What To Consider When Renovating


If you’re a regular watcher of the popular home improvement shows on Television, It may seem like like renovation involves a bunch of beautiful people knocking it out of the park every week, and while renovating can run smoothly with proper research and planning, this is typically not an experience of the majority. These shows don’t highlight the council regulations, building approvals, construction costs, and overall design challenges that one can face during a renovation project. Let’s have a look at some of the main things to consider before embarking on the perilous journey of home renovation…

Renovate to Live, or Renovate To Sell

This can seem like a trivial question but may be the most important point to consider. Your goals should be outlined from the beginning, so you know which way to go and how to implement your strategy and budget efficiently. When designing your renovation for living, you will want to consider how you personally would like the final design to come together. What are the wants and needs of you and your family. A qualified and registered Building Designer can help you narrow down your goals and design your home in way that suits your style of living. What is your budget and how would you like to live? This is a different scenario than building to sell for profit. When looking to invest money into your property for the purposes of selling at a profit you will want to consider the wants and needs of the people you are selling too. Your budget may different depending on the return on investment and consulting with a local real estate agent is a smarter move, than designing a renovation you personally prefer.

What Council Approvals are Required

Investigating in the early stages will set you up for success and help you avoid any traps or hurdles that may stifle your attempts at designing the home you want. Researching the council regulations will help you determine what in fact you are allowed to do on your property, and whether you can actually achieve the result you are looking for. Making a call to council, or consulting an Experienced Building Designer or Draftsman will help you highlight the possibilities and potential of your property. Council regulations can affect everything from the size of your home, the setbacks and position of your home, and in some cases even the materials and entire look of your home.

Budget, Budget Budget..

In case 3 times was not enough, I’ll say it again. Budget. Did you know that approximately 80% of projects that are designed never get built. This is because home owners relish the opportunity to design and see their dream home drawn up on paper only to have a heart attack when the builder provides his first quote to build. If you are serious about building your project and making it happen anytime soon, you should be considering your budget from the very start. Disclosing your budget to your Building Designer or Draftsman straight away is always a good idea and engaging your builder early on in the process will set you up for success. While a Building Designer can design pretty close to your budget, a builder will always be more accurate. Having your builder consult on the design process will help with this, and be aware that the more detail that is applied to the plans, the more accurate a price will become. Preliminary Designs will produce Preliminary Costs.

The Design Process


Engaging a qualified and registered Building Designer is always a better option than drawing the design up yourself. While you may be pretty savvy with a pencil, the plans required for your council and builder will need to be professionally drafted. Having a professional consult on the design will in most cases provide a more functionally sound and efficient design whilst considering things like budget and council regulations. Renovations can be particularly tricky as they produce many more challenges, and much more uncertainty in terms of construction. There for the layout, and functionality of your renovation will have to work in with the existing site, and the existing building. Things like overall functionality, interior flow, use of space, ceiling heights, floor levels, connection details, plumbing etc, are all things that need to be considered and someone with the relevant experience can help guide you along the way.

The Build Process

Once your plans have been drawn and all relevant permits are issued, your now ready to build. Finding a qualified and trusted builder should be priority for any home owner. Ask friends and family for any referrals they may have, and look for a builder who is punctual, easy to deal with and knows their stuff. Working in conjunction with an experienced builder who you can get along with will always make the process easier and help you avoid the headache of problems and delays that may arise if you don’t choose wisely. You should always check your Building Designer and Builder are registered with QBCC and have the relevant licences to carry out the work whilst being insured.

Depending on the size, and time frame of the build you may want to consider where you will reside while the work is being carried out. In some case’s you may be able to stay in your home, in others you may have to vacate for a while until the build is complete or at least to a point where you are able to live at home again.


As we have seen, there a few other things to consider when looking to renovate your property, not just how much your going to enjoy kicking your feet up and sipping on a celebratory drink at the end! But with research and diligence you can pave the road for a much smoother process and enjoy the journey along the way. Consider all intangibles as well, like time, stress, budget and the overall experience itself before your jump head first into your renovation project, when its all said and done you will be glad you did.

For further advice on the potential of your property or professional design and drafting services Contact BA Design…