What are the most popular extensions on the Gold Coast?
If you love where you live but need more space, adding an extension to your current home is usually cheaper than moving. On the Gold Coast for example, you can save tens of thousands of dollars by staying put and renovating.
When it comes to deciding what kind of extension you want, there are a number of factors to take into account. The type of home you own, the size of your block, Council regulations, and, of course, your budget are all points to consider.
Keep reading to learn about the most popular ways to increase your living space.
What are the advantages of adding another story to your home?
Adding another storey allows homeowners to virtually double their living space without cutting into the rest of their block.
Upward additions can also allow more light into a home, help catch the sea breeze and create access to views of the Surfers skyline that can enhance the value of the property.
The disadvantage of this type of addition is that the roof has to come off and be replaced. Builders will protect the roofless home with tarpaulin, but minor damage may still occur in wild weather when we get our summer storms after a hot day. At times it's not advisable to live on site while major structural work takes place, specially if you have young children.
Good for: People living in Southport where opportunities for extending outwards can be limited. This is usually a suitable option for brick homes with robust footings; Some properties may need structural work to strengthen foundations first.
Advantages of extending outwards
In places where land prices are more reasonable and block sizes more generous, people often prefer to build out to extend their living space, for example to create an open plan kitchen/dining/living area.
This type of addition is a major build, but is usually less disruptive and costs less than adding another storey. We will check with GCCC to see if your property is subject to any overlays or other restrictions, how far you are allowed to extend and to see if you need to submit a DA. Our certifies can be a useful starting point in finding out what's possible.
Good for: People living in suburbs where block sizes are larger. This type of extension is popular all over the Gold Coast.
What is an up and under extension?
This type of extension involves lifting the existing home and building underneath it.
A Renew Renovations client in Chirn Park had this to says:
‘It’s a good way of gaining space within the original footprint. It gives you the potential to double your floor space, but you can do it on a small block without eating into your outdoor area and losing the rest of your block.’
Renovating older timber homes can be challenging.
There’s quite a bit of complexity and there can be hidden costs – you may need to get engineering to reinforce the existing structure. You need to go in knowing things may not be straightforward and you need to be flexible, because there are always things you can’t control. The outcome will be awesome but you need to go in with your eyes open and with a great builder.
Good for: Properties such as Old Queenslander homes, This type of addition is suitable for timber homes.
How do i get more out of my outdoor space?
The Gold Coast's climate means generous outdoor entertainment space, where people can eat, relax and even watch TV, are in high demand.
Alfresco areas are a great addition to homes all over the Gold Coast
We’re very fortunate here. We can use our outdoor space for at least 9 out of 12 months of the year, not just on special occasions like Christmas. Adding vinyl retractable blinds makes your outdoor space usable all year round.
It’s important to think about how you’ll be using your alfresco area and position it so you get most use from it. You also want to make sure you take advantage of features like a beautiful view or consider additional landscaping.
At Renew renovations we can work through more than one design option with clients to make sure they get something that’s perfect for their needs and lifestyle.
Good for: All Gold Coast homes. Outdoor living areas that help create indoor/outdoor flow add value to any property.
You might also be interested in adding a Granny Flat
Setting your Renovation Budget
We ask you about your budget before we start the design and feasibility process, which ultimately saves you time and disappointment. It’s now time for the million dollar question. How much should you spend and what does a quality renovation actually cost? The simple answer is that it depends a lot on your goals and the choices you make. Now that’s obviously not super helpful. – so click here to see my price guide.
Designing your Gold Coast Home Renovation
Designing your new renovation can be a really fun creative journey, or a daunting experience. May I recommend that you do some online reassure and find images of design styles you like and may want to incorporate into your design.
There are many options and design choices that need to be made, and it’s easy to fall into analysis paralysis. If you are getting overwhelmed or having trouble getting your dream design together than our talented team can certainly give you the confidence and assist you every step of the way.
The design stage normally includes a concept sketch, drafting of plan, a specification and selections of inclusions such as colours fittings and fittings. Whether your tastes are simple or sophisticated, we have what it takes to deliver what you’re after.
Design, build, project manage
If you’re looking for the ultimate in peace of mind then a design/build/manage renovation builder is for you. There are a few incredible advantages to going this route. We can talk to you about potential costs and that the designer and builder are on the same page and working within your budget. Good planning and project management leads to a smooth stress free process. This level of integration and cooperation eliminates the stress, mess & guess.
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From a single room, to an entire house renovation, we can do it all. We manage everything from start to finish. I’d love to talk to you about your unique renovation project and find out if we are the right fit for you
Want to learn more about renovation projects that can improve not just your home, but also increase it's value? Call Andre today on 1300 772 123
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