Most older homes do not offer open living areas and in most cases don’t have an appealing access to any outdoor living or entertainment areas that most homeowners are looking for today.
Extending or renovating your existing property can be a cost-effective way to change all that for you, provided you get the right information and guidance throughout the initial design process. There’s a lot to consider when designing your extension, from the type of materials to use, to the floor plan layout, room sizes, orientation, engineering, energy rating consideration and compliance.
Getting the right advice is absolutely critical before you start, never forsake your design or floor plan to save a few dollars, it really is a poor financial strategy.
Why do I think that?
Saving a few dollars may seem like a good idea at the time, however it can potentially compromise the return of your investment if you ever decide to sell.
Look at it this way, if you spend a little more and are happy with the design of your new extension or renovation, why wouldn’t you be pleased? Especially if you have increased your capital investment.
Will a well-designed extension cost more than a poorly designed extension?
In most cases a well-designed extension should not cost you a lot more than a poorly designed extension, provided everything has been evaluated by your designer and builder. It may be as simple as considering of the impact on your existing home with the integration of the new proposed extension or the type of materials you intend to use.
Another consideration should be the surrounding environment and the existing streetscape. Designing and building an extension that fits in with its surroundings will only enhance the street appeal of your home and complement the extension and surrounding homes and it definitely adds value to your investment.
Should the design be modern or keep with the existing home?
This becomes a matter of personal preference and there are so many things to consider.
Personally, I am a little old school and my preference would be to integrate the extension so it blends in with the existing design and does not look like an extension from the outside. You can make it as modern or traditional as you like on the inside, it is really up to you, imagination and flare is the key.
What size rooms should I consider?
During my 40 years of extending and renovating homes, I can count on one hand the amount of times people decided and duplicated the room sizes they already have. In almost all cases they wanted to have larger rooms, sometimes larger than they essentially need. The configuration of a room size can be aesthetically un-pleasing if it is significantly longer than it is wide. It can have a strange feeling when you first walk in. That’s where our designers can guide you in the room size that will fit your lifestyle and needs.
What type of materials should I consider?
Material and product choice is just as important as your floor design and there are many options these days that selecting the right materials can often be daunting for most people.
A lot can depend on how much maintenance you are prepared to carry out in the coming years after the completion of your extension. Selecting timber windows or pre-finished aluminium windows, timber fascia or prefinished colorbond fascia and gutters, external wall finishes and roof finishes can impact the look and maintenance performance of your extension. If a fully integrated and cohesive look is your preference, then selecting the materials to match the existing home is my recommendation.
There is a lot of value that can be gained by discussing the desired finish and performance of your extension with your builder and designer.
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