Are You Planning Ground Floor Extensions? Here’s What You Can Expect
Home extensions all over the country cost more than a billion dollars every year. Builders bank on these projects as one of their staple sources of revenue. Homeowners, on the other hand, perform renovations to increase property value and accommodate their growing families. One very common type of home improvement is a ground floor extension. The best thing about this type of extension is you rarely have to get out of the house while the workers do the job.
But let’s get to the real deal. What are the things you must expect when having an additional space constructed?
Cost: How much are you willing to spend?
What’s the budget you can afford to spend for a home extension? From the type and quality of materials you want to use through to the design you have in mind, your budget will be the governing factor. If you don’t have the budget to meet your requirements, your preferences will have to bend. Good contractors can maximize your results, but ensure you have enough monies set aside to begin. Quality ground floor extensions tend to pay for themselves when selling your home and doubling your initial investment is quite common.
Don’t rely on advertised rates per square meter of floor space. Experienced Sydney builders will often knock down such rates to entice owners to use their services. What property owners need to watch out for are any hidden costs that can potentially arise. Treat all cost-per-square-meter rates as a baseline for final expenditure. Usually, cost is directly proportional to the size of the planned extension space and relative to the type of materials used, and the complexity of the design.
Because the new addition will have to look like the rest of the house, unless you want to attract curious glances from your neighbors, your choice of material and design depends on the existing structure. That means, the range within which you can work a budget is limited. So having realistic expectations is important to avoid frustration.
Project Duration: How long will you have to deal with construction noise and inconvenience?
For what period do you have to deal with the construction noise and inconvenience? Most builders can finish ground floor extensions within 90 days. Realistically, it’s hard to give an exact amount of time for any such project as there can be unforeseen variables such as weather and materials availability. Builders will give you a rough estimate that ranges from 60 days 120 days. If your extensions are time sensitive then it’s wise to leave a buffer of 30 days no matter what the builder says.
To give you an idea, typically, this is what happens. The first week is about laying the groundwork and framework, setting up the structural elements and building the walls. The next two weeks is for plumbing and electricals, flooring and wall enhancements. Construction of the roof, windows, and doors will not begin until at least a month into the project. Finishing work can run for another 2-3 weeks, during which the electrical, plumbing, and ductwork are performed. Walls are then plastered out. Final touches and polishing are carried out during the last few days, by which time the project has run for about three months.
The duration of the project can easily turn out to be a few weeks shorter or longer depending on the scale of the extension.