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Looking To Extend Your Home? – What You Need To Know

Whether your family is growing, the grandparents are moving in, you want to add value to your Adelaide home before selling, or your existing space appears to be shrinking, home extensions can be the perfect solution for your increasing need for space. But, there’s more to a successful home extension than a handful of cash in the bank. To do the job properly, and to capitalise on the dollars you spend, there are a few things you need to be aware of.

Home Extension Budget

Carefully consider how much you have to spend. An extension typically costs more per square metre than new homes in Adelaide, because there’s usually a need to demolish surrounding walls, reinforce foundations and restore the existing structure.

Set aside how much you’re willing to spend and start to gather quotes from reputable builders. Ask your builder if they’d be willing to agree on a fixed price for the extension. A fixed price will alleviate any anxiety as the project progresses and budgets are blown out.

You should also consider if you’ll need to hire an architect and electrician as well as a builder. Factor this in, in addition to your materials, decorations and furnishings.

Finally, think with your head, not with your heart! Budgets can get out of hand when you make decisions based on what you like, not what you can afford. While you love the idea of bulkheads and LED lighting, your budget might not allow for it.

Purpose

Ask yourself: What will my new space be used for? Knowing the purpose of the area is just as important as knowing how much you have to spend, whether it’s a spare bedroom, a studio, hobby room or home theatre. Have a clear idea of the purpose of the room so that you can select materials, decorations and furniture to suit.

You should also consider the floor space needed for the room. A home cinema, for instance, will need more floor space than a child’s nursery. A home office will require less space than a gym. Not getting the dimensions of the floor space correct means you could end up with a room that’s either too big or too small.

Lead time

This a tricky one. Are you planning to have your new entertaining area for Christmas? Or perhaps you want to finish building before the arrival of your new family member. Managing your own expectations on how long the construction will likely take can save some disappointment down the line.

An ongoing renovation can also be disruptive to everyday life, especially if like many others in Adelaide in recent months you work from home. If the addition is large enough it requires you to move out of your home, you might need to find a rental property to live in for the duration of the renovation, which could pose as a significant additional expense.

In addition to the above, you’ll likely have to pay more in labour time if your project takes longer than expected. Keep this in mind and factor in the likelihood of this in your budget.

Design

Many homeowners believe an extension must match the windows, door frames, facade and eaves of the existing house, which is certainly not the case.

Extensions are an excellent opportunity to show off your creative flair – there’s no rulebook for how and why you do that. Consider changing things up a bit. For instance, a period style house may look striking with a modern extension. A contemporary home might stand out with classic features. As long as the overall concept ties in nicely with the existing home, you’ll achieve a successful result.

Insurance

What does your home insurance cover, and what will it not include in the event of damage? Many policies will not cover the construction of your extension nor the finished product. If this is the case, you’ll need to upgrade your existing policy or shop around for a new one.

Ensure your selected builder has the relevant cover for damage and injury. A good builder will have set the right foundations in the unlikely event of an at-fault error. If they don’t, consider purchasing construction insurance to cover you for any loss or injury during the build. You’ll also be covered if a builder walks out on your unfinished home extension – an unlikely result but one that’s far from ideal!

To find out how Mayfair protects our clients with insurance, call us today.

Neighbours

We all want to get along with the people who we live close to. While they shouldn’t govern your home renovation plans, you should consider how your proposed designs will affect things such as their outlook and natural sunlight.

We recommend you involve your neighbours in the design process early on, so you can troubleshoot any issues well before it’s too late. The last thing you need is a formal complaint submitted against you before construction has even begun.

Ultimately, even if you don’t involve them in the process, they will have access to your plans before they’re submitted for approval and are legally allowed to object them if there are one or more aspects they don’t like.

Planning for a home extension for your Adelaide home is exciting, but if you don’t practice due diligence before embarking on the design process, you could run into complications when you need them the least. Always ensure you act lawfully and plan well in advance, and you’ll end up with a result you love.

Mayfair is a family-owned and operated construction company with over 15(?) years experience in high-quality home extensions, home improvements and kitchen renovations in South Australia. Contact us today for a free quote to find out how we can make your home extension dreams come true.

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Your Choice In Kitchen Benchtops

As one of the most used surfaces in the house, you want to ensure your kitchen benchtops are eye-catching and durable.

Whether you are choosing benchtops for your new Adelaide home, or you’re looking to breathe life into an existing kitchen, the choice of material and design is important to complement the look and feel of the home and homeowners.

Below, we have put together some of the most attractive and affordable benchtop options:

Stainless Steel Bench Tops

Is your style modern and sleek? Stainless steel kitchen benchtops can add the ‘cool’ factor to your Adelaide home in more ways than one.

Not only do their polished surfaces look modern and clean, but stainless steel benchtops are also non-porous and resistant to heat, rust, and staining. Your sink, your splashback — even your island benchtop in your kitchen — can all flow seamlessly and turn your kitchen into a modern work of engineered art.

