Summit Home Improvements’ Wembley reno adds second storey to 1930s home

The need to accommodate a growing family sees many home owners buy a new home and move, however a renovation could let them stay in the area they love.

This was the case for Mark and Fiona, who wanted to future-proof their home of seven years for their young family.

They initially planned to add a laundry and bathroom to the character Wembley residence.


After meeting with Summit Home Improvements design consultant Angelo Tomassone, they realised adding a second storey would better suit their needs.

“We had a look at what else could be flexible; we wanted to make use of our current loft space and then Angelo said, ‘you’d be better off just going up’,” Fiona said.

“We started looking at different plans and ideas and thought ‘we could put ourselves upstairs’ and then we thought ‘we’ll put the kids, who have lots of energy to run up the stairs, upstairs’.

“These days children live with their parents for many years, often into adulthood, so we wanted to create an area that would give them space now and for the many years to come.”

The 83sq m extension had to be sympathetic to the home’s 1930s charm while creating a seamless flow and bringing in light.

Zoning living spaces for the two children, eight year-old Ben and five year-old Sophie, has been a great success with the loft area not only serving as a storage space, but a den for Ben as well.


The project was completed in under three months.

“With this home extension, we were able to build the upper floor onsite in a controlled environment in our purpose-built factory in Myaree,” he said.

“And once complete it was simply transported to site and secured to the existing home which meant the actual time spent on site was a little over five weeks.

“The transformations are amazing and they can attract a big audience on the day they are installed.

“It is a truly magical moment watching our clients’ home get transformed in such a short period of time.”

Mark and Fiona are delighted with the end result, which has given them plenty of extra living space and allowed them to stay in their beloved neighbourhood.

“We are just walking around thinking, ‘this is what we had always wanted’,” Fiona said.

“We’ve got a beautiful home in a beautiful suburb – what more could you want?”

The renovation has generated a lot of positive local interest and the family have decided to open it to the public to showcase the result.

The home at 114 Essex Street, Wembley will be open for viewings throughout November, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm.

Originally published in the Western Suburbs Weekly Online, 6th November, 2018.

Summit Home Improvements takes top honour at the 2018 HIA Awards

Summit Home Improvements, as part of the Summit Homes Group, are proud to announce that once again the Group has taken out top honours at the 2018 HIA COLORBOND® Steel Matt Perth Housing Awards over the weekend.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) awards recognise leaders in the building industry. Summit Homes Group was proud to be announced as a finalist in seven categories and winning four overall.

Summit Home Improvements took out best Renovation/Addition Project $300,001 – $450,000 for our renovation in Dalkeith. This stunning home was also named as a finalist for Renovation/Addition of the year.
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We were also honoured to be named finalists in:

Renovation/Addition Project up to $200,000 for our renovation in Noranda
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Renovation/Addition Project $200,001-$300,000 for our renovation in West Leederville
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Renovation/Addition Project $300,001-$450,000 for our renovation in Cottesloe
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The Summit Homes Group was awarded the Excellence in Service (Large Builder) Award, which recognises outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

To be eligible for the Excellence in Service Award, clients who had built homes with the Group over the past 12 months were asked to complete a survey about their builder’s dedication to building excellence.

Excellent customer service is all part of our ‘Built Around People’ philosophy and we are honoured to be recognised by our clients.

We are also thrilled to announce that the Style Studio by Summit won the Excellence in Showroom Display Award!

Click here to see our full list of awards and accolades.

Summit Homes Group is one of Australia’s Best Workplaces for 4th year running!

For the fourth year running Summit Homes Group has taken national honours as one of Australia’s Best Places to Work.

At Summit Home Improvements, as part of Summit Homes Group, we are proud to share in this award that celebrates the Group’s achievements as well as the many benefits this news brings for our clients.

Summit Homes Group ranked 9th in the category of more than 100 employees and is the only WA headquartered company and home builder to make the Top 10.

This award recognises how hard we continually work to deliver on our promise of being ‘Built Around People’.

Summit Homes Group Managing Director David Simpson said the company’s success was attributed to its very strong family values that instilled a sense of pride and camaraderie in its staff.

“Summit Homes Group was founded in 1978 and today we refer to our 340 employees as the “Summit Family” because, quite simply, we are built around people,” Mr Simpson said.

“It’s no secret that we love building homes for Western Australian families and we’re proud to share that we love our staff too.

“When people genuinely enjoy their job they produce high quality work, so we are continually focused on creating a great place to work for our employees, which we’ve seen lead to a fantastic result for WA homebuyers and renovators,” Mr Simpson said.

A massive 92% of our employees said they felt Summit Homes Group was a great place to work.

Other highlights from the study included:

  • 94% of staff saying it is a friendly place to work;
  • 94% of staff say our facilities contribute to a good working environment
  • 94% of staff say they are made to feel welcome with they join the company
  • 92% of staff feeling proud to tell others that they work here;

It has been a big year for Summit Home Improvements and the Summit Homes Group, as we celebrate 40 years of building and were awarded Master Builders Australia Project Builder of the Year for the second year in a row.

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Renovate with award-winning quality!


