KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE DOING
Jumping into a building project without doing your research is the single biggest mistake you can make.
“There are just so many variables,” explains professional renovator and TV presenter Cherie Barber.
“You need to be 100 per cent clear about what restrictions might be applicable in your state and what permits you need.
“Don’t rely on other people to tell you, make it your business to do your own research and be prepared.”
Cherie says renovations can be split into two categories — cosmetic and structural.
“There are three types of cosmetic renovation works,” she explains. “The first is exempt works that require no approvals, then complying works such as replacing a sliding door that should require no approvals provided they comply with council regulations, and lastly substantial works that require a building permit or approvals.”
Cherie says any structural renovation work will definitely require approvals and if you want to do it yourself you’ll need an owner-builder permit.
“It’s a great option for people who are confident, organised and good communicators, but being an owner-builder comes with a great deal of risk too,” she warns.
“You can get yourself into real strife. Instead, hire a professional and sit back and relax.”
This extension of a 1930s home by architects Mark Szczerbicki and Sam Rigoli married old with new.