5 Points to Consider Before you Begin your Home Extension

March 21, 2022

Feel like a change of scenery? If you’ve been living in the same Sydney location for a while and find yourself less and less enamoured with your existing home design, you might be thinking about moving to a new suburb or location.

The problem is that moving in Sydney can be a major hassle. You have to move all of your belongings across a fast-paced city and deal with moving costs, removalists, packing and unpacking, maneuvering furniture and so much more.

Of course, all of that depends on whether you make it past the auction phase and the challenging housing market.

With this in mind, a renovation might be an easier and more affordable solution to a fresh start in Sydney. You won’t have to tackle the moving process and you’ll get that “change of scenery” you’ve been looking for -- it’s a win-win situation. To help you choose between moving or renovating, here are four reasons why a renovation project is a better idea in Sydney.


You may need to vacate your home while the extension is being built

  • All first floors, or areas beneath works need to be vacated during construction.
  • Legally, no one is allowed to be beneath construction works during the construction hours of 7am to 4pm or until sheet flooring has been installed.
  • If the only bathroom or kitchen area is part of the building works, you will need to vacate.
  • If asbestos removal, or services decommission is required (power, sewer, water), you will need to vacate.
  • Be mindful that demolition or construction works do not allow safe access in or around the building at the time of construction.


Your home could contain Asbestos and require professional removal and disposal

  • All jobs constructed pre-1990 that have Fibro products will likely contain Asbestos and require professional removal and disposal.
  • The back of sheets will have golf ball type dimple patten is asbestos is present, or some sheets may be ink printed with asbestos product.


Scaffolding may be required for construction.

  • All first-floor extensions and finished floor levels above 1.2m will require scaffolding.
  • Scaffolding will be required for steep pitched roofs and where roof rails are not appropriate
    (no eaves).
  • Scaffolding is often required to protect neighbouring property, your existing building or surrounding landscaping.


Construction access and storage requirements.

  • Consider the condition of your property’s driveway and if access to garage is required.
  • Size, shape and slope of the driveway, yard and landscaping can all impact accessibility.
  • Is the road frontage free to park with no restrictive signage or will power lines or trees affect delivery methods (crane trucks etc).
  • There needs to be adequate area to store frames and trusses within the block as well as an area for skip bin and site toilet within the front yard.


You may require Retaining Walls be built

  • All excavation works that exceed 600mm will require a retaining wall to be built.
  • Excavation requiring the site to be cut to level ground (benched out) then footing and pads can be excavated to structural design required.

What a renovation looks like with Cubitt’s

Here at Cubitt’s, we’ve built our business around home extensions and renovations. We’ve completed more than 300 extensions across Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra and beyond - we love seeing a house transform into a dream home, which is why we’re considered one of the leading renovation teams on Australia’s east coast!

Reinvent your home with Cubitt’s - give us a call on 1300 721 150 for an obligation-free consultation today!


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