RENOVATIONS (cont) – The Design Factor

An Asset or Money Wasted??

An Asset or Money Wasted??

This week  in the series about renovations I want to touch on the  “design stage”.

A renovation or extension can breathe fresh air into a dated and tired  home. After the kids have moved on a coat of paint, new doors and kitchen can do wonders for  a home over 20 years old. Significant value can be added to the property especially in established suburbs close to transport and  the inner city.

As  Sustainable Designers we  believe it  important to consider the  three aspects of  design

1. Economical – Needs to be affordable and  in the case of renovating does not overcapitalize the property.

2. Social – The renovation  suits the purpose for which it was  proposed.

3. Ecological – Designed for climate. Passive Solar Design principals and as energy efficient as possible.

Once we have all the information regarding  the existing dwelling we can then assess  what can be done while complying to local regulations.

Renovations can often be more time consuming from a drafting point of view as  we have to work with an existing structure and are often changing  the “use” of a certain part of a home. These changes usually have a knock on affect  which can affect other aspects of the home. During this stage the  design will evolve and often require some compromise and careful considerations.

An extension or renovation can:

  1.  Blend in with an existing dwelling.
  2. Enhance and  even change the  look of an existing  building
  3. Change the use of a building

Our experienced  and very talented Designers  will ensure that  your renovation is  pleasing to the eye and a valuable addition to your  most valuable. Not  a “thing” that looks like it has been stuck on to the top.

If your considering renovating for additional space, increasing the value of your old home  or the kids have left and  you want to ad that music room call us today for a  free site inspection and  site analysts valued at $225.00

Thommo Before

Our Award Winning Palmwoods Renovation



Before and After



Thommo After