Dianella – New Residential

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This was the first house I did out on my own when I first came to Perth. The owner was from Brazil and still had business back in Brazil and would work in his office in this house at 1.00 am in the morning simply because it was too hot from the sun in that room. We had to change the house adding a Master bedroom, ensuite, steam room, Garage and a 20 metre in ground concrete pool. When we started work about September he decided then to gut the whole house and reroof it all, replacing the Kitchen, now 3 bathrooms, converting the existing garage into a bedroom and a new laundry. We started and finished it all in 4 months simply because we built it in timber frame. Including the pool, paving, painting and fit out.

I visited him after he had lived in the house for a couple of months and asked him how it was and he loved it. I said how it was for the heat now we made the changes and he said his air conditioner was broken and hadn’t been used. I didn’t need it as the house was comfortable. Again we looked at Passive Solar principles applied to an existing house with the additions and we provided the right amount of heat inside the house to keep it warm while eliminating it in the hot months.

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