Rebuild inspires builder
Although seeing their home turn to ash in September was traumatic for Graham and Faye Timms, the Matamata locals were grateful that some of their family members were among the many talented, skilled trades people who could help them rebuild in inspiring fashion. The Timms wanted to express their gratitude to all the trades people involved so invited the Matamata Chronicle to look through their rebuilt Tawari St home.
Graham and Faye Timms’ kitchen splashback certainly has achieved what their builder, who also happens to be the couple’s grandson Alex Wright, wanted.
The eye-catching photo of a beach at the Mount is definitely different. It’s become a feature in the warm and inviting home which already has people talking.
The photo has great nostalgia attached to it, as Alex remembers holidaying at the Mount with his grandparents in a caravan.
The rebuild has certainly been a family affair. Alex co-ordinated all the trades people, including another of the Timms’ grandsons. Hayden Wright was in charge of the plumbing for Comag.
Although it was Alex’s first major build since launching his new company, Wrightway Builders Ltd, he says he felt very confident and capable. The Timms trusted his skills and suggestions, which included the unique splashback.
Although the house was rebuilt on the original concrete foundations, the house was slightly redesigned. The double garage became a single to allow the Timms to have a front door.
They utilised the rebuild to install double glazing. This means during the winter the windows retain more heat from the sun, as well as from any form of internal heating. That also means they won’t need to use a heating system as long to get the living room to a nice, cosy temperature. The double glazed windows won’t cook the Timms during the summer though. In the same way that the insulating layer of double glazing helps keep the cold temperatures out, it can keep out the sun’s heat in the summer. Double glazing insulates their home against extremes of temperature, trapping some of the summer sun’s rays and minimising the heat which burns through their windows on hot, sunny days. Double glazing also reduces noise coming from outside. It also means the glass is tougher, as double glazing is the process of putting two panes of glass together to create an insulated glass unit, which makes it harder for an intruder to break. This makes the home more secure.
The shower was incorporated into a bigger bathroom. Mark Greenwell installed wall and floor tiles, with a waterproof membrane underneath, so the Timms could have a walk-in wet area shower. Greenwell said this modern trend was becoming increasingly popular as the big shower fitted any lifestyle. The big space and lack of lip, like in traditional shower cubicles, made it perfect if anyone needed a wheelchair accessible shower in time.
The kitchen cupboards and pantry were designed to utilise space so there was less dead space, Alex says.
Just like his grandparents were effusive in their praise and gratitude for Alex’s help with the rebuild, he was also enthusiastic in praising all the local trades people he worked alongside. Together they have been able to build his grandparents a new home out of the disaster that was the fire. Alex said all the trades people went the extra mile doing additional bits and pieces to help the Timms’ make their home a little bit more special.
Before starting his own company Alex was an apprentice carpenter and then a tradesman for Aaron Bennett Builders, where he worked for five years. He then decided to go out on his own and has been working under his own company, Wrightway Builders Ltd, for over a year. Not all of Alex’s building projects have revolved around rebuilding out of the ashes. He has been kept busy with a range of jobs from new builds, light commercial, renovating bathrooms and health and safety revamps.
The outside of the Timms’ home. Inset: Graham Timms and his great-grandson Ashton Knowlton in front of the burnt Tawari St home last September.
The kitchen with its custom made, eye-catching splashback.