming home to a stunning second storey extension installed while you were at work! With our innovative construction technology, it’s now possible.

It’s now achievable to take your home to a new level, in just one day! Plus, our stunning selection of second storey extension designs is sure to have a solution to fit your lifestyle.

Make Sure Your Design Factors In The Elevation And Street Appeal Of Your Property.

When planning a renovation of any kind, we find many home-owners focus on the benefits it’ll give life inside the home. But it’s important to add curbside appeal, to increase the value and street appearance of your home.

At Summit Home Improvements, our experienced Design Consultants are passionate about 2nd storey extensions that transform a property, while keeping the same style and character of your original home. It’s important to have your 2nd storey addition look and feel as seamless as possible, and we can make sure that happens.

If the homes surrounding yours are two storey homes, take note of their street appeal when discussing your 2nd floor extension ideas.

Finally, if your home has the potential for views with a double storey extension, make sure your second storey extension designs capitalise on it. A great view of the city, river, coastline of even your local park can increase your home’s appeal and value.

Make Sure You Use A Builder Who Is Experienced In 2nd Storey Additions

A home renovation is one of the most important investments you can make to your home. Getting it right will greatly improve the quality of your day-to-day life at home, plus make your home more appealing when you come to sell.

When you come to renovate your home, ask your builder about their second storey extension ideas, and how long the project will take to complete. Better still, ask them if they have a display example of a double storey extension, which would give you a realistic feel of how your home could transform.

Overwhelmed? Summit Home Improvements can help you get on top of things.

With close to four decades’ experience as part of the Summit Homes Group, Summit Home Improvements can get you into a well-designed and constructed renovation, adding functionality and appeal to your home.

The possibilities are endless with Summit Home Improvements. Call us today to find out more.

Tune in this Sunday night for Matt and Kim to the Rescue on Channel 9 and WIN TV!

Save the date! This Sunday February 19 we are back for the fourth time transforming lives with Channel 9’s Matt & Kim to the Rescue.

At Summit we’re Built Around People so helping the community is something we value.  It’s also one of the reasons why we were named as back-to-back winners as one of the Best Places to Work.

This time we are back transforming the lives of the Bates family.

Read more about this inspiring transformation and be sure to tune in this Sunday February 19 from 7:30pm on Channel 9 and WIN TV to see the full reveal come to life. Bring your tissues though as this one is set to be another tear-jerker! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all the behind-the scenes action!

If you can’t wait till Sunday, check out this exclusive sneak peek!

Renovating an Investment Property

A well planned and researched renovation can do wonders for upping a property’s re-sale or rental value. Whether you’re renovating a newly-purchased home to prepare it for tenants, giving your rental a spruce up or renovating your investment property before a sale, our property renovation experts at Summit Home Improvements show you how you could reap your renovation rewards!

Renovating to Ramp up Rental and Home Sale Value
A well-renovated rental property not only ensures happy tenants, but gives you reason to ask for higher rents. The trick is knowing how to renovate to increase the value of your property, while appealing to a prospective tenant, willing to pay a higher rent. Approximately 31 per cent of Australia’s adult population rent, so before you begin your Summit Home Improvement, it’s important to know what renters (and home-buyers) are looking for by speaking to a real estate agent first.

Change the internal layout
Some older properties are not well laid out internally, and therefore require internal modifications. Many families preferring an open-plan layout, which allows them the flexibility to cook, eat and watch TV together.  At Summit Home Improvements, we can help you modernise the layout of your home to reflect your prospective tenants’ lifestyle – making your home more attractive when you rent it out.

Number of Bedrooms
The majority of renters and home buyers alike tell us that when selecting a property, the number of bedrooms is highly important. Adding more bedrooms to your home can make it more suitable to a wider range of prospective buyers and tenants, which can help you to achieve a higher rental. With this in mind, it is worth considering converting the study into extra bedroom space or even adding a parent’s retreat. Check out similar homes for sale or rent in your neighbourhood, to give you an idea of the value it may add to your home after the renovation is complete.

