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How to Extend House on a Budget: 5 Money Saving Tips

If the recent announcement of the Government’s home renovation grant has got you 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. While the home renovation grant is a great wallet boost, it’s 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, 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.

For a more complete overview why don't you take a look at our second storey house extension guide.

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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.

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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 like powerpoint locations, light switch locations, and floor coverings. If you’re unsure on where to start, Hille’s building 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.

 

Need a little inspiration? Heres 5 celebrity dream homes that will inspire you to renovate. 

 

The team at Hille’s home renovation builders are available to chat about all things extensions - from design, to budgets, to timelines. Contact us today on 1300 445 537 to talk about your project or click the link below to book a free consultation.

How COVID-19 is changing how we deliver building services

The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has changed how everyone works, plays, and lives. There is lots of uncertainty about services that many of us once took for granted. Residential construction is considered an ‘essential service’ so rest assured your home renovation project can still continue! 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.

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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 are doing 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 customers to ensure we’re not putting them at risk. This includes banning any Hille’s employees with cold or fly symptoms from the site.

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Are you following any 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.

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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 customers 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!

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The Advantages of Considering a Home Extension or Renovation

 

Mоѕt homeowners think about еxtеnding their lіvіng spaces, as thеіr family еxраndѕ. Setting аbоut аn impressive hоmе extension plan can be аn іdеаl alternative tо еnhаnсе thе utіlіtу and lіvіng ѕрасе іnѕіdе your еxіѕtіng home and ассоrdіnglу rаіѕе іtѕ оvеrаll resale vаluе. To еxрlоrе thе соmрlеtе possibility оf a hоmе extension оr hоmе rеnоvаtіоn service in уоur еxіѕtіng рrореrtу, іt іѕ аdvіѕаblе tо ѕееk the assistance оf a hоmе extension or a house specialist іn уоur lосаl area.

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SENSIBLE DESIGN

Whеthеr уоu wіѕh fоr a larger kіtсhеn оr bathroom, аn аddіtіоnаl bеdrооm wіth en ѕuіtе, an еxtrа lіvіng ѕрасе, or a mіx of аll of thеѕе; a hоuѕе еxtеnѕіоn option саn роѕіtіvеlу trаnѕfоrm уоur hоmе. Alwауѕ bеаr іn mind thаt оnlу a ѕеnѕіblе dеѕіgn can рrоduсе mаxіmum benefits to уоur home and enhance thе ԛuаlіtу of your life within. At Hilles Home Extensions we have qualified and highly experienced designers that will come out to your home and offer some great design ideas and ball park costs for free.

Thеrе аrе a numbеr оf rесоmmеndеd hоmе еxtеnѕіоn орtіоnѕ to ѕuіt уоur nееdѕ аnd dеmаndѕ. The mоѕt рорulаr ones you соuld consider аrе:

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SINGLE STORY EXTENSIONS

Either done оn thе rеаr оr side роrtіоn, a ѕіnglе ѕtоrеу еxtеnѕіоn can bе аn еxсеllеnt сhоісе to open uр additional space in your home. Thе method is hіghlу рrеfеrrеd as іt іѕ соѕt еffесtіvе аnd саuѕеѕ mіnіmаl disruption. Dіffеrеnt dеѕіgn varieties аrе available to mаtсh ріtсhеd tiled roof and flаt rооf соnѕtruсtіоnѕ.

 

DOUBLE STORY EXTENSIONS

Dоublе or two storey extensions / multiple storey еxtеnѕіоnѕ: This tуре of hоmе extension is рrоvеn tо bring ѕubѕtаntіаl іmрrоvеmеnt tо thе іntеrnаl ѕрасе at a nominal соѕt. A well planned two ѕtоrеу rear or side extension design саn provide ѕіgnіfісаnt vеntіlаtіоn аnd аdеԛuаtе rооm tо еffесtіvеlу іnсludе уоur еxасt rеԛuіrеmеntѕ.

