Bring a new lease of life to your property with a house extension
A house extension can bring a new lease of life to your property and change the way you use it. If you are happy with your home and location but need a bit more space, then extending your home may be the answer.
Building extensions in Auckland is an excellent solution for many homeowners. Rather than deciding to sell and then hunting and hoping for what you want, then adding a room or extending your home can meet your needs. We have been building extensions in the Auckland area for over 15 years and can guide you through the home extension process. We provide project management and can help you will design ideas. We can also undertake house renovations to your existing home.
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Types of House Extensions in Auckland
When extending your home in Auckland, the possibilities are nearly endless. However, the type of extension you choose will depend on various factors, including your family's needs, property size, and budget. As experienced Auckland builders, the most common types of house extensions we see are adding a new room, expanding the living area, and second-story additions. Let's delve into these options to help you make an informed decision.
Adding a New Room
Adding a new room is one of the most straightforward ways to extend your home. This could be anything from an extra bedroom for a growing family to a home office, a gym, or a hobby room. The beauty of adding a new room is that it can be as simple or as complex as you like. You could opt for a basic design with more space or include built-in wardrobes and en-suite facilities. The key here is to think about what you'll use the room for and plan accordingly.
Expanding the Living Area
Another popular option is to expand your existing living area. This could involve knocking down a wall to create an open-plan space, extending into your garden to make your living room larger, or adding indoor/outdoor space. Expanding the living area gives you more space to enjoy and adds a modern touch to older homes. It's a fantastic way to make your home feel more spacious without dramatically increasing its footprint. However, it's crucial to consider the flow of the space. You'll want to ensure that the new area integrates well with the existing layout in terms of structure and interior design.
Going up is an excellent option for those who are a bit more ambitious or don't have the luxury of extra land space. Second-story additions can dramatically increase your living space and are perfect for adding extra bedrooms, bathrooms, or even an entirely new living area. This extension type is particularly popular in Auckland's more established suburbs, where land is at a premium. However, it's essential to note that second-story additions are generally more complex and costly than other types of extensions. They often require strengthening the existing structure, and you'll need to consider the impact on your home's overall balance and aesthetics.
In conclusion, the type of house extension right for you will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. Whether adding a new room, expanding your living area, or opting for a second-story addition, it's crucial to plan carefully and consult professionals to ensure that the extension meets your needs and complies with Auckland's building regulations. Remember, a well-executed house extension gives you the extra space you need and adds significant value to your property.
Benefits of House Extensions in Auckland
As a seasoned Auckland builder, I've seen firsthand the transformative power of a well-executed house extension. Beyond the obvious advantage of extra space, extending your home offers a range of benefits that you might not have considered. Here are some of the key advantages:
Increased Property Value
One of the most tangible benefits of a house extension is the added value to your property. In Auckland's competitive real estate market, any increase in square footage or functional space is a surefire way to boost your home's market value. Whether it's an extra bedroom, a larger kitchen, or a second story, these additions make your property more appealing to potential buyers. It's an investment that enhances your current living conditions and pays off in the long run when you decide to sell.
A house extension can significantly improve your quality of life. The new addition can suit your lifestyle needs, whether expanding your living area for more comfort, adding a home office for better work-life balance, or creating a recreational space like a home gym. It allows you to customise your home to match your family's evolving requirements better, making daily life more convenient and enjoyable.
Avoiding the Cost of Moving
Let's face it: moving is expensive and stressful. There are agent fees, stamp duties, and packing and relocating hassles. Extending your home can often be a more cost-effective solution to gaining extra space without the upheaval of moving. You get to stay in your beloved neighbourhood, keep your kids in the same school, and avoid the hidden costs and stresses of relocating to a new property.
A house extension is more than just adding bricks and mortar; it's an investment in your property and lifestyle. The benefits are manifold, from increasing your home's market value to enhancing your daily life and saving you the cost and stress of moving. So, if you're contemplating whether to extend or move, consider the long-term advantages a house extension in Auckland can offer.
Case studies of Successful House Extension
We've completed many house extensions designed to add indoor and outdoor space and maximise the light. This house extension in Maraetai in East Auckland added new bathrooms and increased the size of the living area. A new deck gave indoor/outdoor flow and made the most of the magnificent views from the property.