Ensuite and Additional Bathrooms
Once considered a luxury, ensuite bathrooms are now a standard feature of WA homes. If a family is looking to rent your home, an additional family bathroom or ensuite could make it far more appealing to prospective tenants who don’t want to share only one bathroom between a household of people. Plus, it could add value to your home when you come to sell it, as it will appeal to a broader audience.

Built-In Wardrobes and Storage Space
Australians are spoilt when it comes to space, so it’s no surprise home storage rates high on the ‘wish lists’ of families looking for a home to rent or purchase. Adding storage options could make all the difference.  When renovating the home, you can easily include various new home storage solutions, including built-in wardrobs. To make the most of your bedroom space when adding wardrobes, consider floor-to-ceiling built-ins.

Call Summit Home Improvements
There are many things you can do to help increase your property’s appeal to prospective tenants and buyers. If you’re looking to reap the rewards of home renovation, call us today!

Now is the best time to build

Have you heard the good news?  Now is the best time to build!  All signs are pointing to the market entering a recovery phase which means it is starting to rise.

This is great news for anyone looking to build a new home, and in particular homeowners who want to make improvements or upgrades.

So, just why is now the best time to build?

  1. Summit Home Improvements can transform homes in just one day using proven modular construction techniques
  2. Summit will treat your home with the personalised and tailored approach it deserves, and skilled Design Consultants will help you achieve your vision
  3. We can offer you a fixed price contract so there are no nasty surprises
  4. We offer a complete home renovation service, from concept, council approval and onsite project management to after build service
  5. Your home will be built by a local, WA team specialising in home improvements
  6. No overseas of outsourcing of the design or construction
  7. Personalised service and customised designs
  8. Close to 40 years of home improvement experience
  9. Home loan interest rates are now at record lows
  10. The trend towards new home investing is strengthening

Want to know more? Check out what the industry is saying here as part of the Now is the Best Time to Build campaign. Click on the image below to download our info graphic.

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To find out more about why now is the best time to build and how you can love your existing home more, call us today on 6365 2901.

We are back for the fourth time transforming lives with Matt & Kim to the Rescue!

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Guess who’s back? We’re back again for the FOURTH time, helping to transform lives with Matt and Kim to the Rescue, and we are so excited to share the results with you!

At Summit we’re Built Around People so helping the community is something we really value.  This time we are transforming the home and lives of the Bates family, from Waikiki.

They are a gorgeous bunch of West Aussies that really needed a change of luck.  Parents Amber and Russell with their four children, Ethany, Xavier, Imogen and Adison have been though their share of hardships. Adison was born premature with chronic lung disease, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, verbal and oral dyspraxia, dysarthria and sensory processing disorder. Xavier and Imogen are on the autism spectrum and Russell recently battled kidney cancer.

This young family live in a small and run down 1950s beach shack that needs a bit of TLC. Not only was the house simply too small for their large family, but as Amber home-schools their children, it needed a dedicated space for education and inspiration. Amber and Russell bought their house because it was close to the beach, with the intention of one day knocking it down to build their dream home. Unfortunately they haven’t had the chance… and that’s where Matt and Kim come in!

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Wait till you see how this home gets transformed!

The dream of their perfect family home was taken away as a succession of medical issues took priority and the ever-increasing bills took over. Never complaining and ever optimistic, Amber and Russell decided to invest in their children’s lives first and simply accept that their home wouldn’t be changing for a long time.

As well as dedicating their lives to their children, Amber has tirelessly dedicated her time towards helping other parents going through similar situations that they did with Adison, even through her own family’s struggles. Tiny Sparks WA is a charity that Amber co-founded to assist women enduring high-risk pregnancies or families with a baby in a Neonatal Unit due to prematurity or illness. Russell and Amber’s dedication to providing the best future for their family is truly inspirational and they are very much deserving of a renovation!