 

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Second Story Renovation by Hille’s Home Extensions

 

Wrap-around еxtеnѕіоnѕ: A wrap-around еxtеnѕіоn іѕ a соmbіnаtіоn of thе rear аnd ѕіdе rеturn еxtеnѕіоn to рrоvіdе the сlіеnt wіth mаxіmum possible ѕрасе. Thіѕ tуре саn bе preferred tо еnlаrgе thе kіtсhеn аnd сrеаtе a lаrgе kіtсhеn-dіnеr, роѕѕіblу wіth a lіvіng аrеа оr tо аdd mоrе іndіvіduаl rооmѕ. Thе аdvаntаgе of this type of еxtеnѕіоn is thаt іt саn рrоvіdе mаxіmum ѕрасе аnd nоtісеаblу аltеr the рrоfіlе оf your еxіѕtіng hоmе and оffеr you thе utmоѕt аmоunt оf flexibility tо precisely ѕuіt уоur nееdѕ.

 

FINDING A SUITABLE BUILDER

Onсе уоu hаvе dесіdеd to іnvеѕt оn a hоmе extension project, thе nеxt crucial ѕtер іѕ to ѕеаrсh fоr a ѕuіtаblе соnѕtruсtіоn соmраnу оr a buіldеr whо hаѕ the perfect соmbіnаtіоn of experience аnd expertise tо carry оut уоur job. Enѕurе thе credibility of thе company bу аnаlуѕіng thеіr рrоjесt portfolio аnd feedback frоm рrеvіоuѕ customers.

 

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PLANNING PERMISSIONS TO BUILD – DO I OR DON’T I?

Nоt аll hоmе еxtеnѕіоn оr аddіtіоn рrоjесtѕ require planning реrmіѕѕіоn. Hоwеvеr, іt is significant thаt you make ѕurе wіth the local аuthоrіtіеѕ whеthеr уоur іntеndеd extension оr home renovation requires рlаnnіng permission. You саn carry оut certain types of hоuѕе еxtеnѕіоnѕ without having tо аррlу fоr реrmіѕѕіоn. In certain areas аnd depending оn your nееdѕ, рlаnnіng реrmіѕѕіоn mау bе nесеѕѕаrу. Check with a reputable builder like Hille’s Home Extensions about various building permissions as they are highly experienced in this area and have excellent relationship’s with the councils across Melbourne.

 

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Kitchen renovation by Hille’s Home Extensions

 

Tо ѕum uр with, you саn ѕаvе a lоt оf mоnеу аnd уоur valuable tіmе, аnd create a ѕtуlіѕh hоuѕе extension dеѕіgn іf you dереnd оn a truѕtеd ѕресіаlіѕt like Hille’s Home Extensions who has been building in the community for over 60 years. On the whоlе, a wеll designed hоmе еxtеnѕіоn plan іѕ a bеttеr wау tо сrеаtе аddіtіоnаl ѕрасе, and is аn affordable орtіоn tо thе hіgh costs аѕѕосіаtеd with moving to a new hоmе.

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Home Extension Ideas: How to add value on a budget


Nоw that hоmеоwnеrѕ hаvе gоt thе mеѕѕаgе that mоvіng hоuѕе іѕ vіrtuаllу out оf the ԛuеѕtіоn, whаt hарреnѕ if you rеаllу do nееd ѕоmе mоrе lіvіng ѕрасе?

WHAT ARE MY HOME EXTENSION OPTIONS?

Most of uѕ tеnd tо run оut of space іrrеѕресtіvе of what ѕіzе оf home wе hаvе. Thе dеѕіrе to hоаrd аnd hоld bіtѕ аnd ріесеѕ іѕ оvеrwhеlmіng аnd wіthіn a fеw years wе really do run out of space.

