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The hard work has paid off for National Estate
Builders, having recently won the HIA Green
Smart Renovation of the Year Award 2011 for
this Wembley house.
It took 14 months to transform the 1930s
Californian Bungalow-style home into an
The company preserved the original
art deco features of the house and replicated
the style in the new additions.
National Estate Builders believes very strongly
that you should not be able to see where the
renovations start and finish in a home, and
that the whole project should flow with the
With the help of Perth Plaster Mouldings, they
replicated some of the cornices to maintain the
original character of the home.
Recycled timber floors and windows were also
used throughout the house.
National Estate Builders really went the extra
step by acknowledging the position of the home
in relation to the northern sun, and installed solar
panels accordingly to the rear of the house to
absorb as much winter sunlight as possible.
The property also has a 15,000L rainwater
storage unit, which feeds everything in the house
including the kitchen, sinks, showers and toilets.
In addition, a greywater system feeds the
native Australian garden and herb patches.
Rather than building an addition on top of
the roof, the roof cavity was converted into two
bedrooms, an activity room and a bathroom -
otherwise known as a loft conversion.
The floors and roof are double-insulated
and the bedrooms are positioned on the
north side of the house to benefit from the
warmth of the winter sun.
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