A designer renovation can add significantly to the value of your home. It can also avoid the need for a more expensive and time-consuming extension.
There are many ways to enhance the livability of your home without changing the existing footprint. Removing internal walls, moving doorways, combining small rooms or converting unused space (into an ensuite for example) can, when executed properly, dramatically improve the feel and function of your home.
Whether you have a clear vision for your renovation or are in need of a little inspiration, we can help you get the most out of your existing space.
Understanding the regulations
Not all internal renovations require a building permit, but anything structural – the removal of load-bearing walls for example – will. As a general guide, expect older houses and double storey homes to have load-bearing internal walls. In most modern single storey houses, loads are transferred to external walls, effectively making internal walls simply partitions.
What’s most important is that your renovation plans are well documented. Good construction drawings ensure that any possible council involvement or building requirements are met and that you, as the owner, are protected. At a minimum, architectural plans that show the current layout and proposed changes are usually required.
Keep in mind that renovations need to be assessed against the building codes of Australia and that your council will have certain minimum standards that need to be met. For example, you may be asked to put in smoke detectors or install a pool fence, even if the works don’t extend to these particular areas.