The Summit Homes Group team once again showed their dedication to the cause, volunteering their time, energy and skills to this deserving family turning the Bates family’s house from a tired shack into their dream family home.

Matt and Kim led the rescue, expertly supported by our Building Manager Jeff Edgar who, drawing on his 30+ years’ experience in transforming homes with Summit, has once again proved that amazing things can happen when great people work together.

The work was carried out in trademark Summit speed over an incredibly busy four days which, as you’ll soon see, will have you reaching for the tissues yet again!

Follow our Facebook page for all the behind-the-scenes action and stay tuned for the full reveal.

Want to know more? Read about our first,  second and third transformation with Matt & Kim too!

5 Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Will your 2017 include kitchen renovations? We’ve asked our design experts to run through what’s new in the world of kitchens, with the ”Top 5 Kitchen Home Improvement Trends we’ll be seeing in 2017.

Colour Trends

In 2017, we’re anticipating a rise in monochrome tones in home extensions. Expect to see grey, black and white tones in kitchen improvements, whether used in entire counter tops, cupboards, appliances or subtle accents. While black and white have always been popular colours for kitchen renovations, demand for grey products has surged. Want to inject a bit more colour? Consider blues, blue-greens and earthy greens.

Open Plan – Integrating kitchen, living and dining

The trend of open plan living is still surging, but we see it most in home improvements centred on the kitchen. Spacious, open-plan rooms are the perfect space for entertaining, which usually takes place around the kitchen. Think large kitchen islands in big open-plan areas and tall cabinets. Islands with concealed cabinets offer plenty of storage space, plus somewhere to hide kitchen utensils and appliances while the room is used for entertaining.

Alfresco kitchens

The humble Aussie barbecue has evolved! More and more Australians are including an outdoor kitchen in their home improvements and kitchen renovations plans for alfresco dining. And why not? With spectacular weather for the greater part of the year, it makes sense to enjoy alfresco dining. An alfresco kitchen means everyone can be in the same outdoor space, rather than the cook going back and forth between the house and patio. Of course, our expert renovation builders (Perth) at Summit Home Improvements will ensure your outdoor kitchen will withstand the harsh Australian climate and look great all year ’round.

Integrated Appliances

Another kitchen trend for house extensions in 2017 is to integrate appliances into the kitchen’s design. If you love the minimalist look, which is also on trend, talk to our design team about integrating appliances and workstations into your kitchen renovations. Having your fridge, microwave hidden away can take your kitchen from looking cluttered to looking clean. At Summit Home Improvements, our designers can help you integrate all of your appliances, so you never have to compromise on style.

Getting back to nature

A common theme for materials, design and colour for home improvements in 2017 is a return to nature. Designers are focused on bringing in earthy colours and soft textures into homes, with the use of stone bench tops and textured tile splashbacks.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Many Perth families undergoing kitchen improvements and say their kitchen it’s their most valuable room of the home. It’s a space where we cook and enjoy food while socialising with loved ones.

At Summit Home Improvements, we have looked after home renovations (Perth) families love for decades! As part of the Summit Homes Group, we’ve helped thousands of home-owners reinvigorate their dream home. So get started today by contacting Summit Home Improvements!

Going up? Adding A Second Storey To Your Home

At Summit Home Improvements, we know a second storey extension can impact all areas of your home life, so it’s nice to know the benefits to building up before you get started.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 4 reasons why a second storey extension with Summit Home Improvements may be the right renovation option for you.

1.Maximise Space

Second storey additions are the ideal solution if you want to maximise your interior living space. This is especially important if you are adding space to a home on a smaller block. At the same time, second storey extensions are ideal if you have established gardens or a pool which you want to preserve.

2. Potential views
If there’s a good chance that an upper level will have great views, then it’s a good idea to make the most of it and build a 2 storey extension. If your home’s location is near a beach, park, hills or waterways, a double storey extension is the ideal way to take advantage of the scenery.