At Summit Home Improvements, as part of the Summit Homes Group our number one priority is to provide with the best home renovation experience, every time.

It’s all part of our “Built Around People” commitment and mission to build and renovate WA’s best homes, and it’s something we’ve been doing for close to 40 years.

So it was a great achievement over the weekend to learn that we won Project Builder of the Year for the second year in a row at the 2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards.

The prestigious award is one of the highest-possible distinctions a WA builder can receive for quality craftsmanship and guess what…’s you as our client who ultimately benefits!

The great results didn’t stop there. On top of winning Project Builder of the Year, Summit Home Improvements were also named as finalists in the Best Alterations and Additions catagories for our stunning renovations in Subiaco and Attadale!

As a whole, our Group accepted a total of three awards and 10 finalists at the MBAs and as you can imagine, we can’t wipe the smile off our faces.

While this news is clearly great for our team, it’s really you as our customer, who ultimately benefits.

It means that when you choose to renovate or extend your home with Summit Home Improvements, you’re building with an award winning Group who demonstrate above all other builders that we deliver excellence across all business and customer operations.

All of these benefits  are what helped us win these awards and are what you can experience if you partner with one of WA’s most trusted home renovators.

  • Direct access to your building supervisor
  • A complete and unrivalled follow-up service
  • In-house designs and administration teams

Plus, complete peace of mind with:

  • Lifetime Structural Guarantee*
  • Six month maintenance period from practical completion
  • Housing Indemnity Insurance
  • Certified Termite Treatment
  • HIA Fixed Price Building Contract
  • Engineer designed reinforced concrete slab and footings
  • Price Hold Guarantee

When you want to renovate with the best builder in WA, choose Summit Home Improvements and contact us today!

2018 Master Builders-Bankwest Housing Excellence Awards


WINNER 2018 Project Builder of the Year, Metro – Summit Homes Group

WINNER 2018 Best Display Home $230,000 – $260,000, Metro – New Generation Homes (Oak Ridge)

WINNER 2018 Best Contract Homes $230,000 – $280,000, Metro – New Generation Homes (Wannanup)


FINALIST 2018 Best Alterations and Additions $200,000-$250,000, Metro – Summit Home Improvements (Subiaco)

FINALIST 2018 Best Alterations and Additions $400,000-$500,000, Metro – Summit Home Improvements (Attadale)

FINALIST 2018 Best Ancillary Dwelling, Metro – Summit Granny Flats (South Yunderup)

FINALIST 2018 Best Display Home $210,000-$230,000, Metro – Easystart Homes (Fusion)

FINALIST 2018 Best Display Home $210,000-$230,000, Metro – Easystart Homes (Aria)

FINALIST 2018 Best Display Home $230,000-$260,000, Metro – Easystart Homes (Noir)

FINALIST 2018 Best Display Home $230,000-$260,000, Metro – New Generation Homes (Infinite)

FINALIST 2018 Best Display Home $280,000-$350,000, Metro – Summit Homes (Industria)

FINALIST 2018 Best Contract Homes $180,000-$230,000, Metro – Easystart Homes (Byford)

FINALIST 2018 Best Contract Homes $280,000-$350,000, Metro – Summit Homes (Madora)



Christmas Closure

We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
Our Perth office and showrooms are closed from Friday 22nd December, reopening Tuesday 2nd January.

We look forward to seeing you all again when we reopen in 2018!

8 simple ways to get ready for your renovation

One of the most enjoyable elements of a home renovation is the dreaming and planning beforehand. And the more prepared you are, the more creative and cohesive the finished product will be.

To help with your planning process, here are 8 tasks to complete before your house improvements begin:

 1. Ask yourself: “Why do I want to renovate?”

The finest house extensions are those that organically form around your modern lifestyle. Whether your home’s layout is out-dated or your family has expanded, the motivations behind your house improvements can help determine your home renovation wish list and order of priority.

2. Gather inspiration

Unlike moving to a different house, renovating your existing home gives you the rare chance to reimagine entire living areas to your exact specifications. Immerse yourself in home renovation ideas, from magazines and Pinterest, to renovation TV shows. You can also peek inside other Perth house improvements via the case studies on our website.

Collate your favourite pieces onto a mood board to give your renovation builder an idea of where your tastes lie.

3. Define your budget

Budget will inevitably determine the scope of your home renovations (Perth), so it’s worthwhile having a strong idea of exactly how much you plan to spend.

4. Scope it out

With a rough budget set in place, you can start to outline the overall scope of your home extensions, such as a kitchen renovation and bathroom renovation and/or adding a second storey.

5. Research renovation builders (Perth)

Perhaps one of the most important steps is choosing your renovation builder. Ask for detailed quotes, and make sure you’re comparing ‘like with like’ in order to determine value for money, not just the cheapest price. Testimonials, references and awards are also good indications and can often be found on renovation builder’s websites and social media.

6. Research rules and regulations

There are certain codes and regulations relating to home renovations (Perth) that must be accommodated into any home improvement planning. Rest assured, our renovation builders take care of absolutely everything including all council approvals and inspections.

7. Accommodation

Should you be undertaking extensive home renovations, such as a significant house extension, you may need to arrange temporary accommodation.

