Home Extension

How To Add Space: To Extend Or Not To Extend?

Home Extension
 

Given the time and cost of buying, selling, and moving house, families often find themselves
staying put in their current home. So whаt hарреnѕ if you find yourself desperate for more
space?

Do I Need A Home Extension?

Most of uѕ tеnd tо run оut of space іrrеѕресtіvе of how big or small our home is. Thе need to
store items or the desire to hоld on to bіtѕ аnd ріесеѕ can lead to us being frustrated for lack
of space and longing for more of it.

The ѕіmрlеѕt wау to create mоrе ѕрасе іѕ nоt tо have a hоmе еxtеnѕіоn but tо hаvе a
mаѕѕіvе сlеаr оut. It’ѕ a rеlаtіvеlу іnеxреnѕіvе tаѕk аnd should you go on to have a hоmе
extension, you’ll be thankful that you’ve already decluttered as many household contents are
inevitably reappraised and disposed of during the home extension process.

What Are My Home Extension Options?

Juѕt lіvіng іn a cluttered home іѕ enough for mоѕt of uѕ tо wаnt tо mоvе house оr сrеаtе a
bigger hоmе but before you start getting ԛuоtеѕ, it might be a good іdеа tо hаvе a gооd lооk
аt your existing ѕрасе and to try and wоrk оut your actual nееdѕ.

Thе dads wіll generally want a study room or еxtrа TV rооm whilst the mumѕ wіll more likely
be аftеr a lаrgеr kіtсhеn, utility rооm or juѕt general ѕtоrage space. Aѕ for the kіdѕ, the mоѕt
рорulаr орtіоns will be a gаmеѕ rооm, their own TV room or a den fоr thеm tо hang оut in
with frіеndѕ.

There are so many dіffеrеnt reasons fоr a hоmе extension. It may be thаt a сhаngе іn your
family сіrсumѕtаnсеs has оссurrеd аnd you now wоrk from hоmе, have a nеw baby on the
way оr уоu your mum or dad іѕ соmіng tо lіvе wіth уоu. The main thing is tо іgnоrе рорulаr
trеndѕ аnd іf you muѕt еxtеnd your hоmе, dо a hоmе extension thаt асtuаllу mееtѕ уоur
needs.

Home Extension Ideas

Kitchen Extension
Prоbаblу the mоѕt common fоrm оf еxtеnѕіоn іѕ a kіtсhеn extension. This type of build,
соmріlеd with a good dеѕіgn including ѕоmе ореn рlаnnіng, can сrеаtе a mоrе mоdеrn
multipurpose area thаt іѕ great fоr all thе family, providing everyone with mоrе lіvіng ѕрасе
too.

Loft Conversion
Cоnvеrtіng a loft or roof cavity is аnоthеr very рорulаr home extension. Here you generally
еnd uр wіth аnоthеr bedroom and en-suite bathroom as thе mоѕt соmmоn fоrm of
соnvеrѕіоn. Thіѕ fоrm оf hоmе extension іѕ ideal fоr a grоwіng family with tееnѕ, rаthеr thаn
оldеr реорlе who mау find thе ѕtаіrсаѕе a bіt оf an оbѕtасlе in the lоng tеrm.

Basement Conversion
A bаѕеmеnt соnvеrѕіоn іѕ оnе оf thе lеаѕt popular орtіоnѕ for a hоmе extension mаіnlу
because оf thе costs whісh run аt about thrее tіmеѕ more thаn a lоft conversion оr
above-ground hоmе extension.

Garage Conversion
Thе раѕt fеw years hаvе seen a huge increase іn garage conversions аnd іt’ѕ nоt ѕurрrіѕіng,
as a gаrаgе соnvеrѕіоn can be a соѕt effective way to create more living space. Othеr
аdvаntаgеѕ are that it саn be used for almost аnуthіng аnd, іf nесеѕѕаrу, given іndереndеnt
ассеѕѕ.

To gеt cost estimates fоr a home extension, contact Hille’s Home Extensions for a free cost
appraisal on 9379-8022 or @ https://hilles.com.au/contact/

How To Extend A House On A Budget: 5 Money Saving Tips

If you are ready to add an extension to your home, you may be wondering where to start or if you can extend your house on a budget. It’s obviously important to be totally across the entire cost of a major renovation like an extension. Here are a few insights into the cost of a home extension that may surprise you.

