Home Files Podcast Episode 6: The Real Story - A Customer’s Journey

by Carlisle Homes


In episode six of our Home Files Podcast, Carlisle customer, entrepreneur and seasoned podcaster Tina Elias takes us her through her Knockdown Rebuild journey.

Considering a Knockdown Rebuild? You won’t want to miss our final episode of the Home Files Podcast, where Carlisle customer and sustainability entrepreneur Tina Elias shares the step-by-step journey of building her new eco-friendly home.

It’s a fascinating and informative look at what it’s like to undertake a Knockdown Rebuild, with real-world tips you can apply to your own build. Tina, who is the founder of Australasia’s largest textile recovery and recycling firm Upparel, and Steph Massuger, Knockdown Rebuild Customer Liaison Executive Team Leader at Carlisle Homes, reveal exactly what it’s like to build an environmentally-friendly home with Carlisle.

Listen to the episode here or read on for the highlights.


With you every step of the way

A Knockdown Rebuild is a bit more complicated than building on an empty block, but don’t let that put you off. It offers a host of benefits. You get to stay in the area you love, maintain important relationships with your local community, and build your dream home exactly how you want it – generally for less per square metre than the cost of renovating. 

Carlisle’s dedicated Knockdown Rebuild team worked closely with Tina on her new build, just as we do with all our customers, to ensure the process was easy and convenient every step of the way. 

We helped Tina assess the suitability of her block, select a new house design, organise all the paperwork, prepare the tender, organise demolition and manage the new build – all the way up until the day she moved in! 

Must-have tools to help you find your style

Tina is the first to admit that choosing all the colours, finishes and upgrades for her new home felt overwhelming. We completely understand – and we’ve got plenty of tools to help, including:

  • Spectra Online: Browse thousands of products online.
  • Visualiser: Compare options online and see how your home will look.
  • New extensive brochure range: All the information you need at your fingertips.
  • Browse appointments: Need more time to make your selections? Make an appointment at our Spectra Showroom and survey the options at your leisure.


As the owner of Australasia’s largest textile recovery and recycling business, it’s little surprise that sustainability was a priority for Tina. It’s something we’re equally passionate about here at Carlisle – making us Tina’s ideal build partner.

All Carlisle homes have a minimum six-star energy rating and include:

  • Window positioning to maximise natural light and airflow
  • Double glazing
  • Zoned heating and cooling
  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Sarking and insulation to boost energy efficiency
  • Colorbond roof and sarking
  • High-performance, eco-friendly Hebel ACC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) building products

And that’s just the start of the great insights Tina shared in episode six – be sure to tune in to hear more.


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Search ‘Home Files’ in your favourite listening app and hit ‘subscribe’ to catch each episode as soon as it drops. 

Listen to episode six of our Home Files Podcast here or search ‘Home Files’ in your favourite listening app and hit ‘subscribe’ to catch each episode as soon as it drops. You can learn more about the knockdown rebuild process with Carlisle Homes here.


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