CAIRNS’ RENOVATION & EXTENSION SPECIALISTS
Deciding to renovate or extend the family home isn’t a decision made lightly. Often it comes from a place of necessity.
You don’t want to move because you love the house you’re in, but you really need a dedicated playroom for the kids, or an adult retreat to unwind and relax. Maybe hosting the whole family for special occasions just isn’t possible at the moment, so you want an updated decking and entertaining area that allows everyone to come together to create wonderful memories. Whatever the reason for undergoing home renovations or extensions, Maxa Constructions can design the solution that works with what you have, to create what you need.
Extend your home. Extend your lifestyle.
When you’re bursting at the seams, there is another option to moving house. Once predominantly back of house additions, savvy home owners and investors are looking at extension possibilities in all directions, up, out and even under. A good extension provides a seamless integration into the main structure of the home and clever design will ensure no eye-jarring tie-ins, even when the main home is of a different era.
Renovating & extending your home with a specialist builder means you get to:
- Keep what you like about your home and change what you don’t
- Stage the work so large projects can be scheduled to suit your timetable
- Stay in your suburb and community where you feel comfortable
- Increase the value of your largest asset of the home and clever design will ensure no eye-jarring tie-ins, even when the main home is of a different era.
RENOVATE AND CREATE THE HOME YOU’VE DREAMED ABOUT
Renovate to create the home you’ve dreamed about.
You don’t want a bigger home. You like your house the size it is. You love the location. But…
You do want to change the way your home looks and feels, especially as it’s looking a little tired or the space isn’t quite working for you anymore. By renovating, you’ll be transforming your home within it’s existing footprint. Maxa Construction can help with:
- Removing walls to kitchen, living and dining areas to create an open plan area for better use
- Combining a kitchen renovation with an outdoor extension to create a seamless, multi-purpose area to use all year round
- Redesigning main thoroughfares and high use rooms for better flow, usage and storage
- Reconfiguring bathrooms for better usage including more storage space or natural light, separating or adding utilities, and making sure there’s no conflict when opening doors
There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a home owner’s renovation vision come to life. The renovation of this Queenslander home in Cairns was one of those moments. With a young family, the home owners needed to make better use of the existing space within their home, updating it at the same time. The brief included creating a new bedroom/study, bathroom & a new kitchen.
From the moment you arrive, the transformation to the homes exterior is evident. The clever redesign of the floor plan allowed us to create the new spaces within the original footprint of the home. Part of the existing patio was enclosed to make way for the bedroom/study and the new bathroom.
The focus of the renovation revolved around a new kitchen. The existing kitchen was outdated & wasn’t catering for this growing family. The redesign of the kitchen involved the removal of the original kitchen wall & moving the kitchen forward.
This took advantage of otherwise ‘dead space’ and by building a new back wall we created a walk-through pantry. This clever design also created the entrance to the laundry, bathroom and new bedroom/study.
The kitchen is the heart of this renovation. The owner selected a 2 pack paint system with Shaker profile doors. For the benchtop, 20mm Smartstone Carrara Milan was selected & is complemented with a double ceramic kitchen sink & gold sink mixer.
There is a generous amount of storage including the island bench, which features storage on both sides and includes a wine fridge.
The new bathroom and bedroom were created under the same roofline, without any need to extend the current footprint. This was an economical way to create the rooms while adding value to the home.
During the renovation we were mindful to be sympathetic to the original features of the home. The biggest challenges were removing materials such as flooring, architraves & mouldings so they could be re-used. Secuity screens were also custom made to match the existing ones so we achieved a seamless look throughout the home.
The exterior was overhauled with the removal of the lattice work. New tiling, lighting & painting has created a welcoming entrance to this home.
The result is a modern Hamptons style home, which ticks the boxes for this young family.
Breathing new life into local traditions, the Babinda Belle is an exciting collaboration between Cairns company, Maxa Constructions and Brisbane’s Garth Chapman Queenslanders.
Traditional Queenslander designs take pride of place in the state’s architectural heritage. They’ve stood the test of time, offering a relaxed environment that suits the tropical climate. Their appeal is that time seems to slow down on entry – the perfect counterplay to the fast pace of modern life.
The Babinda Belle is a Queenslander nestled peacefully into the rural landscape of historic Babinda. Brisbane couple Leo and Vanessa Bell had a dream to own a traditional Queenslander, with all the trims and features of an original, but with a modern upgrade for comfort and sustainability. After engaging Garth Chapman Queenslanders (GCQ) as the designer, Maxa Constructions was appointed as the master builder in a north-south partnership that goes from strength to strength.
Maxa was responsible for the meticulous construction of the home to GCQ’s exacting specifications and it’s the finer details and authentic features of the property that make it all the more impressive.
