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Trae’s Blog – What it’s like to renovate

This blog was written by Trae, who recently extended her home in Perth’s Northern suburbs and had a baby at the same time! She shares the highs and lows of deciding to renovate, and what it was like to work with the Exactus team. Trae is Mum to Tricky and Bobbin and is the face behind popular ‘Mum Blog’ Where’s My Glow.  


Sand pit or castle?tricky-sweeping

Some people describe insanity as doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. I disagree. Insanity is starting a build four days after giving birth and living on site!

So I might be exaggerating a little bit there, but if I’m honest there were definitely days (weeks? months?) when I questioned why on earth we decided to extend our home when we knew we would have not just a toddler on site but a newborn, too. The answer being that said newborn needed a bedroom as keeping her in a cupboard is frowned upon. Plus it was better to do it before she was crawling.

123 Contracts and applications and permits, oh my!

I’m quite terrified of being caught out by fine print. I’m one of the fifteen people in the world who actually reads terms and conditions before checking that box. Part of me imagines somewhere amongst pages and pages of miniscule text there will be a clause saying I have to hand over my firstborn if I default on a payment. I was really happy to find that Perth builders Exactus use the standard HIA contract because it is really fair on both parties plus has the added advantage of being able to ring up HIA and clarify what something means if like us, it is your first ever experience with builders and you don’t know the difference between your beams and your trusses (Beam is an alcoholic beverage, right?). So that part was relatively painless unless you count the RSI from initialling and signing my name over and over and over again.

hmChoosing the right Perth builder

They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. So when my swelling pregnant belly made it perfectly clear that we were fast outgrowing our tiny three bedroom, one bathroom, 100m2 house, the idea of extending rather than moving really appealed to us.

Now I’m not sure if it was a case of “pregnancy brain” but the idea of renovating with a newborn did seem like the easier option (hey, they sleep a lot, don’t they?). It wasn’t just my complete fear of moving house that cemented the decision; like with many people, access to schools and public transport plus our budget all played a part. Where we were had so much going for it including a massive block that we just wouldn’t get if we moved to a new estate.

Glengariff Drive kitchen

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