However with our innovative construction technology we can install a second storey house extension in just one day which means minimal disruption to you and your family, with no need to move out!

8. Trust your home renovation to us, the house renovation experts.

Successfully completing more than 3000 renovations over the last close to 40 years, has given us market-leading expertise in making sure your home renovation is stylish, efficient and fantastic value for money.

Call us today on 6365 2901 to organise your no-obligation, free design consultation.

7 ways to future-proof your home renovation

Home renovations enable you to embrace modern home styles and trends without moving house.

To make sure your exciting home improvements stand the test of time, here are six simple ways to future proof your house renovations:

1. Floorplan flexibility

Talk to your renovation builder about perfecting a home layout that will evolve with your family. Look for ways to achieve floorplan flexibility, such as a nursery near the master retreat that can evolve into a study, or a kid’s activity room that can become a home theatre. Adding a second storey can add future entertaining options for when your children get older and need their own space. A flexible floorplan could also ensure your home appeals to more buyers if/when the time comes to sell.

2.Timeless style over quirky trends

When it comes to those big functional features in your home renovation, opt for timeless style over quirky trends that can date very quickly. The best way to incorporate fast moving trends is via easily replaceable items such as wallpaper and light fixtures.

3.Build a more affordable future

Safeguard against rising utility prices by incorporating energy efficiency into your house improvements, such as energy efficient appliances in your kitchen renovation and water saving fixtures in your bathroom renovations.

4. Future needs

A future-proofed home renovation (Perth) must take your future needs into account, especially if you planning to live in your home for a long time! This entails your house improvements accommodating a future where you may need to use a wheelchair or simply have less mobility than you used to. For example, your bathroom renovation should feature a hobless shower, while wider doorways could be considered throughout your home improvements.

5. Smart technologies

Our renovation builders (Perth) can integrate smart technologies into your home renovations, such as clever climate control, lighting, lock-ware, home surveillance and kitchen appliances, all of which can be remotely controlled.

6.Upgrade pipework

When undertaking house extensions, including a kitchen renovation or a bathroom renovation, consider upgrading the plumbing that services these areas. For example, rather than placing a new bath on top of 40-year-old pipes, upgrade the pipework as well to protect against future leakage.

7.Safeguard your future with Summit Home Improvements

Past experience can be a strong guarantee of future success. At Summit Home Improvements, we’ve proudly demonstrated our award-winning home renovation experience across more than 3000 renovations; renovations we standby with a 6-month maintenance back-up service and a lifetime structural guarantee*.

To arrange your free design consultation, call us today on 6365 2901.


*Conditions apply, speak with you design consultant for more details.

Home renovations in a strata home

Duplexes, triplexes and other strata-titled homes differ from green titled homes in a few ways. Strata-titled homes are situated on the same property, and can often share at least one common wall plus some common areas. Strata laws govern what can and can’t be done by each property owner.

If you reside in a duplex, triplex or another type of strata-titled home, you may be wondering whether or not you can carry out home renovations.

You are permitted to undertake home improvements if you own a strata property, however there are some important factors that your renovation builder will need to consider:

Strata laws may affect your house renovation plans

If you live amongst multiple other units, the governing strata company and council will have rules in place regarding what building changes can and cannot be made. Redecorating within your internal walls is usually permitted, as these changes are purely cosmetic and aren’t visible from the exterior. However, should you be looking to undertake structural changes as part of your home renovations, such as removing walls within a kitchen renovation, this is certainly something you would likely need strata approval for.

Your strata company will also have a strong interest in any home renovations that alter the external look of your building. You may need to get your neighbours’ approval to make any external changes, as they have a vested interest in the style and consistency of the overall complex.

House extensions in a strata-titled property

House extensions in a strata-titled property aren’t allowed to encroach onto common space, yet there are other avenues to achieving a stylish house extension.

For example, our renovation builders successfully completed a kitchen and living area extension within a strata home in Melville. The owner was looking to open up their small kitchen and dining areas, which would entail taking some space from the external courtyard. Our home renovation experience ensured that our renovation builders and designers were able to overcome any strata challenges in order to deliver a large, modern open plan kitchen and dining area. In total, the house extensions gave the owner more than 18m2 of extra internal space.

The quality of this particular home renovation saw the project become a finalist in the Master Builders Housing Excellence Awards. Yet, what mattered most to our renovation builders was that the client loved the finished product!

Melville External Award

Transform your strata-titled property with Summit Home Improvements

From a kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation to a creative house extension, we will meet with you without charge or obligation to discuss your strata property renovation options.

Call our home improvements team today on 6365 2901 to see how we can help you!

Improve your home with award-winning quality

We’re proud to share that Summit Home Improvements was twice a winner and three times a finalist at the 2017 HIA – TRUECORE® Steel Perth Housing Awards on 14 October 2017.

We took out top honors in the Renovation / Addition Project Up to $200,000 and HIA Renovation / Addition Project $200,000 to $300,000 categories.

We were also a finalist in the Renovation / Addition Project Up to $200,000 category and twice a finalist for Renovation / Addition Project of the Year.

Proudly part of the Summit Homes Group, we’re also pleased to announce that as a whole our Group accepted 7 awards and 15 finalists – a result unmatched by any other project home builder group in Perth.

