If you are interested in extending your home or building an additional storey over your existing home, there are a few things you should consider before deciding on the project. First, the practicality or feasibility of extending the house has to be considered. There may be certain challenges that you will come across during this project.
In any construction project, one of the challenges you will face is managing the budget.
But to ensure you don’t run into problems later on, you need to have a realistic budget at the beginning. And there has to be additional funds for a contingency. This gives you a buffer to play around in even if there are issues with certain expenses going higher than predicted. Or you may not be able to find a certain material or finish which has to be replaced by something slightly higher. Good financial management is in the hands of the builder. So it is very important that you select an experienced builder for residential home extensions Melbourne that are well aware of the challenges that can come up during this process and able to come up with solutions. They will tell you how much you can keep for contingency without running out of the budget altogether. You will also need to get the proper planning approvals and permits. This is something you have to do before you start the design.
By selecting a builder that is familiar with your local area,
You can get their assistance when it comes to navigating local regulations. You can also select an experienced architect who can assist at this stage. They will make sure all necessary documentation is submitted on time. The approval process may take time depending on where you are located and having this done at the beginning will help you avoid a lot of delays. You should also make sure that the design is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. You can look through portfolios of construction companies to see what kind of designs they have done and whether the architectural styles and designs are to your preference. When you are adjusting or modifying an existing design, it has to be done with careful restraint so that the end result is a harmonious whole. The spaces should flow from one to the other seamlessly.
Choosing the right contractor is another hurdle.
This is something that will have a big impact on the success of your project. You will have to research many contractors and shortlist them according to pros and cons. Consider their prior experience, the expertise they bring to the table and whether they are able to provide references. There has to be clear communication between you and the contractor. Many issues come up when there is no clear communication between parties. You can also face construction delays. Sometimes the weather will not permit you to proceed or there can be unforeseen structural problems that can extend the timeline. And you need to have a buffer period to counter these unpredictable delays.