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Busting Renovation Myths

Embarking on a renovation journey is an exciting endeavour, but it can also be accompanied by a host of worries and misconceptions. Will it break the bank? Will it run over schedule? Can the old be seamlessly blended with the new? Fear not! We’re here to debunk those renovation myths and set the record straight. When it comes to turning your dream renovation into a reality, the key is to partner with a trusted specialist builder.

Myth 1: Renovations are Always Over Budget
One of the most common fears is that your budget will spiral out of control. However, with careful planning and a reliable builder as a partner, this doesn’t have to be the case. A good builder’s expertise lies in managing renovation costs while delivering high-quality results. They work closely with you to establish a realistic budget, document all deliverables, and package this as a fixed price contract. Any items which can’t be priced at time of contract will be estimated as Prime Costs or Provisional Sums and these variables will be fully explained so a realistic allowance can be factored in. The key is in the detail, make sure your builder has the project scope of works fully documented and costed, do not sign a contract otherwise! Managing a well-documented and communicated budget is easy, your dream renovation doesn’t need to be a financial nightmare.

Myth 2: Renovations Are a DIY Endeavor
While DIY projects have their charm, and popular TV programs make it look easy, major renovations require professional expertise. A reputable local builder brings years of experience to the table, making them an essential partner for your renovation journey. The proven way to ensure your budget and timeline is maintained and your projects compliance is met, is to trust in a team of skilled craftsmen, led by experienced site and project managers. Carefully select local experts to ensure that your vision is executed flawlessly, without compromising on quality.

Myth 3: Old Homes Can’t Be Energy Efficient
Transforming an old house into an energy-efficient home is not only possible but also highly rewarding. Ensure your builder specialises in modern sustainability. Integrating energy-efficient systems, insulation, construction methods and materials into not only your new extension but also your existing structure is essential. Look for accredited green credentials in your builder, they can help you save on energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint in your upcoming project.

Myth 4: Renovations Always Take Longer Than Expected
With meticulous planning and project management, the timeline of your renovation can be a pleasant surprise. Ensure your builder uses project management software to communicate with suppliers and sub-trades and have their deliverables locked in months in advance. A top tier building company will also give you access to a client project portal for all communication, site progress updates and a live schedule. Don’t trust in an old-school builder relying on emails and phone calls, in today’s market this no longer works. Only a fully detailed and transparent cloud-based schedule with subcontractor and supplier accountability will ensure your project progresses smoothly without unnecessary delays.

Myth 5: Renovations Can’t Capture the Essence of Old Homes
Preserving the history and charm of a period Sydney home while adding modern elements is a delicate balance, but easily planned during the design phase. Your designer will ask all the appropriate questions and incorporate your wishes into the design. Will the new addition be in keeping with the period architecture? Or will the new addition be ultra-modern? Will the existing house incorporate elements to tie in with the new finishes or will it be preserved and restored to its original condition? Once the design is developed, a good builder will know exactly how to treat the transitional spaces. It is extremely important to select a builder who has mastered this art, not a new home builder or a general builder, they must be experienced in building additions to period homes. This will ensure your new home will pay homage to the past while embracing the future, resulting in spaces that are both timeless and functional.

Myth 6: All Building Companies Are the Same
This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Building companies come from all areas, in all sizes and structures, with varying experience, qualifications and resources. When selecting a builder for your extension or addition, ensure they are suitably resourced and qualified. They must have a proven track record and portfolio of projects similar to yours. They should live and work in your area and have loads of local references to verify their suitability for your project.

Renovating your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task filled with worries and stress. By partnering with a professional local builder who specialises in extensions and additions, you’re enlisting the expertise of local professionals who excel in debunking renovation myths. From managing budgets to minimizing disruptions, capturing historical essence to embracing modern functionality, a perfectly suited builder is the partner you can trust.

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Get ready to embark on a renovation journey that’s filled with facts, excitement, and a result that surpasses your expectations. Your dream renovation is closer than you think, and with the right builder, it’s more achievable than ever before.

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Jay Henman

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