MAKING PLANS: Where to start when planning your home renovation

Oct 23, 2020 | News

Are you design-savvy, organised and able to take on a creative project? You might be ripe for a renovation. If you are pondering taking on a reno, but you don’t know the best way to go about it, then read on to learn the best steps.

Whether it’s a doer-upper that you have your eye set on, or you are planning on altering your existing home, there are simple steps to help ensure your success.

One of the key early steps is to finalise your concept plans. This will allow you to communicate clearly with your chosen architect.

Begin by collecting ideas of how you want your design to be. You can use Pinterest or save photos in a folder or file to share with tradespeople and designers who will be executing your vision. Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve from the outset and help to keep you and your team on the same page but be open to their ideas too as they are the specialists and can offer new ideas you might not have considered.

Check with your local council about restrictions regarding renovations and apply for relevant building approvals. Check things such as your land area, boundary, zone and any covenanted or heritage zones.

When you’re choosing an architect, speak to several different designers about your vision and get advice. Most people will visit the site for a consultation, at which stage you’ll be able to gauge if you are a good fit. The architect will create plans for you, which you can then take to a registered builder to quote the job. These plans are also used to apply for permits through your local council. They should be thorough and give you a full understanding of the scope of work involved.

It is critical to highlight your budget to your designer and builder early on. Be sure to take into account all costs you can think of and whether or not you are over capitalising on the property.