Summit Homes Group General Manager Metro Tony Harvie said he was thrilled with the result, which showed our Group’s dedication to building excellence.

“It’s an extraordinary achievement and highlights our passion, commitment and dedication. While the awards recognition is very humbling, it’s not the judges we strive to impress. It’s our customers,” he said.

“We were also thrilled to be announced as one of just three finalists in the Excellence in Service Award (Large Builder) – which asked clients we had built homes for over the past 12 months to complete a survey about our dedication to building excellence.”

And it shows in everything we build – when you build with Summit Home Improvements you can be confident you’re partnering with our reliable and trustworthy team.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) holds the awards annually to recognise leaders in the building industry, and this year received a record number of more than 600 submissions in Perth.

“In what was announced as HIA’s most competitive awards yet, our awards are a great achievement for not only our employees, but also our customers who can be confident they have chosen a group committed to building WA’s best places to live,” Tony said.

Our awards and accolades are as follows:



You can see the full list of 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 2921 or contact us online today!

Best workplace winners for the third year running!

For the third year running Summit Homes Group has been named as one of Australia’s Best Places to Work, recognising we continually strive to deliver on our promise of being ‘Built Around People’.

At Summit Home Improvements, as part of Summit Homes Group, we are proud to share in this award that celebrates the Group’s achievements as well as the many benefits this news brings for our clients.

“When people genuinely enjoy their job they produce high quality work, so we are continually focused on creating a great place to work for our employees, which leads to a fantastic result for WA homebuyers,” Managing Director David Simpson said.

Summit Homes Group ranked 9 in the category of more than 100 employees, and is the only WA headquartered company and sole homebuilder in this category to make the national list judged by the Best Places to Work Study.

We took part in the independent workplace assessment earlier this year and have been recognised for our excellence in leadership in employee programs, communication and open-door management.

Our new state-of-the-art headquarters is on track to open in Myaree early in the New Year – which will also include a one-stop-shop for homebuyers with pre-start, office and selection area.

“We have over 320 employees who are part of the “Summit Family” and we know that a great place to work builds great places to live, so this recognition is actually a win for everyone wanting to build, develop or renovate,” Mr Simpson said.

“We are about to celebrate 40 successful years in building homes in the State that we love so to be recognised as one of Australia’s best is a great win for local families.”

This award caps off an impressive 38 other accolades won across Summit Homes Group in the past 12 months, including 2017 Master Builder Western Australia Project Builder of the Year and Best Customer Service for Metro and South West, as well as one of Australasia’s best workplaces.

“It is an extraordinary achievement and highlights our commitment, passion and dedication. And it shows in everything we build,” Mr Simpson said.

See the full list of Best Place to Work in Australia 2017 here.

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House renovations that create a modern home

As the years and decades go by, just about every home starts to show its age. Out-dated floor plans, tiny kitchens and daggy tiling all add up to make your home feel out of sync with today’s fashions.

Modernising your home is a great reason to undertake home renovations (Perth). If you’re planning to stay in the home, you’ll get to enjoy huge lifestyle benefits. And should you choose to sell, the financial benefits of your home improvements will also likely follow.

To get the inspiration flowing, here are some of our favourite ways to modernise Perth homes:

Open up your home to new ideas

These days, it’s all about wide-open spaces and free flowing living areas. Chances are, your old home has closed-in rooms instead, so talk to your renovation builder about taking out some walls as part of your house renovations.

Re-uniting your dining and kitchen area, and your lounge and alfresco, can all go a long way towards dragging your home up into the current decade.

Kitchen renovations

Canary yellow laminate isn’t quite so groovy anymore, just like brown poky ovens and paper-thin linoleum. A kitchen can really give away a home’s age, so a kitchen renovation is essential when modernising your home. Go for stone benchtops, two-tone cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and ultra amounts of storage (scullery, anyone?). Island benchtops can achieve two modern miracles by further increasing bench space and storage while creating a segway onto your open plan living.

Bathroom renovations (Perth)

No longer just a place for a quick wash, modern bathrooms create a sanctuary that invites you to relax and unwind. Consider including a standout luxury feature in your bathroom renovation, such as a freestanding bath or an exotic double shower. Be careful not to under or overcapitalise on your bathroom renovation (our renovation builders can help with this), and opt for practicality over elaborateness at all times. Note that even in low budget bathroom renovations, workmanship such as tiling must always be completed to a high standard.

Updating outdoors

Back in the day, a patio and a patch of grass was a standard Australian backyard. Yet as more of us look to bring the comforts of inside to the great outdoors, many modern house improvements are including a beautiful contemporary alfresco. Talk to our renovation builders about modern outdoor inclusions such as a built-in kitchen, mood lighting and weatherproofing.

Meet the modern renovation builders (Perth) – Summit Home Improvements

Ready to modernise your home with a contemporary home renovation? There’s more than one way to be modern, and we’d love to show you the current styles and trends that could look beautifully at home in your place.

To book your no-obligation, free design consultation, call our renovation builders today on 6365 2901!



Achieving idyllic open plan living

One of the greatest home design traits to change over the years has been the transition from segregated rooms to open plan living.