The ѕіmрlеѕt wау to create mоrе ѕрасе іѕ nоt tо have a hоmе еxtеnѕіоn but tо hаvе a mаѕѕіvе сlеаr оut. It’ѕ rеlаtіvеlу іnеxреnѕіvе tаѕk аnd could роѕѕіblу nеt уоu ѕоmе cash to buу еvеn more bіtѕ аnd pieces that уоu соuld dispose оf in a few years frоm now.

Sеrіоuѕlу thоugh, if you аrе hаrd рrеѕѕеd for ѕрасе аnd possibly саѕh, look at it аѕ a 1st option. In any саѕе іf уоu had аnу kіnd оf ѕеrіоuѕ hоmе extension уоu would need tо reappraise the whole house аnd іtѕ contents аѕ ԛuіtе a bіt of displacement occurs аftеr a home еxtеnѕіоn.
Lеtѕ face іt, іf уоu add оn a kitchen extension you don’t еnd uр wіth twо kіtсhеnѕ. It is fаr more likely that eating areas are іnсrеаѕеd whісh іn turn frееѕ uр some lіvіng space.

DO I NEED A HOME EXTENSION?

Juѕt lіvіng іn a cluttered home іѕ enough for mоѕt of uѕ tо wаnt tо mоvе house оr сrеаtе a bigger hоmе but before we start getting ԛuоtеѕ it might be a good іdеа tо hаvе a gооd lооk аt оur existing ѕрасе and to try and wоrk оut оur actual nееdѕ.
Thе dads wіll аlwауѕ want a study room or еxtrа TV rооm whilst the mumѕ wіll be аftеr a lаrgеr kіtсhеn, utility rооm or juѕt ѕtоrе rооm. Aѕ for the kіdѕ the mоѕt рорulаr орtіоn will be a gаmеѕ rооm, their own TV room or a den fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ tо hang оut with frіеndѕ.
It may be thаt a сhаngе іn family сіrсumѕtаnсе has оссurrеd аnd you now wоrk from hоmе, have a nеw baby on the way оr уоu your Mum or Dаd іѕ соmіng tо lіvе wіth уоu ѕо thеrе аrе mаnу dіffеrеnt reasons fоr a hоmе extension. Thе 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 work соmріlеd with a bit of good dеѕіgn аnd ѕоmе ореn рlаnnіng wіll uѕuаllу сrеаtе a mоrе mоdеrn lіvіng space thаt іѕ great fоr all thе family in thаt уоu wіll undоubtеdlу еnd up wіth mоrе lіvіng ѕрасе.

Loft Conversion

Cоnvеrtіng the loft іѕ 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 аnd 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 runs аt about thrее tіmеѕ more thаn a lоft conversion оr hоmе extension.

Garage Conversion

Thе раѕt fеw years hаvе seen a huge increase іn Gаrаgе Cоnvеrѕіоnѕ аnd іt’ѕ nоt ѕurрrіѕіng as gаrаgе соnvеrѕіоn can be 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. The overwhelming соnсluѕіоn is the garage conversions оffеr uр the bеѕt vаluе as a hоmе extension or an increase іn lіvіng space.

To gеt costs fоr a Home Extension gо to Hille’s Home Extensions for a free cost appraisal.

Second Storey Extension: 6 Things You Should Consider

A house extension is a terrific way to improve your existing home and add more square meterage. While many house renovations involve adding more space at ground level, it might be time to think bigger…could adding a second storey to your home be an option? Read on to find out.

WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT HOUSE LIKE?

Your current house’s configuration and structure will be the guiding factor when investigating a second storey addition. If you’re in an older timber house on stumps, you’ll probably have to raise the home and build in underneath. If you’re in a single-storey brick home, adding a second storey right on top is probably the way to go. Remember, your new level doesn’t have to mirror the size of your existing home – for instance, you could add on a small two-level parents retreat at the back of the house.

WHAT CONDITION IS YOUR HOUSE IN?

