Re­build inspires builder

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

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.

Photo: DAVID NI­COLL

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.

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