Webb designs home makeover
WHEN Dale Webb designs makeovers for million-dollar homes, he rarely gets to take a look at the finished product.
While the Rockhampton bloke sees his designs come together during the construction stage, it’s only when the owner invites him through the house that he gets to see the result.
Mr Webb is a building designer and project manager at Design Drafting in Rockhampton, and he has designed the refurbishment of two of our most recent million dollar sales – 8 Lennox Street and 28 Luck Avenue.
In 2000, Mr Webb refurbished 8 Lennox Street which was a simple colonial two-storey house on stumps and only last week set a new record for the city after the stunning house settled for $1.4 million.
“We completely opened up downstairs and incorporated two very large bedrooms (into the design), a family room and rumpus room, internal stairs, and upstairs we designed a new bathroom, ensuite and walk in robe. There was also a new kitchen,” Mr Webb said.
“To build something like this today would cost about half a million dollars,” he said.
Mr Webb also designed car dealer Ian Weigh’s beautiful riverfront property which sold for just over $1.33 million last May.
Mr Webb said new industry trends included updating older homes to open-plan and modern living and more designs were being based around a theatre room used for entertaining purposes.
When it comes to refurbishment costs, Mr Webb said it was purely budget driven.
“I have designed kitchens for clients with $5000 to spend on a basic kitchen right through to a $70,000 kitchen with marble bench tops.”
Mr Webb said he was currently revamping his own home by adding a good-sized rear deck and a new bathroom which will set him back anywhere between the $50,000 mark through to $78,000.DESIGN TRENDS
More people are updating older homes to modern open-plan living;
One of the latest trends is designs based around a theatre room for entertaining purposes;
The most common makeovers include kitchens, bathrooms and verandas.
When it comes to refurbishment costs, it’s purely budget driven