BALMAIN 2006

This property was originally an 1840’s worker’s cottage. It was unsympathetically renovated 12 years ago. The owner wanted an up to the minute, modern renovation, but blending with the original stone cottage. Connor & Solomon Architects designed the addition and Akira Homes were commissioned to undertake the renovation work.

The Architects commented that the finished product was their “flagship”. The extension won the MBA Housing In Excellence Award for Additions/Alterations up to $550,000 in 2006.

The construction had many difficulties, including precise levels given by the Architects to give maximum space in the allowed building perimeters. This included floor to ceiling commercial sliding doors with the track system fully hidden in the floor and ceiling. Directly above, with no gap between, was a structural steel beam with the exact height allowed for the height restrictions. Akira Homes is known for their precise workmanship. Some of the inclusions were bullet proof front door and windows, polyurethane joinery work including wardrobes, kitchen and panelling to hallway, the bathrooms featured toilet pans with in-wall cisterns and extensive sound proofing including soundproofing sandwiched in between layers of gyprock on walls and ceiling. The floors were soundproofed with rubber insulation sandwiched between layers of plywood.

The owner was so delighted with the finished product that Akira Homes has undertaken two further renovations for them.