Article: Designing a home addition

22 Apr Designing a home addition

Step 1: Where to Start:

  • Identify your needs
  • Your wants
  • Establish a budget
  • And you will receive an extension that enhances your lifestyle.

Step 2: Style:

  • Remain with your original style?
  • Refresh your ‘older style’ home?
  • Consider finishes for the outside of your new addition?

Step 3: An Experienced Building Consultant:

  • Will listen
  • Will advise on whether your needs, wants and budget are practical
  • Give guidance on the variables of adding to your home, including what will add value, structural adequacy of existing and local Council or Certifier requirements.
  • Design 3D Coloured Concept Plans, including the extent and details of your addition.

Facts for you to Consider:

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Making changes to existing areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries can dramatically increase the price of the addition.
  • Changing existing plumbing and electrics can also dramatically increase the price of the addition.
  • Your home may need additional structural support.
  • The cosmetic condition of your existing home.
  • Matching of building materials on your existing home, can at times be costly.
  • Directional aspects of your home, ie. the position of the sun in winter and summer.
  • Position of your home in relation to the boundaries and street.
  • Prepare for ‘lifestyle’ disturbance while the addition is being built.
  • Home insurance for your contents.
  • Building access to your home addition.
  • Parking availability during the build.
  • Council approval will take a number of months and possibly longer if:
    • Your neighbours have issues, OR
    • Your home is heritage listed.

Choose a Builder who specialises in additions and can:

  • Listen to your needs, wants and budget.
  • Will offer advice and education to help you make an informed decision on what’s best for you and your family!
  • Look after the reports, approvals and insurances.
  • Project Manage your addition.
  • Respect your home.
  • Provide you with a Written 10 year Structural Guarantee on completion.

A well designed home addition will increase the value of your property, instantly.

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