3. Second storey extensions can save time
One major headache with home renovations can be the inconvenience on your home life for a continued amount of time. This doesn’t have to be the case with a double storey extension by Summit Home Improvements. Ask us about our innovative construction technology, which allows a double storey extension to be added while you’re at work, with services plus staircase connected and completed in a matter of weeks!

4. Growing benefits
With a range of stunning second storey extension designs, the home improvements experts at Summit Home Improvements can show you just how versatile a second storey addition can be! As you’ll see when you browse our stunning designs, many people enjoy the option of having a family room or study space on the same level as the additional bedrooms. Plus, we can tailor a double storey extension design to suit your needs.

For a faster and superior build, move up with Summit Home Improvements.

No matter what your motivation for adding a double storey extension, it’s essential that it is designed and built by an experienced and expert home builder who can manage the process from start to finish. When you visit our stunning showroom, you’ll see we’ve built a second-storey display, so you can see and feel an example of the finished product when you renovate with Summit Home Improvements. Our quality 2 storey extensions are beautifully crafted and offer a realistic example of your home renovation dream, showcasing all the possibilities!

The benefits of building up sure do stack up with Summit Home Improvements! Call us today to get started!

We’re renovating! The do’s and don’ts of starting your project.

“We’re renovating”: a statement sure to spark conversation and invite opinion at a weekend barbecue or dinner party. Renovation projects can be highly rewarding and fun, but also stressful. At Summit Home Improvements, we believe the key to a successful renovation is planning. Enlisting professional advice from early on can save you time and money in the long run.

Why renovate?

There are many benefits to carrying out home improvements. Whether your house renovations consist of home extensions, updating a room or completely remodelling your home, the time and money you spend should be a long term investment in the comfort and enjoyment of your home life. Plus – when in the hands of experienced renovation builders (Perth) – a renovation project could help in increasing the value of your property.

House Renovations: Splurge V Save

So, what are the keys to a successful renovation? From our experts at Summit Home Improvements, here are our tips on what to what to splurge on and what to save on when renovating your home.

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Focus on WHY you’re renovating. Whether you’re planning to stay in your home until retirement age, or just another five years, you’ll get your home renovation right when you consider how you wish to live in your home, and whether your home improvements will have a broad appeal to others should you choose to sell your property in the future.

Choose a qualified, experienced builder. There’s no substitute for experience, and when it comes to your biggest financial investment, your home is in good hands with Summit Home Improvements. The Summit Home Improvement team has almost 4 decades’ experiences in home building and house extensions, having project managed home renovations for over 3000 WA families.

Think to the future. When undertaking significant renovation works, it’s important to look at your home long-term as well. For example you may only need an additional new bedroom for another baby, however as your children grow older the need for a space for them to play, study or relax in may become a high priority as well, so consider what you can achieve for your budget and what will make your home most comfortable to live in for years to come.

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DIY work without a license. Sure, Uncle Bill might be a reliable home handyman, but that doesn’t mean he’s the right person to take care of the plumbing and electrical work for your home renovations (Perth). Having a licensed tradesman do the work could mean your house doesn’t go up in flames, literally!

Renovate based on trends. What may be in fashion now, will be out later. It’s best to make your (Summit) renovations decisions based on your personal tastes. When it comes to colour choices for your kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations, classic neutrals like black, grey and white are timeless.

Transform your house into a stunning home with Summit Home Improvements.

Summit Home Improvements has close to 40 years’ experience in homebuilding and has helped thousands of home-owners with Summit extensions, delivering a lifestyle they’ve dreamed about.

Summit renovations can make your dream home a reality, without having to change your address! Call Summit Home Improvements today!

Home Renovating Trends for 2017

A new year symbolises a new chapter. A fresh start. So, what better time to consider home improvements?

The house renovations trends you’ll love in 2017 include colour palettes with warmer tones, escapism with parents retreats, minimalism and hidden appliances. Whether it be bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations or house extensions such as a second storey addition, our expert team at Summit Home Improvements have your go-to guide of what’s hot (and what’s not) for 2017.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms remain the most popular rooms to renovate with; they’re highly-trafficked rooms which – when renovated correctly with an expert such as Summit extensions – will add value to your property.

