Home extension in Adelaide

Top tips for planning a home extension in Adelaide

Your home is the place where you live, relax and have fun with your family and friends. When you find your house no longer has enough space, these fun stops and the frustrations begin.

As life marches on, so does your housing space requirements.

When you decide it’s time for home extensions, you have several options. Sometimes it can be as simple as knocking down a wall between rooms to create one larger room, and sometimes it’s a complete home extension to give your house the extra space that it needs.


Home renovation is a great way to optimize your current house. In addition to getting all the space and room you want or need, an extension will add value to your home. However, for any extension to be a success, proper planning is an important factor.  If you have been thinking about extending your home then here are some tips to help your planning process.


Get Inspired

The design stage of the project is an important step in any home extension process. Finding creative inspiration is easy when researching home extensions online.

For example, Pinterest is a great resource when thinking about home renovations. Simply create a board and then search for things like ‘bathroom renovation ideas’ or ‘kitchen renovation ideas’ or ‘home extension ideas’ and pin all the designs you like to your board. Then when you contact your architect, designer or builder you can refer to this scrapbook-style collection. It helps your designer or builder quote for exactly what you have in mind.


Extending out, back or sideways??

An extension can be up into the roof, sideways to a boundary or backward towards the rear yard as an addition. It completely depends upon what works best for the space you have.

For example, an extra level to your home is a great way to maintain backyard space. However, it can be more expensive as it requires more work in removing the roof structure, restoring it with a new floor structure and supporting the new upper-floor walls.

To avoid building a home extension that looks tacked on, it’s crucial to engage with an experienced building designer to help you balance the practical and visual considerations.


Choose the ideal builder

Every home extension requires a custom plan, which can be completed with the help of a professional builder or an architect.

Be diligent to look for a professional builder with proven design experience and impeccable workmanship. Also, discuss the finishing materials to be used to bring your extension to life. Try to get at least two quotes, but remember that: cheaper doesn’t always mean better.  Doing so, will help you to get familiar with the type of expertise you can expect and will help you to make an informed decision.

It’s very important to know your limitations, especially when it comes to DIY.

Always involve the professionals for all electrical, plumbing and structural work unless you’re qualified to do so yourself.


Set a budget

Some things during the renovations are going to be unexpected and some things are just going to end up costing more than you anticipated. For example, one of the central elements of a home extension is the demolition work required and the costs that comes along with it.

It is important to keep in mind that each wall knocked down will require the involvement of several trades’ people to complete the extension.

Therefore it is very important that these costs are also accounted for in your project’s budget. Our renovation and extension calculator will help you with a guide to the costs for renovating or extending your home.


Re-Work The Spaces You Already Have

Yes, there are times when a home will need more space, mostly when the home is older and space is small. But sometimes you just need to use some creative home remodelling ideas to analyze your existing space and see how you can revise the existing footprint of your home.

Remodelling your existing footprint may help with your budget too and certainly is a greener solution.


Talk to your neighbours

Get your neighbours on the side! Sometimes it’s your neighbours that can make or break a planning application in the eyes of the council. An objection to your proposal is never an easy hurdle to overcome.

It’s important to take into account the effect your home extension will have on your neighbours, especially if you are making major alterations to your property.

For example, if you share a wall with your neighbours, you will need to consider if your home alterations may potentially damage their property.

A simple conversation with your neighbours can go a long way, so show them what you are planning and explain the design. It will certainly help them to understand your proposal more and then hopefully there will be no objections.

There is also the social aspect to consider as your plans may affect their quality of life during the construction period, so it’s wise to keep your neighbours fully informed of your intentions right from the start.

Here is an article which perfectly explains a few tips to ensure your renovation project will go as smoothly as possible: How you can handle neighbour disputes while renovation while renovating.


Get the approvals!!

For home extensions in Adelaide or South Australia, property owners in Australia need development approval (DA) consent from their local council before starting developments to make sure they abide by the State Government’s Residential Development Code. Each local council is different, so there is no basic rule of thumb for designing any home extension in Adelaide. Depending on the size, shape and scale of your new extension, you may need to apply for planning approval first. This can be achieved by appointing a qualified builder or architect to draw up and submit the building plans to your local council’s planning department.


Choosing a Licensed Builder

Remember, in South Australia, by law, only licensed builders that are able to obtain Home Owners Warranty (HOW) Insurance and can sign off schedule 19a are able to build homes and home extensions above a cost of $12,000

Extending your home can be immensely rewarding and can make a big difference to your lifestyle and with a little insight and some useful advice; you will soon be well on your way to living the dream!

If you are looking for a builder that specializes in home extensions in Adelaide or South Australia, get in touch with us. We look at all the possibilities and advise on any opportunities to best utilize your space as well as give you valuable heads up on anything that may be a cause for concern.