Here at Total Lifestyle Builders, we’re committed to bringing you the best information, tricks and tips in order to get the most out of your renovations and home extensions.
Undertaking a big project such as a second storey extension or a major home renovation is incredibly exciting; however, it can sometimes get tricky keeping track of all the moving parts throughout the building process. But, with proper planning and the right builders on your side, you can rest assured you’ll have a great renovation experience. In this article, we’ll take a look at some tips and tricks to ensure your renovation is nothing but smooth sailing.
Establish a clear vision
So you’ve decided that you want to undertake a major renovation of your house, and you’re starting to think about precisely what it is that you’ll use each space for. This is a critical part of the planning stage, as pinpointing the purpose of your new extension will allow the builder and architect to make much more accurate cost estimates in the early stages of planning. Try to establish a clear vision of exactly what you want the new space to look like. Is it going to be a second storey extension, are you going to renovate multiple rooms or are you extending your house? No matter what renovations you envision, or if you’re having trouble deciding on the changes you would like to make, having ideas about what you would like to achieve is key. At Total Lifestyle Builders, before the build begins, you’ll meet with our in-house architect who will be on hand to assist you with any questions you may have or decisions you are having trouble making. Working with you, and your ideas, our architect will bring your vision to life.
Have a realistic budget
Often we dream about extending our home into a lavish, mega-mansion, but this isn’t realistic for most of us due to our budget. This is where being realistic about our finances comes into play. Be honest with yourself about exactly how much you can spend on major renovations, and it will save hassle and heartache down the track. Where possible, opt for fixed price quotes, as this will ensure that you don’t blow your budget out even if you encounter setbacks or delays. A great builder with extensive experience, will help you get the most space (and benefits) for the least outlay appropriate.
Know your limits
At Total Lifestyle Builders, we’ve seen it all. Knowing your limits and what is achievable with your time constraints, living arrangements and budget is a must. Chances are you’ve probably never undertaken a major renovation before, but we have, and we’ve done a lot of them, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re unsure of what is achievable.
In every industry, some tradespeople don’t believe in following the rules. Don’t let rogue operators fool you with alarmingly cheap quotes and promises that don’t seem feasible; chances are, they’re probably not. Often a cheap quote can become an expensive project very quickly! So look for truth in quoting – especially the inclusions AND exclusions. What has been allowed for, and is it reasonable? At Total Lifestyle Builders, we try to distance ourselves from these types of tradespeople with premier services, from our team of professionals. We’ve got decades of experience and folders of customer testimonials to back up our claims, as you can see on our testimonial page.
Major renovations are not to be taken lightly, but we are here to help you organise permits, design and build, precisely what you want, all while staying within regulation. At Total Lifestyle Builders, we treat every project as if it were our own home, and as such, will take numerous things into consideration and bring them to your attention and problem solve with you. So whether you’re undertaking an extension of your home,adding a second storey or considering any other type of major renovation, Total Lifestyle Builders has you covered. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to find out more information or to book in for a quote!