Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

6 Steps for Planning an Extension

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

6 Steps for Planning an Extension

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AS PROPERTY prices inch inexorably higher more of us are choosing to renovate and extend our homes rather than upgrading to new ones. Advantages to this approach, especially if you like an area and have kids settled in local schools, include the fact that buying and selling property comes with a whole host of associated costs above and beyond the price of a home. This includes agent's fees, stamp duty and the not inconsiderable hassle of packing and moving your home/life. So where to start for getting a home extension project off the ground? Here are six steps to get you started.

1 Practical practicalities

Before you get started on the nitty gritty of a home extension project you need to carefully consider the concept including practicalities such as the economics of the project, where you are going to live during the works and how much value the extension may add to your home. Also consider any potential hindrances to the project.

2 Budget

Next it is time to get down to the nitty gritty of working out the costing of your project including getting plans detailing the size and scope of the works. You need to work with an architect or building designer. A builder can then quote more accurately for your job. You also need to build in a contingency (10-20%) for any unforseen costs.

3 Integrated design

The design of any extension should be considered as an integral part of your existing home's structure. It should seamlessly blend in, making use of the same materials to maintain continuity. Be aware that adding another storey is significantly more expensive and complicated from a construction point of view. Architects or building designers can give you detailed plans including a breakdown of materials and idea of overall costing.

4 Architects and building designers

Architects and building designers draw up detailed plans for home extensions. …

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