Swift House Extension

When Triathlon and Swim Coach, Mel Cockshutt, set out to recreate her home into a space that would facilitate family life and her personal training business, ETA Constructions was chosen to do the work.

It was Mel’s architect, Paula Stone of Wayne Ellis Architects, who recommended ETA. Although Mel sourced quotes from other builders, she chose ETA largely because of the comprehensive quote that itemised every detail of the renovation, which made it easy to budget accurately.

“We needed someone who could deal with us, the council, the architect, trades and everything else that goes with a unique build like this, and Ezra gave us that confidence right from the start,” says Mel.

The original house was a 1950s retro home with beautiful curves in the front facing brickwork - a feature Mel loved and wanted to retain. This meant the new needed to complement the old, which required careful collaboration between owner, architect and builder.

The modern back extension and pool provide contrast to the original home, however inside, there’s a seamless connection between the old and new and the home flows beautifully. The original back bedroom and existing patio were removed to make way for a new wing. Furthermore, footings were dug in and then bearers and joists were placed with everything tied together with structural steel.

Using lightweight construction techniques with modern claddings also had cost advantages e.g. the cladding is quick to install resulting in labour savings, plus it looks smart and is low maintenance.

A large cavity slider offers a sound barrier and privacy between the new rumpus room and the existing bedrooms and main living space in the front part of the house. Additionally, a new kitchen and living area overlook the pool, while the new wing features a large gymnasium and training space, study and sumptuous master bedroom.

“I loved Ezra's attention to deal - he would pick out little things that we may not have noticed and made sure they were perfect,” adds Mel. “He’s an absolutely fantastic bloke to deal with...highly recommended!”

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