But where do you start? And, how much work is actually involved? How much will it cost? Below, we have put together a few resources and great references for starting to plan your renovation from start to finish.
yourhome.gov.au - This government commisioned informative website starts from planning your renovation and seeing if what you want to do is actually feasible for your home, to working with your designer, to working with your builder and making it happen.
homeimprovementpages.com.au - You will need to find builder or contractor to carry out the work. hipages is a great place to start your search. The 'Browse Articles' section contains huge resources and vast amounts of information on every possible individual aspect of your renovation from air conditioning to sheds and water tanks.
Your local council website - By checking under the building and renovating section of your local council's website, you can see whether your proposed building work is possible in your area. Various local plans come into play with each individual area, and sometimes what is okay to do in Mackay, may not be possible or legal to do in Mt Isa. Find you local council using this interactive map here: http://www.qldcouncils.com.au/web/guest/find-your-council
Considering whether if it is worth your while looking into sustainable housing? The Environmental and Heritage Protection website provides a great starters guide and insight into sustainable housing and considers many of the possible ways that you can make your home more energy efficiency and eco-friendly. http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/sustainability/sustainable_housing.html
By doing your research before you begin renovating, you will save yourself a ton of headache, heartache and confusion. Remember, you can always let your building designer do the thinking and research for you too. That's what we're here for. To make planning your renovation as smooth and as stress-free as possible.