If you’re considering a renovation, the first thing to look at is whether the house has good bones, Create + Construct’s Clint Lockwood says. If a house doesn’t have good bones, the chances of achieving the best outcome with a renovation are limited. “This is often something people don’t want to accept because they see the cost of rebuilding and it puts them off, but if a house doesn’t have good bones there isn’t much point designing a renovation as it will end up being cost prohibitive.”
Then there’s the issue of orientation and layout, and in most cases traditional villas and bungalows aren’t orientated to the sun so there are areas of the house that are dark and lacking in light. “The ability to adapt the layout needs to be there too. This isn’t always possible, particularly if there are a lot of load bearing walls, for example.”
Most commonly, this is the case with houses that have concrete tile roofs as it is a heavy roofing material compared to iron roofing. “Concrete tile roofs have posts that bear down onto the load bearing walls so when you go to open an area up or adapt a floor plan, structural beams can be required, which can have an influence the budget and time of a project,” Clint says. "This can, however, be well worth the investment if the desired outcome can be achieved."
It’s these two things in particular that are the most important to consider when embarking on a renovation design, and they’re both things that benefit from having both architect and builder engaged from the early stages.