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Shiona Braithwaite

I can relate! We kicked off our home extension just a few weeks before lockdown in March. The build was the third and final stage to update our home and this time, included new master bedroom plus ensuite and WIR, open plan living and dining area onto existing kitchen, new home office and additional chill out zone / media for the kids. We also went with an opening roof over the outdoor paved area.


With COVID lockdown looming, we were initially unsure if the builders would need to “tools down”, leaving us with an exposed house going into Winter. Our builders are local and a family run operation consisting of father and many sons; who did a great job.


Work commenced three weeks prior to lockdown in Sydney and the entire three month job was done whilst my husband and I worked full time jobs from home; with two kids home schooled 11 + 15 years - not the initial plan! A false wall was created to keep us as seperate as possible from both the elements and the builders in a COVID safe way; throughout much of the structural work. Much of our communication was done via phone and email.


Overall, it was a very stressful time for all and in the early “unknown COVID” days, I found myself travelling to bathroom and tile suppliers to purchase everything upfront and online, in the event, they were shut down. This coupled with doing Zoom meetings from my car, all made it quite surreal. My husband set up shop at the front of the house, working off an ironing board as nothing else was available.


We’re very thankful to have come through that challenging time with good health and absolutely thrilled with the house results. Our home is transformed and the value added has made the struggle and uncertainty of it all, well worth it. Thanks so much to Sibyl, Gregory [and sons] from House to Home Constructions - our local builders whom over the past 5 years have completely transformed our house in a three stage build from design to staged completion. The extension looks like it was always part of the house.


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smor75

I also love the rectangular blue tiles. Could you give details please?

   
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Maun Collins

We got ours from Elite Tiles in Brisbane. They were new from Italy. Our designer had just seen them and recommended them and sent us to have a look. We bought them on the spot. They have a handmade look, but are not handmade. The colour varies from tile to tile and the texture is subtle and to me they look like pieces of the sea. I love them!

   

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