Stainless steel benchtops are easy to maintain and last years but can be easily scratched or dented. They are generally not a cheap option and can cost more than other materials, especially if you go for a higher-grade metal that is more scratch-resistant.

However, if you want a bold alternative that can please the eyes, then stainless steel kitchen benchtops are the right choice for you.

Timber

Timber is a timeless kitchen benchtop option. Whether your vibe is country, federation, or you simply like to mix modern sleekness with naturally rustic elements, this could be the perfect benchtop solution. With multiple kinds of wood and hues to choose from, the nicks and whorls of a timber top adds a homely appeal.

Timber brings warmth to communal spaces such as kitchens, quite striking when contrasted against neutral or cold design elements such as white tiles or stainless steel appliances.

While recycled wood and bamboo can be cost-effective solutions, timber benchtops for kitchens require upkeep, as you will often need to re-sand the top and re-varnish it with a food-safe oil or polyurethane top coating.

Marble

This stunning stone calls to mind European sophistication and suits Adelaide homeowners that want a polished, classic-looking kitchen benchtop.

Marble brightens the look of any kitchen and doesn’t conduct heat, making it perfect during those hot Adelaide summers. However, marble is also a softer stone and naturally porous, meaning that it is susceptible to scratches and markings, especially with red wine and other acidic products, unless sealed regularly.

Marble is available in three different finishes:

  • Polished: for a timeless look that can enhance the natural characters of the stone, but also make it prone to staining;
  • Honed: a less glossy finish that can help hide scratches but can also slightly dull the natural features of the stone;
  • Leathered: giving your marble stone benchtops a more textured appearance, but also making it more vulnerable to staining.

Marble is not a cheap material, particularly when choosing rarer colours, but with the right care, a marble stone top can be a low-maintenance solution that will last for years.

Granite

With its attractive glimmering grains, granite stone benchtops provide a touch of luxury for homeowners who want to add a show-and-tell element to their design — crystallised elegance that offers the perfect balance to highly modern kitchens.

Like marble, granite is a naturally porous stone and heat resistant, but is also a harder substance and therefore resilient against stains. It is also antibacterial and can come in a range of colours and looks.

Granite is a very expensive, quality material, and depending on the thickness you wish for your kitchen benchtops, can set you back a hefty price. Of course, when taking into account its durability and longevity, as well as its unique beauty, it is easy to see why granite is the go-to for homeowners who to add richness and value to their homes.

Engineered/Composite stone

A popular choice for many Adelaide first home buyers today, this mid-range cost option is ideal for anyone who wants a more affordable alternative to natural stone materials without compromising on quality, and with a similar look and feel.

Engineered stone is denser than natural stone and has no porosity, meaning that it is resistant to scratching, staining, and free from requiring ongoing maintenance over time. While it may not hold the raw appeal of marble or granite, with stone benchtops you can choose from a large range of hues to complement your design palette, and decide between a solid colour or more visually dynamic options that mimic natural stone with flecks, veins, and crystal stone elements.

Laminate

Available in an amazing variety of styles and colours, today laminate has become the ideal solution for Adelaide homeowners who want the look of higher-end materials in their kitchens, but also want to please their wallets.

Though not as durable as other options (it may need replacing in time), and vulnerable to cuts and heat, laminate kitchen benchtops are the perfect blend of looks and affordability. If you choose a high-pressure laminate, you will find that it’s also resistant to scratches and stains, and could last years with the right care.

Look for post-formed laminate that is a little thinner and flexible to eliminate joins between edges, reducing the risk of laminate peeling, and giving your kitchen a seamless look, particularly if choosing a laminate imitating natural stone.

Want more information on how to choose the perfect benchtop for your kitchen?

Are you thinking of upgrading your existing kitchen, or looking for the right kitchen benchtop for your new home? Undecided on which option best suits your price range? Contact one of our available Adelaide based Mayfair Building Group team today, who will help you find the perfect solution and provide an obligation free quote.

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How To Choose Tiles For Your Kitchen, Bathroom Or Laundry

Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom, kitchen renovation or laundry is vital to rounding off the overall look and feel of the room. The perfect tile can transform an ordinary room into a luxurious highlight of the house. In kitchens, wall tiles protect work and cooking spaces from damage. In bathrooms and laundries, tiles give added security from water damage and leakages.

If your bathroom, kitchen or laundry needs a bit of a facelift, or you’re building a new home, here’s how you can ensure you choose the right tile for the space.

 

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Proportion

You might opt to mix things up and choose various tiles of differing shapes and sizes, which can look great if chosen well. But, a standard error some homeowners make is choosing a few tiles that alone look pleasing, but disproportionate when combined in the one room.

The tiles you choose should look great together and alone. For instance, if you’re using a 20cm sized tile on the wall, the dimensions of all other tiles should be in multiples of 20 so that they marry up evenly along the grout lines.

