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 that you need to understand, especially if you have grown to love your neighborhood and if you have kids. The various types of renovation/extension projects are exciting but they can also turn into a nightmare before they get completed. 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 guarantee you a successful project by recommending the top builders, but also stay within the budget all throughout the project.

Be open about what you desire, and discuss details including cost and price, style, and other products you may want to enjoy. You can borrow ideas online when you visit a local website’s gallery, the latest companies on facebook, or what’s trending on twitter. For example, you can get tips on bathroom renovations, improvements of kitchens and other details of your custom home which you can add.

A Holistic Approach Works Well

Before you start a renovation/extension project, carefully consider the top results you wish to have when the work is completed. For instance, before you decide 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?

Commercial experts, specialists and builders recommend 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. You can also enhance these plans by creating a full plan on how you will carry out maintenance in your home. For instance, proper maintenance of your bathrooms will result in the elimination of the need to do a complete overhaul of them for years sometimes.

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The Purpose Of Your Renovation/Extension Project

There are many reasons why you might want to embark on a renovation/extension project. You might want to improve how you live through high thermal comfort by replacing glazing or windows using high-performance units that are appropriate for the weather in your area. You may also want to improve energy efficiency or your home’s insulation. Your renovation project could be meant to address your water efficiency or the standards of 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. Go for a consultation to ensure that everything is done right the first time around.

Hire Help

Many professionals in the building industry hold the view 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. The disclaimer is that you must choose experts who are experienced, have a good reputation and trustworthy testimonials.

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 provides an all-inclusive service means you’ll be in the hands of consultants that work closely and know each other well. They will be under obligation to deliver on their promises. 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 professional building designers or a draftsman to help you design your renovation/extension project is essential from concept stage to completion. These professionals can bring something new to your ideas in terms of construction design, 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 so that you get the results that you want once the work is done. If you wish to cut costs on your renovation/extension projects on the ground, there are certain things that you can do, including negotiating on the price. 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 consists of experts in all aspects of approval that will guide you through the options, time frames and costs associated with your project. You can visit our office location for more details. 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 complete 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 levels 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. You can even do a second storey to your home or a storey extension project. Request the builder for estimates of the full cost of doing a second storey in your area. Create the home of your dreams in Australia. Make a move. Get in touch today on phone and let’s chat about your renovation project.