House Extensions Melbourne

Considering An Extension? Here’s What You Need To Know

Is your home looking a little outdated? Or maybe you’d like to change it up for functionality, use of space, or natural light sourcing, for example. Whatever the situation, Lumous can help, providing homeowners with quality home renovations in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. See the article below for everything a homeowner should know about renovating their property. 

Could My Home Benefit From An Extension?

In most cases, if you have the space, you can always benefit from an extension. This might look like building up to make a second storey or extending the rear to blend the indoor and outdoor area in the shape of a sunroom. No matter the extension, its purpose is to create a more liveable space. Below are some reasons why you should consider extending your home:

  • You want to increase the value of your home. Extensions are great for this as they increase a property’s overall square meterage while also attracting the attention of more buyers. 

  • You have a growing family. Are you finding that your home is feeling too small for your family? Maybe you’ve just had another child, or your mother has come to live with you, and you just don’t have the room to accommodate. Extending your home will allow you to live more easily, ensuring everyone has enough space to live comfortably.

  • Your home is lacking that personal touch. Maybe you purchased an existing home that doesn’t quite yet meet your needs. House extensions can help add a personalised touch, whether that’s incorporating an outdoor kitchen or making a studio space for a subletting. 

  • You have a lot of underutilised space. House extensions allow you to better use the existing space meaning your property boasts increased functionality.

  • You need more storage. Building a storage area onto your home is a great way to organise your belongings. For example, you might decide to expand your garage to have more room for tools and equipment or need a room off to the side to house all your seasonal items such as Halloween and Christmas decorations.

  • You want to create a work/life balance. Since the rise of COVID-19, more and more people have been working from home. While it is fantastic so many of us can make money working from our living rooms, this, unfortunately, means there is an increased struggle for a work/life balance. Extensions allow you to build purpose-specific spaces, such as a home office, that helps you to create delegated areas of your home to separate work and play. 

  • You want to accommodate for entertaining needs. For example, perhaps you have a huge yard that is fantastic for accommodating larger groups of people. Still, you lack any entertaining space. Extending your home to have a deck that can house things like dining tables and a barbeque makes for better entertainment spaces. Additionally, you can make these spaces undercover, meaning you can entertain your friend and family whether it’s rain, hail or shine. 


Ways To Assist Your Builders During The House Extension Process

Now that you’ve decided to extend your property, it’s time to step aside and let builders do what they do best. Don’t worry, though, we’re not here to take over. As experts in home extensions in Melbourne, it’s our job to help realise your vision which is why we’ve prepared a list of tips and tricks you can use to build the most effective relationship with your home improvement specialist. 

  • Inform them of the parts you like and dislike about your home. Telling your builders what you love and don’t love about your home’s current appearance can assist them in creating the perfect design. For example, maybe you love a high ceiling but dislike carpeted areas. Making your builder aware of this means you avoid any nasty surprises.

  • Make your budget clear. Let your builder know just how much you are willing to spend. This will help them source affordable materials and factor in the labour costs. 

  • Want changes made? Let us know. If you’ve seen a design that you aren’t 100% sold on, let your builder know so they can make any changes. Additionally, if at any time during the build you notice something you dislike, communicate that to your builder before it becomes more permanent. 

  • Make payments on time. Making payments on time assists your builder and helps to ensure that your home improvement project is completed on time. If you can’t pay your builder, they can’t pay their team, nor can they source materials resulting in a hold on your project.

  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. This one is massive. Even if you have a conflicting opinion, we encourage you to always speak with your builder. We have found that discussing the project with our clients throughout its lifespan makes for a more successful build.  

  • Understand your design. Familiarising yourself with the design will allow you to trust the process and allow your builder to complete the project without any unnecessary hiccups. 

  • Be open to alternative measures. Sometimes initial plans don’t work out. Things like stock and supply shortages can put a project on hold, so we encourage you to keep an open mind and work with your builder to find alternative solutions. 

  • Let us know if you like it. Like everyone, your builder wants to know they’re doing a good job. So, just in the same way we’d like you to express any concerns, we encourage you to let us know that you’re satisfied with the project’s direction.

  • Give us space to work. We understand that it’s your property, and naturally, you’re going to want to keep an eye on any work taking place. But, like anyone trying to complete a job, your builder will need space to work, so offering them that autonomy gives them the time and authority to get the job done. 

  • Have patience. Extending a property takes time as it is. So, when you factor in external influences like harsh weather conditions, public holidays, and supply shortages, it’s easy to understand why home improvements might take a while. Additionally, a good builder won’t cut corners. This might take them longer to complete a project, but it makes for a more thorough and secure build. Remaining patient with your builder decreases the chances of further conflict. 


Common Misconceptions People Have About House Extensions

There are a few common misconceptions about extending a property, as many believe the task is simple. While professional builders can perform these tasks effectively, there is a lot involved. In addition to planning for the build, they have to ensure they have all the necessary permissions to proceed with the project. This extends to individual permits and qualifications such as a builders license and other technical qualifications. Another misconception is that anyone can perform their own house extension. While we don’t doubt some individuals are equipped to do so, home extensions are better performed by experienced, qualified professionals. Otherwise, you could be leaving yourself open for structural damages and legal ramifications such as not receiving the proper approvals. However, one of the biggest things we get asked here at Lumous is whether or not our clients have to relocate while we complete the extension. The answer to that is absolutely not. You can continue to comfortably reside on the premises while the build takes place, so seeking temporary housing is unnecessary. Additionally, we’ve heard rumours that it’s cheaper to move house than it is to extend it, and that’s just not true. Unless you absolutely desire to move, extending your home to create more space is definitely the more cost-effective option.   


If You’re Looking For Professional House Extension Builders In Melbourne, Allow Lumous To Extend A Helping Hand

With more than 15 years of industry experience, the qualified experts at Lumous provide premium house extensions to clients across Melbourne. We are renowned around the Inner South East for our passion and dedication to delivering bespoke living spaces designed to elevate your lifestyle. In addition, we’re proud to offer trusted, unmatched workmanship, and refuse to compromise on quality. So, if you’re on the lookout for house extension builders in Melbourne who are dedicated to delivering impeccable designs and solutions, you can rest the experts at Lumous have got you covered. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you with your next house extension. 

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