Michael and Tina purchased an older home in their preferred bayside location with every intention to build or renovate, they just weren’t sure how. After a very lengthy and emotionally intensive journey sifting through the many build options, they finally discovered (and loved!) the Matisse 35 and could very easily picture themselves living in the home with their three children and pup Oreo.
Michael and Tina Elias, founders and owners of Upparel – Australia and New Zealand’s largest textile recovery and waste recycling company, with their three children Marcus, Isla and Cassius - and their playful pup, Oreo.
“When we looked at an extension or renovation, we not only realised it was going to be quite costly - but that it was also very difficult working with the original home,” adds Michael. “This presented a tonne of issues with pipes and electrical, and it was also design limiting because we were trying to work around an existing dwelling.”
The pair, who don’t like surprises also didn’t feel comfortable with a ballpark renovation budget contingency of between 15 to 20 per cent – “It just didn’t sit well with us,” says Michael.
“Then we went and saw Carlisle,” says Tina, “and it was such a relaxed process, we deposited that day.”
Michael had done a lot of online research before we visited the Matisse,” says Tina. “I wasn’t sold on a single storey, but when we first walked into the grand entrance of the display, with the view from the front to the back of the home, I was sold,” explains Tina. “It was both spacious and homely at the same time,” she smiles.
“It had everything we were looking for. All the things we’d talked about,” adds Michael. “Multiple living spaces, a completely separate area for the kids, great indoor/outdoor living space with the alfresco off to the side – it was perfect for us because we’re always entertaining and outside a lot,” explains Michael.
Tina can be forgiven for speaking so highly about their grand master bedroom with the sun pouring in through their sheers. Tina recalls being taken aback by how open it was when she first saw the display. “I remember thinking ‘wow’ what a luxurious space to wake up in every morning - and on the first morning in our new home I felt like I was in a resort - and still do every single morning,” she smiles.
“Choosing our façade was also a no brainer – we had to have weatherboard and a Hampton’s aesthetic, so we went with the Halifax Hebel façade, all white – which perfectly suited our coastal, bayside neighbourhood,” says Tina. “With the interior, I went with a more modern, contemporary aesthetic – moodier colours, black cabinetry throughout, parquetry flooring and grey stone benchtops, and I love what we’ve achieved – it definitely reflects our personality.”
The number one priority for the pair when they decided they were going to build was convenience and ease. “That was the holy grail for everything,” explains Tina.
“The process with Carlisle was extremely easy, simple and straightforward,” adds Michael. We deposited the first day we visited, and then we’d done everything we needed to with the Sales Consultant one week later,” he laughs.
“I think it’s really important to note that just like everyone - we are so busy,” says Tina. “With three kids, running our own company and managing a whole team of staff – we just didn’t have time to worry about the process.”
“Absolutely,” adds Michael. “You don’t know what you don’t know, but we had the guidance we needed all the way through. It was seamless - and a really good customer experience all round,” he says.
The night before demolition took place, the pair found a novel way to celebrate the memories and time in their home. “All of our extended family came over and had fun drawing and painting on the parts of the house that weren’t going to be salvaged,” laughs Michael. “The next day the demolition company arrived. They were thorough and organised, and the house was gone in just three days. It was very straightforward,” he adds.
Coming up to one year living in their new home, Michael and Tina are now focused on leveraging one of their favourite areas of their home – the living space that flows out into the alfresco. “We’re building a pizza oven and a fireplace in the yard so that we can use the space year-round,” says Michael.
“Carlisle offered so many sustainable products as part of their standard inclusions,” says Tina. “We chose a Hebel façade, Colorbond roof, double glazed windows and zoned heating and cooling, just to name a few,” she says. “Building with Carlisle, there were no surprises either,” says Michael. “We were informed about anything that may happen right at the beginning,” he says. “And the home had a laundry which was a plus,” laughs Michael, “because our old house didn’t have one.”
One of the main reasons Michael and Tina chose Carlisle was because of the level of inclusions. “There was just so much value,” says Michael. “There was no way we could have achieved an extension or renovation to the same level as our build, for anywhere near the price we paid.” “We got more for bang for buck than we were expecting because our home came in under budget – which means I should have kept spending money!” adds Tina with a laugh.
Kitchens sell houses, with most customers choosing to focus on this area for the majority of their upgrades. “It’s my favourite part of the home,” says Tina. “Where the kids sit around the bench, stealing things from the salad as I’m chopping it up; where we have breakfast as a family in the morning – it’s just where we always are,” she adds.