Building & Restoration Services

5 Things to Know Before Starting a Home Extension


You love your neighbourhood and your children are at great schools but could you do with an extra bedroom, a home office or studio space or a self-contained apartment area for an elderly relative or family member? If you don't want the hassle of preparing your house for sale or the upheaval of moving then a cost effective solution is to look at extending your current home! Here are some of the things you need to take into consideration before you start any work.

1. Planning Permission & Neighbours

Depending on the work you want to carry out and the proximity to your neighbours you will need to consider the impact your renovation will have on them. For example if your renovations mean your property will extend upwards and potentially block out some of their light this could be an issue.

As could building too close to your mutual boundary. In your application for council planning permission your neighbours will be notified and permitted to lodge any objections which you may be instructed to accommodate in your extension. Choose a registered and experienced building firm with experience in building extensions and additions to be sure that they can deal with the local council and paperwork that goes with it.

2. Cost vs Time vs Quality

It is very important to weigh up the overall costs incurred against the expected time to complete the project and the resulting quality of the work. The cheapest quote may not be the best quality job. A promise to complete your project quicker than competitors may again result in a rushed job and poor workmanship. In most cases it is worth paying a little extra to get a renovation completed to the best standard achievable which gives the longest lasting results.

3. Service & Drainage

Your building firm will need to take into account the location of existing drainage and utilities like access to water. Depending on where they are their position could add costs to the overall build. If your renovation includes adding a sleepout with bathroom/kitchen then these factors become all the more important.

4. Decide what the purpose of your home extensions is

Is your extension to be an additional bedroom or a fully fitted out private master suite? Will it be more cost effective to build up out? The renovators you engage should be able to discuss possible options and likely costs with you at an initial free consult in your home.

5. Find a quality building firm

The best way to get a quality and reliable group of builders to carry out your extension plans is to have them recommended by a friend, colleague or family member. If no recommendations are available to you, research local companies and read as many reviews as you can, maybe ask if it is possible to view previous works and speak to the owners. Get a free quote or consultation to meet them and see if their philosophy fits with your dreams.

Building and Restoration Services (BRS) Ltd are Auckland based builders who specialise in a variety of home renovations, additions and bungalow renovations in Auckland wide. From new builds to garage conversions in Auckland, BRS Ltd have you covered. For Auckland home additions they use their 287 point checklist to keep your renovation under budget and on target. Contact the friendly team at www.brsltd.co.nz for a FREE in-home estimate.

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