Extensions and additions
There’s nothing like time off with the family to help you realise that you’re running out of room. But if extending your home is on your 2017 to-do list, finding the right person for the job can be a daunting task.
If it’s a small job, you may be contentontent with engaging a draftsperson to draw up your plans, submitting them to o council for approval yourself and hiring a builder. For something more complex, however, you will need some design help.
You can either hire an architect or building designer andd then put the job out to tender to builders or, you can opt for a design gn and construct company that can h handledl th the whole process for you.
What you really want
Director of building firm Berlina Projects,
(inset) says there are ways of extending your home either up or out with a minimum of stress — but you must do your homework first.
It sounds obvious, but have an idea of what you want before you make the call. “You need to know what you want,” he says. “Is it another bedroom and bathroom or a family or rumpus room? “If you are approaching a builder it’s good for them to know what you’re looking for.” How much money you have to spend is the other ke key part of early discussions. “A “Always have a budget in mind,” An Anthony says. “If you don’t have a b budget, it can make it harder for e everyone involved. “And it’s always a good idea to h have a contingency budget on the s side, especially with renovations an and extensions because there are alw always unforeseen things with the existin existing house.”
Anthony’s company specialises in handling the whole process, from the design stage, through to council approval and construction.
While he has happily worked with architects before, he says there are a number of advantages to going with a one-stop shop model, especially when it comes to sticking to your budget.
“If you use a builder that can do the design
The owners of this home worked closely with the team at Berlina Projects