Kitchen Renovations

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  • Talk to Summit Home Improvements about minimalism, which will be huge in 2017. Think kitchen appliances cleverly concealed by cabinetry.
  • Use quality, natural materials for surfaces. Timber and stone will remain popular choices in the bathroom.
  • Move on from brushed stainless steel appliances. Shiny, warm-toned metals such as bronze and gold will add elegance to your kitchen, or consider white to blend into cabinetry.

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  • Compromise on bench and storage space.
  • Use an unusual colour palette – stick to classic, natural tones.

Bathroom Renovations

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  • Be smart with storage in your bathroom renovation plan. Having more concealed bathroom storage solutions and clearer bench spaces will leave room for a ‘mindful space’.
  • Consider black and brushed metal tapware.
  • Choose modern and timeless colours like black, white and grey. However, 2017 will also see different hues introduced like charcoal, granite and greige.

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  • Include copper. This trend is slowly edging out of style, as demonstrated by mass-produced copper coloured homewares being sold for cheap on clearance tables at discount department stores.

House Renovations – Flooring Options

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  • Install hard-wearing, quality flooring options. Summit Home Improvements in 2017 will include warm-toned flooring, such as terracotta, timber and cork, which add comfort and texture to your living space.

DON’T

  • Stick to all-white or marble for your floor. Think warm rather than cool.

Home Improvements – Choosing Colours

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  • Consider luxe, jewel-toned hues for your furniture, walls and window coverings. Dark green is considered a classic, classy colour, which we expect to see introduced to many Summit Homes renovations projects in 2017.

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  • Fill your home with super-polished materials such as copper, brass and rose gold.

Home Extensions – Escapism

Homes with quiet nooks and places to find solace, such as a parent’s retreat or second storey addition will increase in popularity as we seek to escape being surrounded by technology.

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  • Choose décor you love when furnishing your parents retreat or second storey. This space is all about you!
  • Furnish your retreat with comfortable lounge chairs, large pillows, knitted throw rugs and a side table and/or book shelf, to encourage comfort and calm.
  • Include dimmers on your lighting. Unlike your workplace were you spend most of the day surrounded by fluorescent overhead lights and beaming computer monitors, the retreat should offer a welcome contrast of relaxed mood lighting.

DON’T

  • Use your retreat as a space for a large-screen TV or PC.
  • Let the space become cluttered. Whether it be a second storey parent’s retreat or ‘technology-free’ zone, make it a priority for this zone to have one purpose – relaxation.

No matter the Summit home improvement trends, if you’re looking to renovate your home in 2017, our capable and experienced team at Summit Home Improvements will ensure you choose what works for your space. With nearly 40 years’ experience, we’re renowned for seamless home renovations (Perth). From concept, to council approvals, on-site project management and after-build service, you won’t have to lift a finger! Contact us today!

Christmas Closure

Season’s Greetings!! Our Myaree office and showrooms are closed from Saturday 24th December – Tuesday 3rd January.

We hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!🎄🎉

Transforming your home for your family lifestyle: top tips for renovating

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You’ve always loved your home. The location is perfect. But the kids are growing up so fast that you’ve been caught out with a home that no longer meets your needs.

Rather than uprooting and buying a new property (which can be disrupting and costly once you factor in stamp duty and moving costs), modernising your home to suit a young, active family can be a smart solution.

Here are the most popular family friendly renovations that will see your home grow with your family well into the future.

Extending kids bedrooms

Kids don’t need a great deal of space in their early years, but as they get bigger, so must their play space if you want to foster creativity, learning and imagination. Whether you need extra floor space for that Lego collection, to fit in a study desk for homework, or squeeze two offspring comfortably into one room, extending kids bedrooms will add valuable square meterage – and it can be more affordable than you think.

