1. Identify your renovation goals
List the thing you love or don’t necessarily like about your current home. No matter how big or smaller these may be, write them all down.
2. Know what you want – Collect ideas, samples, materials, colours for design
Create a list of needs versus wants for your house. Be inspired by looking at various magazines, websites and catalogues. Once you have a rough idea of what you want or need, David Lynch Building can sit down with you and help you work out the finer details.
3. Budget – a crucial consideration when building (the more realistic, the better)
By sitting down with your relevant financial institution you can determine your budget. Once you have a realistic figure David Lynch Building can provide you with sound cost advice and recommendations which will cover everything that may arise from the renovation. This could include the scale of the renovation right through to the quality of the fixtures and fittings.
4. Decide whether to live in, or move out of your existing home
This decision will depend on the scale and type of renovation you have in mind. Factors to consider are your family situation, affordability and whether you are renovating the entire house. These issues can be addressed by sitting down with David Lynch Building and discussing your options.
5. Understand the building process
It is imperative for you to understand and gain insight into what is happening in all stages of the construction of your home. If you know the decisions you will need to make, your project will run in the most time efficient manner.
6. Understand council and state regulation restrictions
Both local and state government regulations and requirements will apply to you when you renovate, extend or build a new home. These regulations ensure the safety and satisfaction of the overall community. David Lynch Building will ensure that you have a greater understanding of these and will guarantee that your project complies with each and every requirement.
7. Chat to your neighbours
Even though you are not legally required to, having a friendly discussion with your neighbours about your renovation or extension plans could save you delays in the construction process. You never know, they may have some helpful renovation or design tips for you!
8. Does your design work on your land?
The size and shape of your block are going to determine your build ability. Another important consideration before renovating or extending your home is to identify the orientation of direction your block of land faces. This way, you will utilise as much of the natural light as possible. This decision will impact the way you consume energy and decrease your greenhouse emissions while still living comfortably.
9. Think about the condition of your house
The current condition of your existing home may dictate what you can or can’t do in terms of renovating or extending. David Lynch Building can assist in inspecting and determining whether your home is suitable for a renovation or extension.
10. Check your Builder’s reputation
Even thought the lowest price to renovate your home may seem enticing at first, it is important to consider the possible implications if you select your builder on price alone. You may end up spending more money in the long run if you choose the builder because they were the cheapest price. You need to find a builder whom you can trust and understands what you want to achieve. Shop around and find different quotes to ensure you are getting the best price you can. Just remember the lowest cost will not always be the best outcome for your project.
11. Safety – Does my house contain hazardous materials?
It is important to consider and evaluate any safety issue that may existing in your current home before making the decision whether to renovate or extend. Pre-1990 built homes have the risk of containing asbestos or asbestos-containing structures such as eave-sheets, roofing or wall linings. Asbestos is an extremely harmful material that can have significant health programs, even resulting in death if you are exposed to it. There is also a risk that your home may have been painted with lead-based paint if it was originally painted pre-1965. Lead poisoning can cause major health issues, especially with children being vulnerable. David Lynch Building is experienced when it comes to handling these safety hazard and puts full safety measure in place to remove them and ensure your home is cleared of all risks and potential hazards. If you are unsure of whether your home contains any safety issues, contact David Lynch Building to arrange a meeting and assessment of your home.
12. What do my friends like about their homes?
Most people enjoy sharing their renovation experiences with you, so have a chat with them about their home and their past renovations. Remember to take notes on their selected finishes as these will be important to decide upon when it’s your turn.
13. Consider sustainability
Build a new home that uses sustainable design principles will improve your comfort, save you money and be good for the environment.
14. Be prepared for the long haul
Even in a perfect world, a complete kitchen renovation could still take up to six weeks to complete. There is always a risk of unexpected setbacks. David Lynch Building prides ourselves on customer satisfaction with great communication at the forefront of the way our business runs. With open communication channels, we’ll ensure you are informed of progress as per the schedule each day so that there are no unexpected surprises.