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Knockdown rebuild

Step inside: A cherished family beach house reborn

For 46 years Jac Radcliffe’s family has escaped the hustle and bustle of Melbourne on weekends and holidays to enjoy the slower pace of Barwon Heads. Jac’s parents bought their Barwon Heads holiday home back in 1975, when Barwon Heads was a sleepy seaside town that was mostly home to retirees. In the years that followed, Jac and her two siblings literally grew up in this home, from childhood to teen years to adulthood. But as the family expanded, and grandchildren came on the scene, their cherished holiday home, although well-loved, was definitely well-worn and in need of some drastic work.

Why you should choose a rebuild over a renovation

Do you love where you live, but can’t stand the house you’re in? If you love your neighbourhood but not your house, the first option that comes to most people’s minds is to renovate. However, more often than not a simple renovation can turn into a major budget blow-out.