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Sutherland     |     Wollongong

7 Things to Consider When Extending Your Home

Are you looking to extend your house instead of buying a new place? Do you need a home office now that you work from home and your home is currently too jampacked to create a mini-office? There are various reasons people consider extending their houses and space is one of the very common reasons. 

Living in Australia has probably caused an increase in both properties and family members.

The thought of extending your house can be very overwhelming especially when you need a house extension in Shellharbour. In order to make things easy for you, we are going to be mentioning some of the major things you should consider before and while extending your house.

Set a Budget

There is really no need to mention this but we have to tell you to Always set a budget. We are pretty sure you don’t want to get stuck halfway into the construction because of a lack of funds. So it is better to start by making a budget of how much you have and how much you will spend on the extension. Also, try to get as close as possible to the various prices of a thing that they will need you by speaking to an architect because house extension in Shellharbour can be quite expensive because of the demand for things in the city.

Reason for the extension.

Don’t get carried away by the thought of getting a newly constructed building attached to your house that you forget exactly the main reason you are having the extension. Take a step back and constantly remind yourself of the aim of the extension. If it is an extra bedroom, bathroom, workspace, or even a storehouse for things. The aim of the extension would determine both the cost and structure type of the extension in general. Understand exactly what you want and discuss it with the architect such that you get the best building design for your needs. Keep in mind that you can also decide to rearrange the main layout of your entire house as long as you find an excellent architect involved in house extension in Shellharbour.

Planning permission

Depending on where you stay, or where you need a house extension in Shellharbour, before you can construct an extension it is necessary to confirm if you need planning permission.

Permitted development rights are simple rules and guidelines on what you can do and things you cannot do in an already inhabited house. 

Even if the permitted development rules do not restrict you from building the extension, consult a planning professional to help with the planning considering your house might be in a conservation area. There are still extension ideas that you should not try out for your house type.

Finding an architect

Another major thing to consider is the architect. In order to bring your ideas to reality, you will need an architect that is good and understands what exactly you need. It is important you know what you want and why you want it. 

Also, make a list of things you need to be included and explain them to the architect. A good and experienced architect will give you a design that suits your needs. It would also involve him or her in directing and coordinating the engineers and other workers because he has an overview of the entire project might envision the desired outcome, and detailed knowledge of the construction process.

If you live in a conservation area then you should consider RIBA Accredited Conservation Architect. 

Talk to your neighbours

It is advisable to speak to your neighbours concerning your extension if it is going to affect them one way or another. If the extension is close to the borders of your land or the digging of the foundations requires that the engineers access your neighbour’s property in order to make it happen then it is only appropriate that you inform them or take permission as the case may be. For you to avoid disputes in your neighbourhood, having planning permission gives you access to build-up to the boundary of your property.

Choosing the right builder

When you finally have the design of the extension you want, the next thing is for the contractors to build it. If you don’t already have a preferred contractor for your projects, there are ways to get good and experienced contractors. Start by getting recommendations from people around you, check online by searching for a house extension in Shellharbour and you will see a couple of contractors that are available to work. Also, get quotes from everyone so you can compare prices so you can stay within your budget and also see offers. It is also necessary to go through this list of contractors with your architect so that you are able to get the best services.

Calculating the cost

Budget is the amount of money you can afford for the project while calculating cost is like the accurate allocation of prices to all the services and materials acquired. Although it is impossible to totally take account of the exact price of things you should be able to get to some extent a close-range of prices for the particular material. The process is simply checking through with the contractors to know all that they would need to get the job done and simply ask for the prices of these things. 

Calculating cost includes all the prices of all professionals and labourers involved in the extension project. Things can become very rough as the calculating cost might exceed your budget, you can reduce costs by replacing expensive materials with cheap ones. A good cost calculation would give you an overview of the total money spent and other ideas on how to be more cost-effective.

These tips mentioned above are the most important things to consider if followed carefully, some other minor tips that you should consider include how long the extension would take if you should move out during the extension and insurance. This should get you ahead in the building of a house extension in Shellharbour or anywhere else. Although these factors differ from place to place, with these tips you have covered the major aspect which would save you both time and money.

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