Renovations and Extensions

Choosing Land for your Own HomeUndertaking renovations to a property can restore the beauty of a home. Renovations can also improve the function of a home, as well as create space and enhance livability. Similarly, building an extension to a home can also increase a property's value. By creating new space and function, an extension can help define a home. Whether renovating a home or building an extension, these projects are often more affordable alternatives to purchasing or building a new home.

Home Renovations

Rather than move into a new property, updating an existing home can help restore a property to its former glory. These types of projects can also revitalise a property, including converting a dated home into a contemporary space with modern fixtures and design elements. Depending on their scale and scope, home renovations can help redefine a property and create new spaces for homeowners to enjoy.

A home renovation can take various forms. The nature of a home renovation project often depends on individual needs and budgets. A small scale project might involve refinishing floors and repainting walls, or refurbishing a kitchen or bathroom. These small scale projects help to add value to a home and update specific areas of the property. A home renovation project can redefine uses for existing rooms, including creating new home offices, workspaces and art studios, home gyms, bathrooms, bedrooms and other spaces. In most cases, minor home improvement projects will not require planning approval and can even be undertaken by homeowners depending on their complexity.

A renovation project can also be more ambitious with larger scale endeavours that involve major structural changes. For example, knocking down walls can create an open plan layout and reshape how you use your space. Major renovations can involve a reimagining of the entire property, including updating all kitchens and bathrooms with modern fixtures, creating a new layout with new bedrooms and living areas, and converting a loft or attic to add living or storage space. Major renovations often require planning approval, particularly if subdivisions are being altered or if any demolition is involves.

Home Extensions

A home extension can add a significant amount of space to a home. This new space can be used for entertaining or for additional living areas such as bedrooms. The possibilities are endless when undertaking a home extension. Extension can be vertical, where an additional level is added to a home such as a second storey addition. A home extension can also be horizontal, where additions are created to the existing property. These additions can include conservatories or sunrooms, a new garage or car port, or a stunning alfresco area for entertaining or recreation.

A successful home extension involves designing a project that respects and complements the existing property. This includes incorporating similar materials found elsewhere on the structure. Home extensions should be undertaken by qualified builders and contractors, including an experienced architect. These professionals can assist homeowners with obtaining necessary planning approvals. They also ensure that design and construction of the extension is structurally sound and safe.

Considerations When Renovating a Home or Building an Extension

All home renovations and extensions in Perth and across Australia must comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a uniform set of technical requirements for the design and build of homes and other buildings. It outlines various objectives that all buildings must meet, although it does not prescribe how objectives are supposed to be met. Builders must ensure how a home extension or renovation will meet these objectives when applying for building approvals.

Renovations and extensions must also comply with Western Australia legislation, regulations and other policies or guidelines, including the state's design guidelines. A Development Application must be made to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority whenever a project involves a demolition or subdivision is undertaken, as well as for certain renovations depending on the size and nature of the project. Depending on their location, home renovation or extension projects might also need to comply with Local Environmental Plans and the Central Perth Redevelopment Scheme. Renovations and extensions in Perth may also be restricted if the building has cultural heritage significance and is recorded in a heritage inventory and strategy. Applications may also be necessary for demolition and building approval, as well as an application for a certificate of design compliance.

This can all be handled personally or by your builder or Project Design Manager. If you don't yet have one, contact Kris Aird at Designer Homes Perth for a free initial consultation.