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Innovation drives two storey revolution

Innovation drives two storey revolution

Homebuyers are set to receive their new dream two storey home faster and with more value and with better thermal properties and noise protection following innovative building practices pioneered by Summit Homes Group.

The builder has combined conventional building methods of double brick construction with innovative lightweight technology which is seeing new homes built concurrently, both at the client’s lot and at Summit Homes Group’s headquarters under stringent around-the-clock supervision and quality control.

Managing Director David Simpson said Summit’s simultaneous building system saw both the upper and lower floors built at the same time which meant homebuyers would receive up to a four month faster handover without any compromise to quality, service or level of finish.

“Our innovative approach to building the upper floor is an exciting development in lightweight construction and is set to revolutionise the way homebuyers receive their homes and how other builders look at their practices,” Mr Simpson said.

“We are building the upper floors in our 6,000m2 purpose built facility in Myaree and combining the strength of engineered steel construction with the comfort of an advanced thermal external cladding system called Masterwall. Once finished, it’s simply craned into position once the lower brick work is completed.

“Imagine a quality two storey home that is built within similar timeframes as a single storey – and all with cutting edge building practices which is being closely monitored by our construction team in a totally controlled environment.”

The builder has invested heavily in researching market trends and developing new construction systems as well as consulting with land developers regarding lot yields and future planning in readiness for this new direction.

“The time is right to introduce this system to homebuyers and they have every reason to be excited, particularly as Masterwall is used by some of Australia’s largest builders and has been for a long time on the East Coast” Mr Simpson said.

“We are addressing WA’s increasing trend for narrow lot two storey living and showing homebuyers how to live large in a whole new way by delivering a well thought through solution that is unlike anything else in WA.

The builder said its unique upper floor construction offered a number of benefits to homebuyers including

  • Speed – a double storey home can essentially be built in the same time as a single storey, meaning homebuyers can literally live the high life up to four months faster;
  • Fantastic thermal properties when compared to standard double brick construction (Masterwall has a thermal rating of R2.3 which is substantially better than cavity brickwork*) which means warmer winters and cooler summers;
  • Better noise protection between floors through the use of an advanced suspended chassis steel system; and
  • Cost – seeing as time is money, homebuyers can rest assured they are eliminating costly rental payments faster as they will be enjoying their new home sooner.

“Our engineered flooring system provides all the rigid stiffness of welded steel together with greater spanning capabilities and the comfort of quiet flooring which means minimal noise vibrations to endure when the kids are upstairs,” Mr Simpson said.

“Furthermore because we are building the upper floors at Summit’s specialist facility, homebuyers receive an additional number of benefits including consistency of trades and building practices, more efficient use of materials meaning minimal waste, better recycling opportunities and of course we never have to stop because of the rain – a huge benefit seeing as we are headed into the wet winter months.”

In addition to new homes, the builder is also using its novel approach to deliver second storey solutions to existing homeowners in the form of a home improvement or extension and can apply the same technique to granny flats for those homeowners who have space on their existing lot.

“Craning the homes onto an existing residence is proving to be a massive winner for those homebuyers who crave more space and want an immediate solution,” Mr Simpson said.

“It’s a holistic solution for home buyers at every spectrum of the market and is taking two storey living to new heights of excellence,” Mr Simpson said.

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