Adding bedrooms

This is simple maths – extra children, extra sleeping quarters. Adding bedrooms is one of the most popular home improvement requests. Usually, homebuyers start with a 3×1, which is great for the first one or two kids, but soon becomes insufficient as the clan expands. Adding bedrooms allows your kids to sleep in a space of their own, rather than share with squabbling siblings!

Additional bathroom

Looking to the future, your focus should be on ‘home harmony’. The more family members living together, the more age separation, the more personal space is needed. If you want everyone to live happily under the one roof, consider ways to make living easier for all. An additional bathroom with lots of storage is ideal as the children grow into teenagers (and suddenly get shy, spend 30 minutes showering and an hour doing makeup).

Create a mudroom
A ‘mudroom’ is a place where you can leave your bags, dirty sports uniforms, and bathers before entering the home so no dirt is dragged inside the home. If you have a very active family, this is a perfect home improvement idea.

Summit Home Improvements – first choice for renovating (Perth)

Whether extending kids’ bedrooms, adding bedrooms, adding bathrooms, or creating a mudroom, Summit Home Improvements offer a wide range of family friendly renovations.

They make renovating (Perth) easy by offering a “full service”. You won’t have to lift a finger, from concept, to council approvals, onsite project management and after-build service. Talk to their highly experienced team of award-winning designers about how Summit Home Improvements can make you love your home more.

Book an obligation free design consultation with a Summit Home Improvements designer today.

Matt and Kim announced as Summit Home Improvements Brand Ambassadors

Summit Home Improvements are excited to announce popular Perth TV personalities, Matt and Kim Di Costa will represent as official brand ambassadors.

General Manager Chris Johnston said “It’s great to be joining forces with Matt and Kim, as we share a passion for home renovation and commitment to being Built Around People.

“Having partnered with Matt & Kim to transform the lives of three very deserving Perth families on Channel 9’s Matt and Kim to the Rescue series – we feel they are a perfect fit, as together we have been able to create home transformations that exemplify design excellence and construction innovation on the show.”

“For nearly 40 years, we have been transforming homes throughout Perth and the South West region, creating ground floor, second storey and modular extensions for thousands of families throughout WA”.

“We are proud to have Matt and Kim as faces of the brand for the next chapter in our journey.” said Chris Johnston.

Matt and Kim announced as Brand Ambassadors

Matt and Kim announced as Brand Ambassadors

How long will it take to renovate my home?

One of the first questions when planning a renovation, other than ‘how much will it cost?’, is ‘how long will it take?’

After putting up with a house plan that’s no longer working, it’s understandable that most families are keen to get started on their new layout and lifestyle.

So how long will your home extensions take? The answer depends on how long you are engaged in the design phase as well as the type of renovation you are undertaking, which in turn affects whether structural changes and other major works are required.

THE DESIGN STAGE

At Summit Home Improvements, we offer a no-obligation on site discussion with one of our professional Design Consultants at no cost. We love the opportunity to come into your home and hear about the changes you are thinking of. In turn, we can let you know what’s possible and share some of our own design insights as well.

From here, we work with you to create a proposed floor plan of your home extensions, a computer-generated perspective plus a fixed price contract that outlines that high quality specifications that would form part of your renovation project.

KITCHEN IMPROVEMENTS

The timeline for a new kitchen can vary depending on the scale of works. Often, kitchen improvements can involve knocking out sections of a wall, as an out-dated poky kitchen is transformed into an inviting open-plan cooking space with feature island bench. If such structural work is required, you will also need to factor the additional time for your kitchen improvements to be fully completed.

BATHROOM

Gutting a bathroom completely can take time, especially if you are taking the added step of replacing old plumbing as well. This is often a good idea, as your plumbing may be 40+ years old and becoming prone to leaks. Gutting a bathroom is your key opportunity to refresh everything for peace of mind and longevity down the track.

