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Timber Frame Builders Perth
Are you thinking of renovating or extending your home, but not sure of the process and the timeline? We get asked this question around timing of renovations a lot in our business.
We have done quite a few renovations and home extensions therefore have a pretty good idea of the timing and process involved. Most of our clients come to us in the initial stages and it may be over a year before we even submit the build permit to council!
A full home renovation and extension from planning stages through to practical completion can take a long while and in some cases years!
The planning process of a home renovation or home extension is usually the longest part of the process.
The initial planning stages are completed by the property owner, this involves researching design ideas, building materials and floor plan layouts that you like, this can take months or even years!
In this stage of the process, Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest apps will be your go to for inspiration! I usually recommend saving a bunch of different boards on Pinterest and making a saved folder on Instagram, you can then share these later with your designer and builder. I believe Houzz also allows you to save images for later reference too.
Once you have a good idea of what you want for your home renovations, the next stage is to draw up your plans and get engineering and other paperwork completed for the home. This stage can be quite lengthy also, as there can be a lot of backwards and forwards between you and the drafts person, building designer, engineer and or architect.
Getting the plans done right the first time is ideal, however variations and amendments are possible but not desired, as they can cause issues in council later. This is why the initial stages of planning- pre plans- is very important. The more you are clear on what you really want from your home renovation the better and easier the next stage will flow.
Your architect or person selected to draw the plans will bring it all together for you and draw your renovations to be in line with the Residential design codes of Western Australia. I would allow at least 4-8 weeks for plans to be finalised, however be mindful that some design/sketching stages can take up to 6-12 months.
Once you have your home renovation plans drawn up the next stage is getting an approval from your local council. Most home renovations you undertake will require a build permit, they can take either 2 weeks or 4 weeks depending on whether it is initially certified by a surveyor (2 weeks) or certified by the local councils building surveyor (4 weeks). In most cases your builder will lodge the build permit and arrange all follow up to get the permit across the line. However, anyone can be an applicant for a build permit.
In many cases a renovation or home extension may need to go through your local council planning department for a Development Approval before obtaining a build permit, this will take 60 days or potentially more if the home is heritage listed or the design is not within the residential design codes. Your architect or building designer will be able to notify you in the initial design stages of whether the design will require panning or not. However please be mindful that on many occasions we have lodged for a build permit and council has requested planning, this slows any renovation down by two months at a minimum. It is not always obvious whether something needs a Development Approval or not each job is different to the next.
Once all your approvals are in place you are now ready to go ahead with construction. We like to call this stage -the fun stage of the renovation. This is when you may need to move out of your home or segregate off some of your home to ensure your whole home doesn’t turn into a construction site!
How long does the construction stage take? This will depend on the size of the renovation and or home extension, it will depend on the materials used and if they have long lead times for production. In general, if you are doing a home extension or at least 40m2 you need to allow 3-5 months for construction. If you are building a significant sized home extension of 70m2 + then I would say to allow at least 4-6 months.
If building using timber frame construction and using all WA materials you will be looking at the shorter side of timing. These construction times are from our experience and may alter for larger builders.
At Distinct Renovations our point of difference is that we only take on a few number of jobs at a time to ensure we have a clear focus on each job and get that job done as quickly as possible to ensure less disruption to the clients home life. We have been known to do full home renovations and doubled the size of a home for some clients in under 4 months start to finish. Our best thus far is a full new build in 11 weeks!
Timber Frame Construction allows the construction stage to move on a lot quicker than double brick construction.
To conclude, it is fair to say that for a home renovation from initial planning stages through to completion of the build you really need to allow anywhere between 6 months for smaller renovations and up to 2 years or more, for larger full home extensions.
If you want to know more or see if we can work with you on your next home project, please feel free to contact us and find out more. Being that we are a smaller builder it is important to engage us in the initial stages so we can pencil your job in in advance to avoid disappointment on time delays.
Timber Frame Builders Perth