‘…your team clearly is passionate about delivering fine finishes…The quality of workmanship throughout the whole house will be admired by us for years to come,’ says owner, Vanessa Bell.
This classic country homestead is a convincing replica of local history and timber features strongly in the design. With the traditional stump construction of a low set Queenslander, the home sits perfectly on its rural acreage encircled by cane fields.
Elegant with her timber skirt battens and fancy fretwork, the Babinda Belle is built to last and to stake her claim in the architectural history of the area.
The Babinda Belle is the quintessential Queenslander and more. It is a triumphant blend of old meets new: all the traditional old-world features you would expect, combined with stylish finishes and contemporary comforts.
- Polished hardwood floors and 3 metre ceilings throughout
- Light, airy and spacious
- Family-friendly floor plan: central living space flanked by bedrooms
- Layout true to the simplicity of traditional Queenslander design
- Master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe. French doors to front deck
- Traditional features: dado rails, tongue and groove timber flooring
- Shaker style 2PAC kitchen cabinetry with Smartstone benchtops
- Hardwood decking at rear and entrance
- Large, shaded rear deck for indoor-outdoor living
- Decorative timber fretwork, finial and roof vent.
- Custom built window hoods
- Heritage-style exterior cladding, timber mouldings and sill profiles
Climate Smart Features
- Traditional stump construction offers flood proofing and cooling ventilation
- Timber louvres and contemporary casement windows echo tradition
and allow for cross ventilation
- Ornate door over-lights add authentic detailing and allow light
and air to pass from room to room
- Front and rear verandas shade the home and allow for cross ventilation
- Fully airconditioned – for that modern touch of comfort
I think Karl & I could call ourselves serial renovators. Not only do we do it as a business, but we have done so many of our own projects I’ve actually lost count. In short, we love it. We get an absolute kick from turning a home into something more beautiful or practical.
So this 1950’s home in Cairns was nothing short of a renovator’s dream for us. Purchased from the original owner’s family, the home had only two bedrooms and was still in original condition, right down to the oven.
The views over the Cairns skyline are spectacular, and our brief was to modernise the home & capture the views.
Part of any renovation process in a home like this is to retain the character. The original home had great design features and in terms of sustainability, was well ahead of it’s time. High banks of lourves in the living rooms & carport allow the home to be cooled naturally. These features are seldom seen in modern homes today!
To capture the views we constructed a full length deck to the back of the house. The stacking doors and bi-fold windows separate the inside and out. A new kitchen was created in the original space, but by removing the wall, the kitchen is now accessible from the deck and living room.
With all our renovations, we’re mindful to be sympathetic to the original features of the home. In this home the original floor plan was reconfigured to create another bedroom and bathroom, making this a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home.
Nestled into the rainforest is this brand-new contemporary home, designed to take advantage of the gorgeous location. It seamlessly blends polished concrete, cladding and timber to harmonise with it’s tropical surrounds.
The home was designed to nestle into the contours of the hillslope. It features four bedrooms & a separate living area on the ground level. Timber verandahs surround the upper living level which creates a wall-less home when the sliding glass doors are open. Timber flooring on the upper levels, and polished concrete on the lower levels define the purpose of the two spaces.
This striking, custom designed home is an example of a great partnership between the client, home designer & builder.
Builder: Maxa Constructions
Designer: Tony Lawson Design
Build Cost: $400,000 +
Build Time: 29 Weeks
The Peak is a contemporary, pavilion styled home with Balinese influences that perfectly suits our tropical North Queensland climate.
With five pavilions, linked together by a central breezeway and lush landscaping, you can’t help but feel like you’re on holiday as you take in the infinity pool and spectacular city views.
This resort style home offers privacy with the living area separate to the five bedrooms. Low maintenance is a key feature of the build including internal render to the walls and no grout in the bathrooms and wet areas to minimise cleaning.
Buider: Maxa Constructions
Designer: Tony Driscoll
Build Time: 26 Weeks
There’s nothing like building a new home – but it can be overwhelming. At Maxa, we offer a full in-house service to custom-design your home, or you can choose from one of our existing plans.
This Smithfield Home is from our Tropical Home Range. It’s a generous home with almost 246 m2 under roof.
Open Plan Living
There’s nothing more tropical in a North Qld home than glass doors that slide to open up a room to a patio and the outdoors. The Tropical Range of home plans are all based on open-plan living & sustainable design.
Our homes are designed to be modern, sustainable and affordable.
We offer a full in-house interior design service to take the guess work out of your home for you.
About the Airflow
One of the most important characteristics of this home is the inclusion of a front verandah. The additional shading to the front rooms & the considered placement of windows and lourves through the design results in constant cross-ventilation, make the home cooler.
