Knocking down and rebuilding homes is a passion as well as a business for this group of Sydney residents, who have been buying properties throughout the upper north shore area and redeveloping them for profit.
Teacher Sam Carolan and her husband John Carolan of Skope Constructions, along with their small investment team consisting of John’s brother Brent and Bec Carolan, and friends David and Amanda Perryman, buy unloved and ugly houses to either renovate them or knock them down and replace them with modern, classic homes, and then resell at a healthy profit.
“We’ve done a lot of renovations over the time through our own business, Skope Constructions, but we have found that knock-down rebuilds with Rosewood Homes are the better way to go, definitely,” explains Sam. “Gina and Adam from Rosewood are great to work with, and if I want to tweak the designs and change some things, it’s not a problem.”
The Lindfield house featuring an Aspen design was custom designed for the site – the home’s Hamptons look and feel was new for Lindfield, but was received very well by prospective buyers, says Sam. This project was also a knock-down rebuild project on a carefully chosen site.
“I’ve always loved what Rosewood had come up with to match the Hamptons-style look,” Sam explains. “Because we’re on the North Shore especially, there seems to be a lot of homestead-style homes, but no one had really come up with the Hamptons-style look, which was something a little bit different and fresh for the area. And I’ve always loved those colour tones, so I went down that path and it worked really well for us.”
The Lindfield home features an open plan design for the living areas, which appeals to modern homebuyers, says Sam.
For the roof, the sophisticated look of Monier’s Concrete Horizon roofing tiles in Barramundi perfectly complemented the style of the home.
“I’ve always wanted that flat, sleek look within the tile,” she says. “Working with Gina and Adam, I just say this is what I’m looking for and this is what I want to do, and they provide the product. We trust that the product they recommend is in line with our quality requirements, which are high as you can imagine, being in the construction industry ourselves.
“Metal is not always practical or always the best way to go, and especially when you’re selling a home for well over three million dollars or so, you need to have a good quality. It’s all about a beautiful slick look, so. And I love those colours, as well.”