Similarly, in this house extension in Grey Lynn, adding space at the rear of the property allowed for a larger open plan kitchen, dining and living area with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows to let the light in and an extra bedroom and bathroom. As the property was an older villa, we carefully matched the extension to the style of the original property. This house extension in Grey Lynn improved the indoor/outdoor flow and better family living spaces.
Tips for a Smooth House Extension Process
Extending your home can be an exciting yet daunting process. Whether adding a new room, extending your kitchen, or adding another floor, the process involves careful planning and execution. As an experienced builder in Auckland, we've seen it all, and we're here to share some tips to ensure that your house extension process goes as smoothly as possible.
Plan Ahead: Start by creating a realistic timeline. Consult with architects, builders, and other professionals to get an accurate estimate of how long each phase will take.
Set Milestones: Break down the project into smaller tasks and set milestones. This will help you track progress and make adjustments as needed.
Buffer Time: Always include a buffer time for unexpected delays like bad weather or material shortages.
Pro Tip: A good project manager can keep everyone on the same page.
Dealing with Unexpected Issues
Contingency Fund: Always have a contingency fund in place. A general rule of thumb is setting aside at least 10-15% of your budget for unexpected costs.
Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections to catch issues early. The sooner you identify a problem, the easier (and often cheaper) it is to fix.
Communication: Keep the lines of communication open between you, the builders, and any other professionals involved. Quick and clear communication can often be the key to resolving issues efficiently.
Pro Tip: Document all changes and issues. This can be useful for resolving any disputes that may arise later.
Hire Reputable Professionals: Always opt for experienced and reputable professionals. Check their credentials, past work, and reviews before hiring.
Quality Materials: Don't skimp on materials. Higher quality materials may be more expensive upfront, but they will save you money in the long run by reducing maintenance and repair costs.
Regular Quality Checks: Implement regular quality checks at different project stages. This ensures that any lapses in quality are caught and corrected on time.
Pro Tip: Consider third-party inspections for critical stages of the construction to ensure unbiased quality assessment.
A house extension is a significant investment in both time and money. Planning your timelines carefully, preparing for unexpected issues, and ensuring quality at every step can significantly reduce the stress involved in the process. Remember, the key to a successful house extension is meticulous planning and execution.
For more personalised advice and professional building services, please get in touch with us. We're here to make your house extension dream a reality in Auckland.
Frequently asked questions about house extensions
Start with a rough idea
Before you start detailed planning have a good idea of what you want to do and make a list. Where are you going to add the new extension, and what will it be used for? Do you want to remove existing walls to make more space? Do you want the new extension to match the existing house or look different? Are you going to renovate the rest of the home while you are doing the building work? These are all key questions to ask during your planning.
Think about your needs and wants
Needs are usually non-negotiable when it comes to your plan and your budget. Think about why you need the extension - for example, upgrading the kitchen or making the area larger or
getting that extra bedroom for the kids. Needs are the first things you should factor in when you are setting your budget. Wants are things that would be nice to have but are necessary if it makes things too expensive. For example, it might be nice for the kids to have an en-suite in their room but if that’s too expensive, then you should just concentrate on getting the room itself.
Get some inspiration
Have a drive around your local area and look at the outside of properties, maybe visit some open homes for ideas. Look at real estate listings on websites or look at general home design and decor websites. This will give you some ideas of what might work and if you can show us your ideas online it can help us understand what you are trying to achieve.
Check if you need consent
It is always best to check if you will need a building consent for the work you want to do as this can add time and cost to your project. If you do the work without consent when it was needed this will cause serious problems down the track. It can also be an issue if you come to sell as the buyer may as for a Certificate of Acceptance (COA) if they find out work has been done without consent. You can check this government website to see if what you want to do requires consent.
If you aren’t sure about whether you need consent it can be a good idea to chat to us or an architect and ask for advice or have a chat with someone at your local council.
Adding a second storey home extension to your existing property can be a good way of creating more space, or changing the layout. Second storeys work especially well on smaller sections where you don’t want to sacrifice outdoor space. Adding a second floor can also let you take advantage of the view from higher up. But there is a lot of work involved in adding an upstairs.
