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Don’t want to move? (But you’ve outgrown your home)

Don’t want to move? (But you’ve outgrown your home)

There is undoubtedly no better feeling than witnessing your dream home project coming true. But, the most common mistake most homeowners tend to make is to rush. They suddenly jump to the construction process before they are even properly ready.

Being in the industry for many years now, I have encountered the same thing with my clients too. And, later on, they regret claiming that there were so much that could be done with design or styling.

There should not be any room for regrets when it is about your DREAM HOME. And, when you are hiring the best custom home builders in Brisbane, you should check everything beforehand.

Here it from us. Our experts have framed some tips that you may follow during the pre-construction phase of your home.

  • Have you Finalised the Layout?

The layout of your house should be clear to you. Have you set any budget? If you wish to stay within your budget, you should go for a simple and minimal layout. Remember that the more complex the structure will be, the more it will be expensive.

  • How Many Levels Do you Need for your Building?

Double Storey Home Extension

Don’t think that having a two-storied building always means too much of expense. If you have a complex layout in your single storey home, it can be more expensive than building a two-level home. So, determine the number of building levels according to your need.

  • Determine the Room Space Ahead

Have you considered the size of the rooms? Well, not every place will have the same number or size of furniture inside the room. For instance, the bedroom needs to be wide, not long. Where will you keep the bed? Will it take too much of space leaving no room for any additional furniture? Calculating all of these small issues can save you from the future hassles.

  • Think of Storage Solutions Beforehand

Storage Space

It will be a big mistake on your part if you don’t consider the storage facilities beforehand. Being the specialists of home renovations in Brisbane, we can suggest you check how much storage space do you have currently and then decide how much you will need. Don’t let the storage facility look odd or out of place in your building layout. Talk to the renovators beforehand.

  • Have you Paid Enough Attention to you Plot?

There are a lot of things to consider for using your plot in the right way. Can the neighbouring structure cause any problem in solar access? Is the soil type of the plot okay for the kind of building, floors or sub-floors you are planning?

  • Permissions and Restrictions of the Councils

Extension builder Brisbane

You cannot move forward with the construction without talking to the council. Ask them about the local restrictions if any. Seek the required permissions from them regarding the heritage overlays that are probably there. Also, if there are any boundary setback requirement, you must settle all of that before the construction of your custom home starts.

Lastly…

You should not approve or finalise anything before you have viewed the final layout. The design may appear differently in theory, but until you do not check the blueprint or finished drafts of the structure, you should not proceed. We don’t want you to regret anything. We know how significant this investment is for you. So, we suggest you follow these ground rules at any cost before the construction.

Building a Custom Home? 6 Pre-Construction Tips from Smart Reno Experts

Building a Custom Home? 6 Pre-Construction Tips from Smart Reno Experts

There is undoubtedly no better feeling than witnessing your dream home project coming true. But, the most common mistake most homeowners tend to make is to rush. They suddenly jump to the construction process before they are even properly ready.

Being in the industry for many years now, I have encountered the same thing with my clients too. And, later on, they regret claiming that there were so much that could be done with design or styling.

There should not be any room for regrets when it is about your DREAM HOME. And, when you are hiring the best custom home builders in Brisbane, you should check everything beforehand.

Here it from us. Our experts have framed some tips that you may follow during the pre-construction phase of your home.

  • Have you Finalised the Layout?

The layout of your house should be clear to you. Have you set any budget? If you wish to stay within your budget, you should go for a simple and minimal layout. Remember that the more complex the structure will be, the more it will be expensive.

  • How Many Levels Do you Need for your Building?

Double Storey Home Extension

Don’t think that having a two-storied building always means too much of expense. If you have a complex layout in your single storey home, it can be more expensive than building a two-level home. So, determine the number of building levels according to your need.

  • Determine the Room Space Ahead

Have you considered the size of the rooms? Well, not every place will have the same number or size of furniture inside the room. For instance, the bedroom needs to be wide, not long. Where will you keep the bed? Will it take too much of space leaving no room for any additional furniture? Calculating all of these small issues can save you from the future hassles.