Profile

It’s important to know that the size of the room in question plays a significant role when deciding the size and shape of the tile.

Larger tiles tend to work well in large rooms, while smaller rooms suit smaller profiles. If the tile you choose is too large for the room, it can make the space feel a lot smaller than it already is. On the other hand, small tiles in large rooms can create that “wow” factor when chosen well, but it comes down to the overall aesthetic design of the room.

When choosing tiles for your bathroom or kitchen, be mindful of how each tile interacts with other elements of the room – the basin, drains and shower screens. By choosing a larger format, will you be required to perform more cuts? How will the tile you’re considering match up to the window frames? By asking yourself questions like this, you’ll be able to find the right shape and size of the tile that balances out the room.

Grout

Grout lines tend to get overlooked for the more obvious tile itself. How will the tile look when they’re laid with grout? It’s hard to tell when you’re browsing through catalogues or in the showroom.

Yes, a collage of tiny circular tiles might look cool on their own, but you need to try and imagine what these will look like in a room and bordered by grout lines. It could be that the tiles will clutter a room and make it feel smaller.

Before making a decision, ask the sales staff if there is an option to see the tile in a recent installation.

Colour

Your options for tiling are virtually endless, and innovations are seeing a range of adventurous and creative tiling options frequently popping up in supplier catalogues.

Make sure the colour of the tile you pick complements the design and colours of the new kitchen, bathroom or laundry. If you’re going for copper fittings, then try and keep colours in the room as neutral as possible. If you’re going for a more industrial design, you might opt for a darker colour with minimal patterns.

To make sure your new room will stand the test of time from a design perspective, choose tiles that are neutral in colour, or ones that even have a natural sandstone finish. For smaller galley kitchens and powder rooms, try to use a tile that’s the same colour and size on the floors and ceilings.

Sunlight

If your room is filled with natural sunlight, then you can afford to go for a darker tile. If the room has no windows and relies on artificial light to brighten it, your best bet is choosing a tile that’s a lighter shade, like a beige or off-white. Lighter colours will make an internal kitchen or bathroom feel brighter and more spacious.

If your bathroom or kitchen has a lot of natural sunlight pouring in, then you also need to be careful that the tiles you choose don’t have a high-gloss finish. Gloss finishes can create a glare which isn’t comfortable on the eye. Go for a semi-gloss or matte finish instead.

Are you renovating your existing kitchen, laundry or bathroom, or building a new home? Choosing the right tiles is crucial to the success of the project. Speak to someone from our team at Mayfair Building Group about how we can assist in choosing the perfect tiles for your project.

 

 

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What You Need To Know About Building A Granny Flat In South Australia

Granny flats – the newest phenomenon for home additions and renovations in South Australia. These handy home additions can offer homeowners a valuable subsidy to mortgages, improve the resale value of their homes or even provide them with an affordable solution to stay close to dependent family members.

Benefits Of Building A Granny Flat

But, the benefits of granny flats don’t just stop there. An additional space
can offer homeowners:

  • A home office just metres away from their usual living space;
  • A spare guest room for friends and visitors;
  • An art/yoga studio;
  • A home gymnasium;
  • A dance studio;

The demand for granny flats has grown notably in recent years, as house prices reach record heights and younger generations are increasingly being pushed out of the housing market. They provide the perfect stepping stone for young adults who don’t yet have enough funds to buy or rent a place of their own but are at an age where they’re ready to become independent.

Australia is a big country, so it comes as no surprise that each state has its own set of laws when it comes to building granny flats on residential land. But, if you’re a South Australian homeowner and have thought about building a granny flat to provide you with a secondary income, we advise that you do some research.

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Consideration When Designing & Building

We’ve provided you with a list below of all that you need to know when considering building a granny flat in your South Australian home.

1) It’s illegal in South Australia to build a granny flat for anyone but a “dependant”. Before we go any further, it’s worth noting that it’s illegal to rent out; residential granny flats to anyone besides a “dependant” or family member in South Australia.

South Australian councils only allow homeowners to build granny flats on their land, providing its use is solely to house immediate family members; be it, elderly parents/relatives or teenage children – strictly not as an investment property. In some very rare cases, there are ways to circumvent these laws, where the primary house on the block of land isn’t actually registered as your principal place of residence. Still, we strongly suggest speaking with a reputable legal team that deals specifically in this
area before you take the risk.

2) Land restrictions play a big part in your eligibility To put it plainly, there are a specific set of rules and regulations you must meet to gain initial approval for your new granny flat construction.

Some land rules are as follows:

  • You must have at least 600m squared of adequate size and configuration in the area on which you wish to build on.
  • Your plans cannot exceed 60m squared or 70 metres above floor area of the main home (whichever has less surface area).
  • You need a minimum of 100m squared of outdoor space shared between all inhabitants of both the primary and secondary
    dwelling.
  • You’re able to provide enough on-site parking space for all residents, including one parking space allocated exclusively for occupants that inhabit the secondary dwelling.
  • You must ensure the design, exterior building materials and colours match and/or complement the primary dwelling.
  • Your granny flat cannot be standalone and must be attached to the primary dwelling.

