What to Consider When Expanding Your Home

02 March 2019

Expanding your home is sometimes a necessity and sometimes a luxury. No matter what the reason is, it’s a tremendous undertaking that requires a lot of time and effort. Even if this expansion is small, it usually creates chaos in the household that can stretch weeks on end. If you want to save some time, you need to learn as much necessary information about this housing project as possible and here’s what you need to consider when expanding your home.


Yard additions

This is probably the most common type of expansion. Most old houses require yard renovations and they can be quite extensive and varying since they allow for a lot of creative freedom. If there is a potential to add a sunroom or a similar addition to the back of the house, it’s the simplest and most satisfying undertaking when compared to other expansions. Furthermore, this addition can be anything, from a porch to a stylized patio or a fully furnished outdoor room with modular glass walls. As we’ve mentioned before, your imagination is the limit as far as these yard additions go.

Scale and consistency

The important thing is to keep the renovations in check – you don’t want to go overboard with an additional portion of the house. This can look ugly and end up being absolutely impractical. Every square foot of the space you own is precious and you should think through every aspect of expansion thoroughly. In other words, don’t flaunt. Break bigger structures into smaller ones and be strategic about where you’ll place them.

Be mindful about consistency. If you use the same material you’ve used on the basic house, the new addition will go well with the style of your household. If you can’t find the identical material or the right shade of paint, try to work around it. For example, if you can’t find bricks that are identical to the ones used for the main house, don’t go with a different type of stone – may be wood is a better option.

Create a separate structure

Of course, you can go with a completely separate add-on to the main house. If the back yard is large enough, you can create a stand-alone pavilion which gives you a convenient opportunity to go with a completely different style. If you’ve ever thought about building an outdoor kitchen, building it as a separate structure and then connecting it to the main house with an aesthetically appealing garden is a good course of action.

As far as waste and toxic materials go

Extensions and renovations will create a lot of chaos. This means there will be a lot of residue and debris lying around. Make sure these are dealt with according to regulations. Some of them can even be toxic or dangerous if left out in the open, so hire waste classification and analysis professionals to do a thorough examination before you begin the project (or end it for that matter). You can personally dispose of most of these materials, but absolutely hire removal professionals to take care of dangerous leftovers. In addition, during the process itself, you might discover asbestos, as a lot of old houses still have it and your construction process might disturb it creating a toxic environment. So finding experienced professionals offering asbestos removal in Sydney can ensure both you, your family and your contractors stay safe during the construction process.


Take time into consideration

Each house extension takes a lot of time to plan, put into motion, develop and finish. One of the crucial things you should do is plan it out carefully. For this project, you’ll probably have to take at least a couple of days off every now and then and this is in case you have builders at your home who are doing most of the job for you.

An addition has to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the household and add something crucial to the entire overall picture. In the end, the most important aspect of this entire endeavor is that you find it worth your time and effort.


Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.