As a Cairns builder offering renovation and extensions, this house allowed us to show our skill blending modern finishes into the original character of the home. With careful recycling, restoring and matching to existing finishes, we turned this date house into a contemporary family home
This Edge Hill cottage was in need of complete makeover. The kitchen was relocated to the rear of the home to be closer to the deck. The old space became a bedroom and an ensuite and walk-in robe was added to the master bedroom. History has it that the original builder had only one eye, so the house was built a slant! This meant features like windows and the front door needed to be custom made to fit into their respective recesses.
This post-war Queenslander in Edge Hill has received a classic makeover. From tulip oak floors to custom-made weatherboards, the combination of old and new materials blends seamlessly. Large two-way, ceiling to floor bifold doors open the living area onto the deck and pool. The extension includes a master bedroom wing with parents’ deck, ensuite and walk-in robe, as well as a large shed built to complement the style of the house.
A beautiful renovation in Mooroobool where we gutted the downstairs of this 1990’s home. The walls & old staircase removed to make way for an open-plan living area. Bi-fold timber windows and doors open the kitchen and living up to the outdoor & pool area. With a new kitchen, pantry, tiles & Maxa designed staircase, the home has become more livable for this large family.
Tired and drab, this 1950’s home needed a complete makeover. With a client brief to bring the home up to date and take advantage of the stunning views, it was an absolute joy to watch this project come together. The original home only had 2 bedrooms, so an extension was added to accommodate another bedroom and enlarge the living and kitchen. The inclusion of stacking doors onto the deck makes this home an entertainer’s delight.
This Maxa designed home was built with the investor in mind after the owners lost the original cottage in a fire. The new home was designed around the existing swimming pool, which had survived the fire.
This home features a large living area which opens up onto the rear patio with stacking sliding doors. The stacking doors are full height, which means they extend to the ceiling, allowing more natural light into the living areas.
As a low maintenance option, polished concrete floors are featured throughout the house which has 3 bedrooms and a media room. The media room can also be converted to a guest bedroom as it can be closed off from the living areas with stacking doors,
In keeping with the charector homes in Edge Hill, the exterior was clad in weatherboards.
Buider: Maxa Constructions
Designer: Maxa Constructions – Drafted by Driscoll Carvey
Build Cost: $250,000
Build Time: 20 Weeks
Features – 3 Bedrooms + Media Room + Polished Concrete Floors
Without a doubt, this project is one of our favourites. The client’s came to us with the idea of building a shed and using an old bridge that they had been given. The result is a low maintenance, sustainable home that has as much charector as it’s owners.
The construction of this home was a work of craftsmanship. The inclusion of recycled timber pylons from the local Walsh River Bridge became the design feature.
This beautifully aged, rustic timber were joined by new ‘aged’ iron to create roof beams, trusses and fascias. Where possible, the original bridge bolts were extracted and reused.
This home was awarded QLD Sustainable House of the Year by Qld Master Builders. The features contributing to the award included
- 10 Star Energy Rating
- The use of recycled products
- Accessibility to showers, corridors etc which won’t need upgrading as the owners age
- A north facing aspect to to minimise heat from the east & west
- High rated insulation to the roof and walls to minimise heat throughout the home
- Inclusion or rainwater tanks & low water efficient taps, showers & toilets
- The inclusion of energy efficient appliances
HOW DO I GET MY RENOVATION STARTED?
Planning your Renovaiton & Extension
If this is your first renovation project, you might feel a bit lost & overwhelmed in the beginning.
There are some essential things you’ll need to think about when planning your home renovation.
- Your Budget. Deciding how much you want to spend is essential. Even if you’re unsure what a renovation will cost, set the limit you want to spend.
- Ideas & Design. Write your wish list for your home. You might want to extend the living area, add a new bathroom or simply refurbish the existing home layout.
- Consultation. This is where we turn your ideas into a plan. We’ll bring our 20 years of renovation & building knowledge to you and discuss the best way to achieve your renovation & extension. We’ll add to your ideas and guide you on the technical aspects of the renovation.
- Plans. A great renovation starts with great planning. Plans drawn by a qualified Draftperson, Designer or Architect are the foundations of your renovations. You’ll need to submit plans to Council, so making sure they have all the information you need is essential. Working closely with your builder during the design process ensures your plans stay within your renovation budget. At Maxa, we can design and draft the plans for your next home renovation & extension.
- Finishes. Choosing your fixtures & fittings is the fun part and at Maxa, we have an in-house Interior Design service to help you through this process.
- Quotes. As mentioned, detailed building plans are an asset to any renovation. The greater the detail, the easier to compare quotes from tradespeople.
- Start your Reno.