  • Think of Storage Solutions Beforehand

Storage Space

It will be a big mistake on your part if you don’t consider the storage facilities beforehand. Being the specialists of home renovations, we can suggest you check how much storage space do you have currently and then decide how much you will need. Don’t let the storage facility look odd or out of place in your building layout. Talk to the renovators beforehand.

  • Have you Paid Enough Attention to you Plot?

There are a lot of things to consider for using your plot in the right way. Can the neighbouring structure cause any problem in solar access? Is the soil type of the plot okay for the kind of building, floors or sub-floors you are planning?

  • Permissions and Restrictions of the Councils

Extension builder Brisbane

You cannot move forward with the construction without talking to the council. Ask them about the local restrictions if any. Seek the required permissions from them regarding the heritage overlays that are probably there. Also, if there are any boundary setback requirement, you must settle all of that before the construction of your custom home starts.

Lastly…

You should not approve or finalise anything before you have viewed the final layout. The design may appear differently in theory, but until you do not check the blueprint or finished drafts of the structure, you should not proceed. We don’t want you to regret anything. We know how significant this investment is for you. So, we suggest you follow these ground rules at any cost before the construction.

5 Things to Consider When You Plan for an Open Plan Living Extension

5 Things to Consider When You Plan for an Open Plan Living Extension

It is often said that an object placed under the eye will appear differently if the same thing is put above it. Same is the case with an enclosed space. The real ambience and the essence of the objects placed in the room will look very different in an open area. What remains the most crucial aspect in the case of open plan living is a connection.

Gone are the days when the lounge or kitchen served a specific purpose. With doors being the demarcation surface, living in such houses was simple, and it was the only way.

But with the changing lifestyle, the concept of floor design has changed. With the growing urge to stay connected with the family members, the idea of open living came into existence. In short, open plan living provided greater convenience and comfort.

The following are some of the crucial things to keep in consideration while renovating your house and transforming it into the above-mentioned concept–

1. Customising your Open Plan Living

 

The purpose of such a plan is to stay connected with the members and motivate each member to take part in the family activity. Therefore, every renovation project that involves extension should ensure the presence of ample open space to ‘socialise’. Evading the things that clutter the area/space should be avoided. Customising the extension would help to get what you want.

2. Removing a Wall or Two

Well, if you think removing a wall is easy, then you are wrong. Remodelling a house with old facilities into a modern, attractive, useful one is challenging. Getting help from the professional extension builder in Brisbane from SmartReno Pty Ltd will make the plan successful. What is needed is careful planning of the areas that are to transform into open space.

3. Ascertaining Smooth Movement

Every design of the renovation should ensure that there is enough space available for the smooth movement of not only people but also house commodities. Therefore, while planning an extension, it is always advised to inspect the space and how it should be designed. The open living plan considers this aspect as well.

4. Keeping the Right Length to Width Ratio

 

Keeping the Right Length to Width Ratio

Every house has a different floor plan. Therefore, a thoughtful floor design helps in creating the right living space. As far as this is concerned, experts of home extensions in Brisbane trust the rectangular shape when it comes to functionality. A wider area with apt length fits in all sorts of furniture and assist in interior decoration.

5. Ensuring Natural Lights Everywhere

Always remember that a successful open-plan living extension takes into account two vital elements- the height of the ceiling and the presence of windows. The right amount of each of them guarantees a great ambience apart from being functional. The presence of natural light ensures great curtailment in the electricity bills. In addition to it, the right extension will give the illusion of a larger space. Renovators believe that a soaring ceiling adds grandeur to the interior of the house.

Conclusion

Creating space in a streamlined manner shows the true essence of a significant renovation project. When it comes to open plan living, not only planning but keeping an account of all the aspects of extension is going to transform your living effectively. Contact the professional home builders from SmartReno Pty Ltd to have your dream of ‘open space living’ come to reality.

Choosing The Right Deck Builder – Your Homework Before Hiring One

Choosing The Right Deck Builder – Your Homework Before Hiring One

Adding a deck to property not only adds a new range of aesthetics to it but also adds a fresh lease of life. Frankly speaking, they have always been popular anywhere in the world, and that is one good reason why companies that come up with these decks are so popular.

However, there is a catch! You need to absolutely bang on while choosing the company that will be serving you. It has to be an experienced one, with a fair amount of reputation in the market. But that’s not all! Besides being perfect while picking the right company,  you need to do some other homework as well.

