NEED MORE SPACE
If you’re constantly tripping over toys and working from home means sitting at your dining room table, it might be time for an extension.
James Hardie marketing manager Christian Hansen says there are many signs that indicate you may need more space, with a classic one being queues for the bathroom.
“Many pre-1990s single-level homes only have one bathroom,” he says.
“As families expand and children hit the teenage years, the time spent in this room increases, which can make the morning rush to get out of the house a challenge.
“Adding a second bathroom or ensuite is a common renovation project.”
Christian says growing families are another reason why people need more space and choose to renovate. This is why the primary school years are such a popular time to renovate.
“This can be a big change, from creating new bedrooms to repurposing areas to accommodate indoor and outdoor play areas,” he says.
“Often the arrival of children means more time at home, and parents decide to upgrade their living areas, or create quiet spaces.”
He says an upper-level extension can be a good solution for homes with less yard space.
“Here cladding comes into its own as it’s a much more lightweight option,” he says.
Getting some expert design advice from an architect experienced in your area will be money well spent.
They should not only be familiar with the building guidelines in your suburb but also the best ways to make maximum use of your space.