If your foundation isn’t stable, it might be struggling to hold up your existing house, let alone an additional storey! Consult an engineer to find out – your Hille’s home renovations builder can help coordinate this.

WHAT RED TAPE IS THERE?

Most local councils will require some sort of building approval before you can start building. You’ll likely need finalised house designs to submit with your application, so check in with your Hille’s designer on what the process for this is.

WHAT’S YOUR LAND LIKE?

For people on a sloping block, adding a second storey may still be possible but it will come with some caveats. Your land may require some excavation work to level out the site, as well as some retaining walls to hold the earth back.

WHAT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD LIKE?

If you’re in an older area with lots of heritage-protected homes, there may be design codes you have to follow to ensure your house renovation fits in with the existing character of the street. Also think about what view you’ll have on the new second storey: consider window and door placement and if you can, position them so they take advantage of light, privacy, and any killer views (i.e. try to avoid a bedroom window that looks directly into your neighbour’s toilet!).

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCE LIKE?

As in, what are you prepared to deal with while your house renovation is taking place? Check with your builder to see if you’ll need to move out during the renovation. You may also have to put some furniture in storage, particularly if the house is being raised.

If you’re still not sure whether adding a second storey to your home is a good option for you, chat to the team at Hille’s. With experience in all sorts of house renovations under our belt – including house extensions, raising, and renovating! – we’ll be able to guide you on what’s best for your lifestyle.

Storage Tips for Living Through a Home Renovation

We’ve already given you tips for incorporating clever storage in your home renovation, but what about ideas for during it? Many people live in the property during house extensions or renovations, if it’s safe to do so. For most renovations, this means a temporary re-work in your living situation during the build. So how do you ensure you don’t go crazy and still feel like everything’s in order? Here’s our guide.

 

  1. GET A STORAGE ROOM

You could rent a storage unit, but a cost effective option is designating one room in the house for storage. That probably sounds unappealing, but remember it’s only temporary! Place the stuff you definitely won’t need until the renovation is over towards the back of the room. Save space for stuff you’re not sure about towards the front. Last but not least: label, label, label!

 

  1. MINIMISE THE REST OF THE HOUSE

Chances are, you’re losing a room or two during your home renovation. So it’s time to look at the space you’ve got with a minimalist mind. If you need to move excess furniture into the dining room or living room, maybe pack away any wall art or photo frames. Otherwise all those items in the room could make things feel cluttered.

 


  1. SET UP A KITCHEN CORNER

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so the idea of having to part with it for a few months during a kitchen remodel is pretty daunting. Many people set up a ‘camp kitchen’ outside on their patio or deck, and put the barbeque and camp stove to good use. For others, laundry rooms are fantastic for temporary kitchens, given the proximity to running water. If neither is an option for you, make sure you at least have a designated kitchen area somewhere. You don’t need much: set up a bar fridge, microwave, toaster, and just a few key utensils on a small table or workbench. Make sure any food preparation is confined just to this one area, to eliminate crumbs in the rest of your house. Apart from a chopping board, sharp knife, some tupperware, and a dining set per person, pack everything else away and stack it neatly in a spare room or your garage. Tripping over spare muffin tins and baking trays will just add to your renovation chaos – so pack it out of sight!

 


  1. THINK OF THE KIDS

That awesome toy room your kids love is probably the first target on your quest to find storage space during your reno! Try and soften the blow for the little ones. Take all of the toys out of the toy room first, then move in your boxes and other items for storage. Pop the toys in boxes and stack them towards the front of the room. That way, toys will be easily accessible so you can bring one box out at a time for the kiddos to use in the living room or outside. If you can, create a play corner for them in the living room or their bedroom, so they don’t feel like they’ve lost their play space entirely.

 


  1. BE SMART ABOUT LAUNDRY STORAGE

If you need to store your washing machine, make sure it’s aired out for a few days and there’s no water left in the hoses (otherwise, hello mould!). Keep a bottle of laundry detergent, your pegs, a clotheshorse, and a washing basket out – and pack everything else away.