In some cases, your plans may meet the above land regulations; however, they may be knocked back due to zoning requirements in your local district.

3) Every local council charge different yearly rates Another vital thing to identify before even getting some drafts designed is that some councils charge annual rates for granny flats while others don’t. Do your homework and make sure that whatever rate your local council charges, you’ll be able to afford them in the long run! Understand where your council sits, before taking the leap in planning and building a granny flat on your land.

4) Put an application forward to your local council. So, you’re a homeowner who wants to build a granny flat in South
Australia and you’ve ticked “yes” to the above boxes. Congratulations! You can move on to the next step.

Use A Certified Builder

Granny flats are considered “Home Developments” in South Australia and each local council requires you to submit your plans to a private certifier like Mayfair Building Group, to ensure your plans meet all the above “Development Plan” rules and restrictions.

In recent years, where house prices have soared, and the phenomenon of secondary housing has increased, Mayfair Building Group has become leading suppliers of granny flat construction in South Australia.

Whether you’re thinking ahead as your children reach an age of approaching independence or you want to provide your ageing relatives with a more enticing alternative to dependant living, we have the answers. To find out how we can get your granny flat construction certified and built 100 per cent hassle-free, contact our head office today.

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Bathroom Fixtures & Fittings – How To Make Your Bathroom Luxurious

Plush hand towels, marble flooring and mood lighting; there’s something special about swanning about an opulent bathroom that feels ultra-luxe, especially after a tiresome day at work. But without the right help, creating a spa-like space in your own home can be challenging to achieve. Which is why we’ve put together some handy tips and tricks of turning a simple room of purpose into a 5-star hotel spa that will leave a lasting impression.

1. Lighting

Sick of your clinical, fluorescent lights that flicker half a dozen times before finally making up their mind? It might be time to revive your bathroom lighting. Consider backlighting your vanity mirror for even dispersion of light and to eliminate unflattering shadows. Or, swap out those dreary fluorescents with low-glow LEDs that hide beneath bulkhead alcoves, behind mirrors or under cabinetry. You’ll be amazed at the difference indirect lighting can have to your bathroom’s atmosphere.

2. Chrome

Particularly in bathrooms, finishes are everything. For a timeless mix of luxury and class, go against the modernist grind and opt for traditional chrome fixtures and fittings. Chrome blends practicality with elegance and chic. Traditional-style faucets, handrails and towel racks, combined with marble finishes and fluffy Egyptian cotton hand towels ensure a timeless feel that screams Ritz Carlton.

This chrome faucet blends well with a sleek and modern vanity design and reflects LED light well to give it a striking sheen.

3. Double sinks

Despite what tradition tells us, double sinks don’t have to be reserved for master en-suites. Providing you have space, having two sinks in one bathroom is not only practical, but it’s reminiscent of luxe mansions and high-end hotel suites.

For couples and families, it also means you don’t have to wait in line to get ready in often frantic before-school and work mornings. This white double sink bathroom vanity is paired with two large storage drawers beneath to help
minimize clutter and add symmetry to the bathroom’s overall design.

 

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Pair your double vanity sinks up with individual mirrors or install one large shared mirror to enhance the size of your room. Either way, a double sink bathroom can turn an ordinary space into one that’s refined, sophisticated and welcoming.

4. Mood sounds

Okay, this one might sound a little far-fetched but have you ever been welcomed by rain forest sounds in a five-star restaurant’s bathroom and felt immediately relaxed? Mood audio is a phenomenon yet to make its mark in the residential market, but it’s one that will surely set your bathroom apart from the rest. And, if you want to create a one-off, bespoke space, that’s unique and memorable, then mood sounds will give you just that.

Bathrooms are usually the last thing on a homeowners list when it comes to investing dollars into creating a mood-enhancing experience, but taking that extra step will help you achieve that spa-like atmosphere you’re going for.

Mayfair works with many suppliers who deliver state-of-the-art AV systems for bathrooms that have been designed to resist humidity and excess moisture. Just ask us about them!

5. Marble

Think about the most luxurious bathroom you’ve ever set foot in, and we’ll bet it had marble countertops or tiling. Once reserved for cash-plenty homeowners, marble is more accessible and affordable than ever before, with marble veneer products taking top place in the market over solid marbles alternatives. To make your bathroom feel bright, airy and large, we suggest going for a light coloured, less complicated marble finish. Team marble up with plush bath and hand towels for added extravagance.

This striking grey and white marble bathroom is contrasted nicely against bronze fixtures and crisp white countertops to make the room pop.

 

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Want to go that one step further? Ask us about underfloor heating beneath your marble tiling for total decadence!

