Renovations & Extensions

Factors To Consider Before You Start Your Renovation/Extension Project

Property prices these days continue to soar and it is no wonder that many homeowners choose to renovate or extend their living spaces rather than buy a new home. There are several advantages to this approach especially if you have grown to love your neighborhood and if you have kids. Renovation/extension projects are exciting but they can also turn into a nightmare. Apart from that, you are expected to spend a significant amount of cash. To make sure that everything is done right, it is best to enlist the help of a professional like a building designer or a draftsman to assist you. They will not only help you achieve a successful project but also stay in the budget all throughout the project.

A Holistic Approach Works Well

Before you start a renovation/extension project, carefully consider the results you wish to have. For instance, before you make a decision that you want to install new windows, why don’t you think about the problem that you wish to be solved? Do you need more heat, light, or easier access to the garden? Experts recommended that homeowners like you take the holistic approach. What does this mean? You should take into account the different aspects of your home like your walls, floor, doors, windows, heating, cooling, electricity, and even the plumbing system. Think things through. Make a list if necessary so you never miss anything important. By taking this kind of approach, you will be addressing your main concerns rather than making temporary fixes.

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The Purpose Of Your Renovation/Extension Project

There are many reasons why you would want to embark on a renovation/extension project. You might want to improve thermal comfort by replacing glazing or windows using high-performance units that are appropriate for the weather in your place. You may also want to improve energy efficiency or your home’s insulation. You may also be doing your renovation project to improve your water efficiency or your home’s indoor air quality. Improving space and amenity is one of the primary reasons why many homeowners go for a renovation/extension project. This may include the extension of living or kitchen areas, remodeling the bathroom, or perhaps adding a new room. Whatever your reason is, it is best to get the assistance of an expert to make sure that everything is done right the first time around.

Hire Help

Many professionals in the building industry suggest that you hire the help of as many experts as possible and as allowed by your budget. Doing so is much better because it can help you save cash in the long run and you will get a good idea as to where you stand. For example, you may need to hire a quantity surveyor who can help you stay within your budget, or an electrical engineer if the lighting is a serious element.

Referrals are a great way to look for the people you need to prepare your renovation/extension plans. Just remember, “failing to plan, is planning to fail”, so don’t skimp on the important part! Working with a team that provide an all-inclusive service means you’ll be in the hands of consultants who work closely and know each other well. This not only creates a smooth journey on a personal level, but on a professional one too.

Do Not Rush The Design Process

It may be tempting to cut corners when it comes to professional fees but you need to keep in mind that working with building designers or a draftsman to help you design your renovation/extension project is essential. These professionals can bring something new to your ideas, most of which you cannot see on your own. They will also be able to provide you with a rough estimate of how much you will most likely spend on your project. Don’t get overly excited. Take your time with your renovation/extension design process to make sure that everything will go according to plan and for you to get the results that you want once the work is done. If you wish to cut costs on your renovation/extension projects there are certain things that you can do. In fact, we’ve written an entire post about it on our blog!

Complying Developments, Development Applications and Construction Certificates

If your renovation or house extension includes substantial works it is likely that you will require approval. There are two approval pathways available, being through a DA and CC, or straight through with a CDC. Complying developments offer a straight forward, fast-tracked approval pathway for works that are within the applicable regulations.

Our team are experts in all aspects of approval and can guide you through the options, time frames and costs associated with your project. Many of our home additions are approved as Complying Developments, meaning our clients get to enjoy a smooth two week, guaranteed approval, subject to compliance. This saves time, money and Council headaches.

Affordability Versus Value

Renovation/extension projects mean construction to an existing structure. Often times this is called “opening up a can of worms” because many underlying issues with the home are disguised, such as rotten or aged framing or outdated and non-compliant electrical wiring. This can present additional costs to the overall budget that were not accounted for. Further, a renovation does not provide as much value as a brand new home. This is because the level of attention to detail, care, labour and time needed on a renovation can be greater than even building a new home, as well as the complications mentioned above.

On the flip-side, a house extension can allow the sentimental value to be kept and prove to make your home the fantastic place you always dreamed of. With property prices sky-rocketing it’s no wonder many Australians are renovating, not moving homes to upsize. Not only does a home addition allow you to keep the sentimental value associated with your home, the overall affordability is better. Get in touch today and let’s chat about your renovation project.