No matter how much you love your home, chances are there will come a time you'll be wanting or needing more space. When you reach that point, you have two choices: Sell your house and buy a larger one, or simply add on to the one you have.
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Extensions, Addition, Conversions
There are a lot of advantages to extending your existing home—from building the master suite you’ve always dreamed of, to making room for a new baby or even adding a full second story. With the right builder, good design, well-drawn plans and quality workmanship, you can incorporate extensions and additions into your existing structure in a way that blends so seamlessly, people will assume it’s the original design of the home. The end result will be a home that perfectly meets your needs, because you designed it for yourself and your family.
Your Gold Coast Home Extensions Builder: Symcorp
Choosing the right builder is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when you decide to invest in a home addition or extension. Family owned and operated Symcorp Building Services is known throughout the Gold Coast for providing quality, friendly, detail-oriented service and results for their customers. Nothing brings us more satisfaction than helping homeowners turn their visions into reality.
There are several unique considerations when it comes to additions. It’s important that you work with a builder who is familiar with these needs and can answer your questions honestly.
Additions & Extension Builders
Here are a few important questions that we recommend you ask before hiring them a builder for your addition:
- Will I be able to remain in my home throughout the building process?
This depends on the size of your addition and which areas it most affects. If the construction will heavily impact primary living spaces such as the kitchen, you might end up choosing to rent another apartment or home until the job is complete. We’ll give you an accurate assessment of what to expect so that you can make the best decision for you and your family. Just as importantly, we’ll be honest about how long the project should take and complete the work as efficiently as possible—without ever compromising quality.
- Will you respond to our concerns in a timely manner during construction?
This is a common concern homeowners have, because whether they’re living with the inconvenience of construction or staying elsewhere until it’s finished, they want to see continuous progress taking place. If they have questions during the construction, they want a point person committing to addressing their concerns and keeping them abreast of project status. The entire team at Symcorp prides itself on keeping homeowners informed, responding to concerns, addressing problems and providing the best customer service possible.
- Do you have references we can contact?
Symcorp has a long list of satisfied customers who can testify to the quality of our work, our ability to deliver on promises, our high level of customer service and much more. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for references, or you can check out our Testimonials page here (http://www.symcorp.com.au/testimonials/).
Home Extension Plans and Designs: Gold Coast
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Customers come to us to discuss a variety of different home extension options and/or renovation plans and designs. Here are a few scenarios we often discuss with homeowners:
- If you plan to expand your kitchen/living area/ master suite, will you be happy with a simple add-on, or do you want to give the existing space a facelift in order to maintain better continuity between the old and the new?
- Will the design of your extension blend in well with the existing structure and surrounding homes?
You’ve probably seen it before—someone with a perfectly charming home decides to do an addition, but it ends up looking like a tacked-on afterthought. We will discuss with you all your options for plans, materials and techniques we use to make sure your extension blends in beautifully with your existing home.
- Will I need planning permission before starting an addition/extension project?
Through our extensive experience building additions for Gold Cost residents, we’re very familiar with the applicable rules about lodging development applications. The answer is usually yes. Under Queensland government property development laws, development applications are required for extending or raising an existing structure.
Home Extension Costs
When you’re considering a home extension, cost is obviously going to be high on your list of questions. We would love the opportunity to discuss your ideas with you and offer cost estimates that we can fine-tune as you get closer to finalising all of the different choices that affect your budget, from precise square footage to flooring materials, plumbing and lighting fixtures. We’re happy to share our knowledge in order to help you make choices that fit your budget without compromising quality.
As a family owned and operated company, we also work hard to maintain our reputation for fair pricing. Meanwhile, our experience in all facets of the building process helps us save you money by bringing many specialties under one roof.
Second Story Extensions and Additions
Customers come to us with a wide variety of plans for their home additions, and while some provide more challenges than others—with factors including the existing layout of the home, the amount of property space available, budget and much more—we can almost always find an answer to help you create the plan that will work best for you.
For simple room extensions or additions, we can help you create a plan that maintains your single-story lifestyle. For more extensive additions, or if property space is limited, building up is sometimes the better choice, opening up a number of new possibilities. Adding a second story can raise the profile of the home without compromising its original character, and giving you opportunities to add more bedrooms; an expansive playroom; a state-of-the art media room; private office and so much more.
Garage Conversions Gold Coast
Garage conversations are among the simplest and most cost-efficient ways to add living space to your home. After all, the space is already there, complete with foundation, walls and ceiling. You’re just finishing it out and repurposing it to better meet your needs. Cost will depend on how elaborate you want the finished project to be, but typically converting garage space into living space costs about half of what you would pay to build a brand-new addition.
A garage conversion typically involves fully insulating the walls and ceiling, providing heating and cooling, upgrading the electrical, pulling out the garage doors to create walls, adding windows and doors, and adding any plumbing that might be required. The rest is up to you, from selecting type of flooring, windows and doors to deciding whether or not you want to add a bathroom as well.
As for the uses of a newly converted garage, they are limited only by your imagination. Popular ideas include:
- New bedrooms, especially for teenagers. What teen doesn’t want his or her own space…preferably as far from you and younger brothers and sisters as possible? Converted garages tend to be separated a bit from the main living space of the house and lend more privacy, making it a great hangout for older kids.
- Private guest suites. When an extra bathroom is added, a converted garage can be an excellent place for guests, including family members who might come for extended visits, to stay.
- “Man caves.” Man caves, designed for husbands/fathers to have space that is completely their own, are becoming increasingly popular. If the garage is located underneath or separate from the rest of the house, it provides even more of an escape for watching the big game or just hanging out.
In many cases, extending the rear of the house is the best option for adding on for the simple reason that most people have more space to work with in the back. Depending on how much space you have—and how much backyard you’re willing to sacrifice (some people see this as a plus, as in less lawn to mow)—we can add anything from a kitchen extension to a new bedroom suite, office, den or another other space you can dream up. We’ve even added entire new wings, substantially increasing the footprint of the home while improving your property value.
Many of our clients are interested in adding carports as a less-costly alternative to full-fledged garages. Carports help protect your car from the elements—especially the sun, which can damage your paint over time—whereas other factors that might justify a full-fledged garage, such as extreme cold and snow, are rarely an issue in the temperate Gold Coast. We can also add a roof and brick/wood/other siding that will blend perfectly with your home, making your carport an attractive extension of the house.
While attached carports can be the most convenient for transporting groceries and so forth into the house, we also build plenty of detached carports and can add covered walkways between the carport and side door or backdoor, whichever your entry point of choice.