The starting place that most people find themselves when wanting to do renovations is trying to get a handle on the cost.

That makes so much sense right? Because if we could just know what the cost per square metre and if you know your budget you will know what size space you can create, you contact the builder and BOOM 12 weeks later you have your newly renovated space. Unfortunately it’s not that simple.

You can find yourself experiencing a dangerous false reality by taking this broad stroke approach and it’s an issue that affects a lot of people when tackling renovations. It’s the reason for the horror nightmare renovation or extension experiences that you may of heard of.

It’s such a massive issue that we wrote a a free guide on the 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Major Home Renovation – you can get it here.

There is a right and a wrong way to go about the process. You’re probably already guessing by now that trying to workout the cost of renovating per square metre is the wrong way.

You may have heard that the cost to build a new project home is around $1,100 to $1,200 per square metre. Sure, it’s true, but remember that’s building a home design that has been built many times before, with each sub-contractor working on it to a defined set of rates for the work they perform. Often the project builder can have only one supervisor to 20 or more home builds because there is rarely any issues that need resolving.

Renovations on the other hand are a completely different kettle of fish. Your renovation might be just a new kitchen and bathroom inside existing an existing space or maybe you want to open a few walls up to create an opening living space as well. Maybe you need to extend and want to go up or out or add on an outdoor entertaining space.

The possibilities are endless. As are the types of houses that renovations and extensions happen to. Every renovation project has its own set of requirements and each house has its own set of peculiarities. The age, condition, structure, shape and location of your home all have a bearing on the cost to renovate or extend it.

The very best way to find out the costs it is to chat with a renovation building specialist. They are the builders who only do renovations and because they only do that type of work they understand how to best approach your project.

Find a professional builder, one who specialises in the type of project you’re thinking about. After a brief chat on the phone to see if your project is a good match with them they will come out have a look and give you guidance on how to best approach your project and the likely estimates for the work.

If you find a builder willing to give you a cost per square metre you should be very wary. Worse still should you proceed further on that basis you will find that the true costs are going to be extremely different.

We specialise in major house renovations and house extensions to modern, contemporary and traditional houses within a 12km range of the Adelaide CBD (we are NOT heritage renovation builders). If you have a budget anywhere between 100k and 700k then we look forward to being able to help you find out if a renovation or extension to your home is right for you.

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