Renovation Rescue


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Last year we saw part one of a dream that Elizabeth grove dad Alan Wilson had for his family home.

Alan died when his car was hit at high speed by an unlicenced road rage driver and the senseless death left a wife devestated and kids without a loving dad.

“They just saw their mum fall to pieces and completely crushed,” says his widow Cheryl.

Alan Wilson has been described as your typical aussie good bloke and a devoted dad.

Nothing was going to replace Alan, but when family friend and Hire a Hubby's Darren Gepp came up with the idea to complete a backyard makeover to Alans specifications, things really started to happen.

With the help of tradies and suppliers from all over Adelaide it became a reality, but that was only half the dream Alan Wilson had for the family home.

According to Darren Gepp "Cheryl's two youngest boys are still living in the same bedroom... ten and twelve years old ...they're driving each other nuts... I need to give them space".

So the s.o.s went out again and the response was immediate, including one of Australias biggest home builders AV Jennings, who in turn reached out to their suppliers and tradies.

John Howarth, the General Manager of AV Jennings Home Improvements, reckons it was an easy decision to come on board.

“Cheryl's cause hit a nerve with all of us at AV Jennings and we were only to pleased to be involved," says John.

So for seven months tradies and suppliers, big and small, put in a few hours here and a few hours there.

At last the hard work was over and the celebrating began!

Alans kids Zac, Sydney and Brad were over the moon. At last they had their own bedrooms with lots of space and a family room.

There was no hiding Cheryl Wilson’s feelings on the day.

“Alan and I were all about family and by everyone giving us this gift of the extensions you've made it possible for me to keep my family together and to watch them grow. Alan and I have always been givers and I found it extremly difficult to be on the receiving end, but through our great loss of a wonderul husband and father… true kindness and compassion has been shown to us."

For Darren Gepp this was the end of an emotional working journey that started almost two years ago.

Darren's effort has been a labour of love and throughout this project he has given…given and given some more.

Dee and Greg Linton at 3 Divas bed & breakfast at McLaren Vale heard of Darren's selfless deeds and offered him and his wife a weekend at the cottages.

He humbly accepted their offer. We think he needs the rest!

Cheryl, Zak, Brad, Sydney, Max and Reece Wilson

53 Businesses
40 Individuals

Initial concepts ��" Original design
Layout, design, schedules, etc Darren Gepp
Building consultancy Erbsland Builders
Building certification Rocco Ciancio

Design Input ��" Final design
Construction detail Darren Gepp

Construction design, submissions & supervision

AV Jennings

Project management & site supervision Darren Gepp

Planning approval City of Playford
Title search Tuckfield Conveyancing

Construction Materials
White ant treatment Adelaide Pest Control
Sewer drain Reece Salisbury
Foundation reinforcing One Steel
Foundation consumables One Steel
Concrete Boral
First fix timber Freeman Wauchope
Second fix timber Freeman Wauchope
Bricks Austral Bricks
Brick sand Newton Sand & Metal
Cement Adelaide Brighton Cement
Roof materials Bluescope
Roof manufacture & fixings Fielders
Roof flashings and sarking Fielders
Refrigeration pipework Brian McElroy
Electrical ��" First and second fix Main Seacombe Electrical
Electrical ��" Sundry specials Redline Electrical
Electrical ��" Switchboard Leading Edge Electrical
Plasterboard and cornice CSR Gyprock
Insulation Hire A Hubby SA
Aluminium windows & door Dowell Aluminium
Skylight supply Woodroffe
Cabinetry Duraform
Internal paint Solver Salisbury
Carpets Competitive Flooring
Wardrobes Wallspan
Wall and floor tiles Beaumont Tiles
Cabinet splashback Applied Sheetmetal
Vertical blinds Kresta
Tubular gates materials Shean Steel
Glazed bi-Fold doors Bill Leedham

Hot water unit relocation Darren Gepp
Water pipe relocation Darren Gepp, Jamie Lewcock
Verandah removal (old and new) Hire A Hubby’s
Concrete cutting C&N Concrete Cutting
Concrete removal NKX Excavations
Waste bins Local Bins Golden Grove
Sewer excavation NKX Excavations
Concrete disposal ResorceCo
Sewer replacement Ian McKenzie, Darren Gepp
Foundation work Sunset Foundations
Concrete pumping Flinders Park Concrete pumps
First fix carpenters B&S Constructions
Door and window installation Darren Gepp & family
Bricklayers Bob Foste