Planning Your Adelaide Home Extension

Planning an Adelaide Home Extension

As specialist Adelaide home extension builders, clients often come to us for advice and to ask what they should be thinking about when they’re planning an extension to the family home.

One of the first questions we always ask is why you want to add an extension. The answers we get to this question are as diverse as Adelaide homeowners themselves!

Why do people need Adelaide home extensions?

For growing families, the need for extra bedrooms is often why they come to an Adelaide home extension builder, as they are looking for lifestyle solutions that don’t involve having to move entirely.

This will also often be the case as to why people engage us to build home theatres, to add a family room, or create additional living spaces — families need more room in which to grow, but at the same time they want to stay in their current homes and neighbourhood so as to avoid the upheaval and inconvenience of moving.

That’s where our experience as home extension builders comes in — we work with you to maximise the potential of your property so that it can better meet your changing lifestyle needs, and can do this in a variety of ways.

Increasing the value of the home is another of the most common reasons people cite when they come to us about adding an extension. Whether it’s in preparation for selling, or just to increase the worth of their investment, we are often asked about building Adelaide home extensions in order to make a property more enticing when it goes on the market, so that it’s ‘move in ready’.

In this case, our extensive knowledge of the housing industry in the northern suburbs of Adelaide (in particular Salisbury, Elizabeth and Gawler), means that we are able to share with you the benefit of our experience as to the most cost-effective way of increasing the value of your home.

What you need to think about when you’re planning an Adelaide home extension

The age of your home

If you live in a heritage or historic property, it’s important to be aware of the planning regulations with regard to adding a home extension. The process has, in some regard, been made easier but there are some challenges that you don’t encounter with a newer property.

There are specific requirements in place, for instance, in terms of how a new extension connects to the exisiting property. Planning requirements generally require Adelaide home extensions on heritage properties to be in sympathy with the existing structure, but not a direct copy i.e., an extension won’t be approved if it is trying to look like it is a part of the original building. It should, of course, be in keeping with the rest of your house but at the same time it needs to be clear that that any extension is precisely that — an addition, not an original feature.

This does present some design challenges, but we are highly experienced in building extensions on all types of character properties and can advise you as to what is possible and how it can be achieved. With newer homes, however, there are fewer restrictions in place and so there is generally more scope as to what you can do. Talk to us about the range of lifestyle solutions we can provide.

The location of your home

When it comes to building an Adelaide home extension, there are a couple of important factors to consider with regard to where your home is located.

The first of these is if your home is located on a sloping block. While this can present some challenges, it does also offer some wonderful design opportunities that with skilful and sensitive handling can add enormous character and features to your home. Whether it’s creating an elevated view, split-level floors, or adding extra natural light and ventilation, building an extension on a sloping block gives you the chance to enhance your living spaces as well as add value to your home.

We are highly experienced at building extensions in the north-east suburbs of Adelaide in particular, and so we can use our expertise to make the most of your property.

Some Adelaide suburbs can also be prone to bushfires, but we can help you to take the appropriate precautions so that a new extension is suitably bushfire resistant. This can be done through positioning any addition to your home so that it is located away from potentially hazardous scrub or trees, while also providing appropriate access for emergency vehicles.

We also employ building techniques that mitigate the risk of bushfire, and use bushfire resistant materials where appropriate. Speak to us about what you need to take into consideration if your property has a high bushfire attack level rating (BAL).

What kind of Adelaide home extension do you want to build?

When you’ve decided on why you need to build an Adelaide home extension, and taken account the location of your property, your next big decision is what kind of home extension will best meet your family’s lifestyle needs.

We specialise in all types of extensions and are always happy to help you decide on what will work best for you. Do you need more living space indoors, or are you looking to create an outdoor entertaining area? Would adding an additional storey make better use of the available space, rather than extending outwards? Would building a new kitchen or laundry, or adding an additional bathroom be the best way to free up space inside that you could use for other purposes?

If you know what you want, that’s great — we can help you turn your vision into reality. But if you’re not sure about what sort of home extension will work best for you, you can take advantage of our vast experience and we will be happy to advise you as to what is possible.

Call Gavan on 8281 6010 or email us to learn more.

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