Extend your home with Specialist Extension Builders

Most of our clients have one thing in common, their families are not far from outgrowing their current home and need more space to live comfortably. In this case, you have two options, sell your current home and buy something better suited to your family’s needs, or extend your home to suit your lifestyle.

You will face challenges with both of these options, but ultimately the goal is to decide which one is most viable for your family. There are many different benefits and options for extending your home and depending on the style and age of your home, this will help decide which option will be most beneficial to your family. Our aim with all extensions is to tie it in seamlessly with the original home, making it look like it was there all along.

Working with growing families and being able to supply them with a solution to make their lives more comfortable in the home that they already love is what we do and what our team is so passionate about. The process of having your home extended should be an enjoyable experience, as you see your home transform from what was, to what it will become.

Single story extension – This style of extension is suitable for most homes that have space available on their block to extend out from the current footprint of the home.

Second story extension – This style of extension is suitable for families that are wanting to maintain the current space on the block and for smaller lot homes with a block size of less than 600m2.

Raise and build under – These projects are commonly suited to homes located in older suburbs that were built pre-1950s. They are quite involved and typically include a major renovation of the existing home to be incorporated into the scope of work. This type of work is normally conducted on homes that have a hardwood frame, timber cladding with either VJ boards or asbestos as the interior linings.

 

Our home extension process

 

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Home extension costs

No two projects are the same. Every property is different and every design is suited to the specific needs and lifestyle of the client we are working with.

We are custom home extension specialists, we do not operate and price on a m² rate like volume builders, therefore we’re unable to advise you of a cost for your proposed project without the required documentation. This is why our building process has the option to include the design stage so that we can advise and direct the design concept to best suit your family’s needs and lifestyle. We are specialists in Brisbane home extensions—our process is trusted and has been successful for all past clients.

You’d be surprised what an extension can do for your home, just take a look at a few of our favorite home extension projects.

 

Home extension FAQs

WILL WE NEED ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION DURING THE EXTENSION?

The decision to find alternative accommodation during the project will depend on the size of the home extension, which rooms are affected, and if we can manage to complete the project with you still occupying the home. The majority of our house extension Brisbane clients manage to stay in the home while we complete the project.

HOW LONG WILL MY EXTENSION TAKE?

The logistics and time frame of extensions are very different to that of a new build, people often gasp at the timeline involved with a well-executed extension “you could build a new house in 3 months”—here is the difference. We treat your home like a home, not a building site, we won’t have 4-8 tradespeople working all over your home. We have a well thought-out approach to your extension which we carefully schedule taking into account a few things:
– Time frame allowed for the project
– Whether or not you are living in the home during construction
– And your working hours or days restrictions
We aim to minimise the impact the project has on your everyday living, we manage this by maintaining a clean site, containing the space of the home we occupy for storing material and equipment and running a strict schedule to finish the project on time.

HOW WILL I KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE PROJECT AND WHO WILL BE MY POINT OF CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY CONCERNS?

A strong line of communication is key to a successful building project. We offer our clients an online portal that gives you 24/7 access to all your project documentation and progress. You can track your financials here and project schedule along with daily progress reports completed by our carpenters each day. Normal working hours are 7 am-4:30 pm however if the matter is urgent you can contact Mitch on his mobile outside these hours.

HOW CAN I BE CERTAIN THAT THE CONTRACT PRICE WON’T CHANGE AFTER SIGNING THE CONTRACT?

We have a detailed and in-depth preparation for any renovation project we take on, and yours will be no different. After all the preparation and time we have spent on the contract documentation (working drawings, selection schedule, engineering) there will be no questions or pieces of information of your project left unanswered. This is how we can offer a fixed price Building Proposal along with a fixed price building contract. On the instance there is a change requested to the contract documentation this will be treated as a variation to the contract and this paperwork will be drafted and sent to you on our Online Client Portal for approval.

SITE SAFETY AND SECURITY?

On all of our projects, we designate an area in which we will store all of our equipment and materials, depending on if we have temporary fencing set up to contain the site. We have all of our safety documents onsite, these are adhered to at all times by all subcontractors and staff. At no point during your extension will your home be left unsecured or exposed to the weather where avoidable damage could occur. We understand that undertaking any building project can be unsettling at times which is why we treat your home as a home, not a building site.

WHAT IS A PC ITEM AND PS ALLOWANCE

Prime cost items mean an item, such as fixtures and fittings that the owner is to select either before or after the contract is signed and may include tiles, or special kitchen and bathroom items. A provisional sum is an allowance that is inserted into contract documents for a specific element of the works that is not yet defined in enough detail to accurately price.

DO YOU TAKE ON HOUSE EXTENSION PROJECTS NOT ON THE BRISBANE SOUTHSIDE?

We absolutely do. Watara Homes has undertaken house extensions across Brisbane, ranging all the way to Chapel Hill and the north side of town. The same goes for renovation projects.