 

With a bit of careful planning, you can make sure you’re maximising the space you’re left with while living through a home renovation.

Styling for Staging

It’s here: handover day. Your house extension or renovation is finished, you’ve bid your Hille’s builder a sweet adieu, and you’re ready to get your upgraded property on the market. Freshly renovated home extensions may be ticking all the boxes when it comes to lighting, flooring, and finishes, but what about the styling? There are some clear rules when it comes to styling a property for sale, but it doesn’t need to be hard – or expensive.

 

RULE 1: WHAT WOULD MARIE KONDO DO?

We’re not saying you should start throwing out couches and tables that don’t bring joy – instead, get rid of the clutter. This Northcote Hille’s renovation is a great example of how elegant a space can look when knick knacks are pared right back. The only thing on your kitchen bench should be perhaps a simple fruit bowl or flowers, like at this Brunswick Hille’s renovation. Clear surfaces make rooms appear bigger, and are a great way to showcase beautiful furniture or stone benchtops.

 

RULE 2: PACK AWAY PICTURES

You may love your family photos and happy snaps on display, but a potential buyer may be put off. It’s best to make your property as neutral as possible for a buyer, so they can form their own attachments to the place. Pack away any personal photographs and stick to artwork on the walls.

 

RULE 3: CLEAN!

The golden rule when styling for sale is to make sure everything is spic and span! It goes without saying that a dirty house is not appealing, and it will probably put potential buyers off. Don’t forget mirrors and windows – grubby finger marks on glass surfaces will be a total eyesore.

 

RULE 4: THE FINAL TOUCHES

Think fluffy towels in the bathroom; clean and crease-free bed covers; and nice plump throw cushions in the living room. It’s often the little things that we don’t notice unless there’s something wrong – so put your old threadbare towels out of sight and keep a new set especially for your property viewings.

 

RULE 5: WHEN IN DOUBT, OUTSOURCE!

Home extensions may mean you have a new room (or two!) that need furnishing. If you’re low on furnishings, or are selling a rental property, you might want to consider hiring a home stager. These professionals style homes for a living, and have an arsenal of chic furniture and artwork to jazz up your space. It may seem like overkill, but staging a room can help buyers see the potential in a property.

 

You’ve put a lot of effort into your house extension, so make sure it’s given the best possible chance when it comes to sale time.

House Extensions in a Nutshell

House extensions can seem overwhelming for the uninitiated. What happens first? What part do you play? When does the build start? Understanding the home extension process can really help in alleviating some stresses you have, plus it gives you an understanding of the role you play, as the owner. Read on for a rapid-fire education in all things house extensions.

Stage 1: Research

Research is vital as it shapes the direction for the build. It’s about you taking time to think about your goals, tastes and budget, so that you’re armed to talk to a designer and home extension builder and start the project. First, define your overall objective: what’s the main reason you want to extend? Then, expand on that: if your reason is more space, figure out where more space would be most valuable. If your objective is to increase your rental return, do some research locally and see what features are bringing in high rents. It’s also important to figure out a budget. Your builder and designer will guide you on costs of specific features later on, so make sure you’re equipped to decide on how much you can spend.

Step 2: Plan!

Now that you’ve defined your objective and budget, you need to narrow your focus and think about finishings, fixtures, and room size. You could start by creating a dream home wishlist – sounds fun, right? Make it practical as well by including some options that can be modified based on cost or time. Next, grab a pad and pen and draw a rough design of how you envision your extension – don’t be embarrassed if it looks silly! Your designer will love that they can gain an understanding of your vision right from the first meeting.

See more tips for the planning stage in our eBook: The Hille’s Home Extensions Ultimate Extension Guide

Get out the calendar too, to see if there are any important events or deadlines coming up that your project will need to work around.

