Following an order
Interior designer James Treble steps out the renovation path.
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.