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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.

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