The House

raize the roof Charity House

what are we doing?

Through fundraising, donations and local volunteers, the raize the roof team is building the Charity House in Bonner, ACT. The goal of the Charity House is to generate more than $500,000. Half of the proceeds from the auction of the house will be donated to Starlight Children Foundation to support children with a serious illness and their families living in the Canberra region. The other half will go towards supporting SOS Children’s Villages, Botswana to develop self-sustainable projects which support orphaned children.

The big design!

We would like to say a massive thanks to Mr Ace Simonovski from AS Design Studio, our Project Architect, who collaborated with the raize the roof team to develop the designs for the house and Mr Pavel Nikoloski who has prepared the two images of the Charity house. The site located at 17 Clancy McKenna Crescent, Bonner ACT was acquired through a ballot through the ACT Land Development Agency (LDA) and is being leased as part of the Land Rent Scheme. To view the house plans click below:

raize the roof Charity House Ground Floor Plans
raize the roof Charity House Front
raize the roof Charity House Kitchen Concept

So how do you build a house? Check out how the Canberra community is doing it!

Step 15: Rough in (October 2017)

During winter 2017 the Dal Cortivo brothers and father did a heap of internal carpentry work.

Things really kicked off in October 2017 when the plumbing and gas rough in (laying out the basic fittings without making the final connections) was completed. Our sincere thanks goes to Peter from Monaro Plumbing and Gas for the donation of his time with the plumbing, to Kohler for donating the tap wear, and Bobby from ACT Gas and Water for doing the gas rough in.

Step 14: Eaves (March 2017)

This month the Dal Cortivo brothers and dad finished the eaves sheets for the charity house. Handy hint: eaves are the part of the roof that hangs out over the walls to provide shade to the outside of your house. They are important for a few reasons; eaves encourage water to run off the side of your house rather than directly down its walls and provide shading to windows which helps keep the interior of the house at a comfortable temperature. Well placed eaves can have a very significant effect on the climate control costs of a house.

Check out the video of them going up here .

Step 13: Cladding (January 2017)

There’s no better way to start the new year than seeing our generous brickies doing the brickwork in preparation for the team from Ideal Group to start the cladding/sheeting on the outside of the charity house.

 This enabled the team from Ideal Group to quickly get underway with the next stage of the house; installing the foam cladding system. Massive thanks to the team at Ideal Group who have again donated their time and talent, and always make this look so easy! We just could not complete this project without the incredible support from these legends!


Massive shout out to the Building Innovation Centre for donating the materials for this stage of the project!

Step 12: Windows (Dec 2016)

Just in time for Christmas, Lincoln and his father loaded in the windows! Big shout out to the team at Dowell Windows for the discount!

Step 11: Raising the roof (Nov 2016)

In November 2016, the generous team at MAA Roofing, CRT Building Products and BlueScope Steel unleashed their generosity and donated all materials and labour to ensure we could raise the roof. First up was the fascia and gutters!

After four days of dodging the rain, the MAA Roofing team, with the assistance of Lincoln and his father Fred, got the roof on!



This marks a massive milestone in our project! We’re especially grateful to MAA Roofing not only for donating all the materials, but for their ongoing support for raize the roof since its early inception.

Step 10: Trusses (Sept 2016)

It all started with a call from Ben from Ideal Group. He said ‘’my crew of carpenters need something to do next week. How can we help?” “Let’s throw the trusses up” said Lincoln.


And before we knew it, Kapow! The first day of spring saw the roof trusses delivered and we had Ben’s boys on site putting up the trusses, ready for the roof!


Step 9: Frames (July 2016)

It was guns blazing on this icy winter morning with Ben leading the charge and his crew firing nails with complete disregard for any length of framing timber.


They were on a mission, and would take no timber prisoner!


With a cut and fixed frame completed in one day they were unstoppable, except for when smoko and lunch was served!



Step 8: Flooring (July 2016)

Lincoln and his dad were hard at it in the freezing cold winter days to lay the sheet flooring. The insulation was donated by Robert from Primo Building Services.


Step 7: Beam me up (May 2016)

This week a big bad beam arrived from Herzog Steel for the charity house. Weighing 1.3 tonnes, we quickly realised we needed to call in a crane to lift the beam in to position. When Wade from Canberra Cranes and Rigging heard it was for a charity project he agreed to put the beam in place the next time he was over that side of town, today! Now it is officially in position!

Massive thanks to Wade and his crew – gotta love the Canberra spirit!

Also, big shout out to Miles from Act Concrete Cutting who recently cored through four layers of brick work to make way for our drainage pipes. Thank you Miles!


Step 6: Bearers and joists

Massive thanks to Prestige Metal Works for the donation of the ant capping, another preventative measure to stop termites from penetrating the tasty timber.

The sheet flooring, bearers and joists were delivered to the site this week.  Lincoln and his dad have spent the last couple of days preparing the site.


Step 5: Brick work (April 2016)

Base brick work was completed thanks to CTR Pacific Bricklayers. Not only did they donate their labour to make this stage happen, they also generously donated all the materials required.

Lincoln completed the final preparation work for the Charity House slab, recycling the dirt that was left from the original site cut and dropping it off to it’s new home.

This stage could not have been achieved without the help of our generous plumber Peter from Monaro Plumbing and Gas who lent us his bobcat for the day.



From there, Lincoln and his brother laid the steel sheet mesh and tied it all together. With the creation of some nifty form work to hold the cement in place where there was no edging, it was time for more concrete. Once the brickwork was complete, we had two more concrete slabs to prep and pour. The team from Holcim Canberra donated another $1,500 worth of concrete to ensure the slab could be completed. Blaz and his crew followed this up and finished off the concreting to get it to this stage.



Step 4: Pesky Pest Protection Prep (April 2016)

Once the dirt was placed, leveled and compacted, the slab was treated for termites – a service generously donated by our pest preventing friends at Integrated Pest Management Services

Step 3: Laying the foundation (March 2016)

The footings and concrete garage slab have been poured!


Massive thanks to the generosity of Holcim CanberraCPS Concrete Plumbing and local concreters Blaz Celebija and his crew!


Step 2: Excavation (2015)

The house plans have been finalised which means it’s time to excavate!

The team from the Brema Group braved the rainy weather and the mud to officially commence the construction of the charity house.

The team from Monaro Plumbing and Gas completed the footings in preparation for pouring the slab.


Step 1: The plans

Get the legend Alex Simonovski from AS Design Studio to design a beautiful, modern, 3 bed room home. What a way to kick start the project with such a generous donation of time and talent!

raize the roof Charity House Ground Floor Plans
raize the roof Charity House Front
raize the roof Charity House Kitchen Concept

What’s next?

Although a number of materials for the Charity House have already been sourced we still require a significant amount of building materials ranging from timber, nuts, bolts to kitchen materials, whitegoods and bathroom fittings. If you are a business that could help out please let us know by emailing the team at

If you’d like to donate to the project you can here.