Here are five key areas to consider if you are planning a second storey home extension
Cost: You might not realise but building upwards can actually be more costly than building outwards. Extra costs come from areas such as having to remove and replace the roof, moving services such as water. There may also be additional building costs such as scaffolding.
Regulations: If you are planning to increase the height of your property, you will need to check council regulations. There may be height limits in your local area or you may need further consent for a second storey. You may also need to consider privacy issues and ensure you are not encroaching on your neighbours.
Impact on the current building: Building a second storey can have quite an impact on your existing building. Firstly you will need to ensure your building is structurally sound. You might need to make changes so it is capable of supporting a second floor. You will also need to consider how the layout will change. For example, you will need to find space for a staircase in your existing ground floor layout. You will also need to think about whether you are going to match the style of your extension to the current building or contrast it.
Future-proofing: When thinking about a second storey you should consider how you or others will use the building in the future. If you are planning to sell, a two-storey house may reduce interested buyers as it won’t suit everyone. For example, older people may struggle with stairs. If you are planning to live in the house for many years consider how you will manage as you get older. Consider future-proofing measures – have one bedroom on the ground floor or add a downstairs bathroom.
Where will you be during renovations: Unlike adding a ground floor extension it may not be possible to remain in your home while a second storey is added. Plan where you will stay while the renovations are taking place. And remember to factor in the additional cost if you will need to rent or stay in a motel.
Budgeting for a house extension needs to be done as carefully as budgeting for a new home build. Often working within the existing framework of a home can be more difficult than building from scratch. To avoid running out of money halfway through your project, you need to make sure your budget is accurate.
Three tips to follow when budgeting for a house extension
Think about what kind of project you are planning
Obviously, the cost of your extension will depend on how big it is. But it can also be affected by the amount and complexity of the work involved.
If you are planning a second storey home extension, it will be more expensive than if you are extending by doing a garage conversion.
Prepare for extra costs.
Depending on your plans, you might have some additional costs. These can include council consent and paying for an architect to draw up your plans.
If your extension involves major work, such as removing walls or moving key fixtures and fittings, you may also need to budget for alternative accommodation while the work is carried out.
Lastly, make sure you have a contingency in your budget for unexpected issues. This will ensure you will have money to cover additional costs.
Involve a builder early on
By working with a builder early on, you’ll benefit from professional advice before you commit.
A builder can often recommend more cost-effective options. These might be more affordable fixtures and fittings or finishes that will achieve the same look or better use of space. They can also highlight any potential issues that might add to your budget before getting too far into the project.
Even though the idea of extensions seems simple, they still need plenty of planning and sometimes creative thinking. Things to think about include:
Regulations - you may need consent for your extension, and there may be height restrictions. If you are planning a second storey, you should check with the council.
Impact on your existing property - think about how you will have to move or change existing rooms to accommodate your new plans.
Matching your house extension to the existing property - you will want to match your existing property both outside and inside. Think about cladding, roof lines and windows and doors.
Future-proofing - extensions give you a chance to make sure your building is fit for the future. Think about how you will use rooms as you get older or how other people will if you sell.
The project length - you may be able to stay at home during the building work, or you may have to move out. Either way, having a project timeline will help you make the right arrangements.
A good builder can help you make the most of your new space. They can also advise you through the planning stages.
If you love your location but need more space, or need to change the way your home is set out, then a rear house extension could be the perfect solution.
An extension allows you to create more space for anything from an extra bedroom, to a bigger kitchen to a second living room to escape the kids. There are many ways to extend your property. You can consider an attic conversion, extend out the side or even add a second storey home extension. But a rear house extension is often the best option.
Benefits of a rear house extension
Adding an extension at the back of your home has many benefits.
There may be more space to develop
Because of the way properties are usually positioned on sections, you may find there is more space at the back. This gives you more space to develop than if you try a side or front extension and still allows you to keep some of your outdoor section.
It may be the perfect position compared to existing rooms
The rear of the house is often where the type of rooms you want to add to are located. Use rear extensions to add extra bedrooms or ensuite bathrooms. Or you may choose to extend your kitchen with a sun room or additional family living space.
It can improve indoor/outdoor flow
When you extend living areas at the back of your house, into your section, it gives you the chance to improve the flow between house and garden. Think about adding bi-fold doors or a sun room as part of a new living space.
