Fol­low­ing an or­der

In­te­rior de­signer James Tre­ble steps out the ren­o­va­tion path.

Australian House & Garden - - Advice -

Step 1 is the de­sign process. This is about work­ing out what you want to achieve, such as ex­tra bed­rooms, go­ing up a level or in-law ac­com­mo­da­tion. You start meet­ing with the builder/ar­chi­tect or in­te­rior de­signer. Bud­get es­ti­mates are cal­cu­lated.

Step 2 Rough sketches are turned into plans and se­lec­tion sched­ules and made ready to be lodged with coun­cil or a cer­ti­fier. Shadow di­a­grams, hy­draulic re­ports, land­scape plans – all of these be­come part of your ap­proval process. The rough time­frame for this process is three weeks for a pri­vate cer­ti­fier to pos­si­bly months for coun­cil, de­pend­ing on the size of the ren­o­va­tion, lo­ca­tion and de­sired out­come.

Step 3 is the doc­u­men­ta­tion to be­gin con­struc­tion. This in­cludes builders’ con­tracts, which de­tail clear de­scrip­tions of works to be un­der­taken, fin­ishes, fit­tings and any al­lowances you have for cer­tain items. This will re­sult in signed con­tracts and ap­proval of your con­struc­tion cer­tifi­cate.

Step 4 Work be­gins, start­ing with de­mo­li­tion and ex­ca­va­tion. Foot­ings and ser­vices in­clud­ing plumb­ing are in­stalled. Fram­ing, roof­ing, then in­ter­nal fit­ting of ad­di­tional plumb­ing, elec­tri­cals and floor, wall and ceil­ing lin­ings.

Step 5 is known as lock-up – that is, the prop­erty is now wa­ter­tight and can be locked up. In­ter­nal fit-out of fin­ishes and fit­tings, such as tiles, floor­ing, cab­i­netry, tap­ware and doors.

Step 6 is the han­dover, in­volv­ing fi­nal pay­ments and in­spec­tions by coun­cil/cer­ti­fier. Then you can move in.

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