As experienced renovation builders (Perth), transforming poky rooms into sun-bathed open plan living has become a common thread through many of our home improvement projects. After all, open plan living gives your home a greater sense of space, while allowing family members to do different things while being together in the one area.

With that in mind, here are the three important home renovation elements to consider when achieving open plan opulence:

1. The purpose behind your open plan living

What’s your main motivation for adopting open plan living? Is it purely about large-scale entertaining, or is it more about keeping younger kids entertained in the one area so they stay within view? These questions can help determine those big factors such as how much area you want opened up and what the function of each space within will be.


2. Factors and consequences

Once you’ve figured out what walls are likely coming down as part of your home renovation, it’s time to hit your renovation builder with the resulting cascade of questions. Which walls can be safely removed? What expanses will need extra support? What are the noise and climate control implications of making all these changes?

A quality renovation builder (Perth) should also consider your ‘line of sight’. What can you see when standing in the kitchen? Can the rooms be furnished to take in garden views? Will sun glare hit the TV in the afternoon?


3. Definition by design

The best open plan living areas are those that have clearly defined spaces within the open plan area. You can define your distinct areas through the use of rugs, low-lying furniture and wall colouring.

Your renovation builder may also suggest semi-transparent structures, such as spaced vertical timber beams that define a dining area without closing it in completely.

Remember to also consider what ‘routes’ you will commonly take through the open plan area, such as moving from the kitchen to the coffee table. Having to constantly walk around a large couch will begin to get annoying!

Open up a world of possibilities with Summit Home Improvements

Achieving open plan living can also achieve incredible lifestyle benefits for you and your family. And with our renovation builders (Perth), your home improvements can start to take shape very soon.

We’ll project manage your house renovations from start and finish, and it costs nothing to find out more. To book your free, no obligation design consultation, call us today on 6365 2901!

Renovating to sell: 5 value-adding home improvements

While home renovations should always add value to your lifestyle, the best house improvements are those that also greatly add to the value of your home, allowing you to reap the rewards once the time comes to sell.

Our renovation builders (Perth) have built a legacy upon achieving significant lifestyle and financial benefits through our innovative home renovations.

Should you be looking to sell, and want to maximise the sale price of your home, a house improvement can considerably increase your sale price.

To help sharpen your renovation strategy, here is what we consider to be five of the most value-adding house improvements:

1.Bathrooms and kitchens

When undertaking house improvements, we place great emphasis on kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations. After all, it’s these rooms that are said to ‘sell’ a home.

These days, kitchens and bathrooms are expected to be bigger and more stylish than ever. Our kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations work to greatly improve storage within a sleek style palette.  Should you have room, opt for ‘his’ and ‘hers’ features in the bathroom such as double vanities and a double shower. Be warned that it can be easy to overcapitalise with kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations – we can help guide you to strike the perfect balance.


2.Open plan living

Open plan living continues to be a popular choice of many WA families, so it makes sense that you’ll attract more buyers with an ‘open plan’ layout.

Our house improvements create spacious, light-filled living areas, such as removing unnecessary barriers between the kitchen, lounge room and alfresco. However, it’s important not to go overboard and lose too much definition between multiple rooms – some rooms function best when they can be closed off (such as a study).


3.Additional rooms and storage

A second bathroom has gone from a luxury to a necessity these days, with many home renovations (Perth) looking to add on a second bathroom or ensuite. When building additional bathrooms or other rooms, make sure your renovation builder pays particular attention to lighting, storage and ventilation.

4.Update your outdoor living

Improving your outdoor area to create flawless indoor/outdoor living can add to the overall perceived living space of your home – an important factor come auction day. Ensure your home renovations incorporate the alfresco. If budget permits, consider upgrading your alfresco to make it functional all year around. On a limited budget, something as simple as defining your landscape into distinct ‘dining’, ‘playing’ and ‘garden’ areas can make it seem bigger and ready to enjoy straight away.


5.Excellent exteriors

Last but not least is the exterior of your home. Unfortunately, there may be some buyers who will make a decision about whether or not to view your home based upon what it looks like from the kerb. Our renovation builders can help you maximise your home’s roadside appeal with various elements such as rendering and landscaping.

Renovate for sales success with our renovation builders (Perth)

Whether you are looking for extensive house extensions or a quick makeover, we can help advise you on how to maximise the appeal and sale price of your home when the time comes to sell.

We’d love to discuss the home renovation possibilities in your place – to book your no obligation, no cost design consultation, call our experienced team today on 6365 2901!

Adding a second storey onto a character home

From Claremont to Victoria Park, Perth is peppered with beautiful heritage homes. If you are fortunate enough to own one, no doubt you will want to retain the priceless charm of the home when undertaking house extensions.

Adding a second storey is a popular home extension option, giving you extra space and capturing views without infringing upon your outdoor areas. Our renovation builders (Perth) have successfully upsized many character homes. If you’re dreaming about the second storey potential of your own character home, here’s a succinct guide to get you started:

  1. Be a sticky beak!

Chances are, you’ve begun to take a strong interest in neighbouring character homes that have already added a second storey. Why not strike up a conversation with the owners for some home renovation insights?

