Choosing EziCleen is Crystal Clear

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As custom designed residential builders on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, it’s only natural that we choose to utilise glass in many of our designs. Not only does it allow uninterrupted views, but once open, they harness those stunning sea breezes … read more

As custom designed residential builders on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, it’s only natural that we choose to utilise glass in many of our designs. Not only does it allow uninterrupted views, but once open, they harness those stunning sea breezes. The down side of using glass in our coastal environment is the presence of sea spray and salt air, which can quite quickly make that crystal clear view turn cloudy. Let’s face it, the reason we use glass is, quite simply, it’s beautiful. But, when left to the elements, and without proper cleaning, it won’t stay that way for long

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The same can be said not only for windows, but glass balustrades, pool fences and shower screens, all of which are showpieces in their own right. No one wants to sit in a stunning alfresco area looking through a dirty glass pool fence, just as you would not want to walk into a sparkling new bathroom, only to find soap scum build up on the shower screen. So, when we hand over a brand new home to a client, we want all of these glass elements to look the same ten years down the track, as they do at handover.

And, let’s face it, cleaning and scrubbing of our glass surfaces is neither practical nor enjoyable. To keep them looking pristine, regular cleaning would be necessary. We simply want our clients to move into their homes and not have to fuss about the cleaning of glass finishes.

At Peninsula Homes we are always on the look out for new and innovative products that not only save time and ultimately money for our clients, but also preserves and protects the appearance of a product so it looks exactly like the day its was installed. So, when we came across Ezi Cleen Surface Protection about four or five years ago, we were blown away. Even better, it’s an Australian Company who clearly understands the impact our harsh environment can have on the fixtures and finishes of our homes. A Nano technology coating, it creates a bond on the glass surface that is ultimately a non-stick surface, and repels oil, water and dirt.

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Over the past few years, Peninsula Homes have used EziCleen Surface Protection on all of our new custom designed homes as well as homes we have renovated. The need for application has varied on each job, some have had a large presence of external glass; windows, pool fences and balustrades, whilst others have treated just their shower screens. In each case, our clients have been amazed at how the glass in their homes have remained so brilliantly clean over a significant period of time. This has been particularly noted on several of our homes where some windows can be totally inaccessible and thus dangerous to clean. EziCleen claim that the application of the surface protection reduces cleaning by up to 90%. We can honestly say that is absolutely correct. Once the coating is applied, you can throw away your harsh cleaners and chemicals. All your treated glass areas need is a wash down with some water. Now, that’s a great thing for the environment.

It’s fair to say, we use many products when building a new home. But to have come across Ezi Cleen, is an absolute find. For a product to be so simple to apply, environmentally considerate and the benefits it provides to glazing products, it really is a must try product whether you are building a new home or renovating an existing one.

Unique Timber for A Home with a Unique Blend of Finishes

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by Jess Mackenzie | May 29, 2017 ARTICLE BY: Paul Ackling, of Peninsula Homes PROJECT: North Curl Curl Home LOCATION: Curl Curl, Australia PRODUCTS USED: RECM2025 Genuine Reclaimed Barn Oak With each one of Peninsula Homes homes being a one-off … … read more

by Jess Mackenzie | May 29, 2017

ARTICLE BY: Paul Ackling, of Peninsula Homes
PROJECT: North Curl Curl Home
LOCATION: Curl Curl, Australia
PRODUCTS USED: RECM2025 Genuine Reclaimed Barn Oak

With each one of Peninsula Homes homes being a one-off design, the specification of each can allow us the use of interesting materials. It is this part of the design process that we enjoy with our clients, collaborating on the most exciting way to incorporate these finishes. A client in North Curl Curl had a love of industrial and reclaimed products. This saw the inclusion, in their home, of polished concrete floors, reclaimed bricks and rusting coreten steel. To compliment all of these industrial features, we specified Havwoods Genuine Reclaimed Barn Oak Engineered timber in a number of key areas. The use of this unique timber, whilst providing striking features, also gave the home warmth it needed to compliment the industrial feel.

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The grandest of these features was a 2.4m wide barn style sliding door that allowed the closure of the formal lounge area, whilst adding a striking feature to the homes entry foyer.

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Unique Timber - Reclaimed Barn Oak North Curl Curl Home

Skilful joinery was used to create a substantial custom piece in a hallway recess, balustrade capping and a floating fireplace shelf that makes a stunning addition to the living room.

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The home also had many structural steel elements, one of which is a steel post near the stairwell in the living room. This was also seamlessly clad in the Barn Oak, which turned a less desirable element into and authentic looking part of the structure.