 

1.  Single Storey vs Second Storey Extension Cost

 If you’re considering a second storey extension, you may be expecting a bigger bill than that for a single storey extension. In most cases however, a ground floor extension can actually cost more! Raising a home and building underneath doesn’t normally require foundations or a costly concrete slab, like a ground floor extension would. A ground floor extension could also require additional excavation work to level out sloping land.

 

2.  Living On-Site Whilst Renovating

 Despite second storey extension costs possibly saving you money during the build, you could find yourself losing money elsewhere - like in living expenses. It’s slightly harder to remain living in your home during the early stages of a second storey renovation, when you might be missing stairs to your front door! While it will depend on how your floor plan is being modified, in most cases it’s easier to remain living in the home during a single storey extension.

 

3.  Beware Of Bespoke Fittings Costs

The idea of large doorways and custom sized windows is appealing: until you get the bill. If your budget can afford bespoke fittings, then go for it - otherwise, cut costs by sticking with standard sized doors and windows for a cheaper approach to home renovation.

 

4.  Measure Twice, Cut Once To Reduce Costs

 Home renovation builders are usually pretty flexible and can modify certain aspects like powerpoint switches, floor levels, and even plumbing locations. However, last-minute changes could come with an extra cost. To save some cash, make sure you’re happy with your design before the build begins. That means planning out every little detail such as powerpoint locations, light switch locations and floor coverings. If you’re unsure on where to start, Hille’s designers can work with you to ensure your

needs and tastes are captured.

 

5.  Don’t Forget About Those Little Extras

 Rubbish removal, permits, approvals - on their own, these items don’t cost much but they quickly add up. Don’t forget that a home extension cost is not just about the designer, the builder, and the materials - it’s also about ensuring the worksite is clean and safe, and is operating according to all local and state regulations.

 

The team at Hille’s are available to chat about all things extensions - from design, to budgets, to timelines. Contact us today on 9379-8022 to talk about your project or click the link below to book a free Design Consulation: https://hilles.com.au/contact/

How COVID-19 Is Changing The Way We Deliver Building Services

The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed how everyone works, plays, and lives. There is lots of confusion about the availability of services that many of us once took for granted.

Even during our strictest lockdowns however, residential construction was considered an ‘essential service’, so rest assured your home renovation project can still continue during these uncertain times.

We’re here to assure you that the Hille’s team of builders and designers are still working, and are committed to the safety of our customers and employees.

 

What Is Hille’s Doing To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19?

 We’re ensuring that the Australian Government’s social distancing criteria is met at all times on our job sites. Some of the measures our Hille’s builders have on site include:

  • only allowing essential Hille’s employees and contractors on a building site, and ensuring any external visitors are at the site by appointment only
  • ensuring any building work happening in enclosed or internal spaces is adhering to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule. For example, if we’re renovating a bathroom that’s six square metres, only one or two Hille’s staff members will be working in the room at any given time
  • following the 1.5 metre social distancing rule at all times – no exceptions
  • ensuring all Hille’s employees practice excellent hygiene with on-site hand sanitsation stations
  • regularly cleaning and disinfecting areas in our work zones that our customers may later touch – like door handles, light fixtures, and taps
  • working closely with our Clients to ensure we’re not putting them at risk. This includes banning any Hille’s employees with cold or fly symptoms from the

 

Are You Following All Government Or Industry Body Guidelines?

Absolutely. We’re following both the Australian Government guidelines as well as industry guidelines from the HIA. We display HIA Guidelines at all building sites to ensure our staff and customers understand the vital protocols we must all be following.

 

Can I Still Go Ahead With My Home Extension Or Renovation Project?

It’s business as usual for the Hille’s team – albeit with minor adjustments to the way we work. We are available as normal for end-to-end home renovations and extensions in Melbourne and the surrounding regions.

If you wish to limit your physical contact with us, we can arrange virtual planning meetings. Plus, the software our designers use to bring your dream home plans to life has excellent online sharing features.

 

During COVID-19, Can I Still Live In My Home While It’s Being Renovated?

We always want to make sure our Clients are as comfortable as possible, so if you wish to remain in your home during your renovation, we’ll work with you to make that happen. It’s important that you do let us know if anyone in your home is feeling unwell, or may have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

 

The Hille’s team would love to talk to you about your next home extension or renovation. Please contact us today to find out how we can work together to bring your dream home to life!

