We're transforming lives with Matt & Kim to the Rescue!
Summit Homes Group help to transform the lives of Herne Hill couple, Ray and Ruth with Channel 9's Matt & Kim to the Rescue!
Close to 200 volunteers from our office staff rallied together to transform Ray and Ruth’s tired 1970’s brick and tile house into a modern and wheel-chair friendly home in just four days!
Ray and Ruth have suffered from the fair share of health and financial struggles over the years. Ruth first battled brain cancer then, years later, suffered a stroke that paralysed half of her body including her face and has been in a wheelchair since. Ray invested all of his savings to take care of Ruth and continues to put everybody before himself, including caring for his elderly father, as well as helping to pay off his son’s tax debt and helping him save for a new home deposit.
Summit Home Improvement's Building Manager Jeff Edgar, who also acted as on-site construction manager throughout the build, said this project was about giving something back to Ray and helping improve the quality of life for both Ray and Ruth.
“The home as it stood was a representation of what a struggle the couple had been through,” Jeff said.
“It was in major need of a facelift, with ceilings and walls significantly cracked, practically to the point of being uninhabitable, and the design itself was boxy and just didn’t flow.
“Our main requirement in transforming the home was to improve functionality and flow. The entire home was transformed – literally every room inside as well as major work outside which saw the addition of an alfresco kitchen, pool, putting green, vegetable garden and landscaped gardens – all in just four days.
We had the designs fast tracked using our in-house Design Team and liaised with the local council for all approvals. From there, it was all systems go!
The overhaul saw walls removed and repositioned which allowed for not only better flow and function but also light and space which ticked all the boxes in terms of practicality for both Ray and Ruth.
Jeff said steel framing was used for the extension to add more space to house the brand new kitchen and open dining area.
“Time was a massive factor in the success of the project and we wanted to use modular construction as its super strong and super fast to produce and build.
“The frames were manufactured at Summit’s headquarters in 1.5 hours and then transported to site and installed in just 30 minutes.
“It was fantastic to be able to deliver a massive extension to the home in such a short space of time, particularly as that is where most of the everyday living will be now be able to be enjoyed by Ray and Ruth.”
Work on the home went at a rate of knots with our volunteers and trades being on site from 6.30am to 8pm over the four days.
“In addition to the almost 200-strong Summit team, of course hundreds of skilled trades were on site too to help get the job done fast,” said Jeff. “No job was off limits and everyone pitched in.”
Jeff said while charity work had long been a focus of Summit Homes Group for close to 40 years, this was the first time we had been involved in such a high profile renovation.
“We were so pleased to partner with Channel 9 and Matt & Kim to make a difference,” he said. “The work they are doing in the community is to be commended.”
“At Summit we are Built Around People, so helping the community is something that we have long been passionate about. It was tremendous to see so many of our team swap their office suits and shoes for shovels and steel-capped boots. The rally of support has really been overwhelming.”