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7 Home Renovation and Extension Ideas (and what you need to know about them)

by Aiden Van Dijk
Building Renovations Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

A renovation or extension project can be the perfect way to enhance your home, improve liveability and even increase your property value. However, with so many options available, it can be tricky to know exactly what you should do. Renovations take a lot of time and money and it’s not a one-size-fits all process. Different properties will benefit from different renovations and extensions. It’s worth taking your time and doing a lot of research so you can be sure you’re planning the right work to deliver the best results. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve put together a list of the best home renovation options.

  1. Renovate your Bathroom or Kitchen

Updating an outdated kitchen or bathroom are among the most common renovation projects. These projects can enhance the functionality and update the design, without the need for a full tear-down.

Since the bathroom and kitchen are two of the most important rooms in any home, you need to plan your renovations carefully. These rooms can both require significant plumbing and electrical work as well as professional waterproofing. There are plenty of mistakes that can be made when updating your bathroom, and getting it wrong can completely blow out your renovation budget and timeline.

It’s also worth remembering that not every renovation has to be a major rebuild. Maybe all your kitchen or bathroom needs is a fresh coat of paint, some new fittings or fixtures or a redesign of the cabinetry. Often, minor cosmetic changes can be enough to make the room look and feel brand new.

  1. Add an Additional Bathroom

Adding more bathroom space is always a great idea. Additional bathrooms are a must-have for growing families, particularly those with teenagers. Before going ahead with a bathroom addition, you should consider what you need the new bathroom for. Do you need more space to accommodate a growing family? Are you looking for a luxurious personal space? How you plan to use it will drive your design choices and determine how functional the finished space is.

It’s also worth considering your current facilities and thinking about what you actually need. You may only need an additional toilet or a half-bathroom, rather than a full bathroom.

  1. Extend your Living Area

Expanding your living room can create a more appealing living space or help to create more room for entertaining. With a carefully planned living room extension, you can also convert it into a multi-use space, making it the hub of your home.

If an open living room style isn’t for you, you could also consider adding an additional playroom for the kids or for setting up your own home cinema.

  1. Add an Outdoor Entertaining Area

With summer coming, your home may be crying out for an outdoor entertaining area. A deck or patio can be just the thing. However, this kind of outdoor addition may not be practical for all properties. A deck or patio requires a certain amount of outdoor space to be practical. You should also remember that any outdoor space you use for a deck or patio will be yard space you’ve lost.

If you don’t think you have space for an outdoor entertaining area, an alternative could be renovating your kitchen so it’s open plan. This way, you’ll have more space to mingle with guests without needing to extend your home.

  1. Add a Second Storey

If you’re really running low on space in your home and there isn’t room to extend out on the property, you can always build up. While adding a second storey comes with its own challenges, it can be an excellent way to get lots of new space without making significant changes to your existing living space.

  1. Add an Extra Bedroom

Some homeowners add an additional bedroom as their children get older or if they regularly have guests staying. Others may add another bedroom for a little extra general space. You can do a lot with a spare bedroom. You could use it as a craft or hobby room the majority of the time, converting it into a spare bedroom when needed.

  1. Add a Home Office or Study

With many of us working from home now, it would be entirely understandable if you’re considering adding an office or study to your house. Before you commit to this house extension though, remember to think about design choices for that room. It may be privacy and soundproofing so you can work productively, or a lot of space so you can spread out your work.

Use the above ideas to start generating your own thoughts on changes you can make to your house. And don’t forget that when you’re renovating or extending your home, you can also turn this new or updated space into a feature itself. Try a different style so it stands out from the rest of your home, like mixing a classic Edwardian-style kitchen with a rustic deck.

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