6. Dressing tables

Ever fantasized about sitting in front of a dimly lit dressing table in an opulent bathroom slapping on aftershave or applying your makeup before a night on the town? Your fantasies could soon become a reality by installing your very own luxurious seated dressing table in your bathroom.

A cozy, functional and bright space can turn obsolete corners of your bathroom into practical and luxurious areas. A tasteful vanity dressing table also gives you the storage you need to eliminate cosmetic and toiletry clutter from countertops.

7. Rainfall Shower Heads

Whether you live in a 40 square foot studio in the East End or a country estate in the Adelaide Hills, one aspect of a bathroom that doesn’t discriminate when it comes to space is shower heads.

Investing in a chrome rainfall shower that has a filter to activate different pressures can turn your mundane before-work shower into a resort-like sensory experience. Keep things simple with a combined rainfall and handheld shower head combination like in the image below so that you can alternate between the two, according to your desired pressure. Having the handheld shower device also makes cleaning the recess easier!

 

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Have you got the floor space for a double shower? Why not indulge in “his and hers” rainfall shower for total indulgence. You’ll save the frustrating wait in the mornings and add an added level of symmetry and spaciousness.

Are you wanting to transform your tired bathroom into one of opulence and luxuriousness but don’t know how to get there? Regardless of budget, Mayfair Building Group are experts at transforming your dreams into tangible realities. Give us a call today!

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5 Things To Ask Your Builder Before Renovating Your Home

Renovating your home can be a stressful time for homeowners and their families. Often, it can cause more stress than if you were to build a new home from scratch, especially if you remain in the house throughout the entire project.

Though renovations can take a significant financial and emotional toll on you, much of the stress can be eliminated by ensuring you and your contractor are on the same page from the get-go.

Here are 5 things to ask your builder before embarking on a home renovation:

What’s The Time Line?

Knowing your estimated start and end dates of your project is not enough. Set up a schedule of outlined tasks and each component of the project to give you a clear picture of deadlines and sequencing. For instance, when renovating your kitchen, a detailed schedule is crucial. The lead times of the cabinets signify the start date of the project, at which time sub-contractors need to be deployed.

An extension starts with knocking down walls, building foundations, and constructing the walls and ends with adding the roof and finally, installing interior and exterior wall cladding. An organised and time-oriented builder will have already created a run sheet of essential dates in order of occurrence so ask for a copy of this before giving the company the green light.

Use the timeline your builder has supplied you with as your renovation bible. Keeping on top of each project component means you’ll know if your project is running on time and ensures you won’t be out of pocket for a delay that’s out of your control.

What Measures Will You Take To Protect My Existing Property From Damage?

Knocking down walls can be a messy task, and with open plan living becoming more of a phenomenon, the above question is more relevant now that ever. A good builder will minimise the spread of dust from demolitions by taping plastic sheets to the walls, ceiling and floor.

Before you begin renovations, make sure you double-check with your builder that they will take the necessary steps to ensure you don’t come home one day to find your lower level flooded or your house covered in dust.

What Will Be Our Main Form Of Communication?

When you’re spending a great deal of money on a renovation project, transparency between you and your builder is critical, which is why it’s you need to agree on a pre-determined form of communication from day dot.

questions for your home renovation builderIn the age of digitalisation, there are many efficient ways to communicate with builders, so don’t be surprised if they ask you to join cloud-based communication tools like BuilderTREND. Though you may not be as tech-savvy as some, you might be surprised at how easy these types of software make communication between you and your builder.

Other builders might send daily or weekly summaries to your pre-selected email address, organise a weekly work-in-progress meeting on-site or simply give you a call to debrief on the day’s proceedings.

Whichever way a builder prefers to communicate with you, a great builder will be open to discussing techniques that suit you best. So, have this conversation with them to save future frustration.

Is There Anything About My Project That Concerns You?

No matter how extensive or minor a renovation is to be, there will always be certain areas of the project a builder will want to keep a close eye on. Before the renovation kicks off, ask your builder what areas of the project they foresee an issue with, to minimise the risk of inflated costs during project completion.

Sit down with your builder and jot down some worst-case-scenario figures to work out the possibility of what could lie ahead. Doing this may uncover some possible astronomical costs that you wouldn’t be able to afford if these potential problems were to become a reality.

Is Your Builder Insured?

The last but indeed not the least important question to ask your builder is, are you insured? Renovations can be extremely risky in more ways than one, but a reputable builder will be sure to cover your bases in the unlikely case that something were to go wrong. It’s crucial to ask your builder if they’ve insured your house for the renovation itself, your existing home and the contents
within your home. And don’t just ask if they’re insured, check the relevant documentation to support their assurances!

If they’re not insured, the next step would be to call your home and contents insurer to make sure you’re covered for issues on your end. Double-check that your insurance covers theft, storm, public liability, contents and water damage.