SECOND STOREY EXTENSION PLANS

While adding a second storey can sound like a huge task, at Summit Home Improvements we can add a second storey to your home in just one day! So you can leave your single storey home in the morning and come back in the evening to see a second storey has been added in the evening. From here, the connections and staircase are installed in only a few weeks!

To talk about your unique vision for your home, request your free no-obligation design consultation today!

Home renovation do’s and don’ts!

Renovating is one of the most exciting times for a family, as you are given the opportunity to shed what is no longer working and create brilliant new spaces.

While the quality of your renovation rests mainly with the home renovation company you choose to entrust, there are some key ‘do’s and don’ts’ that you can take on-board to help ensure a successful, seamless process.

Home extension do’s

1. DO keep a design inspiration file

Chances are, you’ll be dreaming about renovating for a while before you make the official decision to proceed. During this dreaming phase, start compiling snippets of inspiration that you come across. Perhaps it’s the colour of tiling in a hotel bathroom, or an open plan layout you saw online. Collecting these little things you love over time will give you a great vision board to work with when it comes time to start designing your unique spaces.

2. DO shop around

No two home renovation companies are the same. Given the amount of time, money and trust you will invest in your chosen team, thoroughly research them before you begin. Also speak to family and friends to seek out trusted referrals, who have gone through the process of renovating beforehand.

3. DO set a realistic budget

Sort your budget out upfront, so when it’s time to get the home extensions ball rolling, you are able to provide a clear figure to work with. By understanding what you can afford to do, you can create a design that fits not only you bank balance but your goals as well.

Home extension don’ts

1. DON’T let work begin without a clear design and contract upfront

Quality renovations (Perth) are those that follow detailed designs that are agreed upon upfront. Make sure that every detail is specified before work begins, so that you aren’t hit with hidden costs down the track or are forced to make decisions in the heat of the moment.

2. DON’T cut corners

Given the wear and tear the average family home has to endure, it’s important to consider the longevity of your home addition or extension. Making choices based on price may seem wise, but it’s important to consider its long-term effects before you start.

3. DON’T forget to speak to Summit Home Improvements

At Summit Home Improvements, we’re the team behind thousands of WA home extensions – and we’d love to look after yours as well! If you would like to create the home of your dreams book a no-obligation free design consultation by calling us at Summit Home Improvements today.

The Magic of Modular

In case you missed the news, we made TV history this week with Channel 9’s Matt & Kim to the Rescue.

We’ve been inundated with questions on just how we did it, so we thought we’d share here.

The home we built for the Flavelle family on the TV show was done using modular construction and gave them a massive 80m2 of extra living space in a matter of hours.
The same type of construction can be done on pretty much any home in WA and you can choose if you want it added as a ground floor extension (as we did for the Flavelle family) or as a second storey to your existing home.

Modular construction is a proven building technique that has been used on the East Coast for many years and here in WA it’s used on most of our commercial buildings. Think major shopping centres around Perth for example. It’s an exciting time to be able to bring this building method to transform residential homes in WA too and here at Summit Homes Group we are proud to be leading the charge.

So, just what is modular construction and how does the magic happen? Let us show you exactly by taking a behind-the-scenes tour in our onsite facility at Myaree, because that’s where the magic starts.

1. The steel that is used to build modular homes starts as one long and large flat sheet. The sheet is 178mm wide and is supplied as a massive coil weighing just over 1 tonne and measuring 1km in length. That’s the equivalent of five lengths of Domain Stadium! It is delivered on the back of a truck from Bluescope, fork-lifted off and stored securely in our onsite facility at Myaree. At any one time we can have up to 4 tonne (or 4km) of coiled steel in stock.

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2. Once the client’s design is signed off, it is independently engineered and detailed drawings are produced showing how each individual steel component is to be made.

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3. The engineered drawings are transferred digitally into a machine that takes the steel coils and turns the flat sheets into a reinforced, fully engineered C shape which form the walls of the home. At this time, the machine also punches holes into each piece so that the plumbing and electrical cabling as well as the screws that will hold the frame together are in place. It takes less than 10 seconds to produce a length of 5m and all finished pieces are numbered and stored together on racks.