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This home, so unique in it’s finishes, caught the eye of the television show, Best Houses Australia, in which it ultimately featured on in 2015.

“Working with a quality engineered product allowed the end result to exceed even our own high expectations. It has also given our clients the timeless and authentic looking home that will be enjoyed for years to come.”

ARTICLE BY: Paul Ackling, of Peninsula Homes

Click here to view the Havwoods Relik Range of reproduction and genuine reclaimed engineered timber products.

Premium Cladding – A Perfect Northern Beaches Look

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Author: Paul Ackling Being a builder of one-off, custom designed homes throughout Sydney’s Northern Beaches sees Peninsula Homes use a wide variety of cladding products . In two recent projects, we have used a classic Linea fibre cement board from … … read more

Author: Paul Ackling

Being a builder of one-off, custom designed homes throughout Sydney’s Northern Beaches sees Peninsula Homes use a wide variety of cladding products . In two recent projects, we have used a classic Linea fibre cement board from James Hardies Scyon Range. This Linea profile is extra thick at 16mm, which provides a sense of depth, as well as a truly solid feel.

We employ a batten system to all our cladding wall constructions. This, together with Linea’s extra thickness, allows a wall rating of up to 2.8R. The batten system also works extremely well with our large section corner trims and window architraves. As the vapour barrier is located behind the battens, both the cladding boards and trim are able to be glued with a flexible adhesive/sealant. Then our painters use a flexible Polyfilla Professional W50 weatherboard sealant, on the lap of each and every board, prior to painting. All of this additional sealant/adhesive, results in a cladding that has very little movement, which ensures the applied paint lasts as long, or even longer, than the manufacturers stated warranty. This all helps our homes stand up to the harsh beachside environment well into the future.

Whatever your choice of exterior paint colours, you can see from these two homes that the Linea lends itself to both dark and light colours equally well. The classic neutrals of Dulux Clay Pipe gives a soft, timeless feel to this North Balgowlah home, that really allows it to recede into its leafy location. While our Collaroy home is painted in a deep blue/grey from Dulux called Ticking. This home on the hill will be a striking and bold addition to the neighbourhood, while the Linea classic profile allow it to retain the beaches charm.

In all, we have enjoyed working with the Hardies Linea Cladding on these 2 recent projects. With results like these, we are certain to be specifying it on many future homes.

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Is a busy builder a better builder? What can happen when a builder over commits…

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Author: Paul Ackling The construction of a home involves countless details to bring about a beautiful finished product. Within these details lies the difference between ‘just ok – it’s a roof over our head that will keep the rain out’ … … read more

Author: Paul Ackling

The construction of a home involves countless details to bring about a beautiful finished product. Within these details lies the difference between ‘just ok – it’s a roof over our head that will keep the rain out’ and ‘a wonderfully timeless home that brings a feeling of joy to everyday life’.

With the Sydney housing market at an all-time high, it’s easy for builders to take advantage of these opportune times and accept more work, potentially more than one could handle. The equation looks simple to some builders: more jobs = more dollars. So why would they say no to the extra work, right?

This can go well for a short while until the jobs start piling up and the care and attention to each one diminishes. What happens next is something we all have seen: the progress on the construction site slows to a grinding halt for weeks (and sometimes months) on end, resulting in a new home not only running behind schedule, but is being exposed to the potentially damaging elements. Delays in your building schedule to this magnitude can add tens of thousands of dollars to your finished build. Just think about how much additional money you would have to spend to keep renting a property while your home is being built! And that’s just one example…there are countless others. These delays that come about are, more often than not, a result of a builder over committing themselves and the flow on effect can be like a tsunami. It builds slowly and for a short while can go unnoticed, but it’s enormously damaging once it arrives. Like a tsunami, once you see it it’s often too late.

Being a niche, owner-operated residential building company on the Northern Beaches means that Steve and myself remain hands on with our small amount of projects. We are steadfast in our commitment to never starting more homes than we can give our personal attention to at any one time. This overriding commitment to quality over quantity flows the entire way through our design and build projects. For starters, it allows us enough time to meet with the owners whenever necessary to plan out details; ultimately forging great working relationships with each and everyone one of them. During the construction phase, we work hand in hand with skilled and committed tradespeople that have worked with Peninsula Homes since our company’s inception. We know they deliver on quality time and again! Upon completion of the home, we remain personally available to answer any questions or attend to any maintenance issues. We don’t simply hand over a key and walk away. When you engage Peninsula Homes, we are there for the long haul.

Our clients place a great value on this personal attention we provide. It allows them to not only be an integral part of the building of their home (most actually come to the realisation that they enjoyed the building process and it was less stressful than they thought), but more often than not, they would quite happily build with us again!