You can also peek inside beautiful character house renovations on our website, from a 1930’s Californian Bungalow that now houses three generations under the one roof to a renovated 1920’s manor style home.

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2. Know your limits

Character home improvements can be guided by certain requirements and restrictions, such as local council covenants or possible heritage listings. What’s more, adding a second storey to a character home must work around the delicate detailing on the first level, which brings functional variations into play. For a smooth home renovation journey, it’s best to know as much as possible upfront, which is something a Summit Home Improvement design consultant can help you with!

3. Decide how you want to extend

You can add a second storey to your character home using either traditional or modular extension methods. A modular second storey can greatly benefit your home renovations (Perth) by speeding up the entire process whilst also allowing you to stay in your home during the house improvements. Our renovation builders are well experienced in making sure both home levels are optimised during the house extensions. For example, when adding a second storey to a Claremont character home, we utilised space within a WIR for the staircase so that it did not impact the original home’s light-filled layout.


4. Style sensitivities

Choose a renovation builder that appreciates the distinct era of your home, such as those subtle style nuances that make your home beautifully unique. We can help you pinpoint your home’s best features and make sure they shine, such as a rare stone fireplace or ornate cornicing.

5. Seamless extensions

Given the vintage nature of character homes, it is crucial to add a second storey with some subtlety so that it doesn’t overpower the existing home. Your character home renovations should blend seamlessly with the original both internally and externally, maximising the kerbside appeal. Our renovation builders are passionate about uniform second storey extensions – we were proudly awarded the Master Builders Award for a character home in Kensington, where we achieved a vast second storey extension that flawlessly integrated with the original home.


Choose character and class with Summit Home Improvements

From adding a second storey to bathroom renovations and kitchen renovations, our renovation builders can greatly enrich the class and character of your heritage home, while servicing your modern family’s every need.

To arrange your obligation-free design consultation for zero cost, call our renovation builders (Perth) today on 6365 2901!

The Top 5 reasons to undertake home renovations

If you’re wondering how best to renovate your home, the answer likely lies in why you’ve decided to renovate. In our experience undertaking house renovations right across Perth, we’ve come to identify five popular reasons as to why so many WA families choose to commence house extensions or house renovations with us.

Home Renovation Reason #1: Avoiding the cost of moving

Moving house can have financial, physical and even emotional costs. Financially, buying and selling can require many thousands of dollars, once you consider costly expenses like stamp duty, relevant fees and the chunk your real estate agent keeps for themselves!

There’s also the physical task of packing and unpacking your life, as well as the emotional toll of leaving a street you love and maybe even having to change the kid’s school.

Imagine if all this money and energy was diverted into improving your existing home? From bathroom renovations and kitchen renovations to exciting house extensions, you can upgrade your lifestyle without leaving your great location behind.

Home Renovation Reason #2: Restore a character home

History and heritage are two things that money can’t buy, so it’s little wonder that many people choose to restore a character home.

Undertaking home improvements in a character home can give you the best of both worlds – timeless charm combined with modern luxuries. For example, when undertaking a bathroom renovation or kitchen renovation in a character home, we are able to achieve a fashionable fusion of heritage-style fixtures and fittings blended tastefully with today’s technologies. It can certainly pay to engage experienced renovation builders (Perth) when restoring character homes, as we can help identify any structural surprises so they don’t become costly headaches down the track.

Home Renovation Reason #3: Making room for more family members

House extensions are often undertaken to accommodate new and old family members. Ask your renovation builder to think creatively to get maximum lifestyle for your buck. For example, if you need extra room for an adult child or an elderly relative, why not consider an internal granny flat rather than just an additional room, bringing exponentially more peace and privacy to your household.

Home Renovation Reason #4: Upgrading the home’s function

As your family grows, so can your desire to renovate! A kitchen renovation can finally deliver that much needed style and storage, while a house extension can bring with it a second bathroom, a games room / man-cave or even an all-season alfresco complete with built-in kitchen.

Home Renovation Reason #5:  Increase your property’s value/prepare home for sale

House renovations can be a powerful tool in a slow market, making your home stand out from the rest. As experienced renovation builders (Perth), we can help ensure you don’t overcapitalise and are realistically catering to who may potentially buy your home. We recommend focusing your money on where it matters most, such as opening up living areas and undertaking a kitchen renovation or bathroom renovation.  These house improvements can really add value to your home and your lifestyle.

Write your success story with Summit Home Improvements

No matter why you’re choosing to renovate, it pays to surround yourself with the right people. Our home improvements team are behind more than 3000 renovations, and we’d love to share our insights with you.

To arrange your no-obligation, free design consultation, call us today on 6365 2901!

Renovating to fix a dated floor plan

Awkward floor plans don’t make for enjoyable living, especially when you want your lifestyle to include outdoor entertaining and socialising. Today, open plan living is a concept most builders and architects incorporate into their plans, so if you’ve got a home with an impractical layout that includes small rooms, closed-off kitchens and narrow hallways, there are solutions available that give you amazing results in your home improvements.

Here are our top tips tips to help get you started on your house renovations.

How will you use the space?