Call us on 9379-8022 or contact us @ https://hilles.com.au/contact/

Wet Area Home Renovation Guide: Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Renovation

What is it about wet areas that can strike fear into renovators? Home renovations involving the kitchen, bathroom, or the laundry (or all three - lucky you!) don’t need to be stressful.

Yes, there’s a lot involved with renovating these areas, but with some careful planning, you can make sure they shine as much as the rest of the house.

 

Wet Room Renovation Layout

 Remember the golden triangle with kitchen design.

Whether you choose a galley kitchen style or a traditional kitchen with a breakfast bar, make sure you adhere to the golden triangle as best you can: the sink, fridge and stove should form a triangle with 1-2 metres of space between each for ease of use.

 

Kitchens Are Not One Size Fits All

Get creative and think about what you most use in your kitchen. Your Hille’s home renovations designers will help with your kitchen design, but it pays to think about how you use the space. If you love spices, you’ll find a space drawer handy. Wine lovers will favour a built-in bottle rack. And entertainers will get plenty of use out of a large island with lots of seating.

 

Bathrooms Need Thought, Too

Don’t place your towel holder somewhere totally out of reach to the shower. If you’re working with a small space, ensure your vanity cupboard has room for a door to swing open. And no one wants to see the toilet when they’re walking past an open bathroom door!

 

Bathrooms Can Be A Storage Goldmine

Many people forget about the storage potential of bathrooms. Wall-mount vanities are popular, but you’ll sacrifice valuable under-sink storage space. Similarly, instead of hanging a mirror on the wall, consider a shaving cabinet with hidden storage inside.

 

Laundries Are Often Where People Go Wrong

Renovators often stick to a vanilla script when planning the laundry, and hurriedly choose wall to wall cabinets and benchtops. But your laundry should be shaped to fit your needs: a mudroom-style laundry, with cubby spaces for shoes and bags, is great for busy families with kids.

 

Don’t Forget The Ironing Board!

A tall, skinny cupboard is often overlooked in a laundry. There are numerous items that you can store in here - an ironing board, mops and brooms all need a nice tidy place to live. If you’ve got a cordless vacuum, you could install your charging bracket in here too, out of sight.

 

The Finishing Touches

Tying it all together is hard, but worth it. Many home renovators think this means matching a tile or two between rooms, but that’s just not the case. While it’s a sensible idea, ultimately you need to think of the bigger picture. Don’t create a beautiful Hamptons-style kitchen and then a blue and gold Moroccan bathroom. Keep your style consistent between all of your wet areas. This counts for even the tapware - don’t use farmhouse-style taps in the kitchen and then modern chrome mixers in the bathroom.

 

Wet Room Power Points

They’re rooms you spend a lot of time in, so it pays to plan ahead when renovating your bathroom, kitchen and laundry.

 

Contact us today on 9329-8222 to talk about your project or click on the link below to review our project gallery: https://hilles.com.au/project-gallery/

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House Extension Tips from your Trusted Home Renovation Contractors

There are many reasons why homeowners want a bigger space for their home: a growing family, a need to have an office for a blooming home-based business, while some just want to have an extra space to accommodate their visiting friends and relatives.  That’s why our house extension tips can provide an important checklist of items you need to consider…

Instead of moving to a bigger place, it can be more economical to give your house an extension and gain much needed space. Speak to the renovation experts at Hille’s Home Extensions before you start the project and keep following tips in mind Read more “House Extension Tips from your Trusted Home Renovation Contractors”

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2020 Home Renovation Trends

Kicking off the year with a home renovation project? Don’t get left behind on what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’ this year. Hille’s Home Extension summed up 8 home renovation trends with examples of incredible home styles that are expected to set the trend this year, according to various home design magazines, trendsetters, and remodelling authorities. Read more “2020 Home Renovation Trends”

5 Space-Saving Ideas for Your Next Home Renovation Project

Do you want to make the most out of every space in your home? Hille’s Home Extensions, the leading name in home extensions in Melbourne is here to help you achieve the look and functionality you desire for your home. Whether you’re refurbishing for aesthetic or practical purposes, our home renovation experts  will work hand-in-hand with you throughout the process. Read more “5 Space-Saving Ideas for Your Next Home Renovation Project”