News 2018

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.
Jones Ballard Dalkeith before after ext 2

We were also honoured to be named finalists in:

Renovation/Addition Project up to $200,000 for our renovation in Noranda
Krans Noranda before after kitchen

Renovation/Addition Project $200,001-$300,000 for our renovation in West Leederville
West Leederville Kulshreshtha before after

Renovation/Addition Project $300,001-$450,000 for our renovation in Cottesloe
Owners Cottesloe before after ext 1

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.

SHG Group Photo - May 2018 LR


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)