After reaching the end of the three-month renovation, Liz and Steve Deans could be forgiven for indulging in some post renovation relaxation.
But instead, the Tanawha couple decided to celebrate by hosting their daughter’s 21st birthday part on the new deck.
What better way to test out the new addition than to invite more than 70 guests around to “christen” it?
“The party was great and the deck worked very well,” Liz said.
The 180sq m deck was constructed in ModWood, a recycled product made from recycled timbers and plastics.
Placing high importance on sustainability, Liz and Steve entrusted Green Earth Homes with the renovation.
“I wanted somebody that was willing to look at new products and work with new products,” Liz said.
“I found the team at Green Earth Homes very approachable and very good to deal with. That’s what I felt at the beginning and it was certainly the case when I worked with them.”
The renovation also included a revamp of the living, dining and kitchen areas. Bamboo flooring was laid throughout the renovated living spaces and expansive windows were installed to create an open and light filled space.
Liz expected the renovation to have added $300,000 in value and said phase two was already on the horizon.
“We’ve done small things to the home over the years, but this was the biggest one (renovation). There’s constantly more to be done here and I think the next one will probably include the bedrooms and bathrooms.”
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Liz Deans says:
- Plan everything in detail and have pictures on hand to create a clear vision
- Research products and prices. Lots of new products are always being released
- Have a realistic budget and lock in prices so the margin for extras is minimal and can be kept in check
- Find a builder you can work with
- Communicate with your builder and refer back to your plan. Budget and enjoy the process.