EMBARKING on a home extension allows you to elevate the house you already love to the next level, says Shelley Craft, co-host of The Block, Carpet Court ambassador and renovation expert.
A home extension can add value and help you avoid costs such as stamp duty, not to mention ticking ‘managing a build’ off your personal challenge list.
But converting your dreams into reality requires some solid research and planning, along with expert advice to ensure you’re setting yourself up for long-term enjoyment of your newly extended property.
First up, you need to work out what kind of purpose your new space will fulfil.
“As seen on this year’s season ofThe Block, there are all sorts of home extension ideas being carried out,” says Shelley.
Before going to town on the details, it’s important to next set a budget for what you’re prepared to spend on an extended space.
Work from the ground up
WHEN it comes to conceptualising the space and determining which materials you’ll be using, Shelley recommends starting from the bottom up – with your flooring.
“This can set the tone for the whole space,” she explains, whether that’s light, breezy and spacious with floorboards, or perhaps a more cosy and formal look with carpet.
Be realistic about practicality as well as your dream aesthetics: “Will the space be a high-traffic area where durability needs to be considered, or is the space primarily for the kids?” says Shelley.
It’s worth seeking expert advice from your retailer to help you determine the best fit for your space and your lifestyle – remember, flooring is a lot harder to replace than curtains.
Take advantage of the latest innovations
ADDING an extension offers you the opportunity to get up to speed on the latest developments in materials, technology and design. You’ll be amazed at what’s out there: From TVs that look like works of art; to floors that look like timber, but act like vinyl in terms of waterproof quality and laminate in terms of durability.
The upshot? Innovations like these allow you more freedom than ever before to achieve your reno dreams, breaking down previous boundaries that dictated style or material considerations.
COMFY: Vast bedroom interior arranged in white and blue, with cosy bed filled with cushions, black and white carpet and wooden box furniture