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Breathing new life into an old weatherboard 

Retirees Michael and Moyra McNamara were looking to refresh their weatherboard home in Yarraville by renovating their kitchen and bathroom and extending their sun room. They wanted a larger living space and were looking to increase the width of the back area of the house from 2.4m to 3.5m. 

After a referral from the HIA website, Bevan from BCT Group got in touch with Michael to discuss their renovation project and review the preliminary plans. Bevan then suggested that they have some more detailed plans drawn up by James Goodlet at AlterEco.


Once the plans were finalised, Bevan worked with Michael and Moyra to ensure the project fitted within their budget. 

Michael and Moyra were thrilled that the project was completed within 10 weeks and to an exceptionally high standard. They now have a spacious hallway with built in storage and a skylight that leads into a study area with a lovely view onto the timber deck. Their new kitchen is bright and functional and their large living area is flooded with natural light making the home feel spacious and welcoming. The new bathroom with shower and bath is fresh, modern and practical. 

The older part of the home blends beautifully with the new extension and the McNamaras are delighted with the transformation.

Design: James Goodlet, AlterEco
Images: Chris Ott

"We had never worked with an architect or a builder before and despite our inexperience we were given clear instructions and advice about each element of the build. The best part was we received a fixed price and a plan for the build. This gave us a lot of confidence about what was proposed.


The plan was very thorough and included all aspects of the build. We were thrilled when the build went as planned – on time and to budget.


Nothing was too much trouble and Bevan took a lot of care to ensure we were across each aspect of the plan and could see his vision for the project.


We were provided with photos online in a shared drop box. These were a great idea as we were living offsite and could check if work had been completed. We were encouraged to visit the site at any time to discuss progress.


Bevan is very practical and offered great advice during and after the build. He suggested products that would improve the quality of the building and provided contacts with suppliers for advice.


Thank you Bevan for a job well done. We are delighted with the outcome and our new home."

Michael McNamara

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