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Thread: House Extension, where to start?

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    House Extension, where to start?

    In 18 months the wife and I are going to extend our house, basically putting on a 45m2 floor out the side with double garage underneath, block base and weather board cladding to match our 60s house.

    Anyone know what the process is around getting plans done, permits etc.

    Anyone know a ballpark figure for materials?

    My father in law and I will do the labour, don't worry he's a builder, he doesn't really know he's helping yet but he will soon.

    Any information, tricks or pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    I find there's a wealth of knowledge on this forum, regardless of the subject.

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    First you must get plans drawn
    Then apply for consent from council
    Then apply for permit
    Get pricing done from your supplier
    Then start
    Then finish, easy
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    I'd get the pricing done before applying for the consent, nothing like finding your designer has less idea about costs than you do.
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    Prices can change a lot in 18 months though but an idea is still good I suppose.
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    Two questions
    #1 How much do you think it will cost?
    #2 How much can you afford?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecrusher View Post
    Two questions
    #1 How much do you think it will cost?
    #2 How much can you afford?
    I have no real Idea but we could afford about 60-80k but was hoping it would be around 50k. Am I in dreamland? I have no idea what plans, permits, consents etc cost.

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    Have a talk to Ian. ... something about being an architect. ..

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    Is it like upstairs downstairs or just 45 not 90 sq s in total ?

    I was told allow at least $11 to $1500 per sq mtr. But that's was timber framed and included labour.
    Then allow heaps more if toilet / bathroom involved
    So 50 k may not be enough.
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    Would be 90m2 in total.

    Yeah I'd pay the father in law an hourly rate and I'd take holidays and be the lackey. Someone told me labour is about half the bill.
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    Not up your way for the general tradies. If you were to pay a trades person a lot in the north charge very low hourly rates but charge retail + for the materials. If you and Colin are doing it should be all good though.

    Let me know if you go for it and I'll come up and give you a hand.

    Just sell and buy out near Allen or Jerry so we can do more shooting

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    Also if you make the garage internal access then you can add the square metreage of the gge to the house = greater resale value

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    Remember you'll have to get permission from the council to build it yourself, unless your father in law is correctly qualified. If not you'll have to get it signed off by a suitably qualified person, not the council. It's a load of shit and ham stringing poor bastards like myself from building again, all driven by greed IMHO
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    Yeah going to make internal access and turn the current garage into a rumpus.

    Yeah he's a qualified builder so should be OK, and I've got a guy I work with that's a qualified sparky to sign off nibblets wiring. All I need is a plumber to sign off my dodgy pipe work.

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    Make sure your father Inlaw also has a licence to sign it off .
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    Good luck with the father in law. Mine wouldn't know what a hammer was if it hit him in his fucking academic head.
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