Renovating your home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. In fact, if you cover your bases before choosing a builder, it can be a very gratifying experience. Remember to maintain communication with your prospective builder, ask questions, don’t pick the first builder you speak to and get some comparative quotes. You can’t turn back the clock, but you can take extra precautions before you sign on the dotted line.

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Alfresco Dining In Adelaide’s East

Thankfully spring is approaching and creating fantastic opportunities for us all to enjoy the outdoors during the day and at night-time.  In a recently completed project in Myrtle Bank our customers gave us a short brief.  The new outdoor area had to be spacious, modern and year-round friendly.  They had a budget in mind, and we came up with a proposal.  After a few meetings a contract was drawn up and this is what transpired, something truly breath taking.

Like a lot of homes in Myrtle Bank they are set on large parcels of land, this property is no exception.  For many years this house has had a paved back yard area covered by a wooden pergola and green shade cloth (very outdated and worn out indeed), enter the Mayfair Building Group.

Where Does The Magic Start?

All the magic always starts with the demolition, getting a project back to a blank canvas allowing our tradies to work their magic. The demolition was completed over a few days which left us with a fresh canvas enabling the new alfresco outdoor area to commence.

Key Points Which Made The Bespoke Finish

  • Year-round enjoyment:  Well everyone knows that Adelaide can experience some pretty cold winter nights.  Therefore, we had to incorporate some outside wall mounted natural gas heaters.  In this project we used the Bromic Tungsten Smart Heat appliances.  Known for there industrial look and reliability in many commercial applications.  There was 4 used and the heat put out is enough to keep you in shorts all winter long!
  • Full functionality:  In order to enjoy this space year-round there needed to be a fully functioning kitchen that would replicate what might find inside the home.  This alfresco space has a built-in double Ziegler Grand Turbo 6 Burner with Quartz Domes.  With this barbeque our clients will be the talk of the street.  This is biggest barbeque Ziegler make and it comes in at just under $5,000, its for the serious outdoor chef.

ziegler gas bbqKeeping cool in summer:  Adelaide is known for hitting some high numbers during summer, so to make this new entertainer enjoyable in summer we had 2 Daikin high level split systems installed.  Although these are capable of heating as well there intended use will be for cooling the space throughout summer.  This is not as common for outdoor spaces but when your looking for the ultimate items such as this are certain to make the list of must haves.

  • Stay hydrated:  No outdoor setting would be complete without huge stainless steel 726L fridge/freezer from Liebherr and a dedicated wine storage cabinet ensuring all those reds from the McLaren Vale stay at a constant temperature year-round.  These two items coming in at just over $10,000 ensuring there will never be a lack of hydration when enjoying the new alfresco space.

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  • Eye and ear candy:  While relaxing our clients will enjoy the surround sound system delivered through Bose speakers discreetly recessed into the ceilings and throughout the garden to ensure no one will ever miss out on hearing their favourite tunes.  Visually the outdoor space will be enjoyed via a wall mounted 65” LED 4K Ultra HD TV from Sony.  The crystal-clear vision this state-of-the-art TV delivers is breath taking and will allow our customers to enjoy a game of footy or even a movie at night with the warm gas heaters on in a true cinematic atmosphere.

Outdoor Area Renovation Completed

In order to allow access to this new area from the existing house a huge opening needed to be made.  Once this was made there was a series of retractable aluminium and glass bi-fold doors installed.  When open it gives a feeling of seamless transition through to the new area and when closed it still allows for natural light to flow into the house and creates a nice view of the new outdoor entertainer.

Are you considering a year-round entertainer?  Think Mayfair we have a reputation for delivering high standards on fast time frames.

 

 

 

 

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Making Of A Man Cave

The man cave is an Australian man’s dream to be able to have a building dedicated to watching sport, playing video games and catching up with mates while enjoying a beer or two.  Not everyone has the room or the space in which they can create such a space.  Fortunately, our new clients in Burnside have the perfect opportunity to create the ultimate man cave.

 

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Renovation Of Granny Flat Into A Man Cave

A property recently purchased has a family room/granny flat on site which has long been neglected and in need of renovation or in this case a transformation.  This building is about to undergo the ultimate makeover and become a man cave many men will envy for years to come.  In order to get the perfect space, there will need to be a few important items addressed.