Step 3: Meet the team

If you’re using home renovations builders like Hille’s, you’ve got the advantage of working with industry professionals who are all under one roof. First, you’ll meet the designer. Their role is key: without plans, the build can’t start! Designers also have an excellent knowledge of any structural considerations and regulatory requirements that need to be followed.

After your first site visit with your designer, you’ll get a rough estimate from them that takes into account your requirements and objectives. You’ll also have the option to get the design drawn up, usually via a 3D computer model. Before these official plans are created, you’ll work with the designer on hand-drawn sketches, perhaps modifying your initial scribbles to include their expertise on what will work spatially.

Your designer or project coordinator will also collect other documents that the builder needs. These include engineering documentation, and information about the materials, finishes, standards, and products used in your build.

In addition to doing the obvious – build! – builders are a key point in your renovation team, acting as the conduit between the design and the final product. They work closely with you, the designer, and other tradespeople to ensure the project is running on-time and on-brief. They can also offer valuable insight and opinions.

Step 4: Approvals

Hille’s will source all approvals and permits for your home renovation. Approvals can include council approvals, permits related to certain aspects of the build, and sometimes approvals related to the environmental effect of the build.

Step 5: The Build

Once everything is approved and the build commences, you will still be very much involved. You’ll attend regular site meetings with your designer and builder, which will give you a chance to check out the progress, and make any final decisions on fittings and finishes. It’s also very rewarding to watch your renovation take shape.

What’s Next?

Get more of an insight into a house extension and download our eBook, or contact the team at Hille’s today.

Wet Areas 101

 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.

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.

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!

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.

Storage

Kitchens are not one size fits all. Get creative and think about what you most use in your kitchen. Your Hille’s home renovations builders 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.

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.

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.

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 that’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.

Power points! Often overlooked, powerpoint placement is so important in all wet areas. Try to hide powerpoints in cabinets as much as you can – think one for the washing machine, one for the microwave, and one in a shaving cabinet.

They’re rooms you spend a lot of time in, so it pays to plan ahead when renovating your bathroom, kitchen and laundry. For help with creating your perfect wet area, talk to a Hille’s home renovations builder today.

Bumping Out or Bumping Up?

Having the expertise of quality home renovation builders and designers means there’s a huge amount of possibility when it comes to modifying your house. For many timber-framed homes, house extensions are an option as well as raising and building underneath. Like anything with home renovations, there’s pros and cons for both options.

 

The cost could be significantly different

House extension costs can vary hugely depending on the plans, but if you’re looking at just a small addition to your home, an extension could be lower in cost than raising. Raising and building underneath means a new concrete slab; whereas for many extensions, a slab isn’t required. It all comes down to what you’re trying to achieve with your home renovation: if it’s simply adding a room or two, or opening up the space, raising the house would probably be a costlier option that isn’t even suitable for your needs.

 

You could sacrifice a blank slate

When raising a home, the new level underneath often has to mirror the upstairs layout: foundations and load-bearing walls need to be put in particular spots to support the upper level. By contrast however, with house extensions you could have the opportunity for a blank slate. Depending on the size of your lot and how it’s laid out, you might have more freedom with the configuration of your new space.

 

Speed is key!

Raising a house can be a lengthier process, simply because there’s often more prep work required before the build can commence. Not only does the house have to be raised, but it needs re-stumping; the land underneath will often need to be excavated and levelled; and finally, the new concrete slab will need to be poured and set. Obviously for many house extensions, the majority of those steps can be skipped: while some excavation and levelling may still be necessary, the biggest time-saving is the absence of a concrete slab – which can take up to four weeks to cure before building can even start!

 

Ultimately, whether you bump up or bump out will depend on what you’re trying to achieve with your renovation; the layout of your existing structure; and how much space you have to work with. Hille’s home renovation builders and designers are on hand to help guide you in the right direction – give us a call today to find out more.