One of the first things you need to do is think about how you would ideally like to live in the home after home renovations (Perth). If you have young children, they’ll eventually grow up, so living spaces like play rooms will be used differently – if at all – as time passes.

If you like to host get-togethers, and there’s no clear entrance to the backyard or an outdoor entertaining area, home improvements are an opportunity to create one and build directly off a new open plan living space and kitchen. Accessibility ideas are endless, from amazing bi-fold doors to a kitchen servery, but in the end you want a floor plan that will flow to make for an inviting space.

Putting together a floor plan

Many people choose to enlist a specialist home renovation company who can help them transform their home’s layout. If your home is from an earlier decade, then your lounge will be at the front while your closed-off kitchen sits at the back with no connection to meals and living areas, or the backyard. By keeping the kitchen in its original position and just doing kitchen renovations– you’ll end up leaving each room where it is. A renovations builder (Perth) can see beyond the scope and help suggest where rooms can be moved to.

By speaking with a home renovation specialist, they can help you envision which walls can be knocked down to make bigger spaces, what doors and windows can be moved, if bedrooms can be made bigger, and where you can place a new open plan kitchen and living. Ask yourself, are there spaces that could overlap their use, and are there others with more potential functional use? The same could be said for bathrooms – consider not just a bathroom renovation, but moving the room altogether to accommodate any new home improvements.


Consider extending up or out

If you find that your layout is just not working out because the home is too small for your needs, consider an extension. Home extensions or adding a second storey can allow for more creativity and opportunities when it comes to changing the complete layout of your home. It’s also a way of incorporating a second bathroom and even parent or teenager retreat spaces.

If your backyard has room to move, extending outward is the perfect option, but if there isn’t then adding a second storey to your home renovation will transform the home both internally and externally.


Summit Home Improvements are the home renovation specialists who can help you with your house renovations, home improvements and house extensions. Call 08 6365 2901 (Perth Metro) or 08 9760 1914 (South West) to speak to one our Design Consultants today.

Go from a single storey to a double storey in no time

If you love your home and your neighbourhood, but you’re running out of space, there’s no reason for you to sell to find something bigger in another neighbourhood. All you need to do is look at one of the most popular alternatives – adding a modular second storey!

Modular Second Storey Extensions

Modular second storey additions are growing in popularity.  Unlike traditional methods modular extensions are constructed offsite. At Summit Home Improvements, our modular second storey extensions are built at Summit HQ in our purpose-built, all weather facility. When completed they are transported to the home, then craned into position; with the staircase and service connections completed in just a matter of weeks.

This means a much faster turnaround to get your second-storey put onto your house, and only minor disruptions for a few weeks – which is ideal for busy families.

Modular Second Storey Case Study


The team at Summit Home Improvements were able to create this stunning modular second storey addition for Mark and Lisa, focused on creating additional living areas for their young family whilst modernising their home. The homeowners were also adamant that the second storey addition blend seamlessly with their original home.

“Our experience during the design stage was awesome. Ideas from Summit Home Improvements and us were amalgamated together to get a fantastic design that suits our needs. Summit Home Improvements were very aware and careful to ensure the design looked like our home was “always” a two storey. It blends so well,” said Mark and Lisa.

To increase the functionality of the Wilkinson’s home, the second storey was designed to include a large entertainment space complete with a home theatre and bar as well as an extra store room and study area, providing plenty of room to both work and play. “We love it. Rooms are as we envisaged and every bit as we saw on designs. Our home has been modernised and we are very proud of how it looks,” said Mark and Lisa.

The homeowners loved the direct one on one contact they had with their project coordinator and site supervisor and appreciated the care and respect that was provided by the Summit Home Improvements team as whole. “Staff were great to deal with. Points of contact were easy to get in contact with and trades treated our home as a “home” and not a building site.” said Mark and Lisa.

Modular Second Storey Designs

Summit Home Improvements have seven second-storey home extension designs to choose from, or you can work with one of our designers to have yours custom-designed to suit the layout of your home. Any requests to keep the aesthetics of your home are honoured, so that your extension appears to have been there since the house was first built.

Call us today on 6365 2901 to turn your second-storey extension dream become reality.

Looking for renovation inspiration? Here are our top places to visit online!

Are you looking to do some home improvements or house extensions? Then we have some amazing places you can visit online while looking for inspiration, from helping you decide how you want your addition to look to the latest fixture and fittings trends.

Here are some of our top inspirational places to get you started with planning your next home renovation!

Renovation bonanza

The ever-addictive Pinterest is the place to be if you want to scan through thousands of inspiring ideas that could do wonders for your home renovations (Perth). All you need to do is type key words into the search field and you’ll be taken aback by the limitless amount of photo posts put to you. When you click on one, it will take you to its originally located website, so you’re bound to find even more inspiration beyond Pinterest.

But be warned! Pinterest can be addictive as you create unique ‘boards’ of your favourite rooms. Search under key words like renovation ideas, kitchen renovations, home extensions, and bathroom renovations (Perth) and be blown away with what you find! Make sure you check out our Pinterest board for some of our favourite renovations and transformations!

