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A 1930s home in Wem­b­ley has been brought back to life by Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment. The prop­erty lost none of its orig­i­nal charm or char­ac­ter dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion process, but now of­fers con­tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for a mod­ern fam­ily.

WA’S lead­ing home im­prove­ment spe­cial­ists turned what was a small and se­ri­ously dated two-bed­room, one-bath­room prop­erty into a fab­u­lous four-bed­room fam­ily home.

With its great bone struc­ture, solid foun­da­tion and charm­ing char­ac­ter, the home was ripe for ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion

Ken Wig­gins, Gen­eral Man­ager of Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment, said the in­cred­i­ble trans­for­ma­tion pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion and ideas for any­one think­ing about un­der­tak­ing a ren­o­va­tion on a char­ac­ter home.

“We love trans­form­ing homes, of­fer­ing the high­est qual­ity of stan­dards to en­sure we de­liver the re­sult that matches a client’s vi­sion, while pro­vid­ing them with the life­style they are af­ter,” Mr Wig­gins said.

“This par­tic­u­lar prop­erty in Wem­b­ley was un­touched, af­ter be­ing owned by the same fam­ily for 70 years. The home be­came the per­fect can­vas for an in­no­va­tive ren­o­va­tion de­sign,” he said.

The ex­pert de­sign team at Dale Al­c­cok Home Im­prove­ment con­tin­ued some char­ac­ter fea­tures, such as the hard­wood floor­boards, through to the new part of the house. Ex­ist­ing rooms in the home, such as bed­rooms, re­tained their orig­i­nal char­ac­ter but the ex­ten­sion was mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary. The home had been de­signed with seven keys con­sid­er­a­tions in mind. These were ori­en­ta­tion, zon­ing, func­tion­al­ity, orig­i­nal char­ac­ter, mar­ket rel­e­vance, neigh­bour­hood har­mony and site us­age.

“These el­e­ments be­came the key in­gre­di­ents in trans­form­ing this home into a mod­ern haven, while main­tain­ing its rich his­tory and orig­i­nal charm,” Mr Wig­gins said.

The new im­proved home in­cludes open-plan liv­ing spa­ces, an al­fresco, ad­di­tional bed­rooms, a study / li­brary nook and dou­ble car­port.

“To pro­vide kids and par­ents with their own space, we de­signed a par­ents’ wing with a large mas­ter bed­room, dress­ing room, en­suite and li­brary or study. The sep­a­rate kids’ wing fea­tures three bed­rooms and a cen­trally lo­cated bath­room,” Mr Wig­gins said. “When de­sign­ing the ren­o­va­tions, we took into ac­count the in­tended use of each room, as it’s the sub­tle lit­tle things that make a room truly func­tional. For ex­am­ple, the lounge room at the front had an ex­ist­ing fire­place. So we de­cided to ex­tend the ‘fire­place feel’ and make the en­tire room warm and cosy, adding a large lounge suite and open­ing the room onto the study and li­brary.”

For more in­sights and in­for­ma­tion about ren­o­vat­ing a char­ac­ter home, down­load the FREE Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment ‘Char­ac­ter Home Ren­o­va­tion Guide’ at

Or book a free one-hour de­sign con­sul­ta­tion and a Dale Al­cock Home Im­prove­ment De­signer will visit you to dis­cuss your ideas. For more in­spi­ra­tion, visit call 6555 7534. or

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