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4. Assemblers start putting the pre-cut steel together. It is first assembled flat, with each wall frame sitting on top of each other. To build a granny flat, this process takes approximately two hours and a new home is about double that.

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5. A carpenter then erects the wall frames onto an engineered structural steel floor frame so the home becomes 3D. This process takes about a day.

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6. Over the next 2-3 days, the wall frames are clad in Masterwall, rendered and the roof is applied. Once finished, the home weighs about 8 tonnes. Masterwall is an insulating wall cladding system that has proven thermal properties when compared to double brick.

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7. Clients who are building a granny flat or a home extension will have all of the internal finishes like tiling and plastering completed at this time to minimise the disruption to the family. Clients looking to build a brand new two storey home will have the internal finishes applied at the building site at the same time as when the lower floor is being finished (to maximize efficiency of the trade teams who are located on site).

8. The home is lifted onto the back of a truck with hydraulic jacks. Larger modular sections can essentially be split in two and driven on two trucks. The modular section is then driven to the client’s block in line with traffic management plans which have already been approved by Main Roads.

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9. On arrival, it is craned into place, taking anywhere from 4-6 hours. Carpenters and riggers secure the floors and make the upper floor watertight over the next 4 hours.

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10. Any remaining internal works are completed on site using existing trades (that are working on the lower floor) to maximise efficiency and ensure consistency of finish.
The whole process sees the new home built in a controlled environment in just one month, installed on site in a matter of hours and finished within a matter of days.

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If you want to transform you home using modular construction,  call us on 6365 2901.
If you would like to discuss installing a granny flat on your property using this construction technique visit www.summitgrannyflats.com.au or call 6365 2921.

How we made TV history with Matt & Kim to the Rescue

In just four short days we made history.

Not just history for one deserving family but TV history with the biggest home renovation ever seen on Australian television.

It was all thanks to Summit Home Improvements’ parent company Summit Homes Group. Their ongoing work with Matt & Kim to the Rescue made history for the deserving Flavelle family.

Their home went from this…

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To this…

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And it was all made possible thanks to our pioneering advancements in modular construction, a whole heap of hands and a lot of heart! Using fully engineered Australian steel built in Summit’s onsite facility in Myaree, we were able to build an extra 80m2 of space for the Flavelle family in just matter of days and install it on their home in just a matter of hours.

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The home was built to the highest standards in a controlled environment and then driven to the Flavelle family home on the back of a truck.

And that’s when the magic really happened.

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Take a look…


The magic didn’t stop there though. Other improvements we gave this deserving family included:

  • Opening up their entire home so that the kitchen, living and dining areas became one huge social and welcoming space, made even better with the extensive use of glass which lets natural light flood the home;
  • Adding a huge activity zone for Hugo and Angus and totally revamping both bedrooms for maximum comfort;
  • Integrating the indoors with the outdoors for seamless year-round living;
  • Making the home wheelchair friendly with more space, wider passages, remote controlled doors and installing the necessary disabled items in the new family bathroom;
  • Two new bathrooms – a massive ensuite for Peter and Simone and a forward-thinking disabled bathroom (including the “disco shower” as described by Simone) for Hugo and Angus;
  • Creating a dedicated guest wing as a haven for when carers stay at their home;
  • Converting the entrance into a gallery to display Pete’s striking artwork and sculptures as well as building a dedicated studio for Peter to keep creating (see more at www.pflavelle.com.au);
  • New elevation and carport at the front of the home to improve street appeal; and
  • Total overhaul of the gardens with landscaping including a pool and cabana and chill out zones.

As our Building Manager Jeff Edgar said: “It was an incredibly busy four days but at Summit we’re Built Around People so giving back to the community is something we love to do.”
But the final words end with Simone Flavelle on behalf of her stunned family: “OH. MY. GAWWWWD!”

To learn more about modular construction and how you can have a new home built just like the Flavelle’s, contact us today.

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