Finding out the most credible service provider

The first and foremost thing that you need do is proper research. You will find a lot of companies around you that offer decking services. However, it is your responsibility to carry out thorough research to gauge their credibility as service providers.

You need to do a lot of fact-finding to arrive at a credible solution. See how experienced the company is. A company with considerable experience under its belt is always more preferable than the one that has just started its endeavour.

Look for the clients’ feedback that you will find on the testimonial page. It is best to put your stakes on a deck builder in Brisbane that has the best customer feedback for its services.

Selecting the design of the deck

You need to decide upon the design of the deck before selecting one. You need to consider your purpose of having one before you choose the deck. Again, the catalogues will come in handy here.

It’s your liability to decide upon the theme of the deck as well. You must make sure that the theme you opt for, gels with the rest of your property. This is to guarantee that the newly-added deck and the rest of your property collectively lift the look and feel and the aesthetic appeal of your property by quite a few notches.

Getting to know the nature of work

It is your responsibility to talk to the service provider in details about their way of working. For instance, the builder you eye on, must be utterly professional and work with utmost care and delicacy to maintain perfection.

You must have a talk with them regarding their way of ‘doing things’. If possible, you can go through the catalogues that will provide you with a clear notion about their previous works, and how well they will fit in your needs and tastes. This will only give you solid proof of the quality of their workmanship.

Prioritising the safety factor

It is again your onus to consider the safety factor and make sure you do not compromise with it. You need to decide upon the materials that are superior in quality and will make sure the resultant deck is the best from the qualitative and safety points of view.

Though it is ironically the obligation of the service provider in question to ensure safety, you cannot shrug your part off in this aspect.

So when planning to put up a deck at your property – carry out your roles in a perfect way so that your investment pays off!

Frankly speaking, following these procedures would help you to get to the best in the business like us at SmartReno Pty Ltd without much of a fuss. But again, when you avail our service you do not have to face all these. For our technicians would make sure that you get the best business without the risk of being at the wrong side of the table.

Transforming Old Homes To Gold – Dos and Don’ts Of Hiring Extension Builders

Transforming Old Homes To Gold – Dos and Don’ts Of Hiring Extension Builders

Home renovations or extensions can be very exciting. But they also involve a lot of time and effort- the likes of which is not always possible for you (as an owner).

Fret not- our experts at “Smart Reno” won’t make you take those unnecessary home extension headaches. At one call, they will reach your place, perform the inspection and communicate with you about your extension requirements. Once all the key project specifications have been sorted out, then only will they begin working on your dull and daggy looking house.

They have heaps of field experience, and having transformed countless old properties into modern, attractive homes; they will be the best choice for your house facelift.

If you have never hired any extension or house renovation specialists, then the task could be a daunting one. However, to ensure that the work doesn’t take up a lot of effort, here are some key dos and don’ts to keep in mind when sorting out your options.

Follow closely! 

Beginning With The Dos: 

1. Do Check Their Valid License and Insurance? 

Be it a house extension or rebuild, it is always important you choose a contractor with a valid license and insurance. Be wary of builders who refuse to disclose their license or are unclear about their insurance coverage.

To get closure; you should check your chosen builder in the HIA- House Industry Of Australia or MBA- Master Builder in Australia. It will reveal the list of contractors having legitimate work license and both Public Liability Insurance and Home Warranty Insurance (including the one you are invigilating). 

2. Do They Perform All Range of Renovations? 

Perform All Range Of Renovations

It is very important to know the range of renovations a builder can perform. With that, also check how many years have they been in this field of work.

The good news for you is that each extension builder in Brisbane possesses a valid work license and insurance coverage. Plus, they specialise in:

  • Extensions and custom home constructions
  • Quality home renovations
  • As well as updating and building decks and other outdoor areas

Have a word with them, and they will willingly answer all your questions.

3. Do Ask For Client References And Work Samples? 

Word of mouth is always a confidence builder, and asking for client reference is one way to determine how good the contractors are, in reality. Quality contractors will not shy away from sharing references of their happy customers and their work samples. This reveals their professionalism and flexibility to work on different projects.

If there is any hesitation from the contractors in sharing information, skip over to the next-best-option. 

