Planning a House Extension? Read This First


Having a home extension instead of moving into a new property could be more practical and cost-effective. That’s because you spare yourself from the expenses and hassles in searching for a new property, paying the fees and thinking about all the paperwork. Also, a home extension will help you get more of your existing property and keep your roots in the suburb.

Planning a house extension

Before you move forward with the home extension, let’s first talk about costs. As rough estimates just to give you an idea, the costing could be around $1000 to $2500 per square metre. The costs will vary a lot depending on the material choice from the roofing to the flooring. Also, adding a second storey will blow up the costs because of the required foundation work and other preparations for the construction.

Furthermore, the resulting extension will require electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems and connections. Insulation, doors, windows, a kitchen and a bathroom will also add to the cost. Also add the furnishings, lighting, curtains and blinds, interior and exterior paint and excavation work. It’s possible that the total costs will be really far from what’s originally estimated.

Notice that the process is far from convenient and makes you think twice whether a home extension is indeed practical. After all, moving into a new property instead can be much quicker. Also, during construction projects dozens of things can go wrong (delays, unexpected expenses, unforeseen circumstances). But no matter which path you take, there will always be costs and benefits.

If you decide to move forward with a house extension, it’s crucial to go through the right process so that everything will be smooth. Thorough and careful planning is required because this is a huge decision just like buying or building a new house. Moreover, the result will be permanent and you want the investment to be worthwhile (whether you plan to stay in the area or sell the home in the future).

For a thorough and careful planning (including the design and construction), you can contact us here at Archcon Constructions and we’ll take care of it all. We will provide you with design proposals and an estimated budget and completion timeline. Contact us today and we’ll make sure of high-quality craftsmanship in the resulting home extension.