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Testimonials from our clients mean the world to us. Here’s a little snippet:

“Paul & Steve from Peninsula Homes are two highly organised individuals and together make an amazing team. “Anything is possible” with Peninsula Homes. While we were building, people loved asking us how our builders were and were very keen to share their own building horror stories. They were most surprised when we had only good things to say about Peninsula Homes. We felt very involved in the building process. I am sure there will be another collaboration in the future.”

Michelle – Collaroy

 

“The attention to detail throughout the build was second to none. We plan on living in this home for many years to come and so the thought of ever building another home couldn’t be further from our minds. But, if we ever did build again, we would definitely want it to be with Peninsula Homes”.

Scott & Berni – North Curl Curl – You can check out more about their home here!

 

“Reliable, efficient, resourceful and the most personable team you could want working on your home.”

Paul & Georga – Freshwater

 

“A huge thank you to both Paul and Steve. You work so well as a team and kept us informed throughout the whole process. We were pleasantly surprised at how the project was completed on time and within our budget. We are very pleased with the quality of the workmanship, continue to recommend your services and would definitely go with Peninsula Homes if we were to rebuild again.

Richard & Natalie – Collaroy

 

“Thank you for always taking the time to listen. We always felt part of the building process but felt nothing of the worry or anxiety. We can’t speak highly enough of you both. Our home has exceeded anything we ever anticipated – we are truly grateful.”

Leo & Nadia – Collaroy Plateau – You can check out more about their home here!

 

“I am still finding it hard to believe that I had the good fortune to come across Peninsula Homes. Your outstanding manner, wonderful energy, competency and professionalism is truly amazing. Words cannot adequately express how happy I am with the home you built for me. I never believed the whole building process would be so easy.”

Liz – Curl Curl

 

The Full Circle

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I first met John back in April 2013 to discuss plans about building a new home on his property in Dee Why, where he had lived for the past 20 years. We talked over his requirements and I set about preparing a Proposal of Works for a relatively compact 3 bedroom home with a separate detached garage in the rear yard. A couple of weeks later, I presented this to John and he was very happy with our ideas and concepts for his property. … read more

Author: Paul Ackling

I first met John back in April 2013 to discuss plans about building a new home on his property in Dee Why, where he had lived for the past 20 years. We talked over his requirements and I set about preparing a Proposal of Works for a relatively compact 3 bedroom home with a separate detached garage in the rear yard. A couple of weeks later, I presented this to John and he was very happy with our ideas and concepts for his property. However, he was not quite ready to commit to the build.

Having been in the building industry all my working life, including building new homes on the Northern Beaches over the last 8 years, I can certainly understand what a large decision it is to build a new home. It is probably the single biggest investment that someone will make. That’s why time, space and guidance is always provided to the people I speak to.

John returned to us in May 2014 to review our original proposal for his home. His request was to now look at building a much larger three-level home with a basement garage. This design had merit for the location, given its elevation from street level, comparatively small 526 m2 land size and stunning coastal views. The revised proposal would be a stunning home and make the utmost of the incredible seaside location. This proposal was well received by John!

As so often happens with life, circumstances can change. And those changing circumstances can greatly affect the requirements we have for our homes. I have worked with clients where this has lead to the home and scope increasing in size, while others have wanted to limit the size and complexity of the home for various reasons.

John and I stayed in touch for the next year, speaking with each other of the best way to proceed. With life settled on a new path and with Jane now firmly a part of his life, they began to create a new family nucleus along with Jane’s two daughters, Hedy & Callie. Subsequently, August 2015 saw a third proposal revision which included design ideas from the entire family. While the home was now back to looking very similar to the original design (a more compact home and detached garage), the input from each family member made it a special process. Some refinements were made and in September 2015, John and Jane committed to the design process.

Time and again, I see owners come full circle with their planned building works. This is a very rewarding aspect of my job; to assist and guide people through the various options while keeping them on the right track. Having explored what can be done and coming back to the original concepts and ideals is a settling experience for most people and allows them to move forward with certainty and clarity.

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The planning, design and CDC approval process was completed over the next few months in preparation for building to commence on John’s home. In March 2016, we started construction works and John, Jane, Hedy & Callie moved into their new home in October 2016, just 7 months later. The finished home is well designed to suit the current and future needs of these wonderful clients. The dual investment of time and energy on both the part of Peninsula Homes and John & Jane, has seen this project evolve into a one-off and truly unique home. Design elements and careful selection and use of materials, will ensure this home rests into its location and stands the test of time.