Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation features a freestanding bath, black mosaic tiles, laid with the utmost accuracy. This architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.
Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation features a freestanding bath, black mosaic tiles, laid with the utmost accuracy. This architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.

Challenges and solutions

Case study 2

Project
Location
Howrah and Fern Tree, Hobart, Tasmania
Year completed
Project partners
Starring materials
Cedar timber residential lift

Matt and the team were very professional. Their regular contact kept us happy and updated on the building process.

Jonathan Croome
This Howrah home renovation added a second storey to a double brick 1960s house including external deck. Photo: Jordan Davis.
This Howrah home renovation added a second storey to a double brick 1960s house including external deck. Photo: Jordan Davis.

Every building project or home renovation has its own complexities and unforeseen challenges. These obstacles require specific and proactive management to ensure we consistently deliver great outcomes for our clients.

For every project, we apply a process to anticipate and manage each challenge that arises, so we can find the best solutions. Two of our recent building projects in Hobart highlighted the benefits of this streamlined approach.

Howrah home renovation

This Howrah home renovation added a second storey to a double brick 1960s house as a lifestyle renovation. It features steel framework over an external deck, motorised louvre system, sauna, ensuite bathroom, glass balustrade and a beautiful view. Photo: Jordan Davis.
This Howrah home renovation added a second storey to a double brick 1960s house as a lifestyle renovation. It features steel framework over an external deck, motorised louvre system, sauna, ensuite bathroom, glass balustrade and a beautiful view. Photo: Jordan Davis.

A recent renovation and extension to a Howrah home required the addition of an entirely new upper level.

This project had some unique complexities that presented us with several logistical challenges. Access to the suburban site was extremely limited, which posed an immediate challenge in delivering building materials to the property. We needed a time-efficient solution that would minimise disruption to the site and local neighbourhood, while also ensuring the safety of our team.

Our solution was to bring in a crane for one day, to place the large quantities of building materials required at strategic points on the site. Everything we needed was pre-ordered and delivered, and the outcome was seamless. This solution saved time and money, minimised disruption to the neighbourhood, and enabled us to complete the build in a safe and timely way.

A very happy client standing on her new deck with a glass balustrade to take full advantage of the view. Photo: Jordan Davis.
A very happy client standing on her new deck with a glass balustrade to take full advantage of the view. Photo: Jordan Davis.

The other significant logistical challenge in this renovation, was the requirement to remove the entire original roof to construct the new second storey. In the middle of a wet Hobart winter, this presented a very real risk of weather damage to the property. The high-level project management and co-ordination skills of our project manager, Damian, and our team enabled us to address this difficulty, by bringing in a large team of subcontractors to facilitate the roof removal during a narrow fine weather window.

View of the River Derwent from the deck of this Howrah home renovation. The external deck features steel framework and a glass balustrade. Photo: Jordan Davis.
View of the River Derwent from the deck of this Howrah home renovation. The external deck features steel framework and a glass balustrade. Photo: Jordan Davis.

Another highlight of this project was building a beautiful cedar sauna, which gave us an opportunity to contribute some stunning materials and fine craftsmanship to the property.

But the most rewarding moments were the thank you notes and gifts of biscuits we received throughout the renovation from our client’s mother, who we affectionally came to know as ‘Granny’. This was all the evidence we needed that we had met our goal of providing the best outcome for our valued client (thanks for the biscuits, Granny!).

Fern Tree home bathroom

Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation featuring black mosaic tiles, hanging mirror, custom timber benchtop in Tasmanian oak. The architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel and also features a round white basin with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.
Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation featuring black mosaic tiles, hanging mirror, custom timber benchtop in Tasmanian oak. The architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel and also features a round white basin with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.

A bathroom renovation in a Fern Tree home, on the outskirts of Hobart, required us to first remove an older, traditional Japanese bathroom. While the unique, original bathroom had once been visually impressive, we soon discovered that it was hiding extensive water damage. The original underfloor waterproofing had failed over time, completely rotting the floor. Our only option was to remodel the entire room. In consultation with our clients, we decided to strip the whole bathroom, remove the corrupted materials, and completely replace the flooring and walls.

Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation features a freestanding bath, black mosaic tiles, laid with the utmost accuracy. This architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.
Custom Japanese inspired bathroom renovation features a freestanding bath, black mosaic tiles, laid with the utmost accuracy. This architectural bathroom renovation was designed to give a contemporary feel with increased natural light from a new skylight. Photo: Jordan Davis.

The new bathroom was beautifully designed, and it called for a high level of craftsmanship to do it justice. We assembled our extended team of professional building sub-contractors, who we knew could deliver the high-quality craftsmanship that this project demanded. A dominant feature of the design was extensive and intricate tiling. Our skilled tiling subcontractor installed and finished the tiling and grouting for the floors and walls with absolute precision to achieve the vision of this stunning design.

A Japanese inspired bathroom renovation with a freestanding bath, highlighted by black mosaic tiles and chrome tapware. Photo: Jordan Davis.
A Japanese inspired bathroom renovation with a freestanding bath, highlighted by black mosaic tiles and chrome tapware. Photo: Jordan Davis.

Demolishing the original bathroom led to some amazing discoveries — an old umbrella, coins from all over the world, and an enigmatic little frog! These treasures had been hidden in the walls for reasons we still haven’t discovered. You can visit our Instagram account to find out more about this project and see some images of the beautiful, final outcome.

Our communication processes ensured smooth, efficient management of this project for our mainland-based clients. We maintained consistent and transparent communication through our project management software, and regular Zoom meetings kept our client up to date and involved in the day-to-day progress of their build.

Enhanced Homes fully met our expectations — the build matches our vision.

Jonathan Croome