As Australian property prices inch up and the cost of moving is often prohibitive, renovating and extending your home can be a very attractive option. The thought of more space, with greater functionality and a bespoke design to suit your needs is no doubt exciting. However, now that you have made this decision, how will it all work? Do you simply choose a builder and hope that they bring vision to life for you?

How will our Home Extension Toolkit help you?

For most of us, property tends to be the single largest investment we make in our lives. Many Australians still consider real estate as one of the best ways to obtain long term financial security. However, the large majority of Australians are not serial renovators or builders, so we are left reliant on experts and professionals in what is still very much a male dominated industry. Afraid of looking ignorant or being taken advantage of, many view this as a daunting and intimidating process. At Build in Common we want to deconstruct the construction process for any consumer, regardless of gender, age or experience. To help solve this problem we have developed a suite of Toolkits, full of practical tips and information, to help you navigate the building process.

Too often have we heard someone say, “I’d love to build, but I just don’t know where to start!” That is why we created Build in Common. Through this Toolkit we will give you the confidence to ask the right questions, to the right person, at the right time in the build cycle. You may already have a picture in mind as to what your extension should look like, with some ideas about the design you are trying to incorporate. You may even have an inkling about materials, finishes, colours and the style of fixtures and fittings you would love to include. But what about the real challenges:

  • What actual building work is involved?
  • What do you need to do first?
  • Who does what?
  • Where should you start?

Information is power

Our Build in Common Extension Toolkit is designed to take the uncertainty out of your project and empower you to understand and take control. Using this Toolkit will demystify the terminology you will hear and calibrate your expectations as to what will happen before, during and after the build process. Knowing this will save you time, reduce some of the most common frustrations and avoid costly mistakes. There is a lot of work to be done to get you from “we are renovating” to taking possession of your new building extension, so let’s get started.

Take a closer look and watch our short explainer video here.