Trans­form­ing ex­ten­sions

The Gympie Times - - REAL ESTATE - - REA

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.

PHOTO: KATARZYNABIALASIEWICZ

COMFY: Vast bed­room in­te­rior ar­ranged in white and blue, with cosy bed filled with cush­ions, black and white car­pet and wooden box fur­ni­ture

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