So many things to think about before you decide to extend your home, take a look at this article from HI Pages for more detailed step by step info: https://www.homeimprovementpages.com.au/article/6_steps_for_planning_an_extension
1. Practical Practicalities
Before you even get started on the nitty gritty of a home extension project you need to carefully consider the concept. This includes 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 take time to consider anything in your life that may get in the way of a smooth running project.
2. Budget, budget…
Once you have nutted these broad issues out it is time to get down to the nitty gritty of working out the costing of your project. This includes getting plans detailing the size and scope of the works. For these you need to work with an architect or building designer. A builder can then quote more accurately for your job.
3. Integrated Design
The design of any extension should be considered as an integral part of your existing home’s structure. This means it should seamlessly blend in, making use of the same materials to maintain continuity. If you are considering a second storey addition be aware that this is significantly more expensive and complicated from a construction point of view.
4. Architects and Building Designers
Architects and building designers are tasked with drawing up detailed plans for home extensions. They have an intimate knowledge of the structural issues involved as well as the relevant regulatory requirements. These professionals are also well placed to give you practical advice on the configuration of your extension.
5. Finding the right Builder
It goes without saying that a quality builder is worth their weight in gold. You need to feel comfortable working with your builder. This includes getting multiple quotes, testimonials from clients and viewing examples of their recent work. Other pointers include signing a detailed contract that details their obligations during the course of the works.
6. Building Regulations
A planning permit is the first step in this process, a document that authorises any works. Prior to applying for this it is also a good idea to speak to immediate neighbours who will be impacted by the works. Besides being a courtesy, you also need to ensure that they do not object to your proposal – which could jeopardise the whole project. Remember to always use licensed, registered professionals and trades. They are likely to do a better job and crucially, your works will conform to regulatory standards.