I don’t want to give away all of our secrets, but if you are planning a home renovation in Brisbane, then perhaps this series of photographs and insider tips will make the process a little bit easier for you.
You see, this home renovation in Kenmore, Brisbane, is a benchmark – a standard that you may well pit yourself against.
The hard thinking need not be all your own. Why not cheat a little a engage with the same team that brought this home renovation the full circle; from ugly duckling home to family living space with WOW!
The Project Team
Starting from the ground up – Soil testing (AS2870) by Wagner Soil Testing
Architectural Dreaming – Design by: The Outside Perspective
Hammer and Nail Time – Construction by: Signature Renovations
A lovely set of Bones: Structural Engineering by: Cornell Engineers
Home Renovation Insider Tips
Don’t expect everything to go exactly to plan when you renovate an existing home. There are going to be surprises. Keep a structural engineer in your phone’s speed dial and be sure to email and text them lots of photos. Keep your engineer informed and ask questions as you proceed. This way there are no nasty surprises on inspection day.
Hire a clever building designer right away. An experienced building designer will steer you through the renovation and provide the help you need to ensure the project runs smoothly.
Don’t settle for the lowest bid. There’s nothing more expensive than a poorly designed, engineered or built home. The heartache and financial stress is multiplied if you try to cut corners and fight prices down every step of the way. Know your costs, maintain a budget and use the best designers, engineers and builders to achieve real value for money.
Ask for references. Check online reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients. The smart money is on using experienced builders and designers that wow their clients time after time. If your contractor goes all wry when you ask for references, then start considering alternative options.
Don’t pretend to be swimming when you should be waving. We don’t expect you to know everything about building and renovtaing. Hell – we’re still learning! Ask questions and keep asking until you understand the answers. If your builder, engineer and designer can’t talk using words you understand, then maybe they are not quite the perfect choice for you.
A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
If a picture tells a thousand words, here are several thousand for your visual appreciation.