It doesn’t affect the property’s frontage
The front of your home is what people see when they pass by. By adding a rear house extension you remove some of the problems of trying to match the existing house. You can still match your home extension to your existing property, but you could also decide to go for a contrasting style. The extension is less likely to be seen, so neighbours and planners might be less inclined to complain.
What to consider when you are building an extension at the rear of your property
A rear house extension needs all the same considerations as any other kind of addition or alteration to your property. You need to think about:
- how much can you realistically afford and whether you have enough money for contingency plans.
- obtaining council consent for any work.
- whether any utilities must be realigned in order to accommodate the new extension.
- whether you want to match your home or go for something different or change your existing decor to match the new extension.
- where you will live during the work or whether you will stay on site.
How do I price a home extension?
If you don’t need a building consent for your project then get in touch with us and we can discuss your options.
If you do need consent then you will potentially need an architect or draftsperson to draw up your plans. We recommend getting us involved early too. Often clients engage an architect directly and get their design work done before engaging a builder. This can work very well, but can also have its issues.
In the past few years we have had several occasions where a client has come to us with a plan which we have priced as part of a selection of quotes from builders and once the prices have come in the owner realises that that just can’t afford the project at all and the jobs haven’t gone ahead at all. In one case the owner had spent around about $25,000 between getting the design work done and obtaining the building consent and ultimately they did not end up doing any work at all after spending all that money to get there.
Most designers have great ideas and are very good at what they do, but many don’t have an accurate idea of what things cost. It is easy to suggest that an extension costs between$2500-$3500 per m², but ultimately when the builder’s prices a job we include a lot of variables a designer might not.
We are pricing building work all the time, which means we have a fairly accurate idea of what things will cost therefore being able to give you a more accurate price.
We can also make suggestions on where you might save money or might need to get rid of one of your “wants”.
We can work with your architect or recommend an architectural firm for you.
Adding a house extension in Auckland has a number of important steps such as designing, budgeting, getting the building consent - these are required before the physical building starts. Please see Our Process page for an outline of the building process we use at Build Right Contractors to get your project up and running. We can guide you every step of the way.
Designing a house extension involves several steps. First, you'll need to identify your needs and objectives for the extension. Are you seeking extra living space, a new bedroom, or a home office? Once you have a clear idea, consult with professionals like architects or designers to translate your vision into a feasible design. They can help you with layout options, material choices, and even 3D renderings. It's crucial to consult with an engineer to ensure that your design complies with structural requirements.
There are several factors to consider when looking at the feasibility of a house extension. These include the size of your property, zoning regulations, and any restrictions that might be in place. You'll also need to obtain the necessary building and resource consents from the Auckland Council.
The cost of a house extension in New Zealand can vary widely depending on the project's scope, materials used, and labour costs. However, you can expect to spend anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 for a basic to moderate extension. More elaborate extensions, especially those that require complex structural work, can cost even more.
In Auckland, the cost per square metre for a house extension can range from $2,500 to $3,500 or more, depending on the complexity of the project and the materials used. This is just a ballpark figure; it's best to consult with professionals for an accurate estimate.
While you can sketch out your ideas or use home design software to visualise your extension, consulting with professionals for the design is highly recommended. They can ensure that your design is both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound and compliant with local building codes.
- Initial Consultation: Discuss your needs and ideas with professionals.
- Feasibility Study: Check zoning laws, property size, and other restrictions.
- Design Phase: Work with architects or a draughtsperson to finalise your plans.
- Consents and Permits: Apply for the necessary building and resource consents.
- Budgeting: Get multiple quotes and finalize your budget.
- Contractor Selection: Choose a reputable builder to carry out the project.
- Construction: Monitor the progress and make adjustments as needed.
- Inspection: Have the work inspected for compliance with building codes.
- Final Touches: Complete any remaining work, such as painting and decorating.
- Completion: Your house extension is complete once everything is done and the consents are signed off.
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Do your home extension right with help from a professional builder
If you are building an extension to add value to your house, then as professional builders, we can ensure that we do the work most cost-effectively. We can make sure that your Auckland house extension meets the required standards. This will ensure you do not run into problems should you come to sell the house in the future.
Often it is best to have a chat with us first. We can advise you on the best solutions for your property, and we also know people who can help you with the building consents.