05 Nov Easy guide: renovating / making additions to your home
We are all experts in some field or another. When it comes to renovating or making additions to your existing home you want to set yourself up for success. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure you are making the right choices for your future home.
Your goal is to create the home you want to live in, you have committed to a financial outlay to achieve that goal and planning is such an important part of the process.
Consult the Experts
If you are not an expert in the field of building or construction seeking expert advice from the variety of specialists who will be involved in your renovation or addition is essential. Consulting a builder is not the last step, the right builder can make the whole process more streamlined with the expert advice they can provide.
There are many regulatory requirements governing any type of construction work that need to be worked through. The people that work in these areas are specialists in their field and will ensure you meet all safety and regulatory requirements during the construction of your renovation or addition.
From concept to design plans
No doubt you have been visualising your new home and have a strong idea of what you like and the final result. The next step is to get those ideas and concepts into a drawing bringing your vision closer to reality. You may also need to consult other experts during the process depending on your location and the type of renovation or addition you are undertaking.
Choose your Builder
Working with a specialised renovation builder in the design stage can be helpful as the builder will be able to advise you on the practical construction considerations you may need to understand before your plans are completed. Alternatively, you may do the design and approval process yourself and then seek out the builder that suits your needs best, it is an individual choice.
Get Approval for your Plans
When your plans are finalised the next step is to get approval for the renovation or addition from Council to commence the work. There is a structured process in place for approval your builder will be able to guide you through the options available to you.
Your plans are approved, you have engaged a builder who is a good communicator and you have confidence about the next steps. You may have decided to move out during the renovation, or you may continue to live in the house as the work goes on around you. You usually make this decision in consultation with your builder. The safety of you, your family and the people working on your home will determine the decision.
Ask lots of questions
Before and during the renovation it is always best to ask lots of questions. Your builder is an experienced specialist and has a team of people to support the build. Your renovation will be constructed according to the plans approved by the regulatory body.
Deciding to renovate or make additions to an existing home is a big, exciting step. Your dream lifestyle is within reach. If you follow the steps and consult the experts you will be opening the door to your newly renovated home in no time.