Home is now twice as nice

Staff writerThe West Australian
Andrew Brady and Chatarina Davidson added a second storey to their bungalow.
Camera IconAndrew Brady and Chatarina Davidson added a second storey to their bungalow. Credit: Joel Barbitta./D-Max Photography.

After renovating their Wembley abode, Andrew Brady and Chatarina Davidson’s home now expresses the desired style, boasts the right amount of space and maximises on the views available from the location.

Finding both the design and construction stages easy to navigate, they shared their experience with New Homes.

Tell us a bit about your renovation – Was this your first time renovating and how did you decide now was the right time?

We added a second storey to our 1920s California bungalow, which now sits atop of the extension that was made to our house 10 years ago.

We were excited by Summit Homes’ method of having the modular extension built offsite in its factory, so we could not only live in our home while the extension was under construction, but it could be easily dropped into place on the existing house.

We had seen this done for some friends of ours and decided that now was the right time to extend our own home.

What does the second storey include?

Having two growing boys, we really needed some more space – we love the area we live in, so we weren’t interested in moving somewhere else.

The second-storey extension has given us a new master bedroom, walk-in robe and ensuite, a music room and an office, plus an additional living space with a window seat overlooking Lake Monger and views of the city. The staircase and void features a skylight.

What was the most important thing you wanted to achieve through this renovation?

We wanted the second-storey extension to be a modern and contemporary addition that would suit the existing style of the house and not look out of place.

As a family we desired additional space and, as parents, we wanted our own personal space.

We also wanted to take advantage of the views of the city and Lake Monger that a second storey would provide.

Lastly, we wanted a upper level that didn’t look out of place with the rest of the house and minimised any impacts to our neighbours.

now it’s all done, How do you feel about your home?

We love our new addition and very quickly settled in. It felt like home in no time.

The design of the extension met all of the requirements we were after.

My wife Chatarina and our two cats love the window seat, where they can enjoy fantastic views and warm sunshine that comes through – it’s very relaxing.

CONTACT Summit Homes, 9317 0141, www.summithomes.com.au

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