A Guide On How To Create A Home Extension

Posted on: 26 May 2021

The primary reason why people move into new homes is that they feel that their current homes are too small. The process of selling your property and looking for a new home can be a nerve-wracking experience. In contrast, home extensions are a convenient and cost-effective way to increase your home's floor space. Below is a guide detailing how to create a home extension

Planning And Design

Your immediate consideration should be how you intend to extend the house. Typically, you can create a horizontal extension or a vertical extension by adding a storey. When creating a horizontal extension, establish the property boundaries to ensure the extension does not encroach on your neighbour's property. If you intend to create a vertical extension, you will need a professional assessment to ensure that your existing foundation can support the new weights. 

The extension should integrate into the functionality of your home. How will you use the extension? For example, it could be used as a spare bedroom, kitchen or living room. In most cases, you may require to reorganise the house to ensure the extension blends in with the interior of your house. Ideally, you should hire an experienced architect to create the extension designs. Remember, you want the extension to be similar to the rest of the house. 

Extension Permits

In Australia, homeowners require a permit to conduct extension works. Typically, you are required to submit extension blueprints to establish whether the new works affect the house's structural integrity. Besides, the proposed construction should be compliant with the building code. Ideally, you should hire a certifier to supervise the contractor's work and award a certificate once the extension is complete. 


There are various ways to fund your home extension project if you do not have instant cash. For instance, you could refinance your mortgage to access extra funding. Alternatively, you could take out a home renovation loan with your bank. 


Hire an experienced contractor to extend the property. Other than experience, your contractor should demonstrate commitment to your project. For example, they should develop cost-saving mechanisms to ensure the extension does not cost an arm and a leg. For instance, they could use recycled materials or reuse materials at the site. The contractor should have adequate insurance coverage. If not, you risk personal injury suits in case of an accident at the site. 

You should now find it easy to extend your home. Consider the recommended planning tips, secure a permit, determine an appropriate way to fund the project and work with an experienced contractor.