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Bright future Before and after pictures tell the story of this extreme makeover of a home in St Heliers, which was rebuilt by Scarbro Residential Above: It looks like a new build, but this house is a renovation. The home was largely rebuilt from the ground up by Scarbro Residential, with just a few walls and floors re-used. Morrison Architecture introduced a new angled bay window at the front of the house, which enhances the contemporary look and maximises views to the sea and city. search | save | share at Demolishing or removing an older house to make way for a new build isn’t always the best solution. A major renovation can be a better way to maximise both the space and views, especially when existing-use rights ensure the height of a house can be retained. The original house on this site in St Heliers was so long past its use-by-date, that it had been abandoned for a few years while the owners decided on the best way to approach the project. The solution was an extreme makeover designed by Morrison Architecture and built by Scarbro Residential, a company that specialises in the construction of medium to high-end houses, alterations, and multi-unit developments. Scarbro quantity surveyor Carlton John says the existing house was essentially gutted, inside and out, with just a few floors and walls retained. The house was enlarged, with three storeys accommodated within the former two-storey volume – it is now more than 500m2, with an additional 115m2 of new decks. This makes it approximately 50% larger in terms of floor area.