The Man Cave Features

As the name suggests “man cave” it must accommodate all things which you would expect to find in such a place and, in this case, a few little added extras:

  • Bathroom:  Because men cannot always remember to put the seat down will be adding a wall hung urinal.  The flushing of the urinal will be controlled via a sensor mounted in the ceiling ensuring the urinal is always flushed after being used.  Along with this work there will be new wall mounted toilet suite, new vanity unit and chrome basin mixer tap.
  • The Bar:  Where all the fun happens.  This will become the focal point of this room.  A new purpose-built wooden bar with sinks, beer taps and post mix system.  Behind the bar will shelving for some higher end drinking products and selection of South Australian wines.  Below the shelving will be fridges to keep a few more boutique style beverages on chill.
  • Electrical:  Without the power there will be nothing happening inside this renovation.  Given the increase in fixtures and now the addition of a powerful reverse cycle air conditioner there is going to be significant power upgrades which will include a new sub board and dedicated circuits to feed the reverse cycle air conditioner, fridges and lighting.
  • Smoke Detectors:  Like every other renovation we perform in Adelaide once you start a home improvement it becomes our responsibility to now bring the building up to the current Australian Standards and the current edition of the NCC.  This room will now require a hard-wired smoke alarm with lithium battery for back up in the event of a power outage.
  • Thermal Protection:  Due to the age of the building any insulation that may have once been installed has certainly decreased in its R value.  The insulation where accessible will be replaced.  Along with this will also be the windows.  The current windows will be replaced with new double-glazed glass with argon gas in between both sheets.  Through creating a better insulated building will decrease energy consumption because the overall buildings internal temperature will not fluctuate as much.
  • Gutters and Down Pipes:  As the owners are investing so much money into the internals and its fixtures we have recommended a upgrade of the gutters and downpipes to ensure that the in the case of a huge storm all the items that are inside remain dry at all times.  This will involve new half round guttering and new 90mm down pipes connecting to the under ground 100mm PVC lines which run out to the street connection on Kings Avenue.

renovating a man cave

 

We will probably miss the AFL grand final as its fast approaching but certainly it will be ready for a summer of cricket this will be a true entertainer and one our client’s friends will be envious for certain.  Watch this space for more exciting news from the Mayfair Building Group.

rental property repairs adelaide

Rental Property Nightmares

Self-managed rental properties across Adelaide can be some of the worst looked after by the tenants. Unfortunately, if a homeowner lives interstate or far away from the property it can be hard to always check on the property and if the rent gets paid each week majority of landlords are led to believe everything is ok! Unfortunately, this is not always the case as we have found out over the years performing maintenance and building repairs to various residential and commercially tenanted buildings.

Insurance For Rental Property Problems

Its not until the landlord gets a phone call from the South Australian Police that all is discovered and it’s where the nightmare starts to unravel itself! As a preferred insurance builder across Adelaide and in the Adelaide Hills, we come across many scenarios like I have just described above and each one leaves the owners in a sad situation. The results can be truly disastrous and very depressing, finding a place to start over is a challenge, but if you contact the right insurance builder such as Mayfair Building Group the process will feel seamless and move in a fast pace enabling the quickest result possible, a reputation we have built upon over the years. If it’s illegal it’s going to be a headache.

Significant Repairs

The majority of the time we get involved with an insurance job which requires significant repairs is because something illegal has been going on inside the building and depending on the length of time it can be a real eye opener. Typically, it will be related to some form of drug business, whether it be growing of marijuana or creating drugs using chemicals such as ice. The entire home or building is recreated and made into a manufacturing plant for illegal purposes. Unfortunately, the alterations performed are then left to the homeowner to take care of once the operation is ceased by the police (as seen in images on this page from a recent marijuana raid where all the rooms where converted into grow rooms).

 

drug lab setup in rental house

Repairs & Maintenance Tasks That May Be Required

What are the likely tasks needed to be performed to make good? When it comes to making a building good again there are numerous tasks which need to be performed, but in general they will be as follows:

  • Complete testing of electrical wiring and switch boards as these always get altered to allow for significant power distribution inside the home. The switchboard and its circuit breakers all need to be inspected by a licensed electrician and any necessary repairs performed to make it all safe again. This can also involve the isolation of the power to the property temporarily by SA Power Networks. There can in some cases also be security cameras installed and these will also need to removed along with the wiring associated to these appliances and any kind of monitoring devices and screens.

 

fuse box repair

 

  • CCTV Camera Investigations of all drains to identify whether there has been any damage caused from the chemicals going into the drains. This can then lead to hydro jet cleaning and further repair work to the sewer pipes whether they are pvc or earthenware. Occasionally we find objects such as syringes and small tools stuck around the S trap of sinks which needs careful removal.
  • Certification of Backflow Prevention Devices on the property to ensure the potable water being delivered to premises is still ok and in tacked. Because of the high level of chemicals being used during these processes its important to check that all backflow prevention valves are still ok and meeting the manufacturers specifications. If there is a failing device a registered plumber who can certify backflow valves will need to used and perform the relevant repairs and tests.
  • Gyprock patching and repairs is almost a given due to the holes put in walls to hang items and then the removal of items stuck to the walls the gyprock will need repairing. In some cases, due to high levels of moisture content in the rooms the wall and ceiling linings may need complete removal and reinstated again in order to get a good result, this would also include any new insulation materials (external walls and ceilings typically).

