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With a growing family is your home feeling a bit small? If so, then an extension could be the solution. This is especially true if you love where you live, but just need an extra bedroom, bathroom, more storage space, a home theatre or even a new open plan living area for all the whole family to enjoy.
We build both ground floor extensions as well as second floor extensions. We understand how important it is to get your extension right, as there always needs to be a balance between the extension looking great, be within your budget and function in a way that enhances family life at home.
One of the many advantages of extending your home instead of selling it is that there can be significant cost savings. These savings can include agent fees, legal fees, moving costs and stamp duty. It will also save a lot of stress – including finding new schools for your children.
We work with home owners all over Melbourne who want to stay in their existing home but need to extend it to make family life more enjoyable. We provide affordable extensions that will get your loving your home again.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO EXTEND YOUR HOME
If you love your home but you and your family have outgrown it, then it is likely that you are thinking about getting an extension. If so, here is a list of things you should think about before go ahead with extending your home.
1. DO YOU HAVE THE SPACE TO EXTEND YOUR HOME?
The first question you need to think about is whether you have the space to extend your home. Even if you do, you need to remember that you will lose a good portion of your backyard. It also depends on what type of extension you want. For example, if you are looking to extend your home with a new bedroom, it will not take up too much of your backyard space. However, if you want an a new kitchen and open plan living area, more of your backyard will be lost.
2. IS GOING UP AN OPTION?
Going up is an option if you don’t want to lose too much of your backyard. However, second storey extensions do tend to be more expensive. There is a lot more to think about as well. This is because you are removing the existing roof of your home and adding a new floor. This all has to be structurally sound.
Further, you need to think about how the second floor can enhance the external look of your home. You don’t want an extension that looks like it has been added as an afterthought.
3. WILL YOU HAVE TO MOVE OUT DURING THE EXTENSION?
All extension projects require some renovation to the existing part of your home. It may mean you don’t have an external wall at the back of your home during part of the extension process. This could make it difficult to live in your home during the construction phase. This is particularly true if it is rooms like kitchens that are effected. This is because you will still need a usuable kitchen while your extension is being built.
That’s why it is important to factor in the cost of accommodation if you plan to move out during some or all of the contruction phase of your extension project.
4. WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
Once you have decided to go ahead with your extension you need to come up with a realistic budget. You need to remember to take into account the costs that are in addition to the actual costs of the construction. This includes things like appliances, new furniture, carpets and lighting fixtures. It may also include costs in landscaping your garden once construction work has been completed.
5. DO YOU WANT YOUR EXISTING HOME TO MATCH YOUR EXTENSION
Some people want their new extension to exactly match their existing home. Others, especially those that have an older style home, want a light filled open plan extension – one that is much more modern than their existing home. If you do decide on a contrasting style it is usually recommended that it be obvious where the old and new meet. This will create that ‘wow’ factor.
If you live in a heritage overlay suburb of Melbourne you will need to be mindful of any Council restrictions.