Moving Over To The Don’ts: 

1. Don’t Forget Checking If They Provide Details Of The Extension Project IN Writing: 

You should not forget to ask if the extension builders in focus are willing to share a written journal about the extension project. Our top-rated builders will never hesitate in sharing information, as they believe in transparency with their clients.

  • They will provide you with a written scope of the project- which is an outline of the construction.
  • They will also provide engineering documents, soil test reports and also the final cost of the labour, materials and the time-frame for the project completion.
  • Plus, these experts will share details of the raw materials along with its detailed costs for you to know how much you would need to spend.

2. Don’t Ignore Their Work Process: 

Never Skip Knowing Their Approach

You need to see how their works on all their projects, as it will give you a fair idea of how they will process your project work. Our renovation and extension experts at “Smart Reno” always make it a point to understand the scope and specifications of the project.

To improve the project plan, our experts of house extensions in Brisbane:

  • Will measure the project cost against the end product and come up with a strategy for your project within your estimated budget.
  • While performing the rebuilt, our experts will always adhere to the construction norms and regulations. They also serve as your advisory body, suggesting what best will be accomplished with the budget-at-hand.
  • They will always use top-quality raw materials for the build and ensure that the extension complements the rest of the house nicely. They will get the task done in the highest of standards, thus giving you true value for your money. 

3. Lastly, Don’t Skip Comparing Their Service Rates: 

There is no reason for you to pay more than the service rate. And one good way to assure this is asking for service quotes and comparing those rates with other reputed house extension companies.

Performing the comparison will reveal if the company abides by the accepted industry rates. So, don’t skip checking this crucial aspect out.

If you have a project too difficult to complete alone, call our experts and discuss your project. Surely, they will be happy to assist you.

Some Aspects To Clear Before You Opt For a Custom Built Home

Some Aspects To Clear Before You Opt For a Custom Built Home

So have you finally decided to opt for a custom-built home after spending quite a few years in those rented apartments? Now it can be a perfect move, only if you have chosen the right and the most competent builder and home renovator.

For that, you need to be careful about a few points. While in one hand it will ensure you have put money on the best name in the business, on the other hand, it will make sure you are justifying your investment.

Talk to the builders after considering your needs

Firstly, you need to take stock of your needs. This will ensure that as and when you talk to the builders, you know exactly what you want. You need set up a budget and plan accordingly.

Once done, you need to put across your thoughts to the builders and mention your budget. Now a quality company like us would discuss with you the efficacy of the plan that you have thought about vis-a-vis your requirements.

Only after a prolonged discussion between the two sides, should the plan be finally settled. This is to ensure that the entire episode is transparent. While the builder will be aware of what it is expected to do, you will also have a clear idea of what will be the layout of your home, and why.

The specialists at Smart Reno whom you will meet are experienced enough to provide you immaculate suggestions. They are also flexible and open enough to take any suggestion from your end to ensure a seamless project.

Get to a builder that is licensed

Do not think twice before opting for Brisbane builders and renovators that are licensed. This applies even if it means shelling out some extra amount from your coffer. Not all of the service providers you find around you are licensed. Some are, and you are to bank on these names.

Besides ensuring quality, it also guarantees that it becomes much easier to complete all the relevant documentation that is needed for smooth completion of the project. A licensed builder will also provide you with a warranty – and that understandably is a great financial advantage for you.

Experience – that’s another parameter

Yes! That’s what you need to bank on to start with. You just cannot risk bestowing the responsibility to a company that is new in the business. It is a complicated business and only a seasoned name will do justice to the profession. Again, this is where we at Smart Reno scores over other service providers, with a sizeable experience under our belt.

Check the earlier projects

This may give you an idea of a custom built homes in Brisbane. Just ask for a few images of the projects that have already been done by the company. This may make your task trifle easier.

Again, we score over other service providers in this respect. We have a comprehensive record of all the projects that we have completed so far for you to refer to.

Ask for the referrals

This is something that we always do! We provide our customers with a complete list of references that gives them a clear notion about the quality of service that they can expect from us. This is something that you MUST do before you opt for a company.

So if you are looking forward to building a custom built home, get in touch with us at Smart Reno. We will make sure you get the home that you can be proud of!