Case studies and galleries

We have our own online galleries of real customers’ completed projects. From second-storey extensions to new staircases, outdoor entertaining areas and kitchen renovations, take a look at the incredibly inspiring before and after photos in our website’s gallery and case studies sections.

Interior design

The interior design industry in Australia is booming, and with the rise of social media there is now better access than ever to view some of the most stylish homes in the country. Personally, our favourites are found on Instagram and Facebook, and feature incredibly suave, modern and creative home interiors that will get any renovators hearts pumping.

Never has the scope for home improvements been so wide, so be sure to find and store/save your favourite ideas, especially your favourites from Summit Home Improvements, to get your renovation dreams underway by contacting us today!

What to discuss when meeting with a builder

Doing an extension or addition is an exciting process, and there will be lots of questions to ask along the way.

So whether you’re looking to completely modernise your home including a kitchen and bathroom renovation (Perth), ground floor extension or second storey addition, you’re going to need to know the right questions to ask to make sure you get a high quality build and know what to expect.

Here are some all-important topics to discuss with your renovation builders (Perth).

Valid certificates and licences

Does your builder hold a valid building licence? To gain licensed status, your builder should have completed compulsory training as determined by a licensing body. Always ask how long they’ve been in business for, and how many renovations they have completed.

If you’re thinking about major home renovation work, contact a licenced home renovation builder (Perth) first. It might seem like a good option at the time to go with someone ‘without formal qualifications or certifications’ to save money, but you could end up paying for it in the long-run.

Fees and charges and what’s included?

Your renovation builders (Perth) should present you with a written contract, one which includes the scope of work for your renovation and accurate pricing.

At Summit Home Improvements, our fixed priced contracts include a custom design, all council approvals, computer generated perspectives of the home renovation and much more.

Ask about builder’s maintenance period and warranty

Most contracts include a defects liability period. While many builders only offer a 4 month maintenance period, Summit Home Improvements proudly supplies its clients with a 6 month after-build service. Even more, our in-house maintenance specialists pride themselves on prompt and courteous service.

Ask for examples of past and current work

Your renovation builder (Perth) should be able to show you examples of previous work. Take a look at their website or social media channels to see examples of past and present home renovations, to give you an idea of the quality of home renovations they offer.

What is the process?

The process to get your home improvements project up and running from concept to completion should be easy and streamlined. Summit Home Improvements offer a seamless process, from design, council approvals, fixed price contract, onsite project management and 6 month after-build service.

Our team can turn your home improvements dreams into a reality. Call or email us for your free design consultation.

Breathing new life into your 1960s home

Updating a family home is not an easy task, no matter the size of the project, and if you have an older property then chances are it will need some home improvements done to it. Many people are drawn to houses originally built in the 1960s for their appearance and character, but after more than 50 years of exposure to the elements both inside and out, house renovations are often necessary to retain current living standards.

Whether it’s been your family home for decades, or you’ve just made the purchase, there may be a variety of features you’re looking to change – from bathroom renovations and home extensions, to remodelling an entire house, and there are some tips and tricks of the trade to help keep the character of your 1960s home without sacrificing its history.

Features you may consider changing

House extensions: Additions and home extensions are a great way to increase living space without having to compromise the home itself. By adding a second storey or expanding into unused block space, your 1960s home will be transformed into a modern-day property – just like homeowner Annette did with her 50-year-old Rossmoyne property, whose upstairs house extensions by Summit Home Improvements provides her family with a parents’ retreat/office, walk-in wardrobes and a master bedroom with ensuite and river views.

Kitchen, Dining and Living Room Modernisation: The family kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and 1960s designs were vastly different to today’s modern take of the room, which represents simplicity and light. Sixties styles were full of burnt oranges and lime greens, timber cabinetry and linoleum floors, so if it hasn’t had any kitchen renovations since it was built, then modern-day and contemporary home improvements will do wonders for that space. You’ll also want to consider opening up that separate kitchen, and creating an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room space – ideal for bringing it into the modern day.

Update Layout: Reworking the configuration of original layout can not only provide a better flow of movement, but can allow for additional bedrooms, entertaining areas and storage space. Knocking down walls and putting up new ones can better connect one room to another, create a theatre room or office space, and is a great opportunity to get that 1960s bathroom renovation done at the same time. Read more about Ardross couple Alisdair and Alison who enlisted the help of Summit Home Improvements to reconfigure their family home and construct additional living space as well as a second-storey and balcony all while retaining their large backyard and alfresco.

These types of house renovations are not hard to get started on and can be done!

Features of the home you may want to keep

Look around your 1960s-era home and see what, if any, features you would like to retain.

You might love a particular design feature, which you want to replicate them throughout the home to create a seamless finish. If you are paying homage to the original home, research popular trends of that era, so that you’re new addition or extension is sensitive to its current look and feel.

As with decade-old homes, they have incredible character to them, and it’s possible to retain all that personality using similar colours or materials which are iconic to the era the home was built.

Speak to the Home Improvement Specialists

Summit Home Improvements are your home extensions and house renovations specialists, ready to help you transform your house into your dream home.

Call (08) 6365 2901 (Perth Metro) or (08) 9760 1914 (South West) to speak to a Summit Home Improvements consultant today.

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