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Renovations

Manly 1

Award Winning 1900s Classic Queenslander

Built in the 1900s and sitting on a steep block overlooking Moreton Bay, this classic Queenslander required sensitive handling to create a contemporary home that reflected the historical charm and elegance of yesteryear.

The project had a few challenges which Luke Kruberg and the team handled effortlessly.  Firstly the plans were subject to Council’s earthworks approval. Luke liaised directly with the Council and sorted out any issues. The project  involved: extensive excavation, demolition of some areas, repositioning, plus the building of new additions as well as major infrastructure works. Throughout the project, Luke kept the clients informed and any challenges were solved without any dramas.

The culmination of months of hard work paid off with a magnificently renovated Queenslander that pays homage to its original character and is fully functional for modern family living.

The house featured a beautifully restored and perfectly balanced façade all built to original scale. The existing verandah along the front and on one side was mirrored to wrap around the other side. Throughout the home were luxurious modern finishes and appliances, with an expansive kitchen and living rooms  making most of the view and sizable footprint of the home.

Our clients were thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed the whole building process.This success was reinforced through the awarding of the 2015 HIA-CSR Brisbane Housing Awards Renovation & Addition Project. The judges commented that:

it was impossible to tell where the new started and the old finished. Internally the design has all modern facilities while retaining the best features of the original house.”

In 2016, the Mainly Project was recognised as a Finalist in HIA-CSR  Australian Housing Awards Renovation & Addition Project category

Testimonial

We have built and renovated many homes over the past 20 years and upon making various enquiries were recommended LAK Constructions.  We felt it important to see for ourselves their worksite and to meet the Director Luke Kruberg and his team prior to making a decision.

We came away from that meeting impressed at the cleanliness of the site, the respectful manner of the contractors who turned off their power tools when we were within their vicinity so we could communicate easily with each other, and their workmanship. There was a hurdle with our plans prior to any builder accepting the job as it was still subject to Council earthworks approval.  It was a relief when Luke happily took control and dealt with Council on our behalf well prior to us signing a building contract.

Given our renovation was extensive, in that the home required repositioning, lifting and 95% demolition, it was agreed that a Quantity Surveyor was to be engaged to cost the job prior to going to contract.  The Quantity Surveyor’s report formed part of the contract which afforded an extensive list of site works, external works, demolition, excavation and concrete, blockwork, structural steel, carpentry materials, tiling, plumbing and drains, roofing, electrical, air conditioning, painting, finishes schedule, and so much more.  We all knew where we stood.

The build ran smoothly without any turmoil as Luke communicated with us regularly and ensured that we had ample time to make decisions as the build progressed through each stage.   LAK Constructions use the same plumbing, electrical, tiling, painting, etc. contractors (when possible) on all their jobs to ensure their level of workmanship.  We met all of these men throughout the build and they were all efficient, tidy, helpful and skilled.    All the finishes are perfect, from the carpentry to the cabinetry to the tiling to the painting.

Typically with all large jobs such as this one, there were unforeseen obstacles but given Luke’s nature, he took these in his stride, as did we, and the process was stress-free, and importantly the overall build completed within time.

A few memorable touches along the way included a lovely champagne hamper at Christmas and a 12 month subscription to Queensland Homes Magazine.

The icing on the cake was when LAK Constructions won their Queensland region renovation project 2015 HIA Housing Awards for this home.

We’re more than happy to recommend LAK Constructions because of their friendly professional approach, flexibility, quality workmanship and stress-free experience.  If we were to build or renovate again, LAK Constructions would be our first call

Clive & Nicole Speakman, Manly, Qld