25 May, 2020 - BY Hall & Hart Homes
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Creating a Gorgeous Custom Coastal Home on the Northern Beaches.

Residents on Sydney’s Northern Beaches enjoy a strong, rich beach culture and live a relaxed, captivating beach lifestyle. With plenty of local hideaways to explore, spectacular places to watch the sun go down and beach street cafes and restaurants to dine in, it’s little wonder why Heidi and her family decided to stay in the much loved Northern Beaches area.

Heidi and her family were ready for their forever home. After six years of living in their dream location of a leafy, coastal suburb on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this young, professional family decided it was time to knockdown and rebuild to make way for their growing family.

The decision to finally take the plunge wasn’t an easy one as they  had created wonderful memories in their home. However - with the structures falling down around them - the writing was literally on the wall!

“We thought of renovating and were surprised when we realised the cost to knockdown and rebuild with Hall & Hart Homes was a more financially viable option,” says Heidi.

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Finding the Right Custom Builder for a Difficult Block

When our client's  building journey began, they met with some early disappointment when the first building company they approached turned them down due to their complex block.

“We had limited access and they also anticipated complexities with rock in our area,” says Heidi.  The couple were devastated that builders weren’t prepared to take the risk.  

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“We’d had our heart set on a particular design and thought we’d get the same flexibility from other builders.”  In hindsight, they were so grateful they were put into the ‘too hard basket’, as they continued their search for the perfect builder and came across Hall & Hart.

“Not only were Hall & Hart open to working through the difficulties of our block, they were approachable and had a genuine interest in creating our forever home. It wasn’t about the thrill of another sale; they were in it for the journey.”

Circumventing Problems with Customisation

Our design team and the client's dedicated Hall & Hart Construction Manager, Michael Goodall, got to work, figuring out the complexities of the block to ensure there would be minimal disruption during construction.

“The nature of the block posed some early challenges, with very limited access,” says Michael. “The block is located on a bend on a main road, meaning it is in a blind spot with no stopping. This required a finely-tuned delivery and construction schedule.”

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There was also a 2m fall from the front of the block to the back, with the block falling steeply back to a rock ledge. This required complex hydraulics and a retaining wall be built.

Our team of architects and town planners refigured the home design so that it was ‘stepped’ three times to follow the natural slope, creating an organic flow between the internal spaces.

“To give the home an airy, coastal feel, we also maximised the ceiling height while staying within council guidelines” says Michael.

Our personalised design approach means taking one of our designs and moulding it into the perfect home for our clients.

Modifications to Create a Personalised Dream Home

Upon visiting and walking through Hall & Hart’s display homes, the clients fell in love with our ‘Coastal’ home design. Heidi and her family wanted to embrace the picturesque landscape of their Northern Beaches location and this offered a beachy feel allied with architectural sophistication.

“We also wanted to take advantage of our outlook. The coastal design captured our views perfectly and was well suited to our block,” says Heidi.

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The complexity of the block and style of home Heidi wanted for her family required several modifications to the design. Heidi and her family worked with our design team in challenging design boundaries, working together to maximise the design to the block’s full potential. The team moved the location of the rumpus room and the alfresco area in the design in order to optimise the views.

“Being our forever home, we needed to future-proof, think about the needs of our children as they got older, more privacy, more versatile spaces etc. Hall & Hart understood that and were flexible with every change.”

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Creating a Unique Design with Premium Selections

At Hall & Hart Homes we understand everyone’s needs are different, which is why our unique design approach gives you the options to personalise your home to suit your lifestyle, budget and family. Move the stairs or flip the house to create your perfect home design.

When it came time to do their selections, Heidi and her family were apprehensive about selecting items to bring a room to life, when they couldn’t envisage how it would all come together once built.

“As a nervous decision maker, choosing colours and finishes from swatches, without the ability to preview what rooms would actually look like was quite stressful to me. The guidance and experience of Hall & Hart’s Studio Manager & Interior Designer, Maddie Kidd, was extremely beneficial during this process.” 

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At Studio You we like to engage our clients in a positive customer experience and reduce the decision fatigue that is often associated with making your selections. We do this by limiting the number of appointments you need attend, both internally and with our external suppliers.

“Our philosophy at Studio You is that your home should reflect your personality and style, it should also function in a way that you want to live. With our industry knowledge and experience we will help you to achieve what you aspire for your home to be’ said Maddie.

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Making it an Enjoyable Journey

As many families move from the research phase into commencing their new build project, they are often misinformed on how enjoyable building their dream home can be, based on negative building experiences that their families and friends have endured.

As Heidi and her family didn’t quite have the start they expected, we were very proud that the Hall & Hart team gave them the confidence to move forward and build their forever home.

“We had a wonderful experience during all stages of our design and build with Hall & Hart. We were anxious about the construction phase, given all the horror stories you hear, but we couldn’t have been happier with the building supervisor, the level of communication and transparency. It meant that we were always well informed and comfortable with each stage’s progress.”

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“We have no hesitation in either using Hall & Hart again or recommending them to friends. In fact, one of our friends have just engaged Hall & Hart to build their home. The team are all so helpful and approachable. Thank you so much to the entire team, overall it was a really enjoyable experience and we can’t wait to enjoy our home with our family.”

The clients were also ecstatic that the entire knockdown rebuild was completed in eight months, allowing them to move into their forever home before Christmas!

Seeing our clients’ dreams come to life makes it all worthwhile for us.

Build a you home with Hall & Hart!

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