 

rental property repairs adelaide

 

  • 100% the building will need a full repaint internally. Once all repairs are done to walls, door frames, windows and ceilings we would typically come in and spray paint the entire internals. Every situation is different but if all the rooms are the same colour before any floor coverings go down, we would have everything sprayed. The advantage of this is that it is fast and allows a project to move quickly.
  • Floor coverings are another given these will either be completely ripped up to allow flood modifications or have been ruined due to chemicals etc having been dropped onto them. If the floor has been modified for ventilation purposes, then there will need to be some carpentry works. Depending on the alterations some structural components may need to be repaired or it may just be non-structural repairs. Once these areas have been addressed then the new carpet or floating floors can be reinstalled.

Each building insurance job we perform in Adelaide is always unique in one way or another and certainly it’s not always covered by the owner’s insurance. Some of the tasks needed to be done may not be covered by the policy or in the worst case the owner may not have insurance leaving all the costs for them to have to pay out of their own bank accounts.

At Mayfair Building Group we pride ourselves on speedy turn arounds with high end finishes. When a scenario such as these arise at a property, the owners want the repairs done fast as they are losing money each week there is no tenants in the building. What sets us apart from our competitors is our prompt approach to assessing the insurance building repairs, submitting our findings and recommendations and then once approved getting the job started. Find out for yourself today why we are a preferred insurance builder in Adelaide.

renovation of a beach side home in Glenelg

A Coastal Renovation That’s All About The View

When you hear real estate agents talking about a properties worth, they will often reference the location if it has any bearing on the value, well this up coming project is all about the location.  Situated in the heart of Glenelg this two-storey home is everything about the view and more.

We have recently been given the go ahead from the owners to now start work on their rejuvenation of there two storey property which couldn’t be any closer to the beach if you wanted it to be.  The owners are keen to see the works started and completed for summer which is approximately 4 months away so they can enjoy their home over the warmer months and show it off to the relatives who will be visiting from Canada for Christmas.

Renovation Close To The Beach

As I briefly touched on in the previous paragraph the property is very close to the beach and history tells us that anything close to coastal environments will come under strain from salt, moisture, sand and wind.  There are specific building methods which should be applied according the NCC which assist in protecting these buildings but after time everything needs some renovating.

The agenda for this project is to make everything open and shut properly again along with a complete freshen up of internal rooms and external finishes.

Swollen And Rotted Timbers

Timber balustrades, window frames and door frames are ok to be installed by the beach but there are better products that can be used which will last longer and perform better.  Probably the biggest task on this project will be the removal of the timber balustrades for the balcony and replacement with 316 stainless steel.  The windows are being removed and replaced with double glazed glass accompanied by aluminium frames.  The old wooden doors and frames will also be removed and replaced with aluminium frames and doors.  The doors will have decorative glass inserts frosted for privacy but still allow some natural light into the entrance hallway.

Tiling

Due to the disruption to the balcony with the new balustrades the old tiled floor will be lifted and replaced.  There will be new screed installed along with non-slip tiles.  There will be a new non slip heel guard strip drain installed from ACO.  This manufacturer typically supplies to the commercial sector due to there high quality and it will ideally suit this situation given the high level of corrosion in this zone.

Down Pipes

Surprisingly the gutters are in good condition which would probably be due to the fact they get washed when ever it rains.  The down pipes at the lower level close to the ground have taken a beating.  These will be removed and replaced with new 90mm pvc pipes which eventually get painted.  The brackets will also be replaced with hot dip galvanised brackets to provide etc corrosion resistance.

Rendering And Painting

With the removal of the window frames and door frames there will be some rectification works required to have the new frames match the existing building.  Once the frames are installed, we will render around them and have locked into place and made weather tight.  Painting the entire external of the building is part of the scope of work and will get done once all maintenance is performed to the external of the home.  The internal of the home will also be given a fresh coat of paint from Dulux.

Plumbing

In order to give the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen a feeling of being freshened up there will range of tasks performed.  All tapware will be swapped out with new chrome tapware from Caroma.  There will be new toilet suites supplied and installed by Villeroy and Boch (total of 4).  The kitchen will get a new dishwasher from Smeg along with a 900mm Smeg gas cook top and Electric fan assisted oven.

 

new toilet installation

smeg gas cooker bench top installation

Floor Coverings

Carpet and the beach are not the ideal match.  The sand and the water tend to get engrained into the carpet and make it hard to get clean and it looks dirty fast.  The rooms which are currently carpeted will be replaced with floating floorboards.  There will be one exception to this and that will be the stairs.  The stairs will remain carpeted except it will be new carpet.

 

floor renovation in Glenelg Beach

Owning a property this close to the beach at Glenelg you will never loose money when renovating.  The gain in property value for these clients will be huge.  The appeal from the beach and inside will resemble a fully renovated home and if they were ever to sell the house it will put them in a fantastic place to get the best price at the time.

At Mayfair Building Group we take pride in offering our clients high end finishes with schedules and budgets that are always met.  We offer the Monopoly on excellence.