As soon as Jason Beckett saw the house he knew it was the right one for his next renovation project.
It had, he said, some similarities to his own house before he renovated it, and he could see how it could be rejuvenated and could provide a family with the perfect balance of space and lifestyle and luxury.
Jason has an expert’s eye for renovations. He buys and “flips” homes for a living, and with a passion for property in the Hills, was keen for a new project in Castle Hill.
“I’ve been looking in the Hills for a while, and eventually found this place. I measured up the floorplan, and found it’s very similar to my own house in Baulkham Hills so I had a good idea of how I could change the floorplan and extend it into a new, improved home,” Jason said.
“It was a small home — only about 160m2 — but now it’s a spacious 380m2 with multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. The goal with this renovation was to make sure that the ‘new’ house complemented the block and didn’t overwhelm it but still maintain a reasonable size. This area has some very big houses.
“We added extensions to both the double-storey and single-storey parts of the home as well as a large alfresco area equipped with its own kitchen. The alfresco area is complemented by expansive grassed areas which are finished by sandstone retaining walls.”
Jason pays particular attention to the floorplan, taking his time in the initial design to ensure a house “flows”. By that he means how it provides the space, comfort and easy living areas that really make a home so much more than just a house.
“I’m all about making sure the entire space flows, and ensuring the floorplan is right from the start. I do the designs myself and make changes until it is perfect. I think the flow of the home is more important than its size. Then the selection of quality fixtures, fittings and floorings is very important for creating the right feel,” he said.
“My target market for this house is an established family with a couple of teenage or school kids. The design of an additional living space downstairs lends itself to both a growing family as well as accommodation for visitors. It also appeals to downsizers who want to move back from acreages or oversized houses.”
This project was not without its challenges, said Jason, but perseverance won the day.
“I’ve been building for about 16 years and have seen it all, but the weather nearly broke me on this project. When we tried to render the home it rained for a month — a one-week job took six. Then heat was a problem, particularly when we were doing the roof,” he recalled.

Think the flow of the home is more important than its size.

“I’ve been buying and selling for about seven years now. After the feedback from this house I’ve set myself a new bar and am excited to push the boundaries with properties of this calibre for my next projects. It was challenging, but I enjoy a challenge, and was